OK, all the major new outlets are covering the Congressman Jefferson story, with headlines such as Bribery allegedly caught on tape, Boston Globe; FBI says it recorded lawmaker taking cash, Seattle Times, United States; Affidavit Details Bribery Probe of Congressman, Los Angeles Times; Congressman is taped accepting cash, affidavit says, Houston Chronicle; Lawmaker Took Cash for Favors, FBI Contends, New York Times; Lawmaker taped accepting cash: court document, Washington Post. Reports are this African-American Democratic Congressman from New Orleans has been caught allegedly scamming a Virginia businesswoman. Rep. William Jefferson, under investigation for bribery, was videotaped accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an FBI informant whose conversations with the lawmaker also were recorded.It is also reported by AP that FBI agents later found the cash hidden in his freezer, according to a court document released Sunday.
If this story is true this Congressman has disgraced himself, family, his congressional district, and the Congressional Black Caucus.The Washington Post Reports, “The 83-page affidavit, used to raid Jefferson's Capitol Hill office on Saturday night, portrays him as a money-hungry man who freely solicited hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, discussed payoffs to 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."The Washington Post also reports "About 15 FBI agents, wearing suits, entered Jefferson's office in the Rayburn House Office Building about 7:15 p.m. Saturday and left about 1 p.m. yesterday. Authorities said it was the first time the FBI had raided a sitting congressman's office.
"NowJefferson has come back fighting saying he is innocent of bribery. Whatever!
Now the Washington Post Reports Leaders from both parties say the tactics used to investigate the congressman may be a breach of the separation of powers.Searches Highlight FBI Corruption Probes,Washington Post;FBI Search of House Office Questioned.Whatever!
Hello America! Congress is not above the law.
Who keeps $90,000 of the cash in the freezer? Who packages $90,000 in $10,000 increments wrapped in aluminum foil and stuffed inside frozen-food containers?
Get in line Congressman Jefferson you should resign!
Read the text and view the video of the press conference: TEXT: Rep. Jefferson's News Conference | VIDEOJefferson claims innocence in bribery probe, ABC News; Jefferson: Probe Won't Force Resignation, Houston Chronicle, United States; Jefferson claims innocence in bribe probe, Reuters; Jefferson Has No Plans to Resign, The Washington Post; Lawmaker decries search of DC office, CNN; Jefferson Responding to Reports on Bribery Probe, FOX News;