Was the Reagan Administration the most corrupt ever?

Ronald Reagan's Criminal Administration:

"By the end of his term, 138 Reagan administration officials had been convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations. In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his administration was the worst ever."

James Watt, Reagan's Secretary of the Interior was indicted on 41 felony counts for using connections at the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help his private clients seek federal funds for housing projects in Maryland, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Watt conceded that he had received $500,000 from clients who were granted very favorable housing contracts after he had intervened on their behalf. In testifying before a House committee Watt said: "That's what they offered and it sounded like a lot of money to me, and we settled on it." Watt was eventually sentenced to five years in prison and 500 hours of community service.

Although not convicted, Edwin Meese III, resigned as Reagan's Attorney General after having been the subject of investigations by the United States Office of the Independent Counsel on two occasions (Wedtech and Iran-Contra), during the 3 short years he was in office.

E. Bob Wallach, close friend and law classmate of Attorney General Edwin Meese, was sentenced to six years in prison and fined $250,000 in connection with the Wedtech influence-peddling scandal.

Lyn Nofziger--Convicted on charges of illegal lobbying of White House in Wedtech scandal.

Michael Deaver received three years' probation and was fined one hundred thousand dollars after being convicted for lying to a congressional subcommittee and a federal grand jury about his lobbying activities after leaving the White House.

The Iran-Contra scandal. In June, 1984, at a National Security Council meeting, CIA Director Casey urged President Reagan to seek third-party aid for the Nicaraguan contras. Secretary of State Schultz warned that it would be an "impeachable offense" if the U.S. government acted as conduit for such secret funding. But that didn't stop them. That same day, Oliver North was seeking third-party aid for the contras. But Reagan, the "teflon President" avoided serious charges or impeachment.

Casper Weinberger was Secretary of Defense during Iran-Contra. In June 1992 he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of concealing from congressional investigators and prosecutors thousands of pages of his handwritten notes. The personal memoirs taken during high level meetings, detailed events in 1985 and 1986 involving the Iran-Contra affair. Weinberger claimed he was being unfairly prosecuted because he would not provide information incriminating Ronald Reagan. Weinberger was scheduled to go on trial January 5, 1993, where the contents of his notes would have come to light and may have implicated other, unindicted conspirators. While Weinberger was never directly linked to the covert operations phase of the Iran-Contra affair, he is believed to have been involved in the cover-up of the ensuing scandal. According to Special Prosecutor Lawrence Walsh, Weinberger's notes contain evidence of a conspiracy among the highest ranking Reagan Administration officials to lie to congress and the American public. Some of the notes are believed to have evidence against then Vice-President George Bush who pardoned Weinberger to keep him from going to trial.

Raymond Donovan, Secretary of Labor indicted for defrauding the New York City Transit Authority of $7.4. million.

{ Republicans will point out that Donovan was acquitted. And that really matters in Donovan's case, because he was a Republican. But it didn't matter for Clinton or any of his cabinet, most all of whom were acquitted, because they were Democrats!}

Elliott Abrams was appointed by President Reagan in 1985 to head the State Department's Latin American Bureau. He was closely linked with ex-White House aide Lt. Col. Oliver North's covert movement to aid the Contras. Working for North, Abrams coordinated inter-agency support for the contras and helped solicit illegal funding from foreign powers as well as domestic contributors. Abrams agreed to cooperate with Iran-Contra investigators and pled guilty to two charges reduced to misdemeanors. He was sentenced in 1991 to two years probation and 100 hours of community service but was pardoned by President George Bush.

Robert C. McFarlane was appointed Ronald Reagan's National Security Advisor in October 1983 and become well-known as a champion of the MX missile program in his role as White House liaison to congress. In 1984, Mc Farlane initiated the review of U.S. policy towards Iran that led directly to the arms for hostages deal. He also supervised early National Security Council efforts to support the Contras. Shortly after the Iran-Contra scandal was revealed in early 1987, McFarlane took an overdose of the tranquilizer Valium in an attempt to end his life. In his own words: "What really drove me to despair was a sense of having failed the country." McFarlane pled guilty to four misdemeanors and was sentenced to two years probation and 200 hours of community service. He was also fined $20,000. He received a blanket pardon from President George Bush.

