Monday, January 19, 2009

10 Bush pardons to watch for

, As the clock ticks down on his presidency, George W. Bush has shown few signs he plans to indulge in the frenzy of last-minute pardons that marked Bill Clinton’s final hours in the Oval Office. ... [Still, he's under pressure from conservative allies, so here] is a list of 10 cases that could come under review by Bush:

  1. Military and CIA interrogators of war-on-terror prisoners [Politico Odds: 4 to 1]
  2. Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Cheney, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby Jr. [Politico Odds: 1 to 2]
  3. Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [Politico Odds: 1 to 1]
  4. Former American Israel Public Affairs Committee Lobbyists Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman, Former Pentagon Analyst Lawrence Franklin [Politico Odds: Rosen/Weissman, 10 to 1; Franklin: 20 to 1]
  5. Former Justice Department official Bradley Schlozman [Politico Odds: 4 to 1]
  6. Former junk bond king Michael Milken [Politico Odds: 2 to 1]
  7. Former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean [Politico Odds: 3 to 1] GRANTED 01/19/09
  8. Former Governor George Ryan (R-Ill.) [Politico Odds: 4 to 1]
  9. Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard [Politico Odds: 20 to 1]
  10. Randall “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) [Politico Odds: 50 to 1] CBS News reports Sen. Lisa Murkowski has called President Bush to ask that he pardon former Sen. Ted Stevens, who was convicted of seven felony counts in October for making false statements. Michael Brumas, the Communications Director for Murkowski, said a pardon request was made earlier this month. “He declined to give other details, including whether Stevens himself wanted the pardon and had asked Murkowski to pursue it on his behalf. ‘It’s just a very sensitive issue and a sensitive time — a couple days left,’ Brumas said. ‘We’re just not saying anything more.’”

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