Nightly News   |  January 13, 2012

Haley Barbour ‘very comfortable’ with pardons

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour speaks out for the first time, saying he’s ‘totally at peace’ with his decision. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> back in this country, former mississippi governor haley barbour spoke publically today about the controversial pardons, more than 200 he granted as he was on his way out of office. there's been widespread outrage, but today barbour said he's sure they are all valid.

>> i can tell you that one person out of these 250 won't do something wrong. but i am very comfortable with this and most comfortable with the people who were at the mansion.

>> he said he believes in forgiveness and second chances and never thought this would become a political issue.