Jimmy Carter on the Mark Rich Pardon

Most of the Democrats on the weekend news shows were taking the line that Bill Clinton’s pardon of Mark Rich was deplorable but there was no evidence that Clinton pardoned Rich because of campaign contributions he received from Denise Rich.

Former President Jimmy Carter disagrees, telling the Associated Press, “I don’t think there is any doubt that some of the factors in his pardon were attributable to his large gifts. In my opinion, that was disgraceful.”

Way back in 1992, Clinton promised that his time in office would represent “the most ethical administration history.” The one thing I would really like to see a reporter ask Clinton point blank is whether he believes he achieved that goal (and I suspect that despite everything he would answer in the affirmative).