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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Culture of Corruption

We hear this so much, the Party of Corruption, the Culture of Corruption, a corrupt administration, the Democrats would never involve themselves with Abrahams (as if Democrats do not have problems of their own).

Well here we find a Democrat caught red-handed, cold-busted, hand-in-the-cookie-jar:

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.

Why is it people always hide things in the freezer?
That is the first place a criminal or law enforcement is going to check for valuables.

I hope they throw the book at laughing boy, and expand thier investigation to corrupt usage of his office that he admits in an audiotape meeting.

Here is a question - will he resign like other REPUBLICAN senators have when foudn to be corrupt, or indicted?

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.

Why am I not suprised this is New Orleans?

We have seen a culture of corrupted officials there for a long time that has gone largely ignored, while millions of dollars are siphoned off of what they are intended for and either lined the pockets of government officials or gone to their own pet projects (like remodeling their offices).

Why has he not been charged?
He is on tape, the money from the bribery has been noted, taped and found in his possession.
Why is he not behind bars now?

Or will he get a pass because he is a Democrat?

Jefferson, who has pledged not to resign from Congress in the face of the bribery investigation, speculated about his political future in one of the recorded conversations.

When the informant asked Jefferson about his political plans, he responded: "I'm gonna get your deal out of the way ... and I probably won't last long after that."

By the way, when will I hear the media all over it?
When will I see the media storm over this?
The Silence is deafening, and so is the hypocracy of the media.

As for the $100,000, the government says Jefferson got the money in a leather briefcase last July 30 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Arlington. The plan was for the lawmaker to use the cash to bribe a high-ranking Nigerian official _ the name is blacked out in the court document _ to ensure the success of a business deal in that country, the affidavit said.

All but $10,000 was recovered on Aug. 3 when the FBI searched Jefferson's home in Washington. The money was stuffed in his freezer, wrapped in $10,000 packs and concealed in food containers and aluminum foil.

If your hiding large amounts of cash in your freezer (stupid place to put it), you are obviously doing something wrong. If your hiding that much money there is a reason behind it.

Two of Jefferson's associates have pleaded guilty to bribery-related charges in federal court in Alexandria. One, businessman Vernon Jackson of Louisville, Ky., admitted paying more than $400,000 in bribes to the lawmaker in exchange for his help securing business deals for Jackson's telecommunications company in Nigeria and other African countries.

Up to his eyeballs in this one I would say.

I wonder if his associates have cut a deal with prosecutors and we will see something here shortly on the Senator being charged.

This does not seem to be an isolated incident, and seem to have been going on for sometime.

The affidavit says Jefferson is caught on videotape at the Ritz- Carlton as he takes a reddish-brown briefcase from the trunk of the informant's car, slips it into a cloth bag, puts the bag into his 1990 Lincoln Town Car and drives away.

The $100 bills in the suitcase had the same serial numbers as those found in Jefferson's freezer.

While the name of the intended recipient of the $100,000 is blacked out, other details in the affidavit indicate he is Abubakar Atiku, Nigeria's vice president. He owns a home in Potomac, Md., that authorities have searched as part of the Jefferson investigation.



Reminds me of an old shaggy rap - It wasn't me:

FEDS: We have you on videotape accepting $100,000 in bribe money
Jefferson: it wasn't me

FEDS: We have your conversations recorded on the bribery
Jefferson: it wasn't me

FEDS: We have your conversations recorded on your corrupt use of office
Jefferson: it wasn't me

FEDS: We have two of your associates testimony and guilty plea they helped you
Jefferson: it wasn't me

FEDS: We have the bribe money you hid in the freezer
Jefferson: it wasn't me

FEDS: It matches the serial numbers of the bribery money you received
Jefferson: it wasn't me

FEDS: We have proof of several other schemes you are involved in
Jefferson: it wasn't me