Wednesday, November 16, 2005

PinnochiOil

I'm shocked -- shocked! -- that oil executives lied when they told Congress they had not met with Vice President Cheney and his secret energy task force meetings back in 2001.

As Dana Milbank and Justin Blum report in The Washington Post:

"The executives were not under oath when they testified, so they are not vulnerable to charges of perjury; committee Democrats had protested the decision by Commerce Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) not to swear in the executives. But a person can be fined or imprisoned for up to five years for making 'any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation' to Congress."

Does anyone remember Stevens' bilious reaction when Democrats on the Senate committee members pushed for the execs to be sworn in? Would anyone ask Sen. Stevens exactly why he was so adamantly opposed? Gosh, could he have known their testimony would be less than truthful?

2 Comments:

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Ceres said...

Clever title Chase.

 
At 8:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to know when some member of Congress is going to insist on hearings that explore Walt Disney's profit margin. It was nearly 9 percent -- higher than Conoco Phillips or Shell -- and that's just unacceptable!

We can't have companies making profits like that -- as someone who constantly buys Disney product to entertain my child, I feel GOUGED...

 

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