Republican senators are calling on President Barack Obama to lift the prison sentence of former president George W. Bush’s former wife to “restore some measure of public trust.”
In a letter to the Justice Department, Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Republican Sen, Lindsey Graham, said in a joint statement that they hope the sentence would be commuted to a “few months” and would include the ex-president’s daughter.
The former president’s former second wife, Kathy Boudin, was convicted of lying to the FBI about her relationship with former President George W Bush.
She was sentenced to prison in November for lying to investigators.
“In light of the gravity of this crime and its terrible consequences, we respectfully request that you grant President Obama the clemency he so desperately needs,” the senators wrote.
“This is especially true given the gravity and gravity of your responsibility to the United States as Commander-in-Chief.”
President Obama has long maintained that his former first lady, Barbara Bush, should serve her time.
He has said he will release her from prison at the end of his presidency in 2021.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Bouden’s attorney said the ex president’s daughter is entitled to due process and should be afforded the same constitutional protections that all Americans should be given.