[color:blue]”the Obama camp seems hell-bent on discrediting the last, successful Democratic presidency in an effort to win now”
</font color=blue><br><br>You call an impreached president
a successful president? <br>That successful president lost his license to practice law as a result of his having committed perjury. <br><br>Did you know that in the last hours of his presidency, that successful president pardoned 140 criminals? <br><br>One of those pardons was given to Mark Rich.
<br>Mark Rich fled the United States in 1983 after being indicted on charges of wire fraud, racketeering and income tax evasion. He was also charged with violating trade restrictions with Iran at the time the government in Tehran was holding U.S. diplomats as hostages.
<br><br>Mark Rich’s wife donated $1 million to the Democratic Party $450,000 to the Clinton Library, $10,000 to the Clinton’s legal defense fund and $70,000 to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign in order to secure the pardon.<br><br>Senator John McCain
called the pardon a disgrace.<br><br>Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle
said he was troubled by the pardon and described it as inappropriate.<br><br>New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
, who as a federal prosecutor at the time brought the charges against Rich, said a congressional investigation was warranted into the "very unusual" pardon of a fugitive. "The Marc Rich pardon cries out for an explanation," he said, describing the 1983 case as the "most extensive tax evasion case" in the country. "There is no explanation for it beyond the fact that the president had the raw power to do it."<br>Asked whether he believed there was a quid pro quo for the Rich pardon, Giuliani refused to rule it out.<br>"I don't think it would be fair to suggest that there was a payoff, but I also don't think it would be fair to dismiss the question without an investigation," he said. <br><br>Bill Clinton defended the pardon. He said he spent "a lot of personal time" on the Rich case but declined to explain his reasoning for the pardon.<br><br>Did you know that Scooter Libby
was Mark Rich’s lawyer?<br>Not too suprisingly Hillary Clinton has taken no public position on the potential Scooter Libby pardon though long time Clinton aide James Carville was one of the signers of a letter to Judge Reggie Walton pleading for a stay pending appeal which would have essentially let Bush delay the pardon until after the November elections and keep Libby out of jail all the while.<br><br>