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The Iran-Contra Pardons, Government Under the Law

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The power of pardon granted to the president by the United States Constitution to prevent or relieve punishment for a crime (except impeachment) is serious business. Pardon is not absolution of the crime. It is not a reward for political allies. The recent decree by President Bush is just that. Withholding information or lying to Congress is a crime - not a policy difference. John R. Graves, Washington

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