Say It Ain’t So, John! McCain’s Transition Chief Aided Saddam Hussein in Lobbying Effort

New on Huffington Post.

Excerpt:

“William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

“The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein’s government.

“During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.”

“An investigator who worked on the U.N. investigation of the oil-for-food program told [the Huffington Post] that Timmons clearly should have or did understand that he was the possible recipient of oil contracts from the Iraqi government because of his lobbying and back channel diplomatic efforts on behalf of Saddam: “He would have to be the most naive person in the world to believe that was not the case,” the official told me. “I guess William Timmons is just a natural born oilman. He is either deceiving himself to rationalize what he has done or taking the rest of us for fools.”

So John McCain pals around with a guy who palled around with a terrorist named Saddam Hussein. Or if not palling around, he at least got to know him well enough so he and Hussein could do business together and make lots of money between them.

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