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September 22, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A federal judge refused Monday to allow a former Atlanta bank manager to withdraw his guilty plea to charges that he illegally provided $5 billion in loans that helped Iraq build its war machine. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta said former banker Christopher P. Drogoul had failed to demonstrate that his superiors at Italy's Banca Nazionale del Lavoro were aware of his loan scheme or that his own admissions were false.
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January 24, 1995 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department cleared the George Bush Administration Monday of any wrongdoing in the so-called "Iraqgate" affair, releasing an internal department report saying that no evidence could be found of any criminal conduct beyond that of six U.S.-based employees of an Italian bank who have been convicted of illegal transactions. The department's report, more than a year in the making, dismissed allegations by the bank's convicted Atlanta manager, Christopher P.
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September 12, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former manager of an Italian bank branch in Atlanta who made $5 billion worth of loans that helped build Iraq's war machine before the invasion of Kuwait acted on his own in exchange for $4.25 million in bribes, the government said Friday. As a result, federal prosecutors abruptly withdrew plans to seek a lighter sentence for Christopher P. Drogoul, the former manager of the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro branch in Atlanta.
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September 4, 1993 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee on Friday criticized a Justice Department plea bargain with an ex-banker who loaned $5 billion to Iraq, charging that the deal amounted to "a whitewash" of the so-called Iraqgate scandal. "It's the same old stuff and it smells," said Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez (D-Tex.), whose committee has spent three years investigating the Iraqi loan case.
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July 14, 1993 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former President George Bush was subpoenaed Tuesday to testify in the coming criminal trial of an Atlanta banker accused of providing $5 billion in unauthorized loans to help finance Iraq's military buildup before the Persian Gulf War. The banker's lawyer argued that Bush's testimony could prove that the U.S. government knew of the loans and permitted them as part of a strategy to arm Iraq secretly in its war against Iran and later to win favor with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
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October 6, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal investigation of a massive loan scheme that helped build Iraq's military arsenal may have been hampered by high-level officials in Washington to avoid criticism of the Bush Administration's policy toward Baghdad, an Atlanta judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Marvin H.
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September 18, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers for a former banker asked Thursday to withdraw their client's guilty plea in connection with a multibillion-dollar loan scheme that helped build Iraq's war machine. Christopher P. Drogoul's lawyers said they do not believe that he is guilty. They said Drogoul was acting with permission of his superiors at Italy's Banca Nazionale del Lavoro. They also claimed that Drogoul was aiding the U.S. government's prewar policy of supplying arms and technology to Iraq.
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February 19, 1993 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Poor cooperation by the CIA with federal law enforcement officers was partly responsible for lapses that nearly allowed Iraq to obtain sensitive nuclear triggers from a San Diego company a few months before the Persian Gulf War, the chairman of a key House committee charged Thursday. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez (D-Tex.), whose Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee has been investigating the George Bush Administration's relationship with Iraq before that country invaded Kuwait, credited a U.S.
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September 4, 1993 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The chairman of the House Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee on Friday criticized a Justice Department plea bargain with an ex-banker who loaned $5 billion to Iraq, charging that the deal amounted to "a whitewash" of the so-called Iraqgate scandal. "It's the same old stuff and it smells," said Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez (D-Tex.), whose committee has spent three years investigating the Iraqi loan case.
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October 8, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CIA Director Robert M. Gates ordered an investigation Wednesday into the agency's failure to provide accurate information to the Justice Department and a federal judge about its knowledge of a massive scheme in which loans were funneled to Iraq before the Persian Gulf War.
NEWS
July 14, 1993 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former President George Bush was subpoenaed Tuesday to testify in the coming criminal trial of an Atlanta banker accused of providing $5 billion in unauthorized loans to help finance Iraq's military buildup before the Persian Gulf War. The banker's lawyer argued that Bush's testimony could prove that the U.S. government knew of the loans and permitted them as part of a strategy to arm Iraq secretly in its war against Iran and later to win favor with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
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February 19, 1993 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Poor cooperation by the CIA with federal law enforcement officers was partly responsible for lapses that nearly allowed Iraq to obtain sensitive nuclear triggers from a San Diego company a few months before the Persian Gulf War, the chairman of a key House committee charged Thursday. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez (D-Tex.), whose Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs Committee has been investigating the George Bush Administration's relationship with Iraq before that country invaded Kuwait, credited a U.S.
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October 22, 1992 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Italy's Senate is considering a proposal to revive an investigation here into the role that government-owned Banca Nazionale del Lavoro and various Italian companies played in an Iraqi arms buildup before the Persian Gulf War. A proposal awaiting approval by the full Senate would create a 20-senator commission to explore the $5 billion in loans made to Iraq by BNL's branch in Atlanta while Iraq was at war with Iran.
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October 18, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Reports indicating that executives in Rome of Italy's largest bank knew about billions of dollars in loans to Iraq were discussed at secret 1989 meetings at the U.S. Embassy there in the presence of an FBI official, CIA witnesses have reportedly told Congress. A senior government source said CIA officials made the assertion during recent testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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October 13, 1992 | RONALD J. OSTROW and DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal judge said Monday that the Bush Administration misled him by concealing important intelligence information in a politically sensitive case involving billions of dollars in loans to Iraq. "Certainly either the CIA or the Justice Department or both have misled me," U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob of Atlanta said in a telephone interview. "There appear to be documents that were not made available to me."
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October 8, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
CIA Director Robert M. Gates ordered an investigation Wednesday into the agency's failure to provide accurate information to the Justice Department and a federal judge about its knowledge of a massive scheme in which loans were funneled to Iraq before the Persian Gulf War.
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January 24, 1995 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Justice Department cleared the George Bush Administration Monday of any wrongdoing in the so-called "Iraqgate" affair, releasing an internal department report saying that no evidence could be found of any criminal conduct beyond that of six U.S.-based employees of an Italian bank who have been convicted of illegal transactions. The department's report, more than a year in the making, dismissed allegations by the bank's convicted Atlanta manager, Christopher P.
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September 17, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush's name was raised for the first time Wednesday in the sentencing hearing for a former banker who engineered $5 billion in illicit loans that helped build Iraq's war machine. Bush's prewar policy toward Baghdad has hung like a storm cloud over events leading up to the hearing in federal court here. But on Wednesday, the defense lawyer described Bush's secret 1989 order mandating closer ties to Iraq as part of a deliberate U.S. foreign policy.
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October 6, 1992 | DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal investigation of a massive loan scheme that helped build Iraq's military arsenal may have been hampered by high-level officials in Washington to avoid criticism of the Bush Administration's policy toward Baghdad, an Atlanta judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Marvin H.
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October 2, 1992 | EDITH STANLEY and DOUGLAS FRANTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A federal judge on Thursday threw out the guilty plea of an ex-banker accused of arranging $5 billion in illegal loans to Iraq, clearing the way for a full airing of the evidence in a financial scandal that has focused on the Bush Administration's prewar dealings with Baghdad. U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob accepted a prosecutor's request to withdraw the government's plea bargain with Christopher P.
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