“I did not want to make any changes to my original Senate-passed amendment” to the stimulus bill, “but I did so at the request of administration officials, who gave us no indication that this was in any way related to AIG,” Dodd said in a statement released last night. “Let me be clear — I was completely unaware of these AIG bonuses until I learned of them last week.” He didn’t name the administration officials who made the request.
And the Messiah’s minion responds:
An administration official said last night that representatives of President Barack Obama didn’t insist on the change, though they did contend that the language in Dodd’s amendment could be legally challenged because it would apply retroactively to bonus agreements. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity.
and this one little addition way down at the bottom of the article:
The company’s political action committee, employees and immediate family members have given Dodd more than $280,000, the group said.
Let’s put it this way – they ought to be. Three US Congressmen who took Saddam’s money to come and try and support his murderous regime. I guess its impossible to actually get treason charges filed any more. If they didn’t send Hanoi Jane to Old Sparky for her Vietnam shenanigans, what is the big deal about three traitors going to help a killer like Saddam?
However, let’s name them clearly:
Democrat – Jim McDermott of Washington
Democrat – David Bonior of Michigan
Democrat – Mike Thompson of California
Here’s the sordid details so far:
Saddam Hussein’s intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The three anti-war Democrats made the trip in October 2002, while the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq. While traveling, they called for a diplomatic solution.
Prosecutors say that trip was arranged by Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a Michigan charity official, who was charged Wednesday with setting up the junket at the behest of Saddam’s regime. Iraqi intelligence officials allegedly paid for the trip through an intermediary and rewarded Al-Hanooti with 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil.
The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California. None was charged and Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said investigators “have no information whatsoever” any of them knew the trip was underwritten by Saddam.
I was just following my leftist orders:
Both McDermott and Thompson are popular among liberal voters in their reliably Democratic districts for their anti-war views. Bonior is no longer in Congress.
The debate took place Jan. 15 at the Cashman Center in downtown Las Vegas, with Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John Edwards sitting around a table with moderators Tim Russert and Brian Williams of NBC News. The event was broadcast on MSNBC. An hour before the debate the Nevada Supreme Court ruled that NBC could exclude a fourth candidate, Dennis Kucinich, from the debate.
Clinton once again mischaracterized the 2005 energy bill, saying it had “enormous giveaways” to oil and gas companies. In truth, the measure raised taxes on those industries.
Obama accused the Bush administration of failing to make “any serious effort” to encourage use of alternative fuels or raise fuel efficiency of automobiles. In fact, President Bush has signed major bills that do both.
Edwards said he dropped his support for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste storage site in part because of a scandal over forged documents. But he switched his position in 2004, and the scandal came along a year afterward.
Clinton puffed up her role in stopping the “Bush administration” from taking back signing bonuses from those later wounded
Edwards said “you should learn to speak English” before becoming a U.S. citizen. In fact, the law already requires, with few exceptions, that applicants for citizenship “must be able to read, write, speak, and understand words in ordinary usage