- Judicial Watch, the public interest
law firm that investigates and prosecutes government corruption,
today pointed out that the recent spate of terror attacks on Israel
has lent new urgency to the need for former President Bush to resign
from the Carlyle Group, an international investment firm with close
ties to the government of Saudi Arabia.
The former president, the father of President Bush, worked for
bin Laden family business in Saudi Arabia through the Carlyle Group,
meeting with them at least twice. The terrorist leader Osama bin
Laden had supposedly been "disowned" by his family, which runs a
multi-billion dollar business in Saudi Arabia and was a major
investor in the senior Bush's firm.
Other reports have stated his
Saudi family have not truly cut off Osama bin Laden.
In the wake of Judicial Watch and other criticism of its ties to the
bin Laden family business, the Carlyle Group reportedly no longer
does business with the bin Laden conglomerate.
Yet the Group, among
other conflicts of interest, reportedly has a major business
relationship with the Saudi Arabian government, which many have
criticized for its lack of cooperation in America's war on terrorism
and its financial and other support for terrorist attacks on Israel
and U.S. interests.
"It stands to reason, as noted in
the David Sanger piece in The New York Times today, that
President Bush consults with his father on issues of the day. In
a normal situation, this would be appropriate, but with
President Bush's father being effectively an agent of the Saudi
Arabian government, it raises, in the least, a conflict of
Questions can be raised, for
instance, if the "kid gloves" treatment of Saudi Arabia by the
Bush Administration has anything to do with his father's
financial ties to the Saudi regime.
Former President Bush would
be doing his son and his country a favor by immediately
resigning from the Carlyle Group," stated Judicial Watch
Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.