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Ex-senator linked to oil-for-food claims (Bob Torricelli)
MSNBC (The Financial Times) ^ | 5/18/2006 | Claudio Gatti

Posted on 05/18/2006 5:37:16 PM PDT by wjersey

The US Senate is looking into allegations that a former US senator urged Baghdad to give a US company lucrative contracts under the much-criticised United Nations oil-for-food programme.

This is the first time that a leading US lawmaker has been linked to the controversial UN programme, whose shortcomings have been an important element of the Bush administration's critique of the UN.

The investigation involves one of the most vivid figures in US east coast politics, former senator Robert Torricelli, a New Jersey Democrat who was forced to pull out of the 2002 election after being "severely admonished" by the Senate ethics committee for accepting expensive gifts from David Chang, a campaign contributor. Mr Chang, a Korean-American businessman, was found guilty in 2002 of conspiring to violate federal campaign laws and was jailed for 15 months.

Senator Norm Coleman, the Republican chairman of the US Senate permanent sub-committee on investigations, said: "We take these allegations seriously and will continue to investigate in a bipartisan manner allegations of wrongdoing under the oil-for-food programme. We have investigated the illicit conduct of politicians in Russia, France, and the UK. We have a similar interest in preserving the institutional integrity of the US Senate, so we take these allegations regarding former Senator Torricelli seriously and will continue our investigation into them and will refer our findings to the appropriate agencies." The British, French and Russian politicians investigated by the subcommittee deny the allegations.

The allegations are based on Iraqi documents, including diplomatic cables, retrieved after the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq's former president.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2002; bob; bribery; bribes; chang; corruptdems; cultureofcorruption; davechang; davidchang; democrats; iraqiintelligence; lefties; oil4food; oilforfood; prewardocs; prewarintelligence; rats; roberttorricelli; smokinggun; thetorch; torch; toricelli; torricelli
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Too bad for 'the Torch'
1 posted on 05/18/2006 5:37:17 PM PDT by wjersey
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To: wjersey

Burn the Torch!!


2 posted on 05/18/2006 5:40:20 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Oh here we go again thank god he is a Dimwitcrat!


3 posted on 05/18/2006 5:40:58 PM PDT by HHKrepublican_2
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To: wjersey

The "TORCH" is about to be extinguished.....again!


4 posted on 05/18/2006 5:42:43 PM PDT by PISANO (We will not tire......We will not falter.......We will NOT FAIL!!! .........GW Bush [Oct 2001])
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To: wjersey
Senator Norm Coleman...said: "We take these allegations seriously and will continue to investigate in a bipartisan manner allegations of wrongdoing under the oil-for-food programme.

No they won't, not as it relates to Toricelli. He "retired" as requested and won't be bothered further.

5 posted on 05/18/2006 5:44:13 PM PDT by Bahbah (“KERRY LIED!! SCHOLARLY ATTRIBUTION DIED!!!”)
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To: wjersey
Well gee, the senator who stopped the CIA from infiltrating nefarious groups gets involved with Saddam and company? tsk, tsk.
6 posted on 05/18/2006 5:44:20 PM PDT by hobson
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To: wjersey

Yes, but did Torricelli and George Galloway exchange bodily fluids?


7 posted on 05/18/2006 5:45:15 PM PDT by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: wjersey

Where there is one rat there are more. Perhaps we are about to fully understand the Democrat love affair with Saddam.


8 posted on 05/18/2006 5:46:31 PM PDT by Jim_Curtis
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Culture Of Treason!
9 posted on 05/18/2006 5:47:47 PM PDT by FlashBack (www.teamamericapac.org)
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To: wjersey

Wow there is blast from the criminal past. The Torch. Hey didn't he sleeze in another rat senator from NJ?


10 posted on 05/18/2006 5:48:08 PM PDT by rod1
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To: wjersey

I am shocked,simply shocked------NOT


11 posted on 05/18/2006 5:49:07 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: wjersey

What was Pelosi saying about the "Culture of Corruption"? Perhaps the chickens are coming home to roost.


12 posted on 05/18/2006 5:52:43 PM PDT by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: wjersey

LOL! Torch is a alot of fun isn't he?


