An anti-war British lawmaker gave false testimony to Congress when he denied receiving U.N. oil-for-food allocations from deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, a Senate investigative panel said Monday.
Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., chairman of the subcommittee, and his investigators presented evidence that they say shows British lawmaker George Galloway's political organization and his wife received nearly $600,000 from the oil allocations.
Congressional investigators said Galloway could face charges of perjury, making false statements and obstructing a congressional proceeding, with each charge carrying a penalty of up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
While I am not surprised that Galloway took bribes, I must say that I don't understand what authority we would have to hold him accountable. Galloway isn't a U.S. citizen and I don't think we could have compelled him to testify, and thus I don't know that we can hold him accountable for not telling the truth.