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McCain Transition Chief Lobbied for Saddam

By Matthew Yglesias

"McCain Transition Chief Lobbied for Saddam"

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Murray Waas reports:

William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein’s government.

It was probably thanks to Timmons’ insider information that McCain came to have all that detailed information about Saddam’s secret nuclear weapons programs and ties to al-Qaeda.

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