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June 04, 2007

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Jury Indicts Jefferson in Bribery Probe

WASHINGTON - Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering in a long- running bribery investigation into business deals he tried to broker in Africa.
The indictment handed up in federal court in Alexandria., Va., Monday is 94 pages long and lists 16 alleged violations of federal law that could keep Jefferson in prison for up to 235 years. He is charged with racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Jefferson is accused of soliciting bribes for himself and his family, and also for bribing a Nigerian official.

Almost two years ago, in August 2005, investigators raided Jefferson's home in Louisiana and found $90,000 in cash stuffed into a box in his freezer.

Jefferson, 63, whose Louisiana district includes New Orleans, has said little about the case publicly but has maintained his innocence. He was re-elected last year despite the looming investigation.

Jefferson, in Louisiana on Monday, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Two of Jefferson's associates have already struck plea bargains with prosecutors and have been sentenced.

Brett Pfeffer, a former congressional aide, admitted soliciting bribes on Jefferson's behalf and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Another Jefferson associate, Louisville, Ky., telecommunications executive Vernon Jackson, pleaded guilty to paying between $400,000 and $1 million in bribes to Jefferson in exchange for his assistance securing business deals in Nigeria and other African nations. Jackson was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

Both Pfeffer and Jackson agreed to cooperate in the case against Jefferson in exchanges for their pleas.

The impact of the case has stretched across continents and even roiled presidential politics in Nigeria. According to court records, Jefferson told associates that he needed cash to pay bribes to the country's vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

Abubakar denied the allegations, which figured prominently in that country's presidential elections in April. Abubakar ran for the presidency and finished third.

The indictment does not name Abubakar. But it describes Jefferson's dealings with an unnamed "Nigerian Official A" who was a high-ranking official in Nigeria's executive branch who had a spouse in Potomac, Md. One of Abubakar's wives lived in that Washington suburb.

Court records indicate that Jefferson was videotape taking a $100,000 cash bribe from an FBI informant. Most of that money later turned up in a freezer in Jefferson's home.

In May 2006, the FBI raided Jefferson's congressional office, the first such raid on a sitting congressman's Capitol office. That move sparked a constitutional debate over whether the executive branch stepped over its boundary.

The legality of the raid is still being argued on appeal. House leaders objected to the search saying it was an unconstitutional intrusion on the lawmaking process. The FBI said the raid was necessary because Jefferson and his legal team had failed to respond to requests for documents.

Some but not all the documents seized in the raid have been turned over Justice Department prosecutors.

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Well it's about time. If convicted Jefferson could spend the rest of his life in jail. And this indictment is over and inch thick! It will be pretty hard to get out of this one seeing as it was all caught on Video Tape! How long will it be before Jefferson steps down? Or is that just a Republican thing? Will Syriana Pelosi ask or demand (Frozen Assets) step down? (Democrat's Policing Themselves? Ha!) And I thought this was going to be the "The Cleanest Congress Ever"? The Democrat corruption continues, on and on and on. Expect more of the "Cleanest Congress" to get caught up in this disaster.


Jefferson Tells Congressional Leaders He Will Take Leave From House Panel to Fight Charges

FIGHT THE CHARGES? LOL!! You FOOL! You are leaving because you are ALL OVER A VIDEO TAPE TAKING BRIBE MONEY! What a friggen dumbass.

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Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Sorry Guys, Life caught up with me in the last week and I have missed alot, Russia freaking out again, The JFK Airport Terrosist plot foiled, This crazy Amnesty bill with Teddy Kennedy backing it and Bush going along with this nonsense, etc..

I will be making my rounds again soon.

June 04, 2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

no excuses Marie..come visit me..LOL..great post and pelosi's new buddy..grrrrrrrrr!

June 05, 2007 6:34 AM  
Blogger J_G said...

I wuz getting a little worried about cha Marie, I know how all the things you have to get done keeps you from blogging though.

Looks like the jig is up for ol' cold cash Jefferson. Nancy and her cash grabbing demoduds are going to stuff their pockets while they can.

I'll get a post up this week other than my you tube buddies from Red state Update.

June 05, 2007 7:05 AM  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

About time!!!! Wonder how Pelosi wil defend him now ?

Hey where you been? Took a vacation for a few days.

Just posted a video on Fred that you'll like. He is from what I have heard going to be in the debate tonight. Should be very interesting!

June 05, 2007 8:58 AM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Oh I have just had one thing after another after another and when you think things have calmed down?

Something else happens!

June 05, 2007 12:10 PM  

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