Conyers: No Pardons for Treasongate

Sign My Letter to Bush Demanding No Pardons for Treasongate

by Congressman John Conyers
Tue Oct 25, 2005 at 03:26:39 PM EDT

Cross-posted at Huffington

As the Fitzgerald investigation nears its conclusion, I am becoming increasingly concerned that Bush will prevent the exposure of wrongdoing in Treasongate by pardoning any indicted members of his administration before trial. I wrote a letter in July asking the President to pledge not to pardon these persons. I have yet to receive an answer so I have organized a letter writing campaign demanding an answer.  Over 4,000 people have already signed so I'd like to generate at least 10,000 letters to Bush.

As some of you may recall, the President's father, President George H.W. Bush, pardoned officials under indictment in the Iran-Contra scandal. Some of those pardoned by Bush Sr. include officials in the present White House, like Elliott Abrams, as well as others who have been purportedly linked to the falsification of the Niger documents.  Those previously indicted and pardoned seem to be nearby when further crimes are committed against our country.

While the White House had publicly promised its full cooperation with the investigation, their strategy has been attack, attack, attack -- most significantly on Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, the prosecutor, the Central Intelligence Agency and the press.  Let's make sure that while the administration tries to divert attention away from its culpability,
they are forced to pledge that those indicted by Fitzgerald will not be pardoned by the President.