Clintons blocking release of pardon papers

posted at 7:20 am on March 7, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Remember how Barack Obama called Hillary Clinton one of the most secretive politicians in America? That apparently applies to both Hillary and her husband as a team. Archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library have decided to keep the records of Bill’s pardons locked away from prying eyes — such as those of Obama, John McCain, and the media:

Federal archivists at the Clinton Presidential Library are blocking the release of hundreds of pages of White House papers on pardons that the former president approved, including clemency for fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich.

That archivists’ decision, based on guidance provided by Bill Clinton that restricts the disclosure of advice he received from aides, prevents public scrutiny of documents that would shed light on how he decided which pardons to approve from among hundreds of requests.

Clinton’s legal agent declined the option of reviewing and releasing the documents that were withheld, said the archivists, who work for the federal government, not the Clintons.

The decision to withhold much of the requested material could provide fodder for critics who say that the former president and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, now seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, have been unwilling to fully release documents to public scrutiny.

Hillary is a curious candidate. She wants to run on her “experience” as First Lady in the Clinton administration — but she wants us to see as little evidence of that experience as possible. In fact, she says that “experience” is so compelling that we would want her in the White House answering the phone at 3 AM when a crisis occurs. If it really is that impressive, why is she and Bill going to such lengths to hide it?

The pardons present a very tricky problem for Hillary. That really does speak to the character of the Clinton administration, and obviously not in glowing terms. In the final days of his administration, Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, who had been a fugitive from American justice for tax evasion and other indictments, apparently because his ex-wife donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the presidential library that now hides those records. The Department of Justice had asked Clinton not to issue a pardon to Rich, as precedent had been not to grant clemency to fugitives, but that didn’t stop Clinton.

Marc Rich demonstrated why the Clintons had such faith in him by proceeding to become a major figure in the Oil-for-Food scandal.

But Rich isn’t the only questionable figure in the pardons scandals, and he’s not the only family member under suspicion. Hillary’s brother Tony Rodham represented Edgar and Vonna Gregory for a pardon, which Bill granted so that Gregory’s business could get federal contracts. Edgar and his wife had convictions for bank fraud that interfered with United Shows, and the Gregorys needed connections. Not only did they hire Rodham to represent them, they donated $10,000 to Hillary Clinton — half before the pardon, and half afterwards, in 2000.

The story doesn’t end there. The Gregorys then made a series of “loans” to Tony Rodham totaling over $100,000, the last of which came right before they declared bankruptcy in 2002, leaving creditors holding the bag once again. Rodham never made a single payment to repay these loans, and the Gregorys never made any attempt to collect them. Only after the United Shows books came under the scrutiny of bankruptcy courts did anyone press Rodham to repay the debt as an asset of United Shows.

The Clintons have plenty of reasons to hide their handiwork on pardons. If they released them, the only way people would want Hillary to answer that phone at 3 AM is if John McCain hired her as a switchboard operator.


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Hillary is a curious candidate. She wants to run on her “experience” as First Lady in the Clinton administration — but she wants us to see as little evidence of that experience as possible. In fact, she says that “experience” is so compelling that we would want her in the White House answering the phone at 3 AM when a crisis occurs. If it really is that impressive, why is she and Bill going to such lengths to hide it?

Naw Cap’n Ed, nothing curious about them anymore to me:THEY ARE DIRTBAGS AND SCUM

jimbo2008 on March 7, 2008 at 7:35 AM

If it really is that impressive, why is she and Bill going to such lengths to hide it?

Good question. This topic will make a great RNC ad this fall.

Dang, Ed. 11:00pm on Alan Colmes’ show, first post at 7:20am. Trying to impress the boss?

BacaDog on March 7, 2008 at 7:43 AM

Ed, you forgot the Puerto Rican terrorists.

MrLynn on March 7, 2008 at 7:52 AM

Why won’t McCain or Obama publicly say what you just said? And something equally incriminating could be implied about the Clintons on any number of topics. That’s why half the country detests them. As for the media just waiting to get their hands on this info, I find that unconvincing.

