Bush Pardons 19 More, But Not Libby (Yet)

President's tally still pales in comparison to Clinton, Reagan
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2008 4:52 PM CST
Bush Pardons 19 More, But Not Libby (Yet)
A Marine salutes as President George W. Bush waves from the steps of Marine One helicopter as he leaves Washington for Christmas.   (AP Photo)

Another round of presidential pardons today might not be the last, the Washington Post reports. “The president has maintained his authority to do that until his last day,” a spokesman said. No big names, such as Scooter Libby, were announced, but President Bush did issue a rare posthumous pardon for a man who smuggled arms to Jewish fighters in Palestine in the 1940s.

The remaining pardons went to living people, charged mostly with fraud and drug crimes. The gunrunner pardoned posthumously was Charles Winters, who died in 1984. Winters was convicted with two other men, who were both pardoned, one in 1961, the other in 2001. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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