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Dubai Deal

By on 3.3.06 | 8:10AM

More on President Clinton's role in consulting on the Dubai Ports deal. First, reporters should be looking into whatever "consulting" arrangements both the Cohen Group and the Albright Group (note that both name partners served in the Clinton Cabinet) might have or had with the former President.

Natural questions to ask both former Clintonistas: Have you ever passed through fees paid to you by UAE clients to the fomer President in, say, the past eight months? Is the work you are or had been pursuing on behalf of UAE clients a result of previous UAE dealings with the former President? When was the last time you or an associate or outside contracted consultant met with the staff of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to discuss UAE business interests?

Further to all of this, given the seemingly ever expanding role Mr. Clinton apparently had with the UAE, Senator Clinton should be expected to file more detailed ethics documents on exactly what nations and private companies her husband has these "casual" financial agreements with. And it shouldnt' be just her. A number of U.S. Senators have spouses who do corporate or government lobbying in Washington and elsewhere. They, too, should be held to as high an ethics standard as the junior Senator from New York.

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