I haven’t seen McCain play hardball ever, except against Republicans.

JiangxiDad on March 7, 2008 at 7:55 AM

Clintons blocking release of pardon papers

Ya don’t say. This doesn’t surprise me at all.

The story doesn’t end there.

And it never will so long as the Clintons keeps these papers, and others, under raps.

…the only way people would want Hillary to answer that phone at 3 AM is if John McCain hired her as a switchboard operator.

LOL, That’s pretty funny.

BTW, I think you are doing a great job Ed. Thanks for all of your hard work.

JohnnyD on March 7, 2008 at 7:57 AM

I haven’t seen McCain play hardball ever, except against Republicans.

JiangxiDad on March 7, 2008 at 7:55 AM

Against Conservative Republicans. Ain’t it the truth!

jimbo2008 on March 7, 2008 at 8:00 AM

But, Cap’n Ed…Hillary has already been vetted! Why would anyone want to see those files!?!

galynn on March 7, 2008 at 8:03 AM

I’m new to the strategic voting thing. Do I do it in November too?

JiangxiDad on March 7, 2008 at 8:06 AM

If they released them, the only way people would want Hillary to answer that phone at 3 AM is if John McCain hired her as a switchboard operator.

Nice jab Ed. Nice indeed.

natesnake on March 7, 2008 at 8:06 AM

The media are all too complicit in this double standard toward the Clintons.

Transparency is not the hallmark of Bubba and his Missus. Anyone not paying attention to this secrecy deserves the high-handed style of governance that a Hillary! presidency assures.

Are these executive documents not part of the public domain? Should they not be available under the Freedom of Information Act? These are not personal memorabilia, which could possibly be construed as privileged with privacy.

The misdirection of the Clinton campaign’s answer to why Hillary! has not released her income tax records is just the tip of the iceberg in this couple’s secrecy. Saying that the information will be available after April 15 supposedly deflects questions about prior years’ returns. The voting public deserves answers…NOW!

onlineanalyst on March 7, 2008 at 8:09 AM

Let’s see now. Bill Clinton pardoned terrorist bombers, armed bank robbers, contributers to his Presidential Library, and his own brother. I can see why the Clintons would want to keep those papers under wraps.

SoulGlo on March 7, 2008 at 8:10 AM

Color me SHOCKED!

Wade on March 7, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Me thinks sumthin dunt look square here (Pardon the accent of the people that the Klinktons feel are the real loosers when the Klintons loose).

One good turn deserves another in the Clinton’s world. They are making good on promises made to those backers, of questionable character, that get them (Clinton’s and their political hacks/backers) elected to positions of influence.

Their real motive is to assure that when they are indited and jailed that there is a friendly politician out there that would set (unleash) them free on the world again.

MSGTAS on March 7, 2008 at 8:16 AM

Outrages over impeached President Clinton and his little woman are like spitting into the wind. If somebody wants to start talking conspiracy theories, let’s start why why these two super-criminals aren’t in a federal prison and who is the devious power that covers their sorry selves? Every foreign policy issue we are dealing with goes back to their watch, and their ignoring the problem or giving nukes and technical secrets to the enemy. They have sold pardons in an open fashion that would be too unreal if presented in a novel.

These two will do anything to anyone in order to get elected, stay in power or simply have a good time.

I hate to add this cliche, but if a Republican did one fifth of what these to have done to the American people and law…..

Hening on March 7, 2008 at 8:17 AM

Hey Clintonistas! I’ve got four words for you!

Freedom Of Information Act!

Any honest investigative reporter out there looking for your big break?

Go get ’em!

pilamaye on March 7, 2008 at 8:18 AM

You know, for 16 years now I have seen the Clintons for what they really are. I was amazed for so long that so many people and the media didn’t see it. Now, these things make me yawn!

Move along people! Nothing to see here.

conservnut on March 7, 2008 at 8:19 AM

“We don’t speak of the Clintons that way.”

