Yale Law Professor Jack Balkin explains Bush’s pardon
in the context of Plamegate a/k/a Leakgate.
* A president’s pardon power is unreviewable
* He can pardon people before they are charged with a crime or
anytime after they are charged or convicted
Why Bush might pardon his cronies in Plamegate:
* To avoid being called as a witness in a criminal prosecution
Why Bush might not pardon his cronies, at least right now
* The political fallout. He is only in the first year of his
The bottom line:
If important persons in the Bush Administration are indicted, and
is a significant danger that revelations damaging to the President will
surface, don’t be surprised if the President uses his ace in the hole–
the pardon power. Some might argue that the President simply wouldn’t
dare; others will insist that he would be impeached if he tries it. But
what the President is likely to do depends on the alternatives if he
doesn’t act, and remember, the Congress is controlled by members of his
own party, not by the opposition as was the case during the Clinton
Presidency. This president has a knack for self-preservation; and if
the pardon power is the best alternative he has, you can be sure that
he will use it.
One thing that also has to be put into the
equation is Joseph Wilson’s possible civil suit for damages arising
from the leak of his wife’s identity. A pardon wouldn’t relieve Bush or
Cheney from having to give depositions in the lawsuit.
Joseph Wilson has gotten word to Libby’s and Rove’s attorneys that if
they agree to plead guilty to any charges, he would consider his pound
of flesh extracted and not file a civil suit.
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