Oliver North--Convicted of falsifying and destroying documents, accepting an illegal gratuity, and aiding and abetting the obstruction of Congress. Conviction overturned on appeal due to legal technicalities.

John Poindexter, Reagan's national security advisor, --guilty of five criminal counts involving conspiracy to mislead Congress, obstructing congressional inquiries, lying to lawmakers, used "high national security" to mask deceit and wrong-doing.

Richard Secord pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lying to Congress over Iran-Contra.

Alan D. Fiers was the Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency's Central American Task Force. Fiers pled guilty in 1991 to two counts of withholding information from congress about Oliver North's activities and the diversion of Iran arms sale money to aid the Contras. He was sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service. Fiers agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for having his felonies reduced to misdemeanors and his testimony gave a boost to the long standing criminal investigation of Lawrence Walsh, Special Prosecutor. Fiers testified that he and three CIA colleagues knew by mid-1986 that profits from the TOW and HAWK missile sales to Iran were being diverted to the Contras months before it became public knowledge. Alan Fiers received a blanket pardon for his crimes from President Bush.

Clair George was Chief of the CIA's Division of Covert Operations under President Reagan. In August 1992 a hung jury led U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth to declare a mistrial in the case of Clair George who was accused of concealing from Congress his knowledge of the Iran-Contra affair. George had been named by Alan Fiers when Fiers turned state's evidence for Lawrence Walsh's investigation. In a second trial on charges of perjury, false statements and obstruction of justice, George was convicted of lying to two congressional committees in 1986. George faced a maximum five year federal prison sentence and a $20,000 fine for each of the two convictions. Jurors cleared George of five other charges including two counts of lying to a federal grand jury. Those charges would have carried a mandatory 10 months in prison upon conviction. Clair George received a blanket pardon for his crimes from President George Bush.

Duane R. (Dewey) Clarridge was head of the CIA's Western European Division under President Reagan. He was indicted on November 29, 1991 for lying to congress and to the Tower Commission that investigated Iran- Contra. Clarridge was charged with five counts of perjury and two counts of making false statements for covering up his knowledge of a November 25, 1985 shipment of HAWK missiles to Iran. Clarridge was also suspected of diverting to the Contras weapons that were originally intended for the Afghan mujahaddeen guerrillas. Clarridge received a blanket pardon for his crimes on Christmas Eve 1992 from President George Bush.

Environmental Protection Agency's favoritism toward polluters. Assistant administrator unduly influenced by chemical industry lobbyists. Another administrator resigned after pressuring employees to tone down a critical report on a chemical company accused of illegal pollution in Michigan. The deputy chief of federal activities was accused of compiling an interagency "hit" or "enemies" list, like those kept in the Nixon Watergate period, singling out career employees to be hired, fired or promoted according to political beliefs.

Anne Gorscuh Burford resigned amid accusations she politically manipulated the Superfund money.

Rita Lavelle was fired after accusing a senior EPA official of "systematically alienating the business community." She was later indicted, tried and convicted of lying to Congress and served three months of a six-month prison sentence. After an extensive investigation, in August 1984, a House of Representatives subcommittee concluded that top-level EPA appointees by Reagan for three years "violated their public trust by disregarding the public health and the environment, manipulating the Superfund program for political purposes, engaging in unethical conduct and participating in other abuses.".

Neglected nuclear safety. A critical situation involving nuclear safety had been allowed to develop during the Reagan era. Immense sums, estimated at 200 billion or more, would be required in the 1990s to replace and make safe America's neglected, aging, deteriorating, and dangerous nuclear facilities.

Savings & Loan Bail-out. Hundreds of billions of dollars were needed to bail out savings and loan institutions that either had failed during the deregulation frenzy of the eighties or were in danger of bankruptcy.

Reckless airline deregulation. Deregulation of airline industry took too broad a sweep, endangering public safety.


Richard Allen, National Security adviser resigned amid controversy over an honorarium he received for arranging an interview with Nancy Reagan.

Richard Beggs, chief administrator at NASA was indicted for defrauding the government while an executive at General Dynamics.

