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Democratic Oversight?

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Oversight, or Hypocrisy?

Over the course of the next few weeks, Democrats in congress plan to hold nearly a dozen hearings; and that’s just on Iraq. Others include: Enviromental policy, Secret surveillance, Waste, fraud, and abuse in government agencies, and C.I.A. detention and interrogation policies for terrorists.

All this talk about the Bush administration, yet not one word about Harry Reid, Sandy Berger, Alan Mollohan, or my personal favorite: Rep. William Jefferson (D) LA. Funny, you have to break a sweat to find anything new on this scandal. In the interest of doing my small part to keep this from going away, here is an excerpt from “beyonddelay.org”.

“Rep. Jefferson has been the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation by the federal government since approximately March 2005. In August 2005, federal agents searched his home in New Orleans and his home and car in Washington, D.C., as well as the home and office of his campaign accountant in New Orleans after Rep. Jefferson was videotaped accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from Lori Mody, a Northern Virginia investor and former technology executive who was wearing an FBI wire. During the raid on Rep. Jefferson’s home, FBI agents found $90,000 in cash in $10,000 increments wrapped in foil in the Congressman’s freezer.

The 83-page search warrant affidavit released on May 21, 2006, described Rep. Jefferson as a man who solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, discussed payoffs with African officials, had a history of involvement in numerous bribery schemes and used his family to hide his interest in high-tech business ventures he promoted in Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria.

In January 2006, one of Rep. Jefferson’s former aides, Brett M. Pfeffer, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery of a public official and aiding and abetting the bribery of a public official and in May 2006, Vernon L. Jackson, the CEO of iGate, pleaded guilty to paying more than $400,000 in bribes to the family of Rep. Jefferson. Rep. Jefferson is very likely to find himself soon charged with bribery, honest services fraud and conspiracy. He has also violated numerous House rules.”

I wonder when we’ll hear from Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (incoming Chair of the House Ethics Committee, who has her own ethics troubles) on this one. My bet is never.

Scolai

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Written by thescolai

January 7, 2007 at 3:14 am

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