One Obama supporter on Root.com apparently didn’t get the memo. That is the great threat to the Clintons, the number of young and independent Democrats who haven’t received the memo about how Democrats speak of the Clintons. Writer Mark Q. Sawyer: “If Obama won’t hit back, I will. Why aren’t we talking about impeachment, Whitewater and Osama?”

LINK

Cry HAVOC!!! and let slip the dogs of political war ;p

scottm on March 7, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Move along people! Nothing to see here.

conservnut on March 7, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Imagine Tony Rodham back in the White House ordering the marine guard about. I would love to see that.

JiangxiDad on March 7, 2008 at 8:21 AM

And in the Alice in Wonderland world of the Dems, the Bush Administration is the most crooked and secretive administation in history.

Jeff on March 7, 2008 at 8:21 AM

By the way Ed,

Great job, nice to have someone who gets up before noon (AP) doing a little blogging for us early morning folks.

conservnut on March 7, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Were I Triceratops, I would start each speech and each debate with a “reminder” about this issue.

highhopes on March 7, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Obama is about to launch into this subject matter. John McCain should sit back and watch, as Obama rips into the Clinton’s for their refusal to release past tax documents; refusal to release documents relating to Bill’s relationship with the Chinese; refusal to release documents related to the pardons Bill gave to absolute criminals and thugs.

Rush was right, keeping Hillary in the game would force Obama to stop treating this creature like she is untouchable. Following the primary results of last Tuesday, Hillary remains in the game. Now it’s going to get real nasty, as evidenced by Hillary’s staff painting Obama’s skin color to be much darker than it really is on their resent TV ad. Hillary just stopped Obama’s big mo; now Obama must prevent the tide from changing direction towards the Clinton camp. Gonna get real interesting now…

Keemo on March 7, 2008 at 8:25 AM

Ed, you forgot the Puerto Rican terrorists.

MrLynn on March 7, 2008 at 7:52 AM

Which Babra Olson points out in The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House was a pardon made simply to court favor with the Puerto Rican community in New York because Hillary would be running for the Senate seat.

Thanks for posting this, Ed.

Dork B. on March 7, 2008 at 8:27 AM

Rush was right, keeping Hillary in the game would force Obama to stop treating this creature like she is untouchable. Following the primary results of last Tuesday, Hillary remains in the game. Now it’s going to get real nasty, as evidenced by Hillary’s staff painting Obama’s skin color to be much darker than it really is on their resent TV ad. Hillary just stopped Obama’s big mo; now Obama must prevent the tide from changing direction towards the Clinton camp. Gonna get real interesting now…

Keemo on March 7, 2008 at 8:25 AM

That’s why we crossed over and voted for her in Texas.

Let the bloodbath continue and escalate!

conservnut on March 7, 2008 at 8:28 AM

I’ve noticed as they age, particularly Bill, and in your photo you can see it perhaps, that they are beginning to resemble the Ceaucescus. Whatever happened to them? Probably just retired.

JiangxiDad on March 7, 2008 at 8:29 AM

Since she was the “co-president” I want to know who she pardoned.

I love how that line cuts both ways.

Mortis on March 7, 2008 at 8:31 AM

I think Sandy Berger’s sock drawer should be checked on a daily basis…

JetBoy on March 7, 2008 at 8:35 AM

I think Sandy Berger’s sock drawer should be checked on a daily basis…

JetBoy on March 7, 2008 at 8:35 AM

Heh, you beat me to it. I was going to say watch out for Sandy Berger walking out of the Clinton library “sporting wood”

conservnut on March 7, 2008 at 8:38 AM

Rush’s plan for these guys to tear each other apart seemed – well, too simplistic.

Plus, he announced it to everyone.

I was waiting for Hillary 2.0 to appear after her unexpected win. I thought she would suddenly stop acting like a dolt, become unstoppable, and somehow end up in the White House.

I was wrong. Very, very, wrong.

Never disagree with Rush.

Dorvillian on March 7, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Rush’s plan for these guys to tear each other apart seemed – well, too simplistic.

Plus, he announced it to everyone.

Dorvillian on March 7, 2008 at 8:39 AM

Don’t forget, we are talking about the democrats here.