Guy Flake, Deputy Secretary of Commerce, resigned after allegations of a conflict of interest in contract negotiations.

Louis Glutfrida, Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned amid allegations of misuses of government property.

Edwin Gray, Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank was charged with illegally repaying himself and his wife $26,000 in travel costs.

Max Hugel, CIA chief of covert operations who resigned after allegations of fraudulent financial dealings.

Carlos Campbell, Assistant Secretary of Commerce resigned over charges of awarding federal grants to his personal friends' firms.

John Fedders, chief of enforcement for the Securities and Exchange Commission resigned over charges of beating his wife.

Arthur Hayes, Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration resigned over illegal travel reimbursements.

J. Lynn Helms, chief of the Federal Aviation Administration resigned over a grand jury investigation of illegal business activities.

Marjory Mecklenburg, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources resigned over irregularities on her travel vouchers.

Robert Nimmo, head of the Veterans Administration resigned when a report criticized him for improper use of government funds.

J. William Petro, U.S. Attorney fired and fined for tipping off an acquaintance about a forthcoming Grand Jury investigation.

Thomas C. Reed, White House counselor and National Security Council adviser resigned and paid a $427,000 fine for stock market insider trading.

Emanuel Savas, Assistant Secretary of HUD resigned over assigning staff members to work on government time on a book that guilty to expense account fraud and accepting kickbacks on government contracts.

Charles Wick, Director of the U.S. Information Agency investigated for taping conversations with public officials without their approval.

25 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Bush is following in Reagan's footsteps.

    When do us citizens count ????

    Thanks for all the info'.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's all the same people. We've been ruled by the Bush crime family since the attepmt on Reagan's life in 1981. Clinton was groomed by Bush Sr. and the Clinton's and Bushes vacation together. That's 28+ years under the same rule. Don't take my word for it. Research the NWO. Don't buy into the left/right paradigm. It's all the same corporate whores.

    Ron Paul is this countries last hope. Ron Paul in 08!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yeah, and was the Clinton Administration the most ethical administration of the 20th Century? Is up down and down up? Is white black, and black white? If a woman was raped in the woods, has Bill Clinton left Harlem? Is Elijah the troubler of Isreal , as Ahab suggests? Whatareyouacommunistorjuststupid? Oh, yeah, and why did every indictable person from the Cliter administration die mysteriously before they could plea bargain for a bigger fish? Why did a left handed Vince Foster shoot himself with his right hand, etc?

  • Emily
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Woodrow Wilson hated the constitution, wanted to get rid of seperation of powers, had people arrested for speech under the Sedidtion Act and the American Protective League. Spoke out against the bill of rights. Wanted govt control over property.

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  • bs b
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    It was pretty bad. Bush beat his record for most time on vacation by a president and I do believe is working hard to beat this record as well. Reagan gets praise for the economy and his carried Carter policies to end the cold war and bring down the wall. He gets credit for things he didn't do. His economy had no choice but to climb, even a chimp like Bush could have created a decent economy in the 80's. It was the introduction into the techonolgy age, there was no way to go but up.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think Tricky Dick had the Acting President beat for crookedness in a LEGALLY elected administration. BUT NOBODY by a LONG SHOT is as crooked and evil as Dictator Dumbya!!! It isn't close!!! Dumbya is a national disaster!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    "Was the Reagan Administration the most corrupt ever?"

    By a wide margin.....

    until 2000

    Reagan stole debate notes and kept his illegal war a secret

    Bush stole elections and uses the corporate media to drum up support for his illegal war

    never mind the millions of attacks on our civil liberties

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oh come on! NOT Ronald Reagan!!!

    It was all Oliver North's fault - He got his own talk show did he not? Yes he did.. so the ends justified the means.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    As corrupt as the Reagan Administration may have been it is not nearly as corrupt as some others. Grant, Harding, and B. Harrison hold their own in corruption. G.W. Bush is, of course the single most corrupt of them all.

  • 1 decade ago

    You sure used a lot of words!!! Try-Clinton, BJ-Whitewater-Impeached!! USMC 60-68

  • cale11
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I know it looks bad but that is because they didn't get rid of their Vince Foster oops ,sorry I meant evidence.

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