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Nina Totenberg Reports on Presidential Pardon Power

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Bush Ignores Justice Department on Libby Decision

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Bush Ignores Justice Department on Libby Decision

Nina Totenberg Reports on Presidential Pardon Power

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President Bush bypassed the usual process in commuting I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby's 30-month prison sentence.

Pardons have caused a lot of controversy in the past 20 years, especially when presidents did not seek the Justice Department's advice before granting clemency, as Mr. Bush did this week.