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Walkerville, VA
Monday, April 22, 2024
Carolyn Purcell, Editor

Bush pardon in Chicago scandal

The ACLU’s campaign to stop President Bush from pardoning corrupt officials failed today when President Bush announced a full pardon for a prominent Chicago politician caught in the Illinois bribery scandal.

Republican President Bush today pardoned President-elect Barack Obama for any and all crimes committed in the Chicago Blagojevich scandal. The President-elect, whose role was uncovered by skilled investigative reporters for the New York Times, gracefully accepted the pardon. The pardon also covers the Obama campaign’s donations fraud that was uncovered by the Times.

American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Anthony Romero expressed outrage at the pardon. The ACLU has been campaigning hard in recent weeks to prevent the president from pardoning corrupt officials before the end of his White House tenure. “Preemptive pardons aimed at letting high-ranking officials escape accountability for undermining the Constitution and violating the law go against American values of justice and due process,” said Romero in an e-mail to members. “The ACLU is urging concerned people all across the country to speak out against this pardon.”

The Washington Post wrote that the collapse of the Illinois government is yet another example of President Bush’s failed foreign policy. The Post urged Vice-president-elect Biden to keep his campaign promise to “team up with the French and kick the Serbs out of Illinois”.

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