Monday, May 22, 2006

LA Congressthing On Tape Taking Bribe Money...

"A congressman under investigation for bribery was caught on videotape accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an FBI informant whose conversations with the lawmaker also were recorded, according to a court document released Sunday. Agents later found the cash hidden in his freezer.
At one audiotaped meeting, Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., chuckles about writing in code to keep secret what the government contends was his corrupt role in getting his children a cut of a communications company’s deal for work in Africa".

As Jefferson and the informant passed notes about what percentage the lawmaker’s family might receive, the congressman “began laughing and said, ‘All these damn notes we’re writing to each other as if we’re talking, as if the FBI is watching,”‘ according to the affidavit.
Jefferson, who represents New Orleans, has not been charged and denies any wrongdoing.
"Wasn’t Jefferson the one that used the National Guard to remove items from his home during the flooding? Don’t you remember, he had them back the truck up to the door and the truck got stuck. Then they had to call in another truck to pull them out. And the Congressman, had to be evacuated by the Coast Guard while the National Guard was waiting on the second truck to pull the first truck out of the Congressman’s waterlogged front lawn."

It continues to amaze me that FEMA and Bush are still being vilified over the New Orleans non-response to Katrina. Nagin' gets re-elected, and Jefferson caught with bribe money, but none of it makes any difference or sense because NO will always be the Big Easy in more ways than can be imagined. Makes me sick to see that wretched city back in the news for ANY reason other than it sank in the middle of the night and remains missing.

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