Skip to comments.Leahy: Enrongate Shredder Has FBI Contract
Posted on 01/17/2002 11:01:32 AM PST by Jean S
Arthur Andersen LLP, the company now battling for its survival in the wake of revelations that it shredded Enron documents last fall, has a $1 million contract with the Federal Bureau of Investigation that could give it access to information about the bureau's Enron probe, Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed Wednesday.
"Now, unfortunately, the problem we're going to have is that Attorney General Ashcroft has also hired Arthur Andersen to do about a million-dollar review of the FBI for their reorganization," Leahy revealed in a Vermont radio interview.
The Vermont Democrat said that while he didn't disagree with the decision to hire a good accounting office to help revamp the bureau, he complained, "Unfortunately, Arthur Andersen now had access to some very sensitive things in the FBI at the same time where I'm going to be calling on the FBI to help my committee investigate why Arthur Andersen destroyed material.
"As I'm using some of the FBI agents to help investigate Arthur Andersen," he added, "I want to make sure the fact that Arthur Andersen is at the same time helping with the reorganization of the FBI doesn't get one caught over the other."
Leahy made his comments on WVMT's "Charlie and Ernie in the Morning" show.
The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman has asked the Justice Department to determine whether "any actual or apparent conflicts of interest" exist in Andersen's relationship with the bureau.
Attorney General Ashcroft has recused himself from the Justice Department's Enron probe because he accepted contributions from the energy giant during his Senate bid two years ago.
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Worse, I know he would ruin anyone for political gain. It is a liberal 'trait'. The clintons gave us eight full years of trashing innocent, often powerless people, to save face and to gain political points.
What will the opportunistic buzzards feed on when all the political carrion has been devoured?
Auditors examine the materials that are presented to them. If Enron falsified their records (which we know they did) the AA auditors may have drawn their financial conclusions based on incorrect data. The only way an auditor can find deception is when the data is inconsistent. From what I've heard, the Enron people were very good at putting up a consistent false front.
Much of AA's business comes from corporate audits and follow up consulting engagements. The kind of exposure they are getting at Enron will severely damage their future business. For that reason, audit firms are normally quite careful.
The shredding of records seemed strange to me, but I don't know what Enron represented to AA when they made the request.
Leahy is simply dishonest. And the media which takes the accusation seriously is either ignorant, dishonest, or both.
The only surprise here is that McInsane beat Leaky Leahy to the punch. ROTFLOL!!!!
STUPID ones I can deal with, CROOKED ones should be placed where the 'Son don't shine'.
Sorry, when one comes to know MY Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, there IS a new beginning, though you must live and take responsibility for the past. You 'choose' not to believe, it is fine with me. But, I am free to disagree with you and I do. When one of faith starts believing they are wrong, they lose THAT faith. Liberals, IMHO, are wrong, but they won't believe it and give up THEIR faith. I don't expect them to, and I doubt if I'll get them to respect that I won't give up mine. Find out who's right on the 'other' side.
Realizing now that the Rats were bestowed with greater capital, not to mention the rewards bequeathed upon the donor, as opposed to naked rejection by the Bush administration, I too am not surprised.
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