Friday, August 19, 2011

Claire E. George, R.I.P.

In 1991, retired CIA covert operations chief, Claire E. George was indicted on 10 felony counts of perjury, giving false statements and obstruction in his 1986 testimony to congressional panels and a federal grand jury investigating the so-called Iran-Contra Affair. George pleaded not guilty and, after a mistrial, was convicted of two counts of lying to Congress. He faced a possible five-year prison sentence and $250,000 in fines but, on Chistmas Eve, 1992, outgoing President George H.W. Bush pardoned him - as well as Caspar W. Weinberger, Robert C. McFarlane and three other Iran-Contra figures. George died of cardiac arrest Aug. 11.

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