The Washington Times - February 5, 2009, 07:04AM

Leon Panetta, President Obama’s nominee for CIA chief, faces scrutiny over his receiving more than $700,000 in the past year in speaking and consulting fees from troubled financial institutions, the Wall Street Journal is reporting.

The financial firms do business with national security agencies, and Panetta is poised to head one of those top agencies.

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The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold his confirmation hearing.

But at least Panetta paid his taxes, right?  Right?

This is one of those pesky conflict-of-interest issues that can be resolved with a sincere “Nuh uh.”

Obama’s selection of Panetta to head the CIA initially was met with lots of questions and criticism, even from fellow Democrats.  And that was before his $700,000 in consulting fees was reported.  So you can expect the Senate Intelligence Committee to ask him stuff like, “How did you get the money — check or direct deposit?” and “What other money-making opportunities are there for a former congressman?”