October 2, 2005
The Iron Lady and The Hammer
Why am I not surprised that two of the most reviled people from each side of the Atlantic turn out to be acquainted:
A DOCUMENT linking Margaret Thatcher to a US corruption probe is so explosive civil servants have been asked to ensure it remains “sealed”.
The 79-year-old former Premier is said to have met Congressman Tom DeLay in Britain while he was on a suspected favours-for-freebies scam.
In return for his free holiday, DeLay - who resigned as Republican leader of Congress last week after being accused of laundering political funds - allegedly backed legislation favourable to lobby groups.
Disclosing that US authorities were seeking aid from UK counterparts, a secret Home Office briefing says: “One visit to the UK involved a meeting with Mrs Margaret Thatcher.”
“Evidence is sought from her about that meeting and her involvement in the alleged deception and violation of US criminal laws.”
… The document, leaked to the Mirror, informs ministers there has been an official request for “mutual legal assistance” from the US Department of Justice in Washington.
It said the request was part of a deception investigation “involving high-profile American and UK-based individuals, including a leading Congressman and former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher”. At the centre of the probe is high-profile lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is already under investigation in the US.
The document says: “US officials are investigating whether Abramoff was involved in obtaining legislative assistance from public officials in exchange for arranging and underwriting trips to the UK.”
Via The Raw Story.
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