Banks, Mayors, Girlfriends and North Korean Money
6:43 PM, Jun 11, 2007 • By BRIAN FAUGHNAN
As President Bush follows his G-8 visit to Berlin with a stop in Bulgaria, Congressional Quarterly covers a bizarre 'kerfuffle' over a North Korean money laundering operation involving a Bulgarian bank:
So the live-in girlfriend of the likely future president sits on the board of a bank that may or may not be laundering money for the North Koreans depending on who you ask--your choices being the live-in girlfriend or the deputy secretary of the Treasury. CQ stresses that Borrisov has become a close ally of President Bush, and that Bulgaria is home to three U.S. bases. Further, Bulgaria is pressing to become part of the anti-ballistic missile shield that will see U.S. installations set in nearby Poland and the Czech Republic.
But when Borrisov travels to Washington this week, he's unlikely to discuss the details of such cooperation with American military officials. According to CQ, the highest ranking official on Borrisov's dance card is Washington mayor Adrian Fenty. No word on whether the live-in girlfriend is joining Borrisov on the trip.