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Waxman May Subpoena White House Over MZM Corruption Questions

Apparently House Government Oversight Chairman Henry Waxman’s requests last month to the White House for information relative to Bush administration contracts with the corrupt military datamining corporation MZM have gone unanswered. That would be typical operating procedure for an executive branch that considers itself not only above reproach but even above examination.

Fortunately, as a House committee chair Henry Waxman has subpoena power. This afternoon, Representative Waxman indicated through a formal letter to the Bush White House that he will call a meeting of the Oversight Committee if the requested documents are not delivered by April 24.

The most interesting paragraph in Waxman’s letter, at least to my eye, was this:

On April 17, 2007, Mr. Flood contacted Committee staff by telephone to state that he did not yet have the requested documents or even a schedule by which some or all responsive documents would be provided. Instead, Mr. Flood stated that he had been unable to identify any contracts for furniture within the Vice President’s office, but that he had heard “rumors” about a different contract “related to WMD” that raised “certain sensibilities.”

Next week will be very interesting.

[Update: Think Progress points out that the amount of the contract — $140,000.00 — is the exact same amount of the yacht MZM bought convicted Republican House Member Duke Cunningham two weeks after MZM received the contract from the Bush Administration. I often find bribes in the amount of $140,000.00 to be especially convenient.

My prediction: the Bush administration will refuse to release the documents on the grounds that they regard “national security.” From a Bush administration viewpoint, this will narrowly be true: terrorists will cheer worldwide when they learn that the president of the United States of America is to be impeached.]

3 thoughts on “Waxman May Subpoena White House Over MZM Corruption Questions”

  1. J. Clifford says:

    Unfortunately, Representative Waxman has a habit of asking for information, and then sending another request, and then another, and then another, and then another, and still not issuing a subpoena.

  2. karen marie says:

    mzm gets a contract for furniture for the vp’s office and it turned into wmd? wtf???

    i thought i was hallucinating or something but, no, i went and read the whole of waxman’s letter … what you pasted herein is what waxman wrote.

    my black shirt just magically turned white … excuse me, i have to go lay down.

  3. Jim says:

    Yeah, the real question is why a defense contractor known for its intelligence data-mining exercises would ever win a contract to supply furniture to the Vice President.

    Sounds pretty darned fishy, doesn’t it?

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