Thursday :: Apr 6, 2006

Why Is Rummy Interested In Hillary's Financial Records?


by Steve

With the war on terror going so well in Iraq, Rummy has assigned his staff to dig into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s financial records. And I’m sure that these same staff have no NSA files to compare against, right?

A high-ranking Pentagon official has been snooping around Hillary and Bill Clinton's personal financial records, The Post has learned. The Defense Department big shot recently scoured Sen. Clinton personal financial filings - which are required by Senate rules and publicly available.
The records contain information about her investments and debts, including ex-president hubby Bill Clinton's income and speaking fees.
U.S. Joint Forces Command Deputy Legislative Director Cordell Francis dug through Clinton's records a week after news broke last month that Bill had advised Dubai leaders on how to navigate U.S. political concerns over its ports deal, Senate records show.
It appears that either Francis is stupid, or Rummy wants the Clintons to know that he is digging up dirt on them.
Francis was required to register his personal data with the Senate in order to access Clinton's records. The Post reviewed a list of people who had accessed the senator's documents.
Well, it could be that Francis was simply doing his job in checking out the records of those who conduct oversight of what Rummy is doing, right? Well, no ....
The former first lady serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee. But Francis had no interest in poking around the personal treasure troves of any of the 23 other committee members, records show.
It's common for reporters and opposition researchers to pore over a lawmaker's personal financial disclosure forms, but exceedingly rare for Defense Department officials to do it.
Is this not a misuse of Pentagon personnel for political purposes? And does Mr. Francis have any ties to Rummy’s stand-along military intelligence outfit?

I'm sure this will chill that warm relationship between Bill and Poppy, don't you think?

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