Tis the season for presidential pardons, and as the Bush administration winds down, the North Dakota Republican Party is asking the White House for a pardon of John Korsmo, the former chairman of the Federal Housing Finance Board.The state party has been working on the pardon request for about two months, the Associated Press reported last week.

Mr. Korsmo resigned from the Finance Board in March 2004 and later pleaded guilty to lying to Congress. He told the Senate Banking Committee that he did not know how organizers of a $500-a-plate dinner supporting a Republican congressional candidate obtained personal information about Federal Home Loan bank presidents. But he later acknowledged that his wife had provided the information to the organizers.

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