Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations

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Oil-for-Food investigation

In early 2004, the subcommittee commenced an investigation into the UN-Iraqi Oil-for-Food programme.[1] The program was widely suspected to have been rife with corruption and the intention of the hearings was to gauge the extent of that corruption and ferret out the outside entities involved. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), chair of the subcommittee led the investigation. He gained particular notoriety in the matter when on December 1, 2006 he published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal calling for the resignation of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in relation to the scandal. [2]

The committee spent seventeen months investigating the matter and issued numerous damning reports detailing corruption in the corporate sphere as well as in high levels of the United Nations and the British and French governments. [3]

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