President Bush turned Brooklyn’s Isaac Toussie “into a poster boy for outrageous presidential pardons,” granting, then rescinding, the pardon this week, says the New York Daily News. The newspaper says the administration ignored Toussie and his father’s background – a tale of payoff and corruption allegations spanning more than 45 years – in pardoning the son for a massive housing scam.
White House officials did an about-face after they learned from a Daily News story that the father of scamster Isaac Toussie donated $28,500 to the Republican National Committee. The Toussie family record is filled with suits and scam allegations, as well as the fraud conviction that drew the pardon. The Toussies seem to win as many suits as they lose, prevailing against then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in an alleged land sale fraud case.