Report: Congress Gets 'Damaging' Info on Kofi Annan

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - "Kofi Annan will be a very worried man," Fox News reported on Thursday, now that Congress has been given documents that may expose "damning information" about Annan's role in the oil-for-food scandal.

Fox News, in an exclusive report on Thursday, called it a "dramatic new phase" in the oil-for-food scandal.

Robert Parton, a senior investigator looking into Annan's role the oil-for-food scandal, resigned last month from the U.N.'s internal inquiry headed by Paul Volcker, because he thought Volcker was being too soft on Annan.

But Fox News reported Thursday morning that Parton has just turned over his findings to congressional investigators. Parton reportedly sent boxes of documents to Capitol Hill last night, obeying a subpoena issued by one of the congressional committees investigating the oil-for-food scandal.

Last week, press reports noted that Paul Volcker had been phoning members of Congress, urging them not to subpoena Parton. Volcker reportedly told lawmakers that Parton had signed a confidentiality agreement when he joined the Volcker commission.

But it appears U.S. lawmakers now have the documents they've wanted to see all along.

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, has expressed "grave and growing concerns about the credibility and independence" of the U.N.'s inquiry, led by Volcker; and he has complained loudly about Volcker's refusal to let Parton and a second investigator cooperate with various congressional committees.

At the end of March, the Volcker commission -- appointed by Annan -- basically cleared Annan of meddling in the awarding of oil-for-food contracts, but it did say that Annax was lax in failing to investigate what his son Kojo was up to.

Kojo Annan, on the other hand, covered up his relationship with a Swiss firm that received a contract, the Volcker report said.

See Earlier Stories:
Annan Says No to Resignation (29 Mar. 2005)
Kofi Annan, Son Expected To Be Hit on Oil-for-Food Scandal (29 Mar. 2005)
UN Audits Skim Surface of Oil for Food Scandal, Critic Alleges (11 Jan. 2005)

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