Thompson Lobbied for Presidente Jean-Bertrand Aristide

Fred Dalton Thomson filed papers with the Justice Department in 1991 to represent Presidente Jean-Bertrand Aristide two weeks after he was deposed from power.

According to the papers, Fred Dalton Thompson stated his intent to lobby members of Congress and their staff, officials of the U.S. Department of State and the Office of the President of the United states on behalf of Presidente Aristide.

The website The Politico has obtained the papers filed by Fred Dalton Thompson at the justice department and here they are: Page1; Page2.

Fred Dalton Thompson received money payments from presidente Jean-Bertrand Aristide with clear intent to affect changes in US foreign policy on his behalf. Claims that his actions constitute an act of treason were disputed by his spokesman.

UPDATE: Justin Raimondo has written an article that sheds more light on the Thompson-Aristide connection.

Presidente Jean-Bertrand Aristide
Presidente Jean-Bertrand Aristide

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7 Comments on “Thompson Lobbied for Presidente Jean-Bertrand Aristide”

  1. Dan Says:

    Who made serious claims that lobbying on behalf of a foreign leader amounts to treason? I don’t like that Thompson did that, but it’s certainly not treason. Hillary!, meanwhile, used US troops to reinstall Aristide.

  2. James Says:

    No it shows that he supports some leftist socialist dictator monster that was overthrown by the Haitians.


  3. Dan: This isn’t about Hillary’s record regarding Aristide. This is about Fred Thompson’s record regarding Aristide. This is the “Conservatives Against Fred Thompson” site. Your post belongs on a “Conservatives Against Hillary Clinton” site – this isn’t it.

    James: Spot on.

  4. Bob Barney Says:

    Has anyone, anywhere, seen the billing records for Fred Thompson’s work for Aristide?

    When a lawyer/law firm is retained to work for a client, as in this case, and where the client is asking the lawyer/law firm to do work defined as “lobbying”, then the lawyers working for that client must fill in the form which is shown here. However, it doesn’t identify what work, if any, was done. What I am more interested in seeing is to what extent Fred did work for Aristide, and what the nature of the work was. The billing records would answer that.

    I would be very concerned by those who argue that lawyers become defined by the clients that they represent. When a law firm/lawyer chooses to act for a client, it does not necessarily mean that the lawyer(s) agrees with what the party does or is doing.

    Further, what other lawyers, who were part of the same law firm that Fred was working for, signed on to this same client? If a law firm agrees to represent a client, a number of lawyers might need to be consulted in the course of acting for the client, and it is my understanding they would all need to fill in the form that Fred did. If that is the case, then it would underline that this was not Fred’s client, but a client of one of his associates, and that Fred may have been consulted on some aspect of the client file.

    To summarize, can anyone identify if other lawyers, for the same firm, were also signed on to the Aristide file?


  5. You want to know a lot more about Aristide, please visit http://www.wehaitians.com (Editorial/Columns)

  6. G.T.M. Says:

    James, Aristide was hardly a dictator. While he transformed into a leader who did not well represent the Haitian people, he was popularly elected twice. Many in the masses of Haitian poor to this day profess loyalty to him because he was the only Haitian leader to ever give them a glimmer of hope for a better life.

    I didn’t know of any relationship between Thompson and Aristide, but lets not be too harsh to judge a situation where it appears all the facts have not been put out to the public. And please don’t be so quick to criticize a foreign leader whom you don’t know. Aristide has his faults, but there is good reason why to this day Haitians (at least the poor ones who make up 80 percent of the island nation) cling to some of the ideas that Aristide introduced with the Lavalas movement.


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