The White House fired back with attacks on Mr Clinton's pardons -- 396 of them.
“You’ve got to understand, this is consistent with their philosophy. [The Bush administration] believe that they should be able to do what they want to do, and that the law is a minor obstacle.” -- President Bill Clinton, interview on Des Moines radio station WHO
“I don’t know what Arkansan is for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.” White House Spokesman Tony Snow reacting to Bill Clinton's comments on the Libby commutationClinton issued three pardons more than Ronald Reagan -- the last two term President before him. And 211 of those came in the final nine weeks of the Clinton term -- after the 2000 elections. President Bush has issued 113 pardons. (CNN)