Paying for Pardons?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Paying for Pardons?

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott says he wants an investigation into some of the pardons granted by President Clinton just hours before he left office. And he especially wants to look into the pardon given to Marc Rich, the fugitive financier who devised an elaborate scheme to funnel more than $70 million into Swiss bank accounts from the resale of crude oil on which he paid no taxes.

Authorities have described the scheme by Rich and his partner, Pincus Green - who was also pardoned - as one of the biggest tax fraud cases in U.S. history.

When Swiss bank accounts are mentioned, I wonder if any of them have numbers assigned to Bill and Hillary Clinton? These two have been takers from the start, willing to steal anything and everything for their own benefit. Does anyone believe it would be beyond them to sell a pardon if they could pocket millions?

Unfair? Tell me, on what basis should an ounce of integrity be imparted to this couple? The pardon is absolute, but the public has a right to know the facts, if it can get them.
Im Cal Thomas in Washington.