U.S. authorities raided Gibson Guitars recently over the instrument maker’s use of allegedly illegal imports of wood. According to a Wall Street Journal interview, though, Henry Juszkiewicz, chief executive officer of Gibson contends, “a broker probably made a mistake in labeling the goods but that the sale was legal and approved by Indian authorities.”
Mr. Juszkiewicz also told KMJ Radio host Chris Daniel on Wednesday that the Obama administration sent his company a letter that if the guitar maker used Madagascar labor instead of an American work force, their “problems would go away.” (h/t Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit):
CHRIS DANIEL: Mr. Juszkiewicz, did an agent of the US government suggest to you that your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of American labor?
HENRY JUSZKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that in a pleading.
CHRIS DANIEL: Excuse me?
HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: They actually wrote that it a pleading.
CHRIS DANIEL: That your problems would go away if you used Madagascar labor instead of our labor?
HENRY JUSKIEWICZ: Yes. They said that explicitly.