CINCINNATI (TDB) -- This kind of stuff can only add to the dark rumors about Vice President Dick Cheney as the master of political sleight of hand and deceit. A subsidiary of the company he headed, Halliburton, pops up in an Illinois federal prosecutor's press release about a kickback conviction. However, there's no mention of the parent company he chaired before leaving to become President George W. Bush's running mate sever years ago.
The full text of the prosecutor's news release out of Peoria has a plenty to say about a former Kellogg, Brown & Root employee who pleaded guilty in the wartime kickback scheme related to Kuwait and Iraq in 2003 and 2004. But there doesn't seem to be much available regarding this latest turn in the criminal case on the U.S. attorney's website in Peoria, or the main Justice Department website in Washington. Strange that the presser got onto the pr newswire.