Two senior investigators with the committee probing corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program have resigned in protest, saying they believe a report that cleared Kofi Annan of meddling in the $64 billion operation was too soft on the secretary-general, a panel member confirmed Wednesday.Roger L. Simon previously noted that two of those names had done "most of the heavy lifting" in regards to interviewing of witnesses - and back then, at the beginning of April, Roger scooped the mainstream media with the news they weren't happy with the inability of the Volcker Committee's lack of interest in following up leads.
The investigators felt the Independent Inquiry Committee, led by former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, played down findings critical of Annan when it released an interim report in late March related to his son, said Mark Pieth, one of three leaders of the committee.
"You follow a trail and you want to see people pick it up," Pieth told The Associated Press, referring to the two top investigators who left. The committee "told the story" that the investigators presented, "but we made different conclusions than they would have."
The investigators were identified as Robert Parton and Miranda Duncan.
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(Via Roger L. Simon. Cross-posted to The House Of Wheels.)