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    United Nations Oil-for-Food Program

    British Member of Parliament George Galloway testified at a hearing on how Saddam Hussein manipulated the United Nations' Oil-for-Food Program to win influence and reward friends in order to undermine sanctions imposed on Iraq following the Persian Gulf War. A committee report on alleged abuses of the program had named Minister Galloway as one of several foreign officials who had received lucrative oil allocations in the scheme.

    Mr. Galloway harshly criticized the report and challenged members to produce evidence of the allegations. He also broadly criticized U.S. policy in Iraq and the decision to use military power to oust the Hussein government.

    This is not a complete record of the hearing, but contains Mr. Galloway’s opening statement in its entirety.

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    Attorney General Nomination Hearing, Day 1, Part 1

    Loretta Lynch testified about her nomination for U.S. attorney general and her qualifications for the position. Among the topics she addressed were immigration, National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, tensions between local law enforcement and communities, and the type of relationship she hopes to have with Congress. Ms. Lynch was introduced by New York Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer.