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.]