Skip to comments.Ex-senator linked to oil-for-food claims (Bob Torricelli)
Posted on 05/18/2006 5:37:16 PM PDT by wjersey
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I've believed for a long time that this oil-for-food scandal will end up having more layers to it than an onion. The news of the Europeans and even UN officials being involved came out pretty quickly, but the story remains mysteriously ignored in this country. I wouldn't be at all surprised if there were some number of Americans (government and/or private citizens) involved as well.
Whoops, that other link got posted wrong...
This should surprise......no one!
And Nancy Pelosi has the nerve to call the GOP the "Culture of Corruption"
Chang similarly sought the good graces of C. Kenneth Quinones, a now-retired official who at one time had been the North Korean Desk Officer at the State Department. Chang sought help with business prospects in North Korea in 1995-96, specifically support for his company becoming project coordinator for the construction of light-water nuclear reactors, and obtaining a contract to recover the remains of POWs from the North Koreans. Chang also pursued the repayment of debts from North Korea and release of frozen assets there. Chang gave Quinones an Acura Legend, found a job for one daughter and paid $65,000 toward another's daughter Stanford tuition. Quinones, in contrast with Torricelli, pled guilty to violations of government conflict of interest laws in August 2001.
You're such a GOOD researcher. This gives us HOPE!
The Torch (Toricelli) and The Mummy (Lautenberg) are my Freeper name sakes.
Amidst Growing Scandals, Even Supporters Wonder:
Has The Clock Run Out on Robert Torricelli?
presumably he is the scapegoat for whatever other US lawmakers would have been involved since he is already history.
A similar principle might help explain the bipartisan love affair with China, at least as far as trade goes.
Money talks, and governments (some individuals in governments, more correctly) are for sale for the right price.
Chang told prosecutors that over a several-year period he plied the Torricelli with gifts of "antiques, jewelry, clothing, electronic equipment and decorative items as well as thousands of dollars of cash payments." According to the memo, Chang told the prosecutors that while he was showering gifts on Torricelli, the senator "provided many forms of assistance to Chang and his companies, including recommending Chang's companies for government contracts, introducing Chang and his business associates to foreign business leaders, and attempting to enlist the assistance of State Department and National Security officials" in recovering a debt from the North Korean government.
In the memo, the prosecutors said that when news of Chang's cooperation leaked to the news media two years ago, the businessman was subjected to a campaign from Torricelli and his supporters designed to "vilify and discredit" him as "a delusional perjurer."
And her team are the Vultures of Corruption, too ... hang all the crooks .. no matter what party!! It's passed time for TERM LIMITS.
Eeeeeeeeesh. That article makes me think he'll slip by again.
The trip that McDermott, Bonoir and another Rep took to Baghdad just before the war was paid for by a minion in Detroit? I think that was an Iraqi and had ties to Saddam. They also each got a $5,000 campaign donation which they returned after the story broke. Just wondering if they could be tied to this.
DISPLAYING FIRST 50 OF 1615 WORDS -Soon after Senator Robert G. Torricelli began his relationship with David Chang, the wealthy political contributor who says he gave the senator unreported gifts and cash, Mr. Torricelli intervened in an international business deal to help Mr. Chang recover a debt of more than $70 million. Mr. Torricelli, a.
IMHO our Jury system does a great job carrying out justice and I believe they would legislate just as well
A good look needs to be taken at all politicians, especially Senators, present and former.
In case you missed this....
My NKorea / Iraq / Clinton / Torricelli / Chang timeline at post 74
It needs updating since the Qadeer Khan network thing is barely hinted at here but the timing of Iraq's actions and N Korea's actions relative to Chang's visits with US politicians is curious even on this sparse timeline...
Thanks, StarFan. I'll read it tomorrow (too tired now).
Thanks for the ping, great timeline
My hypothesis on this is that if we (the sheeple) were to see the depth of corruption in our government, with all the details, there would be, among others things, an immediate tax revolt and possible constitutional convention.
