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Another Obama staffer under investigation...

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Car czar caught up in investigation

Eamon Javers Eamon Javers – Fri Apr 17, 1:00 am ET

In March, Steven Rattner, the leader of the Obama administration's auto task force, was the man who sat face to face with General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner at a Treasury Department meeting and fired him.

Now it's Rattner's turn in the hot seat.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday night that Rattner was involved with payments at the center of an investigation into an alleged kickback scheme at New York state's pension fund. Sourcing their information to a "person familiar with the matter," Journal reporters Craig Karmin and Peter Lattman reported that Rattner, who was then an executive at Quadrangle Group, an investment firm he co-founded, met with a "politically connected" consultant to discuss a finder's fee. Quadrangle later paid a $1.1 million fee, and received a $100 million investment from the New York State Common Retirement Fund.

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the Securities and Exchange Commission have been investigating whether payments to middle men by private equity firms including Quadrangle constituted improper kickbacks in exchange for investments from the pension fudn, which is worth $122 billion.

For the Obama administration, the revelation of Rattner's involvement in the deal is likely to cause a political headache at a time when the president is set to decide on the ultimate fate of General Motors and Chrysler, the car companies that are living on government bailout money and facing a strict timetable to reconstitute their businesses.

According to the Journal, a spokeswoman for the Treasury Department said that Rattner disclosed the pending investigation during the vetting process of the presidential transition. That will raise uncomfortable comparisons to Treasury's top official, Secretary Timothy Geithner, who failed to correctly pay his taxes, but was nonetheless supported for the position by President Barack Obama in the face of stiff criticism at the time.
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Sons-of-bitches are so crooked, they could piss around a corner...

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I sincerely thought that nothing could be more crooked than the Clinton administration. Boy was I wrong.

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Sons-of-bitches are so crooked, they could piss around a corner...
yeah... piss around a corner....

I heard about this today on... well it was on... no... come to think about it, no one brings this shit up in the media... Let him take his kcik back and go fire some other CEO... watch out Ford, just cuz you didnt take federal money dont think they wont try!
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sturring the pot! lol these people are beginning to not be able to hide shit anymore.i cant wait until indictments start being handed out in mass.major fines and prison time at the very least.

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I sincerely thought that nothing could be more crooked than the Clinton administration. Boy was I wrong.
Clinton and Bush both are going to look like saints when Obama leaves office if even 1/2 the shit going down gets any air time at all.
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yep but ill never forget all that bush has done to fuck us.hes a peice of shit in the worst way.

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sturring the pot! lol these people are beginning to not be able to hide shit anymore.i cant wait until indictments start being handed out in mass.major fines and prison time at the very least.

There won't be any indictments. The fox is running the henhouse and it's a free for all.

Or hadn't you guys noticed?
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In continuation...

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Sources: Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC
By Jeff Stein, CQ SpyTalk Columnist
Rep. Jane Harman , the California Democrat with a longtime involvement in intelligence issues, was overheard on an NSA wiretap telling a suspected Israeli agent that she would lobby the Justice Department reduce espionage-related charges against two officials of the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, the most powerful pro-Israel organization in Washington.

Harman was recorded saying she would "waddle into" the AIPAC case "if you think it'll make a difference," according to two former senior national security officials familiar with the NSA transcript.

(See related transcript of Join Jeff Stein online Q&A about his column.)

In exchange for Harman's help, the sources said, the suspected Israeli agent pledged to help lobby Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., then-House minority leader, to appoint Harman chair of the Intelligence Committee after the 2006 elections, which the Democrats were heavily favored to win.

Seemingly wary of what she had just agreed to, according to an official who read the NSA transcript, Harman hung up after saying, "This conversation doesn't exist."

Harman declined to discuss the wiretap allegations, instead issuing an angry denial through a spokesman.

"These claims are an outrageous and recycled canard, and have no basis in fact," Harman said in a prepared statement. "I never engaged in any such activity. Those who are peddling these false accusations should be ashamed of themselves."

It's true that allegations of pro-Israel lobbyists trying to help Harman get the chairmanship of the intelligence panel by lobbying and raising money for Pelosi aren't new.

They were widely reported in 2006, along with allegations that the FBI launched an investigation of Harman that was eventually dropped for a "lack of evidence."

What is new is that Harman is said to have been picked up on a court-approved NSA tap directed at alleged Israel covert action operations in Washington.

And that, contrary to reports that the Harman investigation was dropped for "lack of evidence," it was Alberto R. Gonzales, President Bush's top counsel and then attorney general, who intervened to stop the Harman probe.

Why? Because, according to three top former national security officials, Gonzales wanted Harman to be able to help defend the administration's warrantless wiretapping program, which was about break in The New York Times and engulf the White House.

As for there being "no evidence" to support the FBI probe, a source with first-hand knowledge of the wiretaps called that "bull****."

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Senate ethics rules state that members must avoid conflicts of interest as well as "even the appearance of a conflict of interest." Some ethics analysts question whether Mrs. Feinstein ran afoul of the latter provision, creating the appearance that she was rewarding the agency that had just hired her husband's firm.

"This clearly gives the appearance of a conflict of interest," said Kent Cooper, a former federal regulator who specializes in government ethics and disclosures. "To maintain the people's trust in government, it is incumbent on a legislator to take the extra steps necessary to ensure that when she introduces any legislation that it does not cause people to question her motives or the business activities of her spouse."

Mrs. Feinstein and Mr. Blum, a wealthy investment banker, are a power couple in both Washington and California who sat behind President Obama during his inauguration in January. Mrs. Feinstein also is mentioned as a candidate for California governor.

http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009...-in-on-crisis/
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