13 posted on 05/18/2006 5:53:43 PM PDT by zarf (It's time for a college football playoff system.)
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To: wjersey

Let's also take this occasion to go down Memory Lane with Toricelli- a man who had as much to do with emasculating the CIA as Frank Church.

http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2001/9/17/162056.shtml


14 posted on 05/18/2006 5:53:46 PM PDT by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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To: FlashBack

Culture Of Treason!

Ding! ding! ding! We have a winner!


15 posted on 05/18/2006 6:01:47 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Jesus always reads His knee-mail. (Hall of Fame Hit-N-Run poster))
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To: Anti-Bubba182
Why is this NEWS?
16 posted on 05/18/2006 6:03:33 PM PDT by pointsal (Q)
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To: wjersey

Yah, too bad... [snicker!]


17 posted on 05/18/2006 6:05:20 PM PDT by Fudd Fan (DemocRATs- the CULTURE OF TREASON!)
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To: wjersey
Who'dathunk........the torch, a crook??????????????

Hah.

18 posted on 05/18/2006 6:09:44 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: wjersey

he's used to getting gifts. he loved the gifts from the chinese


19 posted on 05/18/2006 6:12:47 PM PDT by jw777
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To: wjersey; HHKrepublican_2; oceanview; NJ Freeper

Once again, The Torch got burned.

If he gets indicted, will he have Frank Lautenburg replace him as the defendant?


20 posted on 05/18/2006 6:16:19 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Illegal aliens commit crimes that Americans won't commit)
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To: OldFriend

How's the Rockerfeller investigation going?


21 posted on 05/18/2006 6:30:03 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: wjersey

Ah....he'll just deny it...isn't that his MO!!


22 posted on 05/18/2006 6:31:04 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Bahbah; Fudd Fan

Funny how Normie started out gung-ho...and hasn't been heard of since...LOL


23 posted on 05/18/2006 6:32:17 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Txsleuth

Coleman has been a disappointment. Is it a case of follow the money...to where he found it?


24 posted on 05/18/2006 6:33:57 PM PDT by Bahbah (“KERRY LIED!! SCHOLARLY ATTRIBUTION DIED!!!”)
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To: OldFriend

I want to see him "frog marched"...to court....LOL


25 posted on 05/18/2006 6:34:00 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: backhoe

Oil-For-Food ping


26 posted on 05/18/2006 7:01:57 PM PDT by eyespysomething (Crop circles are Chuck Norris' way of telling the world that sometimes corn needs to lie down.)
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To: Bahbah

I had high hopes for Coleman...but not only has he done bupkis (thanks Tony) re: OFF lately..

But, he seems to have caught the Lincoln Chafing (thanks Mark) disease...and is voting more and more against President Bush's agenda.


27 posted on 05/18/2006 7:17:11 PM PDT by Txsleuth
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To: Anti-Bubba182

Incredible. Torch getting lit up again.


28 posted on 05/18/2006 7:24:12 PM PDT by defenderSD (Every rock guitarist I know seems to have an axe to grind.)
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To: wjersey

I guess the "Torch" can retire from politics but we will never be able to be rid of his stench.


29 posted on 05/18/2006 7:32:36 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: Clintonfatigued

who would indict him?


30 posted on 05/18/2006 7:36:08 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: wjersey

Culture of corruption goes on and on and on.......


31 posted on 05/18/2006 7:51:55 PM PDT by The Mayor ( We are moving in on Albany! http://www.newyorkcoalition.org)
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To: wjersey

The REAL culture of corruption.


32 posted on 05/18/2006 7:56:23 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraqi LIBERATION Vet! THANKS, son!!.)
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To: The Mayor

GMTA!


33 posted on 05/18/2006 7:56:47 PM PDT by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraqi LIBERATION Vet! THANKS, son!!.)
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To: pinz-n-needlez; onyx; ohioWfan; Texasforever; BigSkyFreeper; Tamzee; mrs tiggywinkle; Dog; ...

Ping A Ling


34 posted on 05/18/2006 8:06:34 PM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: Mo1


What will come of it?


