Award-winning television program "60 Minutes" took a look at a story this blog has followed for months: The saga of Dickinson, N.D., contractor Fisher Industries and its efforts to secure billions of dollars in government contracts. The story focused on Fisher's building of a border fence along the Rio Grande River near Mission, Texas.

Fisher Industries and CEO Tommy Fisher have secured about $2 billion in contracts to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, largely by pandering to President Donald Trump and constructing two prototype walls near Mission and Sunland Park, N.M.

It's a complicated tale we've chronicled on this blog. Fisher worked with a non-profit named We Build the Wall, whose top executives like Steve Bannon and Brian Kolfage were recently indicted on federal fraud charges.

Much of the "60 Minutes" piece was a rehash of earlier reporting, much of it done by the Texas Tribune and ProPublica, but it did not paint a positive picture of Fisher Industries, its CEO Tommy FIsher or North Dakota U.S. Sen. Kevin Cramer.

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Cramer is known to have unapologetically lobbied Trump to give Fisher border wall contracts. There is an inference in the "60 Minutes" story that Cramer provided sensitive information to Fisher to help the company in its bids to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Reported "60 Minutes:"

Sources also told us that Republican Senator Kevin Cramer of North Dakota had been aggressively trying to steer contracts to Fisher Sand and Gravel. They say Senator Cramer demanded sensitive information from the Army Corps of Engineers about competing bids.

Bennie Thompson: "When some of those documents you request gives an individual a potential unfair advantage in the procurement process, then I think that has to be reviewed. We asked the Inspector General to look at it."

Senator Cramer says he was just exercising Congressional oversight and gave Fisher no information. The Department of Defense Inspector General's investigation is ongoing.

You can watch the entire "60 Minutes" story, and read the script, by clicking here:

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