Almost a single celled political animal

conservnut on March 7, 2008 at 8:43 AM

why do “we” keep asking questions? we all know why “they” do what “they” do. i use to enjoy listening to Sean Hannity until i realized that 1.) he is preaching to the choir. after a while it gets boring and repetitive. 2.) all questions are rhetorical and after a while it gets boring and repetitive. 3.) it seems we would rather give out lobster grams to girls with cute voices all day and play basketball with the living, breathing fecal matter known as Geraldo Rivera, than make a genuine effort to address the concerns and DO something about it!, i.e. play some hard ball. Lets face it, about 1/3 this country is made up of people with hard core conservative values, 1/3 dirt bag tree hugging liberals of which a very few are actually making BIG TIME decisions on us all that are seriously adversely effecting us all. and another 1/3 consists of absolute morons. stupid, ignorant fools that know nothing about anything, and as long as you tell them…something…anything…and it appears to benefit THEM personally, and be easy for them to do…they will buy into it, and vote for you. this is the swing vote, and the Libs know it, and have mastered the control of it. it is only when the conservatives realize this, that they will begin to make positive strides toward finding a way to beat the libs. i know we want to feel “above it all” in this game, but sadly, we will lose every time until we find a way to beat it and keep our dignity. when the ratio of horses asses have exceeded th amount of horses heads in the world….the future is bleak.

HunnyWaggin on March 7, 2008 at 8:45 AM

If people were made aware of the actual size of the list of criminals pardoned by the clintons, it would probably seal the deal for Obama.

The problem is, unless CNN tells people, nobody will know because most people are dumb enough to only get news from big network news Television.

tx2654 on March 7, 2008 at 8:47 AM

good Lord….i went to go back and edit this before posting it (since it needed it greatly) and accidentally hit the submit button. my apologies for posting this prematurely. ugh.

HunnyWaggin on March 7, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Thats ok Hunnywaggin, I was able to decipher it. :)

tx2654 on March 7, 2008 at 8:51 AM

Speaking of that 3:00 AM call, I’d very much like to see a viral photoshop of Hillary taking a 3:00 AM call. I wouldn’t be able to look at it any longer than I can a Pelosi pic taken at any hour of the day, but I’d like to see it done nonetheless.

Maquis on March 7, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Ed, half of the front page is wiped out.

natesnake on March 7, 2008 at 8:55 AM

Let’s not forget about the outrageous pardon of the FALN terrorists, which make it impossible for Hillary to go after Obama for his relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

Fittingly, this piece was written by Debra Burlingame:

It was nearly 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, 1982. Two officers on New York Police Department’s elite bomb squad rushed to headquarters at One Police Plaza, where minutes earlier an explosion had destroyed the entrance to the building. Lying amid the carnage was Police Officer Rocco Pascarella, his lower leg blasted off.

“He was ripped up like someone took a box cutter and shredded his face,” remembered Detective Anthony Senft, one of the bomb-squad officers who answered the call 25 years ago. “We really didn’t even know that he was a uniformed man until we found his weapon, that’s how badly he was injured.”
[The Clintons’ Terror Pardons]

About 20 minutes later, Mr. Senft and his partner, Richard Pastorella, were blown 15 feet in the air as they knelt in protective gear to defuse another bomb. Detective Senft was blinded in one eye, his facial bones shattered, his hip severely fractured. Mr. Pastorella was blinded in both eyes and lost all the fingers of his right hand. A total of four bombs exploded in a single hour on that night, including at FBI headquarters in Manhattan and the federal courthouse in Brooklyn.

The perpetrators were members of Armed Forces of National Liberation, FALN (the Spanish acronym), a clandestine terrorist group devoted to bringing about independence for Puerto Rico through violent means. Its members waged war on America with bombings, arson, kidnappings, prison escapes, threats and intimidation. The most gruesome attack was the 1975 Fraunces Tavern bombing in Lower Manhattan. Timed to go off during the lunch-hour rush, the explosion decapitated one of the four people killed and injured another 60

Indeed, since pardons like these only serve to encourage acts of terror, one could predict that if the Clintons are back in the White House, the phone will be ringing more often at 3 A.M.

