New York Lawmakers Rally to Investigate Lockerbie Release
More U.S. lawmakers from New York are putting pressure on Britain to investigate a possible oil for terrorist exchange that released the Lockerbie bomber last year.
Democratic Congressman Dan Maffei says he and Republican Chris Lee put out a bipartisan letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, asking fellow representatives to join the call. Maffei represents the city of Syracuse, which saw 35 Syracuse University students die in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing in 1988.
New York's two senators already met with Cameron earlier this week. Cameron says there's no indication BP had any influence on the decision to free Libyan bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.
"There's something that's not adding up here," said Maffei. "This guy said he had three months to live, and here we are a year later, and now doctors say he has 10 years to live. What happened? And, why was he released anyway? Certainly, you can still be humanitarian, and still keep him in jail in Scotland someplace. Instead he was released to Libya."
Maffei was in Webster Saturday talking about the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau created by President Obama this week as part of the financial overhaul bill.