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By Kent Larsen

Hatch Calls For Clinton Pardon

WASHINGTON, DC -- Speaking on the Sunday news program "Fox News Sunday," Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, an LDS Church member, called for President-elect George W. Bush to pardon President Bill Clinton. The remarks were just the latest in a series of conciliatory statements Hatch has made toward the President.

"I think it's time to put this to bed," Hatch suggested on the program. "It's time to let President Clinton fade into whatever he's going to fade into, and I just don't see keeping it alive any longer, and I don't think there's a jury in America that is going to convict President Clinton." When asked what he would do in Bush's position, Hatch said, "I would pardon him."

Clinton is currently being investigated by a grand jury convened by special prosecutor Robert Ray, the successor to Kenneth Star, the prosecutor who's investigation led to Clinton's impeachment. Hatch would like to see Bush act shortly after the inauguration, before Ray's grand jury can issue an indictment.

However, visitor's to the Deseret News' website generally disagree with Hatch, voting in a 'quick poll' on the website nearly two to one against giving Clinton a pardon. Hatch made several statements calling for forgiveness for the President, mainly at the time of the impeachment. He said Clinton called him on his cell phone at that time, as he was on his way to talk on the TV news program, "Face the Nation." "I talked a lot about principles of redemption and what we need to do to get a life in order and that there are consequences to our actions. I'm not stupid. I know he was afraid I might go on that show and call for his resignation . . . but I didn't mince any words with him (about repentance), and to the president's credit, he took it."


Pardon Clinton, Hatch advises
Deseret News 8Jan01 T2
By Lee Davidson: Deseret News Washington correspondent

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