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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

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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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To: wjersey

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.


51 posted on 05/18/2006 8:24:18 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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52 posted on 05/18/2006 8:26:05 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/gasoline_and_government.htm)
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To: traviskicks

Whoops, that other link got posted wrong...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1631566/posts


53 posted on 05/18/2006 8:29:33 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/gasoline_and_government.htm)
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To: wjersey
Culture of corruption.
54 posted on 05/18/2006 8:30:52 PM PDT by demlosers
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To: wjersey

This should surprise......no one!


55 posted on 05/18/2006 8:33:43 PM PDT by eddie willers
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To: STARWISE

And Nancy Pelosi has the nerve to call the GOP the "Culture of Corruption"


56 posted on 05/18/2006 8:34:09 PM PDT by MJY1288 (THE DEMOCRATS OFFER NOTHING FOR THE FUTURE AND THEY LIE ABOUT THE PAST)
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To: onyx

http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/comment-hayward093002.asp
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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.


57 posted on 05/18/2006 8:34:56 PM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: Mo1

You're such a GOOD researcher. This gives us HOPE!


58 posted on 05/18/2006 8:36:26 PM PDT by onyx (Deport the trolls --- send them back to DU)
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To: wjersey

The Torch (Toricelli) and The Mummy (Lautenberg) are my Freeper name sakes.


59 posted on 05/18/2006 8:40:22 PM PDT by torchthemummy ("Patriotism...means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country” - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: onyx

Amidst Growing Scandals, Even Supporters Wonder:
Has The Clock Run Out on Robert Torricelli?

http://www.evote.com/features/2001-04/torricelli-schemes.asp


60 posted on 05/18/2006 8:41:14 PM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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