Bush Retracts Pardon for Son of Big GOP Donor

White House cites new information in halting process for developer Isaac Toussie
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Dec 24, 2008 4:55 PM CST
President Bush withdrew a pardon he granted yesterday to Isaac Toussie.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Bush withdrew a presidential pardon today after it emerged that the father of a convicted Brooklyn developer donated $28,500 to the Republican Party, CNN reports. The president’s counsel approved clemency for Isaac Toussie on charges of mail fraud and false statements to federal officials, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said, but given the new information, “the pardon might create an appearance of impropriety.”