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Iraq Graft, DEA Jet-Setting and Cheney's Pitch

POSTED: 06:24 PM ET, 02/20/2009 by Derek Kravitz

The editors at Post Investigations have scoured the nation's top in-depth and investigative reports from this past week and selected their most interesting finds.

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Inquiry on Iraq Graft Focuses on U.S. Officers » Federal authorities examining the early days of the $125 billion American-led effort to rebuild Iraq have broadened their inquiry to include senior American military officers who oversaw the program. Court records show that last month investigators subpoenaed the personal bank records of Col. Anthony B. Bell, who is now retired from the Army but who was in charge of reconstruction contracting in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. In addition, investigators are examining the activities of Lt. Col. Ronald W. Hirtle of the Air Force, who was a senior contracting officer in Baghdad in 2004. — New York Times

DEA Chief Spent $123K on Private Jet » The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration spent more than $123,000 to charter a private jet to fly to Bogota, Colombia, last fall instead of taking one of the agency's 106 planes. The DEA paid a contractor an additional $5,380 to arrange Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart's trip last Oct. 28-30 with an outside company. — McClatchy

Report: Cheney Pressed Bush to Pardon Ex-Aide » In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, a former aide convicted on perjury charges - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge. Sources close to Cheney said the former vice president repeatedly pressed Bush to pardon Libby, arguing his ex-chief of staff and longtime alter ego deserved a full exoneration - even though Bush had already kept Libby out of jail by commuting his 30-month prison sentence. — New York Daily News

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