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Bill Clinton

Presidency

What was controversial about Clinton’s pardons?

Clinton issued more than 140 pardons on his last day in office. Some of them were not very controversial, but the Marc Rich pardon was a notable exception. Rich was a billionaire commodities trader who made a fortune selling and trading in oil with countries such as Iran and Iraq. Prosecutors had charged Rich back in the 1980s with insider trading with Iran and tax evasion. Because his former wife, Denise Rich, had made very sizeable donations to the Clinton Library and the U.S. Democratic Party, it was alleged by some critics that the pardon was bought. Others alleged that Hugh Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother, had received money from those seeking pardons.



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