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Saturday, November 17, 2007

"Dollar Bill" Jefferson caught in two more schemes

After reading this story and taking into account that Speaker Pelosi has declared the 110th Congress would be "the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history", I'm wondering why Jefferson still has a seat in the House:

Federal prosecutors on Friday accused Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) of soliciting bribes in two alleged schemes that had not been previously disclosed.

The allegations, detailed in a seven-page document filed in
U.S. District Court in Alexandria, will not result in new charges, prosecutors said, but they plan to present them during Jefferson's federal bribery trial as evidence of a pattern of intentional wrongdoing.

In 2002, the government alleges, Jefferson asked a lobbyist of a U.S. oil service company for $10,000 a month for a family member in exchange for Jefferson's assisting the company in promoting business in
Africa. The lobbyist turned down Jefferson's request, the document said.

Three years later, according to the filing, Jefferson allegedly agreed to urge
NASA in a letter to consider doing business with a U.S. rocket technology and rocket launch services company. In exchange, the company allegedly agreed to pay Jefferson's family business and a relative.

In June, a federal grand jury indicted Jefferson, 60, on charges that he used his official position to solicit hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes for himself and his family, falsely reported trips to Africa as official business and sought to bribe the former
Nigerian vice president. He has denied wrongdoing.

A spokesman for Jefferson declined to comment Friday night.

Now, this won't result in new charges being added to his indictment. But prosecutors are going to use these new revelations to show the pattern of old-school corruption that is seemingly prevalent in Jefferson's dealings. And again, I ask why this crooked fool is still sitting in the House? Why hasn't Speaker Pelosi removed him from his position. The man is going to be found guilty in the bribery case, and he's going to be jettisoned from his seat in the House. The only reason I see her keeping him around is for his votes, given she lacks the majority she needs to push through legislation.

But still, this guy's been indicted for accepting bribes. So much for the most ethical Congress in history, eh Nancy?

Publius II

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wily Willy J. is down here in my beloved "banana republic".. now led by repub superstar Bobby Jindal... drop in sometime... reelman in Vidalia, La.
http://www.conservablogs.com/theconservativecrawfish/

November 19, 2007 at 6:27 PM  

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