35 posted on 05/18/2006 8:09:25 PM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: Mo1

Gee I wandered over just in time to see the ping.

This should be fun to follow.... ;-)

Pinz


36 posted on 05/18/2006 8:10:05 PM PDT by pinz-n-needlez (Charter Snowflake)
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To: onyx; Mo1; ohioWfan
I just noticed something. This whole immigration thing must be a full court press for the nutters...there hasn't been a single "Walmart" thread in many days.
37 posted on 05/18/2006 8:11:23 PM PDT by CWOJackson
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To: Mo1
Why am I NOT surprised by this? LOL

Thanks for the ping!

38 posted on 05/18/2006 8:11:25 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: CWOJackson


ROTFLOL!


39 posted on 05/18/2006 8:12:53 PM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: PISANO

I hope that this time, he DOES TIME!


40 posted on 05/18/2006 8:13:28 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: wjersey
I'm gonna start taking bets on how far into these articles the word 'Democrat' appears.
41 posted on 05/18/2006 8:14:28 PM PDT by RushCrush (Sheriff Joe for President!)
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To: oceanview
Indict the Torch? One of the most corrupt, mobbed up politicians from Jersey (and that's saying a lot). Someone with a lot of testicular fortitude. He seems like the type who knows where the skeletons are buried. Sleazy is as sleazy does.
42 posted on 05/18/2006 8:14:40 PM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: onyx; MJY1288; rodguy911; Lancey Howard; Enchante; backhoe
Torricelli .. what a sleezeball .. how predictable: The two talked about Resolution 986, which was going to set the rules of the oil-for-food programme. Mr Torricelli said a number of US companies would be interested in doing business with Baghdad, and specifically mentioned Mr Chang.

According to the same Iraqi document, Mr Torricelli met Mr Hamdoun again two days later. At that meeting, Mr Torricelli said that since their previous conversation he had spoken with Edward Gnehm, the deputy US representative to the UN, who was leading negotiations with Iraq about the oil-for-food programme.

On June 22, according to the same document, Mr Torricelli allegedly met Mr Hamdoun again. Mr Torricelli told him he had heard that the Iraqis might not give US companies any contracts and advised him that this would be a mistake. Mr Torricelli told Mr Hamdoun that he expected to win a US Senate seat in the November election (as he later did), and said that Bright and Bright was important to him and his election campaign and that he hoped that the company would receive contracts from Iraq.

According to the Iraqi document, Bright and Bright initially asked for 60 per cent of Iraq's oil contracts and a discount of $1.50 a barrel. Then on June 11 1996, a Bright and Bright executive wrote to Mr Hamdoun asking for government contracts worth as much as $300m in the first 90 days of the oil-for-food programme. In return, he said Bright and Bright would continue to support the normalisation of relations between the US and Iraq.

43 posted on 05/18/2006 8:15:42 PM PDT by STARWISE (((They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL autho)
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To: Clintonfatigued
If he gets indicted, will he have Frank Lautenburg replace him as the defendant?

With Lautencadaver, the 'Rats have taken the "Dead Men Vote" strategery to a whole new level.

44 posted on 05/18/2006 8:17:07 PM PDT by You Dirty Rats (I Love Free Republic!!!)
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To: wjersey

Those Republicans and their culture of corruptions, why...what? Another Democrat?

Never mind.


45 posted on 05/18/2006 8:17:32 PM PDT by pollyannaish
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To: STARWISE

I just hope something comes of this. He's been slippery, thus far.


46 posted on 05/18/2006 8:17:35 PM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: onyx
What will come of it?

Not sure .. but I'll betcha there are a few phone calls going on about this within the Dem Ranks

47 posted on 05/18/2006 8:20:32 PM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: CWOJackson

LOL!!


48 posted on 05/18/2006 8:21:11 PM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: conservative in nyc

the DOJ doesn't strike me as being too aggressive rooting out cases of political corruption by Dems. its the "new tone" you know.


49 posted on 05/18/2006 8:21:48 PM PDT by oceanview
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To: Txsleuth
and hasn't been heard of since...LOL

Funny ain't it

50 posted on 05/18/2006 8:23:53 PM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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