July 2nd, 2007
06:45 PM ET
7 years ago

Commutation computations


WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Bush’s decision to commute the sentence of former White House Lewis “Scooter” Libby marks the fourth time the president has exercised his power to reduce criminal sentences. Here’s where the president stands compared to other modern presidents, according to the Office of the Pardon Attorney at the Department of Justice.

George W. Bush:
Pardons: 113
Commutations: 4 (including Libby)

Bill Clinton:
Pardons: 396
Commutations: 61

George H.W. Bush:
Pardons: 74
Commutations: 3

Ronald Reagan:
Pardons: 393
Commutations: 13

Jimmy Carter:
Pardons: 534
Commutations: 29

Gerald Ford:
Pardons: 382
Commutations: 22

Richard Nixon:
Pardons: 863
Commutations: 60

Lyndon Johnson:
Pardons: 960
Commutations: 226

John F. Kennedy:
Pardons: 472
Commutations: 100

Dwight Eisenhower:
Pardons: 1,110
Commutations: 47

Harry Truman:
Pardons: 1,913
Commutations: 118

- CNN’s Shawna Shepherd contributed to this report

Filed under: President Bush • Scooter Libby
soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. AJ, Dixon Illinois

    CNN let's stay on topic. Don't try to distract your readers from the real topic. We can't do anything about past presidents. We can do something about this one. Bush and Cheney have no respect for the law or the citizens of this country.
    It sure looks like all the GOP bloggers are sweating hard tonight trying to save face for their king.

    July 2, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  2. Helen, Raleigh, NC

    I am not in slightest bit surprised. This is so typical of this government. I am disgusted and embarrassed. How much longer before the MORON is out of office and can no longer cause harm to Americans?

    July 2, 2007 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  3. Dan Evans, Toledo, Ohio

    A sad and unfortunate excuse of a government. How can we be the lighthouse of democracy if our government itself is so fundementally flawed?

    July 2, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  4. Jim, Clarksburg, MD

    It would be more appropriate to list a new class of pardons which forgives the same Administration's own political operatives. I believe President Bush plowed virgin ground here.

    July 2, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. Ben

    Wayne Witherspoon is one reason why this country is in serious trouble.

    July 2, 2007 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  6. Rick Rettig, Perrysburg Ohio


    July 2, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. Charmaine Murphy, Ada, MI

    Why can't Scotter take his punnishment
    like Paris Hilton did. Does this mean
    that Paris has more BALLS than Scotter?
    This is just one more nail in their coffin, I hope!

    July 2, 2007 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Pittman, Baytown,TX

    It's simple, The President stated that he would want to see whomever found guilty of this prosecuted to the full extent of the law, then he says forget the judge, forget the jury I decided that the punishment is too severe. George Bush President of the United States, what a joke! I'm simply embarrassed to be an American. So is he going to start reviewing all cases now and interpreting the law and deciding the length of jail time to be served for all citizens.

    July 2, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  9. Patriot American, san diego, Ca





    July 2, 2007 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  10. David Woodward Delray Beach FL

    IMPEACH NOW. Cheney then Bush. Save the USA from these criminals.

    July 2, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. PB, Texas

    If Paris Hilton had to do her time, then why not "Scooter" Libby (and his cohorts)? Once again, in America we've proven that being in the white house still has its privleges and our judicial system is but a thin veil over a double edge sword. Consequences can be set aside/diminished/commuted for the haves whose sentences seem "too harsh". Perhaps Mr. Libby had an extreme case of claustrophia more so than Paris. However, Club Fed is a far cry for the county jail. My comments aren't meant to diminish the need for someone to correct a judicial wrong. I believe that it is still needed because our system isn't perfect. Yet, abuse of power is still abuse by any other name.

