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. john doe tampa fl

    why don't we just expose all undercover officers true identity and put their lives in danger and do nothing to the people who expose them. a felony is a felony. there are several people from past administrations or friends of presidents who were sent to prison for comitting crimes. what a place we live in when our leaders are expected to lead us equally and fairly and their neither equal or fair. i was a bush supporter but maybe he went to far with this incident.

    July 3, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  2. Dug Corpolongo Albuquerque NM

    I wonder what Scooter Libby had on Bush and/or Cheney that would make them willing to take the political fallout that will inevitably result from commuting his sentence?

    July 3, 2007 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  3. Joe Miller - Chicago



    July 3, 2007 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  4. Rick Stelmach, Alameda CA

    I am flat out disgusted and completely disenchanted with this country. The Bush administration has done this to me and many. Their corruption knows no bounds it seems and they could care less who knows it. The untouchables.

    July 3, 2007 02:05 am at 2:05 am |
  5. Rick Stelmach, Alameda CA

    I am flat out disgusted and completely disenchanted with this country and the greedy men that have amBUSHed it. The Bush administration has done this to me and many. Their corruption knows no bounds it seems and they could care less who knows it. The untouchables.

    July 3, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  6. Sandy Panner, Riddle, OR

    Libby was convicted for lying to investigators. Help me remember...how much jail time did President Clinton serve for lying under oath?

    July 3, 2007 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  7. Kevin Eyre, Arlington, WA

    This is beyond partisan politics, in my opinion. This is one of the President's most audacious abuses of power yet. Of course, I'm not shocked. I hold the Democrats equally responsible. They were voted into majority power. Implicit with this victory was the expectation that this administration would finally be taken to task, but it was off the table as soon as the election took place.
    Of course the President felt empowered and invincible.
    It's time for checks and balances, folks. Forget the politics. When our foundational laws fall, guess what happens next?

    July 3, 2007 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  8. Eric, LA, CA

    Bush is a traitor to this country, plain and simple!

    July 3, 2007 02:32 am at 2:32 am |
  9. Diane Peterson Haddock Georgia

    These are the times that try mens soul's. And our president just kicked democracy in the face.

    July 3, 2007 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  10. P. Spitler, Sacramento, Ca

    At first I was outraged, then I saw the list of presidential pardons, and shoot, its a bit of a tradition. Yes, Libby committed a crime (lesser compared to leaking US spy info), yet Bush has the right to commute or pardon him. Its the way it goes in the Beltway.

    July 3, 2007 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  11. Jerald Wonders-Tamez Janesville, WI

    WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE BUSH CRIME FAMILY IS HELD TO ACCOUNT FOR ANYTHING!!! I am so OUTRAGED I can hardly contain my self. Bush continues to be the arrogant little dictator and ignore the AMERICAN people's will. The republicans should be ashamed that this is the man that represents thier party. But we all know that will not happen. The decider seems to think that he and the rest of those liars in the white house are above the law and should not be accountable for any crime. I really think that he is planning to turn this country into an empire and he will be president for life. He claims to be doing what the American people what but which American people is he talking about. I think I know, rich white neocons. God help us all.

    July 3, 2007 03:25 am at 3:25 am |
  12. Avid R Solo Georgetown, Texas

    Border Agents Compion and Ramos are still in jail and Scooter gets a "free pass" What a travesty of justice!!

    July 3, 2007 03:27 am at 3:27 am |

    What a horrible mistake the Bush administration is and always will be. I'm sitting at home with my 3-month old baby while my husband fights a war based off these cowards and their lies. I will be forever proud that I did not vote for these incompetent traitors of our country. Let freedom ring and learn from our mistakes my fellow Americans!

    July 3, 2007 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  14. Rick Knecht, Anchorage Alaska

    Libby was less guilty than the man who gives the orders in the White House. Yes- Dick Cheney is the one who deserves a prison term.

    July 3, 2007 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  15. Bobby Coggins, Franklin, North Carolina

    The President has righted a terrible wrong.
    The above figures reveal this President has exercised pardons and commutations at a rate that is 11th out of the 11 Presidents listed. Check out my analysis, one that CNN won't do, due to their political leanings.

