Agency principal involved in unconventional pardon

WASHINGTON: Public affairs firm Quinn-Gillespie played an influential role in President Clinton's pardon of a wealthy financier.

WASHINGTON: Public affairs firm Quinn-Gillespie played an influential role in President Clinton's pardon of a wealthy financier.

WASHINGTON: Public affairs firm Quinn-Gillespie played an influential role in President Clinton's pardon of a wealthy financier.

Jack Quinn, one of the firm's principals and a former White House counsel, lobbied for the pardon of Marc Rich, who had been charged in 1983 with tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering and trading oil with Iran.

Quinn avoided the usual procedures for obtaining pardons, taking the case straight to Clinton rather than presenting it to the US Pardon Attorney.

While letters from political leaders, including Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, were part of the campaign to win the pardon, Quinn insists his team 'didn't talk about political support.' Instead, according to an article appearing in The Washington Post, he won by asserting that the indictment brought forth by Rudy Giuliani, then-US attorney for the Southern District of New York, had been flawed. Clinton told NBC that Quinn 'made a strong case' that was 'right on the merits.'

Giuliani has disputed such reasoning because Rich never served his prison term. Pardons are usually granted to those who have served or are serving their sentences.



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