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WHO'S PEDDLING INFLUENCE TO WHOM?

Before Fred Thompson became a celebrity in his biggest role ever--a hard-nosed U.S. Senator rooting out foreign influences in American politics--he was just a little ol' lawyer with Arent Fox, a D.C. firm that at the time did legal and lobbying work for several foreign governments and various overseas corporations. According to documents Thompson and Arent Fox filed with the Department of Justice, Thompson's duties included lobbying for Haitian President JEAN-BERTRAND ARISTIDE, who hired Arent Fox in October 1991 shortly after his government was overthrown by a military coup. As the firm lobbied U.S. officials to bolster support for Aristide's return...

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