Impeach Cheney, Part 2

Had this occurred under Clinton, all hell would have broken loose.

As the government prepared for war in Iraq in the fall of 2002, a senior political appointee in the Defense Department chose oil services giant Halliburton Co. to secretly plan how to repair Iraqi oil fields, and then briefed Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff and other White House officials about the sole-source contract before it was granted.

Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) said the new details about the $1.8 million contract, disclosed last week in a Pentagon briefing for congressional staff members, raise new questions about whether the vice president or his office played any role in decisions to give what became billions of dollars worth of government business to Halliburton, where Cheney was chief executive from 1995 to 2000.

Cheney has said neither he nor his office influenced decisions to give contracts to Halliburton.

In a letter to Cheney yesterday, Waxman said the circumstances “appear to contradict your assertions that you were not informed about the Halliburton contracts.”

“They also seem to contradict the Administration’s repeated assertions that political appointees were not involved in the award of contracts to Halliburton,” wrote Waxman, senior Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee and one of the sharpest critics of the government’s ties to Halliburton.

Kevin Kellems, a spokesman for Cheney, played down the importance of Waxman’s letter, suggesting it was politically motivated. “We stand by our previous statements,” Kellems said.

No outrage? No special prosecutor? No calls for our secretive VP to step down from his ivory tower and give us a more complete explanation? No, of course not; we’re at war. He can do as he chooses.

The Discussion: One Comment

I would like to see
Cheney impeached first and then President Bush. This would guarantee that Cheney would not be our next presdent.

October 29, 2005 @ 12:26 pm | Comment

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