Buy Danish on March 7, 2008 at 9:00 AM

why do “we” keep asking questions? we all know why “they” do what “they” do. i use to enjoy listening to Sean Hannity until i found for myself that 1.) he is preaching to the choir. after a while, i find it to be quite boring and repetitive. 2.) all questions are rhetorical and after a while i find it to be quite boring and repetitive. 3.) it seems we would rather give out lobster grams to girls with cute voices all day and play basketball with the living, breathing fecal matter known as Geraldo Rivera, than make a genuine effort to address the concerns and DO something about it!, i.e. play some hard ball. Lets face it, about 1/3 of this country is made up of good people with hard core conservative values, 1/3 of us- dirt bag tree hugging liberals, that include very few really bad people that are actually making BIG TIME decisions on us all and are adversely effecting us all in a BIG way. about another 1/3, consists of absolute morons. stupid, ignorant fools that know nothing about anything, and as long as you tell them…something…anything…and it appears to benefit THEM personally, and be easy for them to do…they will buy into your BS, and vote for you. this is the swing vote, and the Libs know it, and have mastered the control of it. it is only when the conservatives realize this, that they will begin to make positive strides toward finding a way to beat the libs. i know we want to feel “above it all” in this game, but sadly, we will lose every time, until we find a way to beat it and keep our dignity. when the amount of horses asses have exceeded the amount of horses heads in the world….the future is bleak.

HunnyWaggin on March 7, 2008 at 8:45 AM

HunnyWaggin on March 7, 2008 at 9:03 AM

And this is surprising because? This is their legacy, they’re scoundrels. The pig would sprout wings and glide through the air if they were to do anything honorable.

scalleywag on March 7, 2008 at 9:10 AM

“Pardon Documentation” notwithstanding…

I, for one, would like to see the Whitewater paperwork removed from Vince Foster’s office, immediately following his “suicide”

franksalterego on March 7, 2008 at 9:11 AM

A good book to read is “Unlimited Access” by Gary Aldrich – It is truly frightening to think of what the Clintons did when they were in power there.

94corvette on March 7, 2008 at 9:15 AM

How in the world do people of such questionable character get themselves a seat in our Senate, much less a chair in the oval office? Is there an answer to that? Because I sure can’t figure it out. Question them about any of their shady deals and all you get are those smirks. And instead of going down in flames like we all would if we practiced their kind of ethics, instead we elevate them to the highest level attainable? Madness, complete madness.

scalleywag on March 7, 2008 at 9:18 AM

I just put in an FOIA request to the Clenis Prez Liberry regarding all info on all pardons that were granted during his two terms in office. If you guys don’t hear from me soon, I’ll be at Fort Marcy Park “visiting” Vince. I really did put in the FOIA request. I was just teasin’ about Fort Marcy Park and Vince(I think).

FishFearMe on March 7, 2008 at 9:40 AM

Related:

Clinton aide likens Obama to Ken Starr

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Reuters) – An aide to Hillary Clinton likened Democratic presidential rival Barack Obama to independent prosecutor Ken Starr on Thursday, comparing criticism of her to the 1998 probe that led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

Barack Obama = The Hon. Federal Judge, Kenneth Starr ?

I can’t figure out…Is this an insult?…Or, a compliment?

franksalterego on March 7, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Gawd I love it!

We can only hope that Clinton and Obama decide to go for the jugular and push to open the record on these scandals.

Best case scenerio, Clinton is able to wrestle the nomination out of the hands of Obama, but not before being bloodied by the resuscitation of all those scandals and the appearance of having things to hide.

The Political wisdom found in Invasion Of the Body Snatchers

“Doctor, will you tell these fools? I’m not crazy. Make them listen to me before it’s too late.”
______________
Obama-mania:

Dr. Kaufman: A strange neurosis, evidently contagious, an epidemic mass hysteria. In two weeks, it spread all over town.
Miles: What causes it?
Dr. Kaufman: Worry about what’s going on in the world probably.
Miles (jokingly hoping they won’t catch it, with the prophetic statement): I’d hate to wake up some morning and find out that you weren’t you.

moxie_neanderthal on March 7, 2008 at 10:13 AM

Who will answer the phone at 3 AM when you need a pardon?

