- WASHINGTON, DC -Judicial
Watch, the public interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes
corruption and abuse, reacted with disbelief to The Wall Street Journal
report of yesterday that George H.W. Bush, the father of President Bush,
works for the bin Laden family business in Saudi Arabia through the Carlyle
Group, an international consulting firm. The senior Bush had met with the
bin Laden family at least twice. (Other top Republicans are also associated
with the Carlyle group, such as former Secretary of State James A. Baker.)
The terrorist leader Osama bin Laden had supposedly been
by his family, which runs a multi-billion dollar business in Saudi Arabia
and is a major investor in the senior Bush's firm. Other reports have
though, whether members of his Saudi family have truly cut off Osama bin
Laden. Indeed, the Journal also reported yesterday that the FBI has
the bin Laden family business's bank records.
- Judicial Watch earlier this year had strongly criticized
President Bush's father's association with the Carlyle Group, pointing
out in a March 5 statement that it was a "conflict of interest (which)
could cause problems for America's foreign policy in Middle East and
Judicial Watch called for the senior Bush to resign from the firm
- "This conflict of interest has now turned into a
scandal. The idea of the President's father, an ex-president himself, doing
business with a company under investigation by the FBI in the terror
of September 11 is horrible. President Bush should not ask, but demand,
that his father pull out of the Carlyle Group," stated Judicial Watch
Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.
- "This has the potential of making 'Billygate' (Jimmy
Carter's brother's dealings with Libya) look like small potatoes,"
added Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
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