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Hasidim - Pardons

Leaders from a New York Hasidic village lobbied New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, before turning to Hillary Rodham Clinton, to ask for presidential pardons for four members of their community who had been convicted for defrauding the federal government, according to the New York Post. The Hasidic leaders met with aides to the mayor when he was a likely candidate for the U.S. Senate, offering to organize an event for him in their community. They wanted Giuliani to write a letter to U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White, on behalf of the four convicts. But the aides refused. Later, the leaders called and asked the aides how the Mayor would feel if they supported Hillary Rodham Clinton for U.S. Senate. Robert talks with Gregg Birnbaum, a city hall reporter for the New York Post.

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