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mlyonsd
05-21-2006, 07:39 PM
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Federal agents searched the Capitol Hill office of a Louisiana congressman under investigation on bribery charges Sunday, while newly released court papers said agents found $90,000 in cash last year in his Washington home.

In a 95-page affidavit used to obtain a warrant for the office search, investigators stated that an August 2005 search of Democratic Rep. illiam Jefferson's home turned up the cash sum in a freezer.

The money was divided among various frozen food containers, according to the heavily redacted affidavit.

Agents told a judge the money was part of a $100,000 payment that had been delivered by an informant in the bribery probe, which already has led to guilty pleas by a Kentucky businessman and a former Jefferson aide.

The Justice Department has been investigating Jefferson's relationship to telecommunications deals in Africa and elsewhere, and the House Ethics Committee launched an investigation of him last week.

The eight-term congressman, whose district includes New Orleans and some of its suburbs, has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to remain in office to battle any criminal charges he may face.

But the affidavit states that investigators have collected evidence linking Jefferson to at least seven other cases in which he "sought things of value in return for his performance of official acts."

FBI agents searched Jefferson's office in the Rayburn House Office Building from Saturday evening to early Sunday afternoon, bureau spokeswoman Debra Weierman said. One government official told CNN the search marked the first time FBI agents have searched a lawmaker's Capitol Hill office.

Weierman would not comment on what agents removed from Jefferson's office. But in the papers released Sunday, investigators stated they were searching for faxes, notes, telephone records and other forms of communication, as well as ledgers and computer files related to meetings and travel.

Jefferson's attorney released a statement condemning the actions and accusing the FBI of refusing to allow the congressman's lawyers to observe the office search.

"The government's actions in obtaining a search warrant to search the offices of a United States Congressman were outrageous," according to the statement from Robert Trout.

"The government knew that the documents were being appropriately preserved while proper procedures were being followed," Trout said. "We are dismayed by this action -- the documents weren't going anywhere and the prosecutors knew it."

However, a redacted copy of the search warrant and affidavit stated that federal investigators were unable to obtain the records relevant to the investigation inside Jefferson's office and, "left with no other method," proceeded with the search.

A government official close to the investigation told CNN the search was executed over the weekend when few people are on Capitol Hill because they believed that time would "be appropriate."

Agents had previously searched Jefferson's home in New Orleans. The cash found in his Washington residence was part of a $100,000 payment delivered by a cooperating witness, according to the affidavit, which said the delivery was videotaped by the FBI.

The FBI began investigating Jefferson in March 2005 stemming from accusations made by the witness, a Virginia resident who owns an investment firm.

He told the FBI that he was "a victim of a fraud and bribery scheme" involving Jefferson; Vernon Jackson, CEO of the Louisville, Kentucky-based company iGate; and Brett Pfeffer, the president of the investment firm owned by the unnamed witness and a former Jefferson aide.

According to the affidavit, Jefferson had asked the witness for a percentage ownership interest in his Nigerian broadband company in exchange for the congressman "using his official acts to support the the Nigerian business venture."
Guilty pleas

Jackson pleaded guilty in federal court earlier this month to bribing the congressman with more than $400,000 in payments, company stock and a share of the profits in order to promote iGate's high-tech business ventures in Africa. (Full story (http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/03/jefferson.bribes/index.html))

Pfeffer, of Herndon, Virginia, pleaded guilty in January to aiding and abetting bribery of a public official.

Both have agreed to cooperate with authorities as part of their plea agreements.

The affidavit states Jefferson "attempted to use his position as a United States Congressman" to promote other iGate business ventures in Nigeria, Ghana and possibly other African nations.

"In exchange for his official acts supporting the proposed business ventures," the affidavit said, Jefferson has received a 30 percent equity stake in the witness' Nigerian company and more than $400,000 in payments from iGate.

The 30 percent equity, in the form of stocks, was placed in the name of a Nigerian limited liability corporation held by the congressman's children, the affidavit said.

The cloud over Jefferson comes as Democratic leaders have been attacking what they call a "culture of corruption" surrounding the Republican leadership in Congress.

With midterm elections in November, Democrats are trying to highlight GOP ties to the influence-peddling investigation surrounding lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay in a Texas court, and last year's guilty plea of California Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, now serving an eight-year stretch for taking bribes from defense contractors.

In a news conference last week, Jefferson said he was innocent and that he would remain in office while he fights any charges. (Full story (http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/05/15/jefferson.bribery/index.html))
"I wish to say emphatically that in all of my actions that are here under scrutiny, that I have never intended to dishonor my office, or you, the public, and I certainly did not sell my office," Jefferson told reporters.

CNN's Kevin Bohn and Terry Frieden contributed to this report.

mlyonsd
05-21-2006, 07:40 PM
Term limits man, term limits.

jAZ
05-21-2006, 08:53 PM
Term limits man, term limits.
AMEN Brother!

The Dems have been publicly spotlighting and thrashing their own for a while now... hardly the same "culture of corruption" that lead to the "DeLay Rule" in the GOP's Ethics Committee.

Taco John
05-21-2006, 09:17 PM
I don't know how anyone can say the words "culture of corruption" and point to one party with a straight face. I guess some people are just prone to propaganda.

Nightwish
05-21-2006, 09:23 PM
I don't know how anyone can say the words "culture of corruption" and point to one party with a straight face. I guess some people are just prone to propaganda.
It's even funnier when a Republican lackey says it about the Democrats! But the number of Dems on Capitol Hill caught in corruption scandals is on the rise. Just a few dozen more, and they might catch up to the Repubs!