    July 3, 2007 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  16. jan w. skjølberg, oslo, norway

    this just adds to the impression around the world that the u.s goverment is a big-boys-club that elevates its self over both justice, truth and people.

    im sad on your behalf.


    July 3, 2007 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  17. Jan, Nashua, NH

    I think the much more interesting number is, How many Presidents stepped in for people who worked for their adminstration and prostituted our justice system in their behalf?

    It's not the Constitution that's wrong; it's the Presidents who pardon their own to avoid justice who are wrong.
    And they should be separated out from the pack so we know who they are.

    July 3, 2007 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  18. gerald miller, Fl

    There was never a doubt in my mind that Libby would ever serve a day in prison. There was a deal from the beginning that he wouild take the fall, and then Bush would either pardon or commute his sentence. Bush has absolety no regard for the laws of our country. He does whatever he wants to do. Too bad we have to put up with him till the end of his term.

    July 3, 2007 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  19. Springfield MO

    Thank you baby bush you just gave the democrats the white house in 2008!!! Whoopee

    July 3, 2007 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  20. Ron B. Pueblo, Colorado

    This is what happens when you have a clueless and shameless President. This proves even more that there is no such thing as an HONEST POLITICIAN and who says crime doesn't pay. Its a real blessing that the BUSH ERA is SHAMEFULLY COMING TO AND END. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

    July 3, 2007 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  21. connie NY

    what a shocker, i cant wait to see him OUT of office!

    July 3, 2007 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  22. Ramon, NYC, NY

    What happened to a government by the people. Shouldn't we have all voted on this first.

    July 3, 2007 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  23. David Donley, Falls Church VA

    The Bush Administrations legacy continues. Start a war that has no merit, lie to the people, claim executive privilage when you have paper that will convict you, claim that anyone who does not agree with you is unpatriotic, and now let someone who commits high treason off the hook. When future historians read how the American people have voted for our leadership, they are going to vomit. How we let this corrupt administration continue to bully over us and do what they please is beyond me. We as a people need to come together and rise against the government and toss them out on their butts. We are supposed to be the example to the rest of the world how a government is supposed to run. We are not in a democracy, we are in a dictatorship. Bush does whatever he wants to do and nobody stands up and says "The King has no clothes!". Well, I'm saying it. Bush is a criminal. He eas killed over 3000 American soldiers in a war that was started because "Saddam had weapons of mass destructions". When it turned out that there were no WMD's, Bush's comments on live TV, "So, don't you think that the world is a safer place without Saddam Hussein?" Sorry George, The world will only get safer when you sir are out of office. Then the WAR PIGS WILL HAVE NO POWER.

    July 3, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  24. Gregory Simmmons Minneapolis Minnesota

    Why would any other country believe that we speak with the tongue of democracy when we lick our lips with the abuse of power, and corruption.

    July 3, 2007 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  25. Enuf is Enuf, Greenwood, IN

    Paris Hilton went to jail for God's sake. What the hell is going on with the White House. Scooter Libby IS convicted of obstruction in the judicial system. This was a Republican prosecutor and a Republican judge but they don't know as much as Bush? The process wasn't even finished. They were in the appeal process and stil are! What about all the other people who have been convicted? What about their families? What about the two border guards, Campios and Ramos who are jail - railroaded by Johnny Sutton? Where was Bush's compassion on that issue. These people are such babies. They can do the crime but not the time.
    There is one bright side - now the prosecutor can give Libby full immunity to spill his guts on the real story - who orchestrated this cover up in the WH. And when he refuses he will go to jail then... good booty food for the prison population *s*
    I am so sick of this government. What happened to a country that believes in following the law.

    "Illegal" people get a free pass for entering illegally, forging documents, stealing identities? But what about ordinary Americans that don't have big lobbyist to back us up? We get "F)&(&ed" and we don't even get kissed.

    July 3, 2007 07:20 am at 7:20 am |
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