24 September 2003

The Latest White House Lie

On Meet the Press Vice President Dick Cheney said the following:
Since I left Halliburton to become George Bush's vice president, I've severed all my ties with the company, gotten rid of all my financial interests. I have no financial interest in Halliburton of any kind and haven't had now, for over three years.

Cheney has been receiving 150K-200K per year since he left Halliburton, and such payments are slated to continue until 2005.

16 September 2003

Bush Appoints Known Perjurer L. Jean Lewis to Pentagon Inspector Chief of Staff

Given all the crooks and felons the Bush administration has appointed, the hiring of extreme partisan L. Jean Lewis should not surprise a soul. Writer David Neiwert believes this "has the potential to be a devastating scandal" for the Bush administration.

Considering L. Jean Lewis' record in the Resolution Trust Corporation -- where she ran a T-shirt marketing scheme out of her office; secretly (and illegally) tape-recorded a fellow RTC employee; improperly disclosed confidential documents; and kept confidential documents in her home, all of which are likely violations of federal and state laws -- as well as her clearly perjurous testimony before Congress , there should be no question about whether Lewis should even be allowed near this staff.

Some of the more colorful instances of her lying before Congress were her claims that the tape recorder "turned itself on" and that her use of the word "BITCH" on the T-shirts she sold (with the subscript, "Bubba, I'm Taking Charge, Hillary") were "in no way intended to denigrate the First Lady". But the most serious instances of unmistakable perjury were her assertions that she had not made any pre-election attempts to pressure the FBI and U.S. Attorney about her shabby criminal referrals for the Clintons in the Whitewater matter, which were directly contradicted by testimony from the FBI (who had documented the contacts, of course) and several other law-enforcement officials.

It should be clear that any normative candidates for top staffing positions at any Inspector General's office should be persons with spotless records and unquestionable reputations for professionalism, ethical behavior and personal integrity. That someone like L. Jean Lewis even made it past the door raises serious questions about just what standards were used. This goes well beyond mere cronyism.

Joe Conason, author of The Hunting of the President chimes in on the matter in his weblog.