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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:28 PM
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Oh My!!!!!Gale Norton at centre of corruption inquiry over oil-shale awards to Shell

This is HUGE!!!!
http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/arti...
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Gale Norton, a senior member of President Bushs Cabinet, is the focus of a corruption investigation over her support of oil-shale exploration by Royal Dutch Shell, her current employer.

The US Department of Justice is examining Ms Nortons role in the award of three leases on federal land in Colorado for oil-shale development to Shell. The lawyer, who provoked the fury of environmentalists for rolling back regulation that prevented oil and gas development on state land, resigned as Interior Secretary in March 2006.

Only weeks after the Bureau of Land Management awarded the leases to Shell in December 2006, the first oil-shale rights granted in America for three decades, the company hired Ms Norton as general counsel for its unconventional-resources unit, the business that develops oil shale.

Shell confirmed yesterday that it was aware of the Department of Justice investigation, but declined to comment further.
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The inquirys main focus, according to US reports, is whether Ms Norton discussed employment with a private company. Public officials are barred from such discussions if their actions could benefit a company. The investigation will also look into a wider offence of violating public trust by steering government business to friends.
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Thanks Rachel
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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:30 PM
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1. Come on BushCo!! Leave the Harding Administration SOMETHING!
Now you're gonna take away the Teapot Dome scandal from them too and push them out of the Presidential basement?

:rofl:
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:34 PM
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3. Well, Harding had colorful characters, including himself
But give it time!
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virgdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:31 PM
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2. I'm shocked, shocked I tell you...
who couldn't see this one coming from a mile away. This is the same woman who invited Robert Redford to a showing of the movie Three Days of the Condor, thinking that it was a movie about wildlife. Hoo boy!!!
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FiveGoodMen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:55 PM
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5. Wow, she must have been REALLY uncomfortable when Cliff Robertson explained it all at the end!
WAY too close to home!
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:41 PM
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4. Call me when there's an indictment.
I still get excited about indictments.
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dhpgetsit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:59 PM
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6. Par for the course in the Bush Administration,
It's so not surprising to me.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:03 PM
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7. Gosh, I hope AG Holder decides not to turn this into a partisan witch hunt
You know that's all the Republicans will be squealing about. And besides, what's so suspicious about Ms. Norton resigning in March, Shell getting the leases in December, and then hiring Ms. Norton a few weeks later? Total coincidence, I tells ya.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 05:34 AM
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9. Of course
:rofl:

Funny how this isn't getting airplay of M$Greedia.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:45 PM
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8. Bushies Legacy really is rocking of late....and its all been BAD
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