Wade on March 7, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Clinton campaign slogan:

HILLARY. . .

Experienced. Just take her word for it.

The Ritz on March 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

Got to tell this one!

A Priest lying in a hospital dying. Nurse asked priest, “Father, any last requests?” Yes, said the priest. I want Bill & Hillary Clinton at my bedside.
I’ll see what I can do, said the nurse.
When contacted, Bill & Hillary excitedly agreed. Can you imagine what this will do to boost your popularity?, Bill asked.
Hillary was so excited she contacted all of the press to accompany them. She wanted this on the record.
When they arrived to the old priests room, everyone squeezing in with cameras and microphones, the priest asked if Hillary would stand on his left and Bill on his right. They did as requested, then Bill said, “Father, we are more than happy to fullfill your last wish, but why me & Hillary?”
The priest replied, ” I have always tried to pattern my life after Christ. He died, on the cross, between two lying theives and I wanted to do the same. : )

kcd on March 7, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I roll out of bed and read this post and comments while having my 1st cup of coffee and wonder what NEW is happening since this is “same old same old”. The Clintons have always wanted to have their cake, eat it too, and then hide the evidence of their gluttony.

HawaiiLwyr on March 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

The horse’s ass population is far larger than that of humans, not only in New York, but Mass, California and Oregon. I will never comprehend why these smirking blowhards (Kennedy, Kerry, Clinton, Boxer, et al) keep getting reelected. What tangible treats are the voters getting out of them, anything at all?? It’s maddening.

leftnomore on March 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

I’m real nervous with the conventional wisdom about how smart it was to help keep Hillary in the race. When everybody thinks it’s a “sure thing” it usually isn’t. If Obama or McCain can’t or won’t take advantage of this and score major points in regards to the Clinton’s being so 90’s we are in deep shit.

These white trash grifters will be back in the White House with Obama as their VP lawn jockey–you mark my words.

patrick neid on March 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM

kcd– at least one lying thief repented! Neither of these aging goons have, nor will.

leftnomore on March 7, 2008 at 11:40 AM

USA Today’s Headline (lie):

Archivists block release of Clinton papers

When ‘Bill Clinton blocks release of Clinton ‘pardon’ papers’

DANEgerus on March 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM

will never comprehend why these smirking blowhards (Kennedy, Kerry, Clinton, Boxer, et al) keep getting reelected. What tangible treats are the voters getting out of them, anything at all?? It’s maddening.
– leftnomore

I’m right there with you; who in their right minds would vote for such shady individuals??! I only voted for the Obamessaiah because he seemed to be new, with no illegitimate connections, unlike the clintons, but obviously that’s been blown out of the water with the Rezko trial. Garbage. I don’t trust any of ’em!!

drift on March 7, 2008 at 11:43 AM

Cry HAVOC!!! and let slip the dogs of political war ;p

scottm on March 7, 2008 at 8:20 AM

And to think when Fred! left the trail, I didn’t think there was any reason to pay to the election process anymore. Fun times!

ihasurnominashun on March 7, 2008 at 11:54 AM

Maybe we could get Sandy Burglar to pilfer them…

mojo on March 7, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Maybe we could get Sandy Burglar to pilfer them…

mojo on March 7, 2008 at 11:59 AM

I’ll bet if the price was right….

kcd on March 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM

Let’s not forget about the outrageous pardon of the FALN terrorists, which make it impossible for Hillary to go after Obama for his relationship with Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.

Nor about condemning Elian Gonzolez, an innocent child, to hard labor and brainwashing for life in Castro’s Cuba.

njcommuter on March 7, 2008 at 12:05 PM

Just think, if Obama wasn’t in the race, and it was just Clinton, Inc. none of this, NONE of it, would ever see the light of day………..

