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 Friday, May 30, 2008

Hillary Clinton's Role in the Presidential Pardon of Marc Rich

  Hillary Was a Key Player in the Marc Rich Pardon Deal

Jeffrey St Clair in Counterpunch wrote a detailed account of Hillary Clinton's role in the pardon of Marc Rich.

To know more, read this article: Bill Clinton and the Rich Women

"....Hillary has never addressed her role in the Rich pardon.

In fact, she’s rarely been asked her opinion on the free pass given to one of the world’s most wanted fugitives, a man who violated embargoes against Iran and South Africa and fled the country rather than face trial in what was billed as “the biggest tax evasion case in history.”

The senator has variously said that she was “unaware” of the decision and “surprised” by it. When pressed, she merely cackles.

Even though 300 pages of core documents relating to the pardon decision remain under seal at the Clinton Library, a review of the available record tells a much different story.

In fact, the Rich legal team viewed Hillary as a secret weapon, and as one door after another closed on their search for a pardon they focused more and more on invoking what Rich lawyer Robert Fink called the “HRC option.”

Who is Marc Rich? And why did he need a presidential pardon?"

... At 2:30 in the morning on January 20, Clinton gets a call from his National Security Advisor. Marc Rich’s name has surfaced in an intelligence file in connection with an international arms smuggling network.

Clinton calls Quinn. Quinn says the allegations are bogus.

Bill turns to his staff, all of whom oppose the pardon that is now being signed. “Take Jack’s word,” Clinton snapped.

Later Clinton will claim to have been “sleep deprived when he signed the pardon, an excuse that his wife would resurrect to explain her fabulation of her landing under sniper fire in Bosnia.

Marc Rich bought his pardon and now flies freely in his private jet, while Leonard Peltier languishes in prison with no hope of release.

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