The Bush administration went on a $5bn spending spree in Iraq in 2004 just six weeks before returning control of the government to Iraqis, according to a Democratic lawmaker investigating the payments.Tim Carney, the government inspector for abuse in Iraq was also asked to appear before the hearings today as well:
Huge sums were doled out, sometimes in dollar bills from the back of pick-up trucks, it was alleged.
In a hearing before the chief House oversight committee, Democrats on Tuesday demanded answers from Paul Bremer, who headed the Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraq’s first post-occupation government, and oversaw the disbursement of $12bn in cash in reconstruction funds in the months after the invasion.
One official from the provisional authority described an environment awash with $100 bills, said a memo released by Mr Waxman’s office.
“One contractor received a $2m payment in a duffel bag stuffed with shrink-wrapped bundles of currency.” In some cases, cash was stored in unguarded sacks in Iraqi ministry offices.
Mr Carney had been invited to the hearing but the State Department had kept him from testifying, in spite of his willingness to do so, Mr Waxman said.That's right. Just when Carney is going to tell of the dirty deeds, he gets suddenly unavailably shipped to Iraq.
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