Seven Percent Solution on March 7, 2008 at 12:38 PM

Another Hillary act to bash, to renig on her political agreement to NOT seat delegates from Michigan & Florida is to prove her to be untrustworthy, not only domestically, but regarding ANY international agreement. Pres. Hillary will not ever honor her treaties; THAT is the ugliest American and the candidate most likely to destroy the integrity of the office.

maverick muse on March 7, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Too little attention has been paid to another of Clinton’s pardons: The FARC terrorists. They’re relevant to today’s headlines.

Some enterprising journalist should be tracking down every single one of those he pardoned (to get votes for her) and see where they are today. Were any of them in the Equadoran jungles? Perhaps in Times Square night before last? Who knows…they’re TERRORISTS~~free to roam the country Thanks to Bill and Hill.

jeanneb on March 7, 2008 at 1:06 PM

And, should Obama win the day based on the secrecy of the Clintons, John McCain can go after him on the Rezko matter, using his own words.

michaelo on March 7, 2008 at 1:20 PM

JiangxiDad on March 7, 2008 at 7:55 AM

That’s one of the more disturbing things about McCain.

Al in St. Lou on March 7, 2008 at 1:28 PM

There was also the curious case of a fellow named Bachtu, who was a small time federal convict. His family gave $5,000.00 dollars to the Hillary Clinton US Senate campaign in 2000. There is no way that either Clinton would have known him or considered a pardon for this Bachtu character if not for some quid pro quo.
And lets not forget that Fife Symington of Arizona, who was a Clinton supporter who got a pardon as did Ravenal of South Carolina. But Bachtu needs to be investigated.

Larraby on March 7, 2008 at 2:15 PM

What fresh hell is this? MORE dirt on Clinton inc. deals? I’m suffering info overload-I can’t keep the deceptions straight anymore! I appreciate the Clinton Library holding back even MORE scandals-I don’t know how much more I could stand.
If the Internet had been in full force in 1992, disseminating information as we do now…the Clintons would never have made it to the White House.

Doug on March 7, 2008 at 2:37 PM

good Lord….i went to go back and edit this before posting it (since it needed it greatly) and accidentally hit the submit button. my apologies for posting this prematurely. ugh.

HunnyWaggin on March 7, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Whut wuz rong with it? ; )

kcd on March 7, 2008 at 2:52 PM

By the way Ed,

Great job, nice to have someone who gets up before noon (AP) doing a little blogging for us early morning folks.

conservnut on March 7, 2008 at 8:23 AM

Ouch! Heh.

Well, just for your future refrence I usually blog at 6am on weekdays…;-)

Rightwingsparkle on March 7, 2008 at 5:00 PM

-Never mind the media should be looking into that Rezko/Obama connection.

-Perhaps SNL will do a skit on BillHillies pardons, the Marc Rich stuff would be x rated though as I imagine Bill got favored with more than cash on that one.

dhunter on March 7, 2008 at 5:10 PM

This makes Bill & Hillary look like crooked Arkansas HillBillaries.

Alden Pyle on March 7, 2008 at 5:39 PM

There has not been a married couple this corrupt since Marcos in the PI.

These people are just seething in corruption and filth.
One day the story will come out when they wont be able to keep people quite.
here are some vids

TheSitRep on March 7, 2008 at 6:43 PM

How can they block those papers? Aren’t they official government documents? I doubt there are any national security issues at stake. Well, maybe Hillery’s security or job prospects, but tough human digestive by-product. Seems a Freedom of Information Act request should be enough. Undoubtedly, those documents were constructed on company time.

Woody

woodcdi on March 7, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Let’s not forget the pardon for the Rabbi from New Square, Rockland County, when she was running for her first senate seat.That guaranteed a nice bloc vote.

AnnieRose on March 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

The media are all too complicit in this double standard toward the Clintons.

onlineanalyst on March 7, 2008 at 8:09 AM

My favorite was a comment Newsweak’s Eleanor Rodham Clift made at the time of the Marc Rich pardon. She said she had no problem with Bubbah giving Denise Rich’s husband a pardon in exchange for a roll in the hay.

