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10/05/2004

Details on "Horse-Trading," aka Bribery and Extortion

The Hill provides a run down of the various threats and inducements offered to Nick Smith during last year's Medicare vote. Things like:

During the vote, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) approached Smith. According to Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.), “[Miller] came up and said, ‘You are really going to do this Nick? And he said yeah. … She got mad and she said, ‘Well, I’m going to do all I can to beat your son.’ And then they kind of swore at each other a little bit. It was not pleasant. And then she left.”
And:
Roe also said Smith called him from Michigan later that day and told him that Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.) offered to help Smith’s daughter find a job as an actress in Hollywood. Dreier denied making such an offer, and Smith did not recall the phone conversation.
There's some clear perjury going on here, either by Jason Roe, chief of staff to Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), or Dreier.

Moreover, why can't they just call this what it is? I don't see any horses, just a bunch of asses.

The complete report is available here.

 

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