Clinton And The Fugitive Financier

American VoicesPolitics ISSUE 37•05 Feb 14, 2001

Congress is investigating Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich, a major Democratic Party contributor who since 1983 has been living in Switzerland to avoid trial for racketeering, tax evasion, and trading with Iran. What do you think?

  • “A powerful politician doing favors for a corrupt business crony? America has lost its innocence.”

    Hugh Carter –
    Math Teacher

  • “Would you do any less for a loved one or major campaign contributor?”

    Patrick Poulon –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Marc Rich's plight is a lot like that of Native American activist Leonard Peltier, except Rich has eleventy gazillion dollars and isn't in jail.”

    Jessica Smith –
    Graduate Student

  • “I'm sure living a luxurious lifestyle in Switzerland for the past 18 years showed Rich the error of his ways.”

    Harriet Swann –
    Guidance Counselor

  • “Come on, let him go. The poor guy's done his time. He was president for eight years, for God's sake.”

    Marc Cowart –
    Electrician

  • “I wish Clinton could have pardoned my ass out of jail for robbing that camera store. Oh, and also for my oil deals with Iran.”

    Henry Thalacker –
    Custodian