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Nigeria Charges Dick Cheney in Corruption Case Stemming From Halliburton Bid

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An anti-corruption unit in Nigeria has charged former Vice President Dick Cheney in an alleged bribery scheme dating back to his days as CEO of Halliburton, the huge oil services company.

Halliburton and other firms are accused of paying as much as $180 million in bribes to win a contract to build a $6 billion liquefied natural gas plant in the African country's southern delta, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Cheney, who headed Halliburton before he was elected vice president in 2000, is one of several company officers and former officials named in the case, which comes about four months before national elections in Nigeria.

Former Vice President Dick CheneyCheney's lawyer, Terrence O'Donnell, denied the allegations, saying in earlier investigations the Justice Department and SEC, "found no suggestion of any impropriety by Dick Cheney in his role of CEO of Halliburton... Any suggestion of misconduct on his part, made now, years later, is entirely baseless."

Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission pointed specifically at a former Halliburton subsidiary, Houston-based KBR, which pleaded guilty last year in U.S. federal court to authorizing and paying bribes in Nigeria for plant contracts between 1995 and 2004.

Cheney, 69, and suffering from chronic heart disease, is unlikely to travel to Nigeria anytime soon, and officials in Lagos would have a hard time compelling his appearance. A major oil supplier to the United States, Nigeria itself is regarded by analysts and watchdog groups as having one of the world's most corrupt governments, the AP said.

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hatborojerry

considering a vp nominee cannot be from the same state as the pres nominee, was Cheney a resident of Wyoming or texas when picked by Bush? Owning property in a state does not make youa resident. did cheney own and vote in wyoming as a ceo of halliburton in those years in Texas. or in Dc politics it does not matter.We forget this time,you forget when we are in power.

December 08 2010 at 10:06 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Edward

Is this the same Cheney who said that "deficits don't matter", who had four (five?) deferements in order to avoid fighting in a war (Vietnam) that he supported, who shot a man in the face, who lied about weapons of mass destruction in order to start a war (Iraq), who gave no-bid contracts to a company (Halliburton) in which he owned millions of shares of stock?

December 08 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Kam

Sorry Nigerians. We have our own issues with him plundering the country, and we haven't been able to do anything about it.

December 08 2010 at 1:57 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
ConnieJ

Nigeria charges Cheney??? The 'World Center of Corruption' charges someone??? So this surfaces many, many years after the supposed "crime"? But I'm sure that the coming elections in ever-corrupt Nigeria have nothing to do with the claims made. Of course the uber-liberal left-wing media jump on another chance to lambaste Cheney. They don't care whether or not the old,old,old claims are true. They only care that Cheney's name was mentioned. No surprise there.

December 08 2010 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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bvrlyfs

Freda, Cheney was CEO until he became vice president, I don't think anyone is picking on Cheney but his name pops up in a lot of scams for some reason but then everyone is picking on him??????

December 08 2010 at 4:55 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Machinerymartinc

DADDY BUSH LOVED OLD DICK, HE SAID THERE IS A MAN THAT CAN KEEP HIS MOUTH SHUT. HE WAS THE REAL TEFLON MAN.

December 08 2010 at 1:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Arnie

This is the deal with the devil that we have made (mostly Republican administrations, but Democratic, too). Nigeria is one of our largest suppliers of oil. They are corrupt. Enter a corrupt businessman who becomes a corrupt Vice President of the United States with enormous influence over a less than qualified president. The company the V.P. ran is convicted in federal court of bribery in doing business with Nigeria. The DOJ claims they cannot find evidence that the CEO knew. First, if he did not know, then he is at least quilty of malfeascence. Kind of like, oh, we didn't know that Iraq really didn't have WMD even though Sadam (admittedly, not the most reliable spokesman) even though our government knew that in 1998, when Clinton bombed Iraq during the impeachment stuff and the Republicans screamed "Wag the Dog," we got their cache of biological and chemical weapons (remember seeing soldiers in chemical protective suits digging up mass graves), Bush and Cheney are very good at the using the "Oh, I didn't know defense." Hearing the words Cheney and corruption in the same phrase is like hearing the words Chrismas and snow in the same sentence. It just goes together.

December 08 2010 at 12:33 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
tevroc143

Nigeria may have a corrupt government, but even they couldn't match the corruptness of the Bush/Cheney regime and their dirty dealings. Too bade Dick won't be traveling there. I would love to see him imprisoned for the rest of his miserable life.

December 08 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
lauralynn

I thought that even though he's no longer in office, he still has diplomatic immunity so they wouldn't be able to charge him or extradite him. Am I wrong?

December 08 2010 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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jenelzb

Dick Cheney always gets away with his crooked deals..he must have the best luck of any person in the world or maybe he is just the best crook in the world ,, either way , he will face his maker and that is when his luck will run out ...

December 08 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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woodbutcher

There is another option.... maybe he is innocent of wrong doing.

December 08 2010 at 12:50 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Margit

The lib press will take any and all opportunities to slam Dick or W. They just can't seem to let it go. This alleged crap reportedly occured over 10 years ago. Don't they have a statue of limitations? More BS from the left.

December 08 2010 at 11:57 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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