Saturday, April 21, 2007

Kleptocrats at Work

Think Progress conveys this:

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) reports that the White House counsel’s office has been “unable to identify any contracts for furniture within the Vice President’s office” but that there may be “a different contract ‘related to WMD.’” From a Waxman letter addressed to White House Counsel Fred Fielding:

On April 17, 2007, Mr. [Emmett] Flood contacted Committee staff by telephone to state that he did not yet have the requested documents or even a schedule by which some or all responsive documents would be provided. Instead, Mr. Flood stated that he had been unable to identify any contracts for furniture within the Vice President’s office, but that he had heard “rumors” about a different contract “related to WMD” that raised “certain sensibilities.” Mr. Flood requested one additional week to prepare a response to the Committee, to which Committee staff agreed.

Indeed, “certain sensibilities” have been raised. The White House awarded the one-month, $140,000 contract to an individual — MZM contractor Mitchell Wade — who never previously held a federal contract. Two weeks after he got paid, Wade used a cashier’s check for exactly that amount to buy a boat for now-imprisoned Rep. Duke Cunningham at a price that the congressman had pre-negotiated.

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Posted by Faiz April 20, 2007 5:55 pm

"exactly that amount"
these guys taking notes from Delay?

we are being ruled by audacious thieves.

So, who in the vice-president's office signed Mr. Wade's check?

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