Beth & Denise & Bill

After a hearing into the fishy pardon of fugitive Marc Rich, new clues about why Clinton did it

Of all the calls, letters and e-mails in the frantic effort to secure a presidential pardon for rogue financier Marc Rich, the oddest may have come on Jan. 10. That day, a Democratic socialite and fund raiser named Beth Dozoretz was on a ski trip in Aspen, Colo., when she got a call from the Leader of the Free World. Bill Clinton said he was impressed with the argument for forgiving tax-evasion and fraud charges against the fugitive tycoon, and wanted to grant the pardon.

Dozoretz told her ski buddy in Aspen--Rich's ex-wife Denise--who then called Avner Azulay, the head of...

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