When oil executives took to Capital Hill last month to testify before Senate
about their profits, Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was outraged that Democrats
would want them sworn in. What did he know? As it turns out, these executives
lied when asked if they ever met with Cheney about energy policy. In fact they
did meet with him in 2001. Now Democrats are calling for an Attorney General
investigation into the lies told by these executives.
Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) called on both Senate Majority Leader
Bill Frist (R-TN) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Thursday to join him
in pressing the Attorney General for an investigation into whether top oil
executives made false statements during a recent Senate hearing when they
said they did not meet with Vice President Dick Cheney about energy policy.
His call was subsequently joined by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid
During a joint hearing of the Commerce and Energy Committees on Nov. 9,
senators heard testimony from the CEOs of the nationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s largest oil
companies. When Lautenberg asked these witnesses whether their companies had
participated in Vice President CheneyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s energy taskforce in 2001, they
denied -- answers that were later contradicted by a report in the Washington
Post. Cheney has refused to disclose who he met with at those meetings,
citing executive privilege.
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