James B. Nicholson, Trustee vs. Harmon
(Formerly Woo vs. Harmon)
CV05-00030 DAE KSC
U.S. District Court For the District of Hawaii
Judges: David A. Ezra; Kevin S. Chang
HEARING ON MOTIONS FOR ABATEMENT, DAMAGES, ETC.
DATE: Non Hearing, per Theresa Lam, 2-12-7
JUDGE: David A. Ezra, per Theresa Lam, 2-12-7
Former Republican senator from Kansas, Robert Dole is now a part-time attorney for a Washington D.C. law firm, a lobbyist, and has been a television commercial spokesman for such products as Visa, Dunkin' Donuts, Pepsi-Cola and, most notably, for his erectile dysfunction commercial for Pfizer’s Viagra.
Robert Dole reportedly lobbied for Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate’s opposition to the IRS’ “Interim Sanctions” regulations (see: www.kycbs.net/RICO-BH.htm)
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March 6, 2007
Dole, Shalala to investigate
Walter Reed problems
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush on Tuesday named Democrat Donna Shalala and Republican Bob Dole to head a commission to investigate problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Shalala is a former secretary of health and human services; Dole is a former GOP presidential nominee.
Substandard conditions and a confusing bureaucracy at an outpatient facility at Walter Reed for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were revealed in a series of articles in the Washington Post in February.
"It's unacceptable to me, it's unacceptable to you, it's unacceptable to our country, and it's not going to continue," Bush said in a speech to the American Legion in Washington.
"My decisions have put our kids in harm's way. And I'm concerned about the fact that when they come back they don't get the full treatment they deserve."...
Bush said the commission will also examine whether similar problems exist at other military and veterans' hospitals.
Shalala served for eight years in the Clinton administration and is currently president of the University of Miami.
Dole, a wounded World War II veteran, was a senator from Kansas for 27 years and served as Senate majority leader before his retirement from Congress. He was the Republican nominee for president in 1996.
Also Tuesday, senators on the Armed Services Committee were questioning senior members of the military about the problems.
Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker and Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Kevin Kiley testified before the panel. Kiley was in charge of Walter Reed from 2000 until 2004.
The Washington Post series documented a variety of problems at "Building 18," a one-time motel converted to a long-term outpatient dormitory at the Washington hospital. The newspaper found troops who lost limbs and suffered traumatic brain injuries or post-traumatic stress were quartered for months in moldy and rodent-infested rooms with inadequate follow-up care.
Monday, witnesses told a House panel that wounded U.S. soldiers are forced to struggle against a nightmarish and untrustworthy Army medical system that leaves veterans stranded in unfit conditions.
Two Iraq war veterans and the wife of a third gave heartbreaking tales of neglect at the now notorious Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Annette McLeod, wife of Cpl. Wendell McLeod, who received an injury to his head in the war, said her husband "has been through the nightmares of the Army medical system."
"This is how we treat our soldiers -- we give them nothing," she said. "They're good enough to go and sacrifice their life, and we give them nothing. You need to fix the system."
The panel chairman, Rep. John Tierney, called "the unsanitary conditions" and other problems at Walter Reed hospital "appalling."
Maj. Gen. George Weightman, whose duties included overseeing the facility before he was fired over the scandal, said, "It is clear mistakes were made, and I was in charge. We can't fail one of these soldiers or their families, not one, and we did."
Acting Secretary of the Army Peter Geren told the committee that "we have let some soldiers down."
"We're going to fix that problem," Geren said.
Geren stepped into his role after Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey's resignation Friday.
In addition to Harvey's resignation, the outcry over the conditions some outpatient soldiers faced at Walter Reed led to Weightman's removal.
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Feb. 23, 2006
Bob Dole Consults for Dubai Ports Co.
Former Sen. Bob Dole was hired last year by a United Arab Emirates company to facilitate its takeover of shipping operations at six American ports.
Dole, a registered lobbyist and former GOP presidential candidate, is among a team of lawyers at the Washington law firm of Alston & Bird that has been working with Dubai Ports World, which is owned by the UAE.
The company hired the firm in 2005, according to CNN. But even Dole’s wife, Sen. Elizabeth Dole, R-N.C., has expressed concern about turning port operations over to a state-owned Middle Eastern company, reports the News & Observer in North Carolina.
In a letter to Sen. John Warner, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Dole – a member of the committee - wrote:
"I am deeply concerned that the proposed transfer of seaport operations to a company controlled by the United Arab Emirates government might compromise our ability to effectively control our ports and harbors.”
Spokeswoman Lindsay Taylor Mabry added: "Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s decisions are made independent of Bob Dole.”
But Mabry said she didn’t know how long Sen. Dole had known about her husband’s connection with Dubai Ports World.
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Robert Dole is expected to testify regarding his business, professional and personal relationships with Elizabeth Hanford Dole; The Department of Veterans Affairs; Jim Nicholson; James B. Nicholson, Jack Abramoff; James Baker; Mark McConaghy; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Richard Rainwater; Linda Lingle; Bob Awana, Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate; Gale Norton; Tom DeLay, Bill Frist, American International Group (AIG), Michael Chertoff, Alex Jones, Norman Mineta, John Snow, Carlyle Group, United Defense Industries, Eric Shine, Henry Paulson, John McCain, and others to be named upon discovery.
Originally posted: January 6, 2005