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FBI Releases Documents on Marc Rich Pardon

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By    |   Tuesday, 01 Nov 2016 04:36 PM

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released documents pertaining to President Bill Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich on Monday, The Hill reported.

"This initial release consists of material from the FBI's files related to the William J. Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization," the FBI wrote on its website Tuesday. "The bulk of these records come from a 2001 FBI investigation into the pardon of Marc Rich (1934-2013) . . . by President Clinton in 2001; it was closed in 2005.”

According to the Hill, the release is in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made recently to the FBI, but "is heavily redacted and doesn't shed any meaningful light into the investigation, which closed in 2005."

Despite the heavy redactions, one line appears to call the validity of the pardon into question: "It appears that the required pardon standards and procedures were not followed," internal FBI memos said.

Rich was charged with evading taxes in the '80s, but received a pardon from Clinton on his last day in office. Some were upset, accusing Clinton of giving Rich leniency due to politics, but an FBI investigation partially led by current director James Comey did not result in any charges.

Hillary Clinton's press secretary responded to the release on Twitter:

Others on Twitter questioned the timing of the release as well:

 

 

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