Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Don�t let George Bush pardon this turkey

Dear automat,

Don't Pardon this Turkey

You know the drill -- every Thanksgiving the president pardons a turkey. But this year George Bush may try to use the holiday season to slip in another pardon -- of his friend and former senior aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, who was indicted for perjury, obstruction of justice and making false statements.

Conservatives around Washington are buzzing with rumors that George Bush will regain control of his lame-duck presidency by ending the investigation into manipulated intelligence on Iraq and the subsequent cover-up with a pardon for anyone involved.

Despite pressure from Democratic lawmakers, Bush refuses to pledge that he will not pardon Libby or anyone else implicated in this breach of national security. A pardon for anyone on this deadly serious matter would be yet more evidence that Republican leaders value political party over country.

It's up to you to show that the American people are watching -- don't let George Bush pardon this turkey over the Thanksgiving holiday:


From the cover-up of manipulated intelligence on Iraq to Tom DeLay's money-for-influence machine to Bill Frist's questionable stock deals, this administration and Republicans in Congress have always considered themselves above the law.

Forward this message to your friends and family -- the more people who sign the No Pardons petition, the more the White House will know that Americans are watching.

If we can make a strong showing before holiday weekend, George Bush will have to think twice before pardoning this turkey. Add your name now:


On behalf of Governor Dean and everyone else here at the DNC, let me wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

Enjoy your holiday -- but don't forget to spread the word that we need to keep an eye on this lame duck.

Thank you,

Tom McMahon
Executive Director
Democratic National Committee

P.S. -- More than 100,000 Americans responded to Republican attacks on decorated veteran and Democratic Congressman Jack Murtha by sending him a note of thanks for his corragous stand. You can still tell Jack Murtha not to back down by visiting:


P.P.S. -- Here is the letter Senate Democrats sent to George Bush asking him to pledge not to pardon Libby -- so far he has refused:

November 8, 2005
The Honorable George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The indictment of I. Lewis Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff, marks the first time in 131 years that a senior White House official has been charged with a crime while still serving in the White House. The charges, while not yet proven, are extraordinarily serious and deeply disturbing.

Although it is too early to judge Mr. Libby guilty or innocent of these particular charges, it is not too early for you to reassure the American people that you understand the enormous gravity of the allegations. To this end, we urge you to pledge that if Mr. Libby or anyone else is found guilty of a crime in connection with Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation, you will not exercise your authority to issue a Presidential pardon.

It is crucial that you make clear in advance that, if convicted, Mr. Libby will not be able to rely on his close relationship with you or Vice President Cheney to obtain the kind of extraordinarily special treatment unavailable to ordinary Americans. In addition you should do nothing to undermine Mr. Fitzgerald's investigation or diminish accountability in your White House. A pardon in these circumstances would signal that this White House considers itself above the law.

We also urge you to state publicly whether anyone in the White House including White House counsel Harriet Miers or Vice President Cheney has already discussed the possibility of a pardon with Mr. Libby. Particularly given that the American people are still in the dark about what precisely transpired in the White House with respect to the CIA leak, it would be highly inappropriate if there were such discussions going on behind the scenes.

Swift public action on your part will make clear that you take seriously perjury and obstruction of justice at the highest levels of our government and that you meant what you said about bringing honor and dignity to the White House. We eagerly await your response and hope that you will announce your intentions promptly.


Sen. Harry Reid, Democratic Leader
Sen. Dick Durbin, Assistant Democratic Leader
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Democratic Conference Secretary
Sen. Chuck Schumer, Chairman of Campaign Committee

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