Mr. Kotter
05-21-2006, 09:29 PM
Corruption is a bipartisan, and equal opportunity enterprise. It's just our zeal to pursue, tends to be with the party in power; who also, ironically, have the power to frustrate efforts aimed at disclosure.

SBK
05-21-2006, 10:21 PM
I am surprised to see this here. I know if the congressman was a (R) this thread would be 15 pages long by now....

Will this guy get in trouble for having more than $10,000 in cash on him without reporting it? Isn't that a crime too?

jAZ
05-21-2006, 10:38 PM
I am surprised to see this here. I know if the congressman was a (R) this thread would be 15 pages long by now....

Will this guy get in trouble for having more than $10,000 in cash on him without reporting it? Isn't that a crime too?
Actually this topic was brought up and discussed (and I've updated it) for a couple months now. Ask Kotter.

SBK
05-21-2006, 10:47 PM
Actually this topic was brought up and discussed (and I've updated it) for a couple months now. Ask Kotter.

Woo HOO! I can die happy now! ROFL

Ugly Duck
05-21-2006, 11:01 PM
I don't know how anyone can say the words "culture of corruption" and point to one party with a straight face. Cuz there's an avalanche of Republicans getting popped with sprinkling of Dems on the rare occasion. Its a good thing, though. Shows that the plethera of indictments against the Republicans are not just part of some vast left-wing conspiracy.

patteeu
05-22-2006, 05:50 AM
I don't know how anyone can say the words "culture of corruption" and point to one party with a straight face. I guess some people are just prone to propaganda.

I think that's the whole point of this thread.

mlyonsd
05-22-2006, 10:52 AM
I don't know how anyone can say the words "culture of corruption" and point to one party with a straight face. I guess some people are just prone to propaganda.

Exactly.

banyon
05-22-2006, 12:36 PM
Corruption is a bipartisan, and equal opportunity enterprise. It's just our zeal to pursue, tends to be with the party in power; who also, ironically, have the power to frustrate efforts aimed at disclosure.

Or, you might put it that the party in power is in the best position to exploit corrupt opportunities.

If you believe that power corrupts.

penchief
05-22-2006, 07:45 PM
He's obviously a disgrace and needs to go but I have one question.

Why do FBI stings always target democrats?

With all of the republican corruption going on why no republican stings?

Is this remeniscent of ABSCAM?

JAQ.........or three.

stevieray
05-22-2006, 07:57 PM
anything to help make billary viable.

;)

jAZ
05-22-2006, 07:57 PM
Why do FBI stings always target democrats?

With all of the republican corruption going on why no republican stings?

IMO, the second question is more appropriate than the first. And while it might seem that they are essentially the same question, the first alone might suggest (wrongly) that FBI stings shouldn't target Dems. The issue here is very much the second question... why have none been during the last 2-3 years of GOP corruption scandals?

Interesting question, no doubt.

penchief
05-22-2006, 08:14 PM
IMO, the second question is more appropriate than the first. And while it might seem that they are essentially the same question, the first alone might suggest (wrongly) that FBI stings shouldn't target Dems. The issue here is very much the second question... why have none been during the last 2-3 years of GOP corruption scandals?

Interesting question, no doubt.

I agree with your response in principle, but one cannot deny that the last time there was a notable FBI sting directed toward congress it was ABSCAM.

Considering that, and considering the considerable degree of republican corruption that is currently taking place why single out a democrat for a $90,000 sting (in the form of a bribe) when Delay & Co. have received millions? Why not try to bribe a republican since they seem to be the big problem right now unless they needed some ammo to play defense. Did they have information that he was previously taking bribes unlike all the honest republicans in congress?

It's a question that begs to be answered and the only logical answer, IMO, is one of politics.

Are the republicans and their complicite corporate media about to make a big deal out of this just in time to soften the affects of their widespread abuses of our system?

jAZ
05-22-2006, 09:02 PM
Did they have information that he was previously taking bribes unlike all the honest republicans in congress?
I'm sure there are a lot of such open-secrets in Congress. It seems like another of those duplicitous acts that on the surface can't be criticized ("he's a corrupt politician, of course he was caught in a sting!"), along the lines of the WMD hogwash in Iraq.

Velvet_Jones
05-23-2006, 07:51 AM
AMEN Brother!

The Dems have been publicly spotlighting and thrashing their own for a while now...
I call BS. The Dems, like republicans rarely criticize their own. What world are you living in?

Velvet_Jones
05-23-2006, 07:51 AM
I would like to ask jIZ and pen who are all these Republicans getting indicted. Am I missing something? What three or four. How many people directly in Clinton’s administration were indicted? If you look from 1980-2006, the Dems are way out in front in the “culture of corruption” game.

go bowe
05-23-2006, 02:50 PM
anything to help make billary viable.

;)i've often wondered exactly what billary meant...

at first i thought it was a reference to bile, but that seemed too easy...

then i thought it was a reference to her masculine nature...

but i finally realize it's a play on the ex-president's name and hers...

clever, but uninformative...

i know hillary (well, i did 30 years ago), and she's her own man...

if she's elected (which may yet occur in our lifetime), i don't think bill would be the president again, like cheney is the president now :Poke: ...

like i said, she's her own man... :p :p :p

patteeu
05-23-2006, 04:02 PM
if she's elected (which may yet occur in our lifetime), i don't think bill would be the president again, like cheney is the president now :Poke: ...


:cuss:

go bowe
05-24-2006, 06:08 PM
:cuss:what?

did i say something bad about your man, shotgun dick? ROFL ROFL ROFL