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January 19, 2009

Some possible Bush presidential pardons to watch out for

Posted: 10:28 AM ET

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.

But Bush could quickly leap back into the spotlight in the next two days if he issues a blanket pardon immunizing CIA and military interrogators, as well as their bosses, from criminal prosecution over harsh treatment of prisoners from the war on terror.

Bush is also facing pressure from conservative allies, who see pardons of former Bush administration officials and some others as a more realistic possibility. At the top of their lists: Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby and former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, still under investigation for his role in a series of U.S. attorney firings.

(Here's the top 10 list of possible pardons to look out for)

**UPDATED: On his final full day in office, President Bush issued commutations for two former border patrol agents convicted in 2006 of shooting an undocumented immigrant who was smuggling drugs at the time – READ ABOUT IT HERE

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Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 19th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

My List;

1) Cheney, Rumsfeld, Libby, Rove, Gonzales, Wolfowitz,

2) Enron people, Ken Lay and Skillings!

3) Michael Brown, Tom Ridge & anyone else involve with coverup of Katrina

4) Will see if any Florida officials recieve blanket pardons for 2000 election, i.e Kathryn Harris

5) Officials who have jailed many innocent people at GITMO

6) Ohio election offiials for 2004 election steal out of Ohio

7) Anyone who has knowledge of 9/11 Attacks that could convict Bush

Who knows, there are a lot of the Presidents men to cover for, could be anyone, and Supreme Court now stacked to up hold anything for BUSH.....

Goodbye MR Bush!!


Andy   January 19th, 2009 2:15 pm ET

I see that Bush has finally seen fit to commute the sentences of Ramos and Compeau. Along with the commutation goes the rider that it does not diminish the seriousness of their crimes, What crap! They were doing their JOB. And it seems doing it well. They should get a full pardon and a comendation.


hugh ~ california   January 19th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

Unfortunately for Bush, he can't pardon himself!


Sintelle Taylor   January 19th, 2009 6:30 pm ET

I had the opportunity to view the venue where our 44th president will be sworn in tomorrow. What struck me the most was the symbolism. Abraham Lincoln overseeing the swearing in, Dr. Martin Luther King embracing a diverse gathering of the nation as we honor the man who will lead us into a more enriched way of being, living, giving and sharing. May we open our spirits to the kind of change that will make us all better human beings. Our yesterdays are gone. Our tomorrows are forever.


John Cooper   January 19th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

More Blacks in jail than in college.

I joined the United States Air Force in July 1961; a year later I returned to my hometown and visited my high school with my best friend who finished the year after I did. I was so impressed with what I saw that I committed about how studious and well groom the student were. For years I have wondered, what happen? I thought maybe bussing had something to do with it, but bussing didn’t make us hate education and love jail. Today I watched the History Channel and some of the voter registration marches. The kids were begging about how many times they had gone to jail for the cause. Could this have been the turning point that leads our young Black men to feel better about going to jail than going to college?


Ruby T. Green   January 19th, 2009 8:26 pm ET

As a fan of Hillary after hearing what Bidens' wife ( that is suppose to have all of those degrees) and she can't keep her mouth closed. It shows that President Obama seems to not be the person he claims to be. He wants a closed orginazation and it goes to prove that Biden tlaks to his wife about what does on in Obama's adminstration and it doesn't say that much for Obama. As a fan of Hillary it makes her look bad as if she get his leftovers. Hillary should turn Obama down.

Ruby T. Green


Judith   January 19th, 2009 8:57 pm ET

Ramos and Compeau,the Border Patrol guys should have had a Full Pardon.Just because that illegal had no gun,that time he cross the border brought drugs into our Country and was a rapist.These guys did there job.When that went down with these men that is when everyone should have known that it could have happen to them too by doing their job.Shame on you President Bush.
Libby should have gotten more than a commute.Everyone knows that except Bush.
This will be on these guys records.Hopefully President-elect Obama can find it in his heart and go over Bush and Pardon these two.
If I'm not mistaken one has to be in jail in order to get a Full Pardon but how many did Bush Pardon that didn't go to jail.


JQ Brea Calif.   January 19th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

why does the U.S. Border Patrol agents convicted in 2006 have to wait until March to walk free?


carol   January 19th, 2009 9:51 pm ET

The agents should be granted Pardons, not having te sentences commued. And the still-under-indictment criminals should be given the harshes penalty available.

The US Attorney and those assisted in this travesty of just should be investigated and face discipline.

carol


george r   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

hi there. like i voted for pres obama , and i lived in chicago ,ill in the 44th ward there. like what is the big deal there. good luck to mr obama there and his wife , but one thing here.. president obama .. dont forget who "voted' for u there. and honor your committ ment to yor people like good paying jobs bring jobs back here, i.e assembly jobs and electroincs also what we lack here..and give me and others the stimulus plan of $ up to 1100 per person poor and disabled .. give the disabled in america better opportinities in thsi year . THEN.. you will make it gfor the NEXT4 years thank u .. god bless the u.s.a !!p.s. get RID of the real ID act and microchipping of people and the partriot act!


karen   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

at the last moment bush has finally done something right in pardoning of the border patrol agents, finally the grinch has found a heart. thank you bush for the only thing u have done right in a very long time. god bless you karen


Pearl Cosentino   January 19th, 2009 10:04 pm ET

I AM A 77 YR OLD WHITE FEMALE AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS
IS ONE OF MY PROUDEST DAYS OF MY LIFE. I AM ON SOCIAL SECURITY AND NOT MUCH TO LIVE ON, BUT I KNOW OUR NEW
PRESIDENT WILL HELP ME LIVE MY REST OF MY DAYS HAPPY.
GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND MAY GOD BLESS THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO
ELECT THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,


pete   January 19th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

how about cheney bush gone, mission accomplished


ed ,vancouver canada   January 20th, 2009 12:46 am ET

pardon everyone.


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