If it says Libby Libby Libby on the memo memo memo
There’s corruption corruption corruption and the press is sure follow
Along with being the leading vote-getter for the Plame Blame Derby, “Scooter” Libby is now moving up on the outside in the Halliburton No-Bid Stakes
In the fall of 2002, in the preparations for possible war with Iraq, the Pentagon sought and received the assent of senior Bush administration officials, including the vice president’s chief of staff, before hiring the Halliburton Company to develop secret plans for restoring Iraq’s oil facilities, Pentagon officials have told Congressional investigators.
The newly disclosed details about Pentagon contracting do not suggest improper political pressures to direct business to Halliburton, the Houston-based company that Vice President Dick Cheney once led.
But they raise questions about assertions by Mr. Cheney and other administration officials that he knew nothing in advance of the Halliburton contracts and that the decisions were made by career procurement specialists, without involvement by senior political appointees.
In November 2002, a Pentagon energy group led by Michael H. Mobbs, a political appointee and adviser to Douglas J. Feith, the under secretary of defense, gave Halliburton a $1.9 million “task order,” under another contract, to develop secret contingency plans for the Iraqi oil industry.
The proposal was had been described at a meeting in late October of the Deputies Committee, a foreign policy body. Participants included the deputy national security adviser, deputy secretaries of state and defense, deputy director of central intelligence and I. Lewis Libby, Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff.
Pentagon officials, including Mr. Mobbs, provided the new details of the oil contracting to staff members of the House Committee on Government Reform at a June 8 briefing.
In a letter faxed Sunday to Mr. Cheney and given to reporters, Representative Henry A. Waxman, the minority leader of the panel, asked him for all records of his office’s communications on the oil contracts and for records of Deputies Committee meetings where the Halliburton deals had been discussed.
“These new disclosures appear to contradict your assertions that you were not informed about the Halliburton contracts,” Mr. Waxman, Democrat of California, wrote. “They also seem to contradict the administration’s repeated assertions that political appointees were not involved in the award of the contracts to Halliburton.”
Appearing on the NBC News program “Meet the Press” on Sept. 14, 2003, Mr. Cheney said, “And as vice president, I have absolutely no influence of, involvement of, knowledge of in any way, shape or form of contracts led by the Corps of Engineers or anybody else in the federal government.” He referred to the Army Corps of Engineers, which has managed oil infrastructure contracts.
Asked if he had been aware of Halliburton’s noncompetitive awards, Mr. Cheney said, “I don’t know any of the details of the contract because I deliberately stayed away from any information on that.”