Rep. William Jefferson (D., La.) Accused of Two More Schemes
Source: Washington Post
By Allan Lengel Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, November 18, 2007; Page A05
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....
This is the man who enlisted the National Guard, two days after Katrina, to take him to his house in New Orleans to *inspect the neighborhood. While there he spent an hour in his home while the Guard waited outside and then emerged with a laptop computer, three suitcases, and a box about the size of a small refrigerator, which the enlisted men loaded up into the truck.
He is also the man who was caught with $90,000 stashed in his freezer.
All the corruption going on in the Republican-controlled Congress, and the apparent kingpin was a black, minority party member from a backwater district in Louisiana. Not Hot Tob Tom DeLay, not Denny Hastert, not Bob Ney, none of them. Nope, it was all William Jefferson.
9. There appear to be a lot more corrupt R's than D's...
but I have to say, this man is facing charges, and it the charges hold up in court, and he is convicted, like any other crook that comes out of congress, he should be in jail for a good long time.
There are two particular things about this guy that bother me...He has a "D" after his name, and he was re-elected after charges were filed. I find this intolerable. If we can't uphold standards for our own, then how are we supposed to clean house of the corrupt R's?
10. It isn't a D vs R game. If the SOB is guilty...he should hang, just like the repug guilty should...
The trolls just don't get it. We're against corruption no matter who is responsible!! I don't care what letter is next to his name...if he is corrupt, his butt needs to be tossed out of Washington and into a cell block...THE SAME as the corrupt sons of bitches that live in the White House and support that brain dead monkey.
his political machine is dying. Lastnight, Jefferson's daughter, who allegedly has ties to her dad's bribery scheme, lost a State Senate race by a wide margin. A couple of years ago, she would have easily won.
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