no more pardons

I just got the following letter from Michigan Congressman John Conyers and felt that it was worth passing on:

Did you know that Elliot Abrams, pardoned by the first President Bush for the Iran-Contra crimes he committed under the Reagan Administration, now works for the Bush White House? And has been implicated in the leak of Valerie Plame’s covert identity?

I have sent a letter to President Bush asking him to say right now that he will not pardon anyone found guilty of criminal offenses related to the disclosure of Valerie Plame’s CIA cover. Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald may indict senior White House officials in this case. Join me in demanding that the President not pardon anyone found guilty in his administration who compromises our national security! To send your own copy of this letter to President Bush by email, click here. Our goal is to get at least 10,000 people to email the White House and we will post our tally updates daily on the website.

Nine of my Judiciary Committee colleagues also joined me yesterday in sending a letter to the Inspector General seeking an investigation into the 12-hour delay taken by Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez before notifying White House staff of the need to preserve documents relating to the Department of Justice’s Valerie Plame leak investigation. Even more troubling is that the Department of Justice only began its investigation 67 days after the CIA first requested it, and only after the Agency asked DoJ four times.

Please sign it… and spread the word.

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  1. Posted July 28, 2005 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the URL!

  2. mark
    Posted July 28, 2005 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t say it in my original post, but doesn’t it seem as though there should be some extra-bad punishment for a person who breaks the law after being let off the hook once? Shouldn’t it be an automatic death penalty…. Of course, I don’t believe in the death penalty, but you get what I mean, right?

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