Del Dolemonte on March 7, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Of course the Clintons are blocking release of the pardon records. Of all the scandals of the Clinton Administration, this is the most egregious. This is the one scandal that has the greatest chance of sending them both to jail.

As to Hillary, the pardons of the Hasidic Jew embezzlers in New York City, which gave Hillary that community’s vote for Senator is the most damning.

Why doesn’t Obama go after this issue tooth and nail?

Gary Fouse
fousesquawk

gary fouse on March 7, 2008 at 10:35 PM

REAL SIMPLE: The Clintons don’t want to disclose the $10 million Billy Jeff gets annually from Dubai as an advisor, which will get the far lefties in an uproar, since the Bush administration MUST be the only entity getting rich on ME oil. Quite the conundrum for the conservative haters. Seeing that Billy Jeff already leased the Long Beach harbor to the Chinese Navy and pardoned Puerto Rican terrorists for his “wife’s” votes from that community, along with giving nuclear technology to the Chinese, I’m surprised his Presidential library hasn’t had an “electrical” fire yet….Most exciting of all will be the Democratic convention. Howard Dean will be screaming alright…..Yeeeaaaaaaarrrggghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

adamsmith on March 8, 2008 at 9:38 AM

Hey Clintonistas! I’ve got four words for you!

Freedom Of Information Act!

Any honest investigative reporter out there looking for your big break?

Go get ‘em!

pilamaye on March 7, 2008 at 8:18 AM

I believe USA Today has already FOIA’d them, or Judicial Watch, and the release was delayed for some time, then what they DID release was so heavily redacted as to be useless.

Bubba, and his spear catcher Bruce Lindsey, keep saying it’s the archivists holding things up, but it is Lindsey who has the final say as Bubba’s representative.

It shouldn’t be that difficult for any media organization (or private individual for that matter) to FOIA these, then sue them in federal court when they refuse. The law says 20 days to comply. I believe it was a lawsuit that forced the original papers to be released, yet they were useless.

Imagine how the press would react if Bush withheld documents pertaining to Abu Ghraib, or Gitmo, or Haditha? or any classified intelligence operation?

91Veteran on March 8, 2008 at 8:26 PM

I know I’m a newbie here but I must take issue with the post about Elian Gonzalez.

It was the one thing BJ Clinton did right, even though it meant sending him back.

The first reason is that nobody had legal standing in Florida courts to assert custody rights. Once it became clear that his father was going to claim him, the law made a different result impossible. (The Supreme Court validated this with the Troxel v Granville decision)

The second reason is that Elian will never forget that the USA (with all its power) did not keep him from his father. He’s like a Manchurian Candidate sleeper in Cuba, and it is his generation that is soon to take over.

BJ Clinton remembered the hurt of not having a father and he did the right thing by refusing to do it to some other kid.

platypus on March 9, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Of course they are blocking release of the pardon papers. It was a case of corruption with the Clintons literally selling pardons in exchange for cash to the Clinton Library. One of those pardons involved the Hasidic Jews of NY who delivered their community’s votes to Hillary in exchange for pardons.

Gary Fouse
fousesquawk

gary fouse on March 9, 2008 at 1:50 PM

Obama needs to start bludgeoning Clinton everyday with this….I believe this is a center of gravity issue.

More words of wisdom from the silver screen: In today’s installment, “The Untouchables”

Malone: You wanna know how you do it? Here’s how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That’s the Chicago way, and that’s how you get Capone! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that?

moxie_neanderthal on March 10, 2008 at 7:43 AM

Heaven to Betsy…we know enough about those pardons to call them outrageous, among other adjectives like, criminal. But, this is what we would expect from a sex/drug/power addicted sociopath and pathological liar (and his ‘wife’ who wants to rule the world). It’s classic Bubba and he’s not just loved by his fans, he’s worshiped…oh, how they wish that they could get away with half of what Billy’s done!

Also, note the body language of the happy couple: he’s reaching over to hold her hand but they’re both looking away from each other. They have to constantly be on the lookout for the slings and arrows of their unfulfilled karma.

Christine on March 10, 2008 at 1:15 PM