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Friday, June 16, 2006

Army Corps arranged no-bid contract with Cheney's office

E-mails obtained through a FOIA request suggest that Dick Cheney had a hand in procuring a contract worth billions of dollars for the company he used to head, still receives money from, and owns lucrative stock in.

Among the 100 pages of newly-obtained documents is an 2003 email in which Army Corps official Carol Sanders writes, "Mr. Robert Andersen, Chief Counsel, USACE, participated in a 60 Minutes interview today in New York regarding the sole source award of the oil response contract to Kellogg, Brown and Root... [Andersen] was able to make many of the points we had planned."

Sanders subsequently provided sound bites from the interview, including, "There was no contact whatsoever (with the VP office)."

This directly contradicts another email uncovered by Judicial Watch in 2004.

That email, dated in March of 2003 was sent by an official of the Army Corps whose name was redacted. It stated, "We anticipate no issue (with the KBR deal) since the action has been coordinated w [sic] VP's office."