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Welcome to Washington I'm Bret Baier President Bush made some news on his final full day in office but.
Not as much as many people had expected the president granted no pardons and only two commutations.
White House correspondent Wendell Goler reports.
Indian President -- relatively small your total of pardons and commutations half the number of presidents Reagan and Clinton.
But the bigger surprise than the people they went to.
A day before Barack Obama's inauguration Mr.
Bush commuted the sentences of former Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and -- -- beyond.
Found guilty in 2006 of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler.
Aides say privately Mr.
Bush felt their eleven and twelve year prison terms were -- and that they and their families that suffered enough.
Iowa Republican congressman Steve King says the commutations -- the president's compassionate conservatism.
Not his last day in office he's given -- best gift that you could you know for the families of agents Ramos and come yet but -- himself was initially skeptical of the -- -- -- according to a jury of their peers.
These officers violated some standards.
I on this please people need to take a hard look at the -- His aides noted the smuggler was unarmed and was shot in the products but because they were police officers Ramos and beyond were kept in isolation for their own safety and because it was a gun -- -- they weren't eligible for parole.
Conservatives were angry the president didn't pardon them right after their conviction.
As Ramos and copy on -- prison.
It is symbolic.
Of this president's.
Wrong headed -- and -- against.
Talk show hosts including Rush Limbaugh took up their cause the president's power to pardon is absolute.
But Lanny Davis who worked in the Clinton administration says it should be used sparingly.
My understanding is that President Bush has to exercises are very rarely.
I think it would be bad form.
Learning from what happened to President Clinton to exercise the pardon on the very last night in his administration.
On the last day of his administration mr.
Clinton pardoned the ex husband of a woman who contributed to his library.
Marc Rich -- -- tax fugitive and Eric Holder mr.
Clinton's deputy attorney general and Barack Obama's attorney general nominee is still paying for the part.
I made mistakes.
And my conduct my actions in the rich matter.
-- -- -- -- -- -- That was speculation the president would protectively pardon people involved in warrantless wiretaps or water boarding.
But the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act protects telephone companies and their workers for the wiretaps.
And president elect Obama has made clear he doesn't intend to go after people who used interrogation methods he's also make clear he intends to end Brett.
Won the last full day in office for President Bush what -- did.
-- made about a phone calls Brett -- some current and former world leaders the president called.
French president Sarkozy and German chancellor -- numerical with -- has great relationships.
Brazilian president Lula da Silva and Israel's President Shimon Peres.
They also called Vicente Fox the former Mexican president that to Mr.
Bush promised he would try and change US immigration laws never got that done.
And he made a final call to a Russian president.
Ironically did not -- Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin.
-- -- -- -- Last spoke to.
At the Olympics in Beijing mr.
-- assured the president that the Russian military incursion into Georgia was temporary and defensive in nature the president very much feels -- Russian leader betrayed him.
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