The "pre-emptive" pardon is a particularly onerous thing. I'm still mad at Jerry Ford for his pre-emptive pardon of Richard Nixon. We are still discovering Nixon's clandestine criminal acts that damaged our democracy. Why shouldn't we have investigated, discovered and dealt with him back then?
"It would harm the Country," said President Ford, "It's time to move on."
In fact, the greaater harm came from the failure of American justice. Criminal activity by the President of the United States of America and his high government appointees is particularly onerous and destructive in the sort of "high crimes and misdemeanors" that the founders of this nation intended for us to expose and punish.
George W. Bush has already commuted the sentence of Scooter Libby, who took the fall for Karl Rove and Dick Cheney. His crime was obstructing justice. Patrick Fitzgerald pointedly stated that Libby covered up for Cheney and Rove, essentially hiding acts of treason from American Justice.
A group of Democrats have stepped forward and introduced a resolution asking President Bush to not issue "pre-emptive pardons" which our founders never intended to be issued. Pardons were for acts of mercy after the event of trial. By acting as he has, Bush has covered up the high crimes of his administration. If we could just concentrate on the acts of treason that led America into the Iraq war, I'd be willing to let the misdemeanors go.
So, Lincoln Davis...Congressman Davis...I urge you to support House Resolution 1531introduced by Congressman Nadler.
America deserves justice.