Ollie North (!) criticizes Dems for willingness to tolerate deceit

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This afternoon, Sean Hannity trotted out Fox News host Oliver North to discuss the controversy surrounding Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's description of his military service. North repeatedly claimed that Blumenthal is a "liar," and went on to comment that the party's continued support for Blumenthal indicates that "Democrats have a higher tolerance for deceit then anybody else on the planet":

In case you've forgotten, lies and deceit are pretty much what North is famous for:

Oliver L. North, a Marine lieutenant colonel assigned to the National Security Council staff beginning in 1981 until he was fired on November 25, 1986, was the White House official most directly involved in secretly aiding the contras, selling arms to Iran, and diverting Iran arms sales proceeds to the contras.


North was indicted in March 1988 on 16 Iran/contra charges, along with Poindexter, retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Richard V. Secord and Albert Hakim in a 23-count indictment. After the cases were severed and the central conspiracy charges were dropped due to classified-information problems, North stood trial beginning in February 1989 on 12 counts. On May 4, 1989, he was found guilty of three counts, including aiding and abetting obstruction of Congress, shredding and altering official documents, and accepting an illegal gratuity from Secord. North's convictions were vacated on July 20, 1990, after the appeals court found that witnesses in his trial might have been impermissibly affected by his immunized congressional testimony.

The obstruction of Congress charge dealt in part with North's admitted lies to members of Congress regarding whether he had given military advice to the Nicaraguan Contras and raised money for them.

What did Ollie North's deceit get him? He became a cause célèbre for the GOP's right wing, which helped him nab the party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Virginia in 1994 and raise $20 million. And now, of course, he gets a paycheck from the GOP's communications arm at Fox, and does radio interviews with Sean Hannity. But again, it's the Democrats that have a "high tolerance for deceit."

Oliver North
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