Thursday, December 02, 2004

The stench remains = Clinton corruption

Bill Clinton was the most corrupt president in US history, more so than Harding (whose cronies were corrupt in the Teapot Dome scandal and he was merely their dupe) and more so than Nixon (who tried to cover up a burglary but did not accept bribes for access, pardons, etc. like Clinton).

Today ABC reports that Marc Rich (the famous "fugitive financier" who fled the country to avoid trial on massive criminal tax fraud charges and later received a presidential pardon from Clinton):

. . . was a middleman for several of Iraq's suspect oil deals in February 2001, just one month after his pardon from President Clinton, according to oil industry shipping records obtained by ABC News. And a U.S. criminal investigation is looking into whether Rich, as well as several other prominent oil traders, made illegal payments to Iraq in order to obtain the lucrative oil contracts.

Without that kind of middleman, the system would not work because the major oil companies did not want to deal with Iraq because there was a mandated kickback," said human rights investigator John Fawcett.


UPDATE: The Captain had this late last night (he's quick, that Cap'n is) and hit the nail on the head with this comment:

So when Bill Clinton allowed Marc Rich to go free -- coincidentally just after his wife, Denise Rich, donated $450,000 to Clinton's presidential-library fund -- he set loose one of the conduits that helped Saddam steal $21 billion from his own people and funnel it to his military and, probably, Islamist terrorists. Not only did he allow Rich to escape prosecution for his earlier crimes, he also eliminated any chance of trying him for any crime committed before the pardon was issued in January 2001. While the fortune Rich funneled to Saddam gets used to kill American servicemen and Iraqi civilians, Bill Clinton wanders around his presidential library, wrapped in the loving embrace of the American media.

As the Cap noted, Rich was mentioned as a recipient of Oil-for-Food money in the Duelfer Report issued a couple of months ago.

HT: The Kerry Spot on NRO.

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