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Trading with the Enemy & and the First Lady's Involvment


Marianne F. Gasior
ATTORNEY AT LAW
420 Atlantic Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15221
412-351-4198
July 15, 1996

VIA CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

The Honorable Robert E. Rubin
Secretary of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20220

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I am writing to inquire as to the status of the Kennametal investigation by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, and to inquire as to whether the scope of OFAC's investigation includes the role of First Lady Hillary Clinton as a Director of Lafarge Corporation during the time Lafarge was involved with Kennametal and other parties in a conspiracy to commit numerous federal offenses, including Trading with the Enemy, and to defraud the United States via an arms smuggling operation carried out through Lafarge's Marblehead, Ohio facilities.

Documents obtained by Congressional investigators in 1991 clearly detail Kennametal's violations of the August 2, 1990 Iraqi Trade Embargo, and indicate a steady supply of the Iraqi war effort by Kennametal throughout 1990 and during the Gulf War in early 1991. These documents also show that Kennametal products originating in the United States were transhipped to the U.K., in violation of the Export Control Administration Act, and then fraudently marked "made in the E.C.C." for shipment to Iraq. Further investigation has revealed evidence detailing the path of the shipments out of the U.S. via the Ordnance Center located on Lafarge's premises on Marbelhead Pennisula.

Under 18 U.S.C. 371, Lafarge is liable as a co-conspirator for the crimes committed by Kennematal and others in furtherance of the conspiracy. Since the shipments which were in violation of the Trade Embargo and the Trading with the Enemy Act occurred between August 1990 and March 1991, the First Lady's potential liability as a Director and corporate agent
of Lafarge. Moreover, serious conflict of interest issues are raised by the fact that Lafarge Corporation from 1990 to 1992, I am obviously concerned about the posssible correlation between OFAC's continued lack of action and the First Lady's potential liability as a Director and corporate agent of Lafarge. Moreover, serious conflict of interest issues are raised by the fact that Lafarge Corporate and its Board of Directors have been represented by Buchanan Ingersoll the same law firm that was representing Kennametal in the Iraqgate investigations.

Given the fact that the violations occurred in 1990 and 1991, that documentation of the violations has been publicly admitted that the violations occurred, it appears that OFAC has had more than enough time and evidence to initiated a criminal prosecution. Please inform me at your earliest convenience as to the status of OFAC's Kennametal investigation and whether the First Lady and Lafarge Corporation are or have been subjects of that investigation.

Very truly yours,

Marianne F. Gasior

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