Pardons, or the lack of them


I’ve heard a number of people, even those normally skeptical of George Bush, give him kudos for not flooding the last few days with a bunch of presidential pardons, retroactive or pre-emptive, for those who are at risk in the various criminal activities associated with his administration. But I think the positive motivations have to be viewed sceptically. After all, Bush has a significant personal motivation for not pardoning anyone close to the workings of the Whitehouse: Anyone pardoned loses the ability to claim the fifth. They have to testify when called and truthfully, tell all they know, or go to jail if they don’t.


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