Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman

CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, March 16, 2005

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Hyde Announces Subpoena of Documents
of Former UN Oil-for-Food Investigator

Document Delivery Completed Thursday Morning

(WASHINGTON) - On Friday, April 29, 2005, Robert Parton, a former senior investigative counsel with the Independent Inquiry Committee on the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme, was subpoenaed for documents by U.S. Rep. Henry J. Hyde (R-IL), chairman of the House International Relations Committee.   

On Thursday, May 5, Mr. Parton complied with the subpoena. 

“I have directed investigators for the Committee to begin an immediate and careful examination of documents received from Mr. Parton,” Hyde said. 

“I wish to extend to Mr. Parton my thanks for fully complying with the Committee’s subpoena. It is my hope and expectation that neither the United Nations nor the independent inquiry will attempt to sanction Mr. Parton for complying with a lawful subpoena,” he added. 

Because the review of the subpoenaed materials is currently underway, Hyde declined to characterize their contents.  

Hyde said the subpoena was issued in the context of the Committee’s year-long investigation of the Oil-for-Food program.  The Committee has conducted seven oversight hearings since April of 2004 and issued several subpoenas to various UN contractors associated with the Oil-for-Food program.  

Hyde said he plans to unveil wide-ranging UN reform legislation later this spring which he said would be included in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act expected to be considered by the House of Representatives this summer.

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