but there seems to be no end to the outright BALLS
of the Democrats. I just can’t believe that former
President (hide the cigar) Clinton, has the colossal
gall to be critical of President Bush’s proposed
pardon of the railroaded I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby.
On August 11, 1999, Clinton commuted the
sentences of 16 members of FALN, a violent
Puerto Rican nationalist group that set off 120
bombs in the United States mostly in New York City
and Chicago, convicted for conspiracies to
commit robbery, bomb-making, and sedition, as
well as for firearms and explosives violations.
In March 2000, Bill Clinton pardoned Edgar
and Vonna Jo Gregory, owners of the carnival
company United Shows International, for
charges of bank fraud from a 1982 conviction
(the couple were already out of jail, but the prior
conviction prevented them from doing business
transactions in certain states).
First Lady Hillary Clinton's youngest brother,
Tony Rodham, was an acquaintance of the
Gregorys, and had lobbied Clinton on their behalf.
Clinton issued 140 pardons as well as several
commutations on his last day of office
(January 20, 2001). When a sentence is
commuted, the conviction remains intact, but the
sentence can be altered in a number of ways. Some
controversial actions include the following:
Carlos A. Vignali had his sentence for
cocaine trafficking commuted, after serving
6 of 15 years in federal prison.
Almon Glenn Braswell was pardoned of his
mail fraud and perjury convictions, even
while a federal investigation was underway
regarding additional money laundering and
tax evasion charges. Braswell and
Carlos Vignali each paid approximately
$200,000 to Hillary Clinton's brother,
Hugh Rodham, to represent their respective
cases for clemency. Hugh Rodham returned
the payments after they were disclosed to the
Braswell would later invoke the Fifth Amendment
at a Senate Committee hearing in 2001, when
questioned about allegations of his having
systematically defrauded senior citizens of
millions of dollars.
Marc Rich, a fugitive, was pardoned of tax evasion,
after clemency pleas from Israeli prime minister
Ehud Barak, among many other international
luminaries. Denise Rich, Marc's former wife, was
a close friend of the Clintons and had made
substantial donations to both Clinton's library
and Hillary's Senate campaign. Clinton agreed to a
pardon that required Marc Rich to pay a
$100,000,000 fine before he could return to the
United States. According to Paul Volcker's independent
investigation of Iraqi Oil-for-Food kickback schemes,
Marc Rich was a middleman for several suspect Iraqi
oil deals involving over 4 million barrels of oil.
Susan McDougal, who had already completed her
sentence, was pardoned for her role in the
Whitewater scandal; McDougal had served 18
months on contempt charges for refusing to testify
about Clinton's role.
Dan Rostenkowski, a former Democratic
Congressman convicted in the Congressional
Post Office Scandal. Rostenkowski had served
his entire sentence.
Melvin J. Reynolds, a Democratic Congressman
from Illinois, who was convicted of bank fraud,
12 counts of sexual assault, obstruction of justice,
and solicitation of child pornography had his
sentence commuted on the bank fraud charged
and was allowed to serve the final months under
the auspices of a half way house. He had served
his entire sentence on child sex abuse charges
before the commutation of the later convictions.
Roger Clinton, the president's half-brother, on
drug charges after having served the entire
sentence more than a decade before. Roger Clinton
would be charged with drunk driving and
disorderly conduct in an unrelated incident within
a year of the pardon. He was also briefly
alleged to have been utilized in lobbying for the
Braswell pardon, among others.