Speculation is growing that President Bush may pardon those officials responsible for the unlawful programs under his Administration. It will be the subject (and possibly the Sunstein controversy) of my discussion on Countdown tonight.
This far, Bush has been openly hostile to pardons, creating one of the worst records in history. With the exception of Scooter Libby (who received a pardon without applying and without spending a day in prison), Bush has allowed thousands of pardon petitions to languish in his office.
He has granted only 157 pardons in comparison to Ronald Reagan’s 409 in eight years. Clinton, who abused this power, granted 459 but half came in his final year.
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