Many countries are far more open about it (and more superficial as well in how much they ask for), but the smoke of so many items that I have seen in my lifetime pretty much tells me that at, at least at the congressional level, the cabinet level, and the executive high bureaucrat level, it is the norm. This is without mentioning pardongate, the cox report, etc.
It is the human reality that governments invariably serve their own interests, including the personal interests of their more influential members. No getting around it.
ditto. Seems to be a systemic problem in the US Senate. It appears they're all on the take and certainly the immigration issue has brought that to light.
"To question my integrity is beneath contempt!" - The Torch
Nah, the (D)s are infected with a Culture of Criminality.
Thanks for the ping and link!!
But the Torch won't go quietly....
Whoa! What was that about the party of corruption Nancy Facelift was complaining about?
His office got one heck of a phone call from me!!! Not that it made a difference but I suspect mine wasn't the only irate call.
After all, if they wanted Wellstone, the people would have voted for Mondull.
I guess Nancy Pelosi was right after all, culture of corruption... oh wait... she said republican, and Torricelli is not a republican but a democrat? How can this be? HOW CAN THIS BE?
Is the PreWarDocs accessable to do searches?
Or do all the docs have to be scrolled through and read individually?
If you can do document searches, are can you search for Torricelli?
Or, would these docs not be in the files due to investigations?
Torricelli Sleeps with Saddam
BWAAAAHH!!! LOL! Classic!
Looks that way -- Bright & Bright was demanding a huge chunk of the OFF contracts (at a discount), based on the clout of just one corrupt Senator?
>>>An April 15 1996 cable from Mr Hamdoun to Tariq Aziz, Iraq's deputy prime minister at the time, if authentic, appears to corroborate these allegations.<<<<
Well, here is a convenient loop hole:
>>>>Mr Hamdoun died in July 2003. <<<<<
I HOPE that means that if a sitting Democrat turns out to be invoved, they won't be wrist-slapped "for the good of the Senate".
LOL! You're right, CWO!
Well...this announcement about a non-issue related to the illegal war on terror is just a ploy to make the public forget the REAL problem of porus borders. **sniff** It won't work! They tried that when they turned the weather machine against Louisiana and it didn't work then!
So far I did not see any documents that show Toricelli or any American involvement with the Oil for Food program but I will search furthermore. However I have read a document written by the Iraqi intelligence in 1999? that talks about influencing some people with power in the US.
Senate Panel Probes Ex-Senator in U.N. Case
The Independent Inquiry Committee found that Saddam exploited oil-for-food by awarding contracts and taking kickbacks from hundreds of companies and individuals.
The investigation into Torricelli was first reported by The Financial Times.
The newspaper, citing Iraqi diplomatic cables and other documents obtained by the Times and Il Sole 24 Ore, an Italian business daily, reported that in the 1990s, Torricelli met several times with Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations at the time, Nizar Hamdoun.
At those meetings, according to the newspaper, Torricelli, then a House member, allegedly urged Iraq to help his campaign donor, David Chang, and Chang's company, Bright & Bright Corp., get oil-for-food contracts.
In 2002, the Senate Ethics Committee "severely admonished" Torricelli for accepting improper gifts from Chang, and the senator decided not to seek re-election. Two years earlier, Chang pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and funneling $53,700 in illegal donations to Torricelli's 1996 Senate campaign. Chang told investigators that he gave Torricelli cash and gifts in exchange for assistance in his business ventures; Torricelli called the allegations lies.
Torricelli spokesman Sean Jackson confirmed that Torricelli had conversations with the Iraq ambassador, but said the purpose was to argue that U.S.-Iraq relations would improve if American companies participated in the oil-for-food program.
Congress has so little relevance to daily life
But having left Washington the ultimate insider jettisoned out Torricelli is now the outsider who is invited in. He plays a role in the shadows of national politics, having raised money for John Kerry in his 2004 presidential race and advised his friend New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine someone he helped guide into politics with a leap from the Senate to the Statehouse and is eager to help the presidential campaign of his friend Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who he is convinced will occupy the White House for two terms starting in 2009.
That is a good one!!!!! bump