    July 2, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  12. John B, Philadelphia, PA

    Unbelievable. Just when I think that there is a shred of justice remaining in our system (and I say a 'shred' because Libby was nothing but a fall-guy who got a slap on the wrist), I am reminded of just how arrogant the current administration is. Today, Bush single-handedly reaffirmed the growingly obvious truth that the 'right people' really can buy (or is it: "lie") their way out of prison. Despite all of the questionable ethical practices that the current White House has been accused of, for me this surely takes the cake so far. Finally a scenario where someone from an administration which is far from perfect would be subjected to a small degree of accountability, and that prospect has been stolen away from us. But, can we really blame the Bush? He, like all presidents, will get away with as much as the people allow him to.

    July 2, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  13. Pat Dunedin Florida

    He is more corrupt than Nixon.
    Lets hope the democrats grow some
    and have him and the vp serve
    scooters time

    July 2, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  14. bill, Palo Alto, CA

    The important thing is to look at the numbers and not the case...god it is good to be an American where STATS are everything and contents is of NO value.

    July 2, 2007 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  15. Don Davis, Indianapolis, IN

    This "investigation" was political theater. This network as well as the rest call this trial "the cia leak trial." It was a travesty of justice. The special prosecutor knew A YEAR before Libby was charged who leaked the name and that even then it was not a crime. The only reason he went on was to find anything else they could make look like a crime. Democrats screamed like stuck pigs when the clintons were investigated like this. Starr was ripped to shreads because the only charges were seperate from the reason for the origional investigation.

    It was all political, and it is fitting to have a political conclusion. Libby should have never been charged, much less sent to prison. Bush did the absolutely correct thing! Good Job!

    July 2, 2007 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  16. Stephanie E. Tucker, Richmond Virginia

    Is anyone really surprised by this? This sort of thing is so typical of this administration(and really most politicians). I would have been surprised if Bush had not pardoned or commuted Libby. I can't wait to see the outcome of the next presidential election. The Republicans can only do so much damage control...

    July 3, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  17. MJ

    Wayne Witherspoon, Phoenix, Az needs to stop drinking the kool-aid. There are young men and women being killed everyday because of the lies of this administration. Their blood is on your hands and those who keep this conquest going.

    July 3, 2007 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  18. Billie, Owensboro,Ky

    Now, that President Bush has commuted the sentence for Scooter Libby he can finally do what is right for those 2 border patrol officers. If Libby can stay out of jail because of all the good he has done in the past....surely these officers can be treated fairly and equally.

    July 3, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  19. Paulo, Acworth, GA

    Libby's new nickname should be "skater".

    This administration has just surpassed Nixonian levels of corruption. Will any of these guys ever except personal responsibility for their crimes? Can they be held accountable for anything?

    July 3, 2007 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  20. Karl Bralich, yosemite, cq

    It's one thing to pardon someone. Quite another to pardon someone who has evidence against you.

    those numbers don't tell the whole story

    July 3, 2007 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  21. David G, Moore SC

    30 months too long?????????

    The victom's "sentence" was for life.

    July 3, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  22. Edward Charles

    How much more proof is needed until Americans realize America is a failed state? The president has too much power! He declares war without any justification, lies to Americans again and again, and now this. Well I have had enough. I'm leaving.

    July 3, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  23. rob, PA

    what a shocker! they should all be tried for treason, war crimes and the like. sometimes i feel like we're in oz, "dont pay attention to the man behind the curtain"....inundated with images of party girls gone bad, while the country's leaders make a mockery out of the "democracy" ...question is, will the people arise from the oil fume haze before its too late?

    July 3, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  24. Gary Turner, Bozeman, Montana

    Since our liberal bloggers here are so 'smart' (apparently smarter even than the Founders of the Constitution)why don't they stop whining and start a movement for an amendment to the constitution to limit the President's powers? But do your homework first and see how many pardons have been doled out by past democrat presidents. Anyway, Bush would do well to also pardon a couple of Border Patrol agents. Maybe justice system reforms need to start in the 'lower courts' based on the Founder's actual intentions.

    July 3, 2007 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
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