The Hypocrisy Of Joseph diGenova
Jewish Press - Editorial- February 15, 2001
The story of how it came to pass that Prime Minister Ehud Barak mounted a
full court press with President Clinton on behalf of a pardon for Marc
Rich will probably never be fully told. Even if the current and future
congressional inquiries into the pardon bear fruit, it is doubtful that
Barak's role will evercome to light. But there are parts of this sordid
story touching upon the Barak dimension that are already here for all to
see. And the chutzpah is appalling.
Over the years, perhaps the most vocal opponent of clemency for Jonathan
Pollard has been the chief prosecutor in his case, former Assistant
United States Attorney Joseph diGenova. Invariably, whenever the Pollard issue
bubbled over in the press, diGenova's views were routinely solicited and
his unfailing response was that Pollard's perfidy was unmatched in our
time, and the damage to our security incalculable. Conclusion: Pollard
should spend the rest of his life in a federal prison. No ifs, and, or buts.
Not even when President Clinton agreed to free Pollard as an
inducement for concessions by Prime Minister Netanyahu at Camp David,
thus advancing American foreign policy interests, did diGenova change his
tune. Nor did he change his mind when Prime Minister Ehud Barak importuned
President Clinton to release Pollard in the course of their cozy "peace
process' working relationship.
So we were taken with the irony in Mr. DiGenova's current representation
of Jack Quinn, President Clinton's former White House counsel, the
lawyer who applied for an secured the pardon for Marc Rich.
At a televised session of the congressional hearing now being conducted
into the pardoning of Mr. Rich, Quinn was asked why Mr. Clinton would
even have considered exercising the pardon power to free a fugitive who had
never stood trial - an unprecedented occurrence. Mr. Quinn gave some
answer or another, whereupon Mr. DiGenova, who was seated beside him,
passed him a note. Mr. Quinn read the note and then quickly added
something about the diplomatic significance of the Prime Minister of
Israel's championing of the Rich pardon cause with President Clinton!
The Clemency Page
We Should Be Ashamed of Ourselves
Israel's Role in Pardon Sparks Capital Feuding
Friends in High Places: Marc Rich's Jewish Fans