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Charlie Savage reports on how you get a pardon from George W. Bush. The Justice Department’s website suggests that you fill out some paperwork and file it with the Justice Department’s Pardons Attorney. But it turns out that this is the approach for schmucks. There’s a special inside track and it involves making substantial payments to the G.O.P. and Republican candidates, hiring an attorney with ties to George W. Bush, and getting in to see White House counsel Fred R. Fielding. The Tussie caper was, apparently, the least of it.
With prominent pardon candidate Karl Rove serving as their chief strategist, Republicans are now carefully looking over Eric Holder’s record in preparation for his January 15 confirmation hearing. They are expected to attack him based on his role in the Clinton decision to pardon Marc Rich. Will the developments relating to the Bush pardon machine have any effect on that strategy? There’s never a shortage of irony inside the beltway.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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