I can believe it. We've all heard George Galloway's vitriolic rants against the war in Iraq, America and Bush in particular. Well, good ol' George had reason to keep the war out of Iraq and Saddam in power...he was getting paid off. Senator Norm Coleman and Independent Inquiry Committee have found a paper trail leading right to Galloway that proves he was getting money from the Oil for Food program through the UN. He, of course, is blustering and posturing, and crying foul:
A spokesman for Galloway, Ron McKay, said in an interview from London that the lawmaker denies the accusations and if charged with perjury is willing to appear in an American court.In an interview on Fox News, Galloway said:
"Put up or shut up," McKay said of Galloway's accusers, calling the report derogatory and defamatory.
"It is just the despicable Republican Committee who accused me in May..."It was your typical "I did nothing wrong, they are all out to get me" deal. But the "proof will be in the pudding" and he will have to face possible charges of purjury, making false statements, and obstructing a congressional proceeding, because this is what was found:
Coleman, a critic of the United Nations, said his panel's evidence shows that Galloway personally solicited and was granted oil allocations totaling 23 million barrels from 1999 through 2003. Those allocations could be sold for a profit.Personally, I think he should not only have to pay the $250,000 in fines and do the 5 years in jail, but he should also have to pay back the $600,000 he got in kick backs!
The report also alleges that Galloway's friend, Jordanian businessman Fawaz Zureikat, funneled money from the oil-for-food program to Galloway's wife, Amineh Abu-Zayyad, and to the Mariam Appeal, a political organization that Galloway established in 1998 to help a 4-year-old Iraqi girl with leukemia.
Coleman said his investigators confirmed their evidence in interviews with former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz, a friend of Galloway's, and former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yasin Ramadan.