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Old 11-16-2005, 08:25 PM   Topic Starter
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Another hit against the WH: Oil Execs lied to Congress

about their meeting with Cheney's energy task force. Joe Scarborough was on earlier and was furious. He had Barbara Boxer on his show for the second week in a row talking about the evils of
'big oil.' He is fighting mad about the oil companies. Baba O'Reilly has been as well. This isn't a liberal or conservative issue...

but it sure won't help the WH to have their buddies in the oil business under investigation for lying to congress about secret meetings with that man of impeccable character and integrity, Dick Cheney.

Is EVERYTHING this WH touches turning to stone?

CNN featured Pete Dominici saying that even without an oath if the Execs lied to congress they could still face criminal charges.


http://www.forbes.com/work/feeds/afx...fx2342263.html
US senators demand oil executives re-testify, under oath
11.16.2005, 06:46 PM


WASHINGTON (AFX) - Senate Democrats demanded that oil company executives who testified last week about skyrocketing energy prices reappear before lawmakers and testify under oath, after news reports raised questions about the truthfulness of their testimony.

Leading oil company executives long have denied taking part in a secretive energy task force run in 2001 by Vice President Dick Cheney, but White House records obtained by The Washington Post refuted that, according to the daily's editions on Wednesday.

The ad hoc group was tasked with helping develop a national energy policy, but was opposed by environmentalists because there allegedly were no ecologically friendly players on the panel.

The leader of Senate Democrats said the oil company executives who testified last week should be forced to return to Congress to set the record straight regarding their involvement with Cheney's group.

'When the big oil companies came to Congress to testify about their record profits, we expected that they would tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Today, we learned that this was a standard they were not prepared to meet,' said Senator Harry Reid.

Democrats also objected to a decision by the leaders of the Republican-led Senate to waive swearing in the witnesses. At any future hearing, Reid said, the executives should testify under oath.

Meanwhile, Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg called at a press conference for an investigation.

'I want to be certain that this gets an appropriate review, so I've written to the attorney general asking him to investigate whether any of these oil company CEOs broke the law by making false statements to the Congress,' Lautenberg said.
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