Monday, July 16, 2012
Let's analyze whether or not it the claim that Willard Romney lied under oath about a fetus disposal company that he allegedly ran but sold in 2001 is accurate.
As a general rule, one would typical start from the premise that Romney lied about whatever topic we are discussing unless it can be proven otherwise. But this is not fair as a careful analysis of the facts shows that this allegation cannot be substantiated.
First, technically, I don't think you can say he lied under Oath about the Fetus Disposal Company. This is true because the fetus disposal company was not entirely his. Romney's company just made money off selling it -a 50 Million Dollar Profit in 2001. This is a lot of money. Planned Parenthood may have made more money off this service, but Romney may not have been that far behind. Romney is in the clear on this part of the allegation - he was just a player in the fetus disposal game and not an owner of a fetus disposal operation.
Next, I don't think Willard gave a sworn statement(s) about his fetus disposal investments. His sworn statements were about other topics. Like was he a resident of Massachusetts who ran Bain Capital from 1999 to 2002. Romney's written assertions made during this period indicate that he was a resident of Massachusetts who ran Bain Capital from 1999-2002. The written record is pretty clear on this point.
However, later documentation indicates that Romney retired from Bain Capital in 2002 retroactive to 1999. This is problematic because it contradicts earlier sworn statements averring that Romney was a Resident of Massachusetts who ran Bain Capital until 2002. It would seem that only one set of statements can be true. Either Willard ran Bain Capital which owned part of fetus disposal company until 2002 and he did not make false statements under oath to the SEC and the State of Massachusetts, or he did not run Bain Capital and made false statements to the SEC and the state.
As a result, I have to rate the allegation of whether or not Romney lied under oath about his Fetus Disposal as not substantiated. There is no evidence that he provided false testimony or sign false statements about Fetus Disposal, but the question of whether or not Romney lied under oath has not been resolved.