Another Corrupt Obama Crony Takes the Fifth: Bundler Tried to Buy $10M in Gold From Congo Warlord

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 at 7:51 am

It was just last year when liberal hack Jonathan Alter declared the Obama administration scandal free. Of course he had to ignore Fast & Furious, among a number of Obama scandals that the rest of the media also ignored. But day after day we see reports of Obama scandals largely dismissed by his media re-election team. It’s not even 8 in the morning and we have the second scandal of the day breaking out.

A former Obama administration trade adviser accused of plotting to purchase $10 million in gold from a Congolese warlord refused to detail his role in the illegal plot, invoking the Fifth Amendment more than 100 times during confidential court testimony, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

President Obama tapped oil mogul Kase Lawal, a prolific Democratic bundler and Clinton family confidante, to serve as a member of the White House’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations in 2010. Lawal’s name no longer appears on the website.

Soon after his appointment, court documents allege, Lawal became entangled in a plot to purchase nearly 2,500 pounds of Congolese gold from Gen. Bosco Ntaganda, a rebel commander who has been linked by the International Criminal Court to ethnic massacres and rapes.

The charges raised red flags among D.C. foreign policy observers, who questioned why the White House would associate with such a controversial figure.

Why? Because he brings in the money, that’s why. Why the heck do you think he still has Jon Corzine as a bundler?

Lawal is a prolific donor to both the Democratic National Committee and the Obama campaign, according to public records in which he lists himself as the chairman and CEO of CAMAC International. He donated $35,800 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2011 and $30,800 to the DNC. Additionally, Lawal has donated varying amounts to several Democratic Congressional campaigns.

Other Democrat luminaries Lawal has recently donated to include Charles Rangel and Sheila Jackson Lee.

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