Michael Moore sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, writing, “I have broken no laws and I have nothing to hide.”
He outlined reasons why he believes that the Treasury Department’s investigation of his trip to Cuba is politically motivated: He went last fall, but the department informed him of the investigation on May 2, just weeks before “Sicko” premieres at Cannes; the health care and insurance industries are huge contributors to Bush and the Republican party; and the probe was opened as the right has escalated its attacks on him.
Moore writes, “This investigation is being opened in the wake of misleading attacks on the purpose of the Cuba trip from a possible leading Republican candidate for president, Fred Thompson, a major conservative newspaper, The New York Post, and various right wing blogs.”
The department sent a letter to Moore earlier this month informing him that he is under investigation for violating a trade embargo against Cuba when he took 9/11 workers there for medical treatment. The trip is expected to be featured in “Sicko.”
Moore posted his letter on the liberal blog DailyKos, and plans to do a chat on the site next week. That’s not to mention the hordes of attention he will get at Cannes, as he did when he premiered “Fahrenheit 9/11” there in 2004.
While this incident surely helps Moore with publicity, it should be noted that others have been targeted in the past. In the late 1990s guitarist Ry Cooder was fined $25,000 for working on the “Buena Vista Social Club.”