Handicapping Last-Minute Bush Pardons

Scooter Libby? Alberto Gonzales? The entire CIA? Speculation swirls
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2009 9:39 AM CST
President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush walk across the South Lawn as they arrive at the White House yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Bush has shown no inclination to go on a Clinton-esque pardon binge, but that won't stop Josh Gerstein of Politico from speculating. Here are the potential pardon/commutation prospects, and the odds:

  • All CIA and military interrogators: Bush could make a big splash with a blanket pardon to anyone who may or may not have tortured suspects in the war on terror. But it’d be legally tricky and enrage many. Odds: 4 to 1

  • I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby: Bush already saved him from prison. Does he want to drag the Valerie Plame case back into the news? Odds: 1 to 2.
  • Alberto Gonzales: It’s a decent bet Bush’ll pardon his ex-minion, under multiple investigations for his activities as attorney general. Odds: 1 to 1
  • Randall “Duke” Cunningham: He’s got prostate cancer, and he’s old, but Bush once called his crimes “outrageous.” Odds: 50 to 1
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