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Official Statements of Shaha Riza and Paul Wolfowitz

Clarice Feldman has the statements of Riza and Wolfowitz. Read them and then remind me how this ever became a scandal. Here is an excerpt from the Wolfowitz statement:

When I came to the World Bank, I tried in good faith to resolve the potential conflict of interest caused by my pre-existing, personal relationship with Shaha Riza:

0 I disclosed my relationship with Ms. Riza.

0 I proposed that I would recuse myself from all personnel matters concerning her.

0 The issue was submitted to the Ethics Committee.

The Committee decided that recusal was insufficient.

0 The Committee decided that Ms. Riza should be relocated outside the Bank, over her objections.

0 The Committee also said she should receive a promotion that she was due, before she was relocated, and also that the terms of her forced departure should recognize the damage this would do to her "career perspectives."

0 The Committee members did not want to implement this plan themselves, however, because they said they could not ('interact directly with staff member situations."

0 They also told me - over my strong and repeated objections - that I would have to be the one to work with Human Resources to get it done.

0 At the time, I understood the Committee was the final arbiter of ethics questions, so I followed their advice, even though I questioned it.

0 The agreement reached with Ms. Riza was in line with other World Bank settlement agreements and was consistent with the goals that the Ethics Committee set out for treating her fairly in difficult and unprecedented circumstances.

0 The Committee reviewed the resolution of this matter on two occasions and determined that it was "consistent with the Committee's findings and advice" and that the conflict of interest had been "dealt with appropriately."

I find it inconceivable that the Ethics Committee did not know the details of the arrangements with Ms. Riza. The information certainly was available to them and I assume they were not negligent in their duties.

Update: Here's the real scandal.


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Comments (11)

By all means, follow the li... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

By all means, follow the link and go to "Personal Reflections" and "My Status At the Bank". If there's a more communistic framing of the issues at hand, I've yet to see it. No button is left Un-pushed!

Add in the Pity Party undertones of the piece, and one wants to 'Fro Up!

Wow, it almost seems like y... (Below threshold)
Darby:

Wow, it almost seems like your trying to get booted off wizbang.

"Wow, it almost seems li... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"Wow, it almost seems like your trying to get booted off wizbang."

The fact of the matter is that bD and his ilk are just infantile punk ass liars.

"You can't make this stuff ... (Below threshold)

"You can't make this stuff up!" said bryanD in the previous post.

The height of irony.

wavemaker - "You can't ... (Below threshold)
marc:

wavemaker - "You can't make this stuff up!" said bryanD in the previous post. The height of irony.

Actually you can and that is the problem with much of what bryanD[elusuonal] posts. It's made up from whole cloth.

BryanD, You post at ALL hou... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

BryanD, You post at ALL hours. Do you have a friggin' job?

DaveDLike all of t... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

DaveD

Like all of the other lib trolls here, he is void of attention everywhere else in his life.

Has anyone here ever went to a lib site, and troll-posted dozens of times a day?

Hey Bryan,Was the ... (Below threshold)
J.R.:

Hey Bryan,

Was the world bank involved in 9/11 too?

Wolfie said: The Committee ... (Below threshold)
BarneyG2000:

Wolfie said: The Committee reviewed the resolution of this matter on two occasions and determined that it was "consistent with the Committee's findings and advice" and that the conflict of interest had been "dealt with appropriately."

But that is not what the Chairman of the Ethics Committee said:

Ad Melkert, who was ethics chief when the arrangement was made but now works at the United Nations, said he rejects "any direct or indirect allegation or suggestion that the ethics committee was aware or should have been aware of the terms and conditions of Ms. Riza's contract."

Melkert said the committee was not consulted, nor did it approve details of Riza's compensation package, including "the large initial pay increase, the stipulation for subsequent annual increases and the stipulations for subsequent promotions."
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/4766997.html


Wolfie, you got some splaing to do!

BarneyG2000, posting a link... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

BarneyG2000, posting a link to another enemy site?

It sounds like 'Wolfie' (your insult, not mine)has the truth and the documentation on his side, But he will learn it's hard to excape the attack of rabid dogs (MSM media) and rabid/demented democrats (not a compliment, well maybe it is an upgrade).

The only accomplishment of the 'democrat' controlled congress in over 100 days is the surrender of America to terrorists. Now that is something to brag about and make democrat voters proud. Well, it has brought out the fact that DiFi should be sharing a cell with Cunningham. We'll call that an accomplishment the day she reports to jail.

It sounds like 'Wolfie' ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

It sounds like 'Wolfie' (your insult, not mine)has the truth and the documentation on his side

Where is this "documentation"? I know that if an ethics committee ever told me to do something over my "strong and repeated objections", I would sure as hell have a stack of notes or emails proving such tucked away in my files. Has Wolfie produced this "documentation"? Or are you just taking his word for it?




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