Jun 11, 2004

Bonjour, Halliburton

Or as Tom DeLay would say, “See ya in jail.”

Just a Bump in the Beltway notices that the SEC has picked up on the ongoing French investigation of Halliburton kickbacks in Nigeria under Cheney’s watch:

The U.S. government is investigating payments made by a Halliburton Co. (HAL.N) joint venture to the Nigerian government in connection with a liquefied natural gas plant project in Nigeria, the company said on Friday.

 

Houston-based Halliburton, one of the biggest providers of field and engineering services to the energy industry, said it met with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department to discuss the matter. Investigators have asked Halliburton for information regarding the payments in light of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the company said.

[...]

 

In February, Nigeria said it was investigating allegations that the consortium paid from $150 million to $180 million in kickbacks to help secure a contract to build the LNG plant. The Justice Department at that time asked for documents in connection with the allegations.

 

The Nigerian kickbacks issue extended to France, where a French investigating magistrate opened a probe last year into the payments. Halliburton said its representatives recently met with the magistrate and expressed willingness to cooperate.

 

Meanwhile in May of last year, Halliburton disclosed it owed as much as $5 million in taxes to Nigeria.

Perhaps the entire GOP Leadership should just cop a plea deal.  Hand over the White House and both chambers of Congress now, and we’ll let you off with community service.  Not legal?  Well Mr. Bush I am pleased to let you know that the power to set aside laws is “inherent in the president,” so you can take care of it forthwith.  Didn’t anybody tell you?  That whole thing you do with that obstructionist GOP Congress is just for show, you can do whatever you want.

Update:  As Monsieur Cheney once said, “There comes a time when deceit and defiance must be seen for what they are.”


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