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Rep. William Jefferson on Video Accepting Bribe

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Louisiana Democratic Congressman William Jefferson was caught on video accepting a bribe from an FBI informant.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI agents videotaped Rep. William Jefferson, a Louisiana Democrat, accepting $100,000 in cash they said was intended as a bribe for a Nigerian official and later found $90,000 of the money hidden in his freezer, according to a court document released on Sunday.


The document said the eight-term congressman received the cash from an FBI informant, who approached the bureau in March 2005 with her suspicion that Jefferson and two business associates conspired to defraud her out of $3.5 million.

Jefferson, a senior member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, has been under investigation for his role in helping a Nigerian company with an Internet venture. He has maintained his innocence in the matter.

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According to the document, the FBI recorded a series of conversations between Jefferson and the informant, leading up to a July 30, 2005, meeting at a hotel in the Virginia suburbs of Washington. What happened next was captured by the FBI on videotape, the document said.

"At the close of the meeting, (the informant) and Congressman Jefferson exited the building and stood before the open trunk of (the informant's) car. At that time, Congressman Jefferson reached in and removed a reddish-brown colored leather briefcase which contained $100,000 cash in denominations of $100 bills," according to the court document.

"He placed the briefcase in a reddish-brown colored cloth bag, then took the bag, containing the briefcase and the $100,000 in cash and placed it inside the passenger compartment of his 1990 Lincoln Town Car and drove off."

And his attorney argues that the release of the tape was an attempt to embarrass his client:

Jefferson's attorney, Robert Trout, criticized the FBI for releasing the court document, which he said was "an obvious attempt to embarrass Congressman Jefferson" on the part of prosecutors who have not charged the lawmaker with any crime.

I'd say his client did a fine job of embarrassing himself.

Update:
Greg Tinti says the culture of corruption meme is on its last legs.

Gateway Pundit, California Conservative, and VodkaPundit have more.


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Comments (11)

uhmmn! Ms.Pelosi,time for a... (Below threshold)
virgo:

uhmmn! Ms.Pelosi,time for a new talking point!

ooooohhhhh.......I... (Below threshold)
captaindog:

ooooohhhhh.......

I'm shocked, SHOCKED I tell you. I thought the corruption was strictly in the Republican camp. Now I'll have to rethink my views on the Dems.
not.

What's great is that the vo... (Below threshold)

What's great is that the voters of LA will reelect him.

Well, once he gets out of f... (Below threshold)
meep:

Well, once he gets out of federal prison.

Which puts me in mind of the Incan governmental system I learned about from one of Bob Hackett's podcasts (History According to Bob): if an Incan official was found to do something criminal, like taking bribes, he'd be executed. Kinda takes care of the problem.

$90,000 in the FREEZER?! Ta... (Below threshold)
Publicus:

$90,000 in the FREEZER?! Talk about cold, hard cash...

I can't wait to see the vid... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

I can't wait to see the video... I remember ABSCAM and the hillarity that produced.
It's *really* hard to deny the words coming out of your mouth or the actual act of reciving *marked* cash.
Jeez.... yes, he has redefined the meaning of "cold hard cash", wotta maroon.

Now we finally know where W... (Below threshold)
McCain:

Now we finally know where William Jefferson Clinton got his name.

Hmm, would it be wrong to m... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Hmm, would it be wrong to mention that, when caught, even Cunningham had the courtesy to step down? Delay stepped down with NOTHING.

Jefferson, though, is going to fight.

I'd also like an explanation as to why Cunningham was a huge story --- but this isn't, since the media is all right wing and stuff, right Lee?
-=Mike

i guess with 100,000 he can... (Below threshold)
sofian:

i guess with 100,000 he can get a car newer than 1990.

i guess with 100,000 he can... (Below threshold)
sofian:

i guess with 100,000 he can get a car newer than 1990.

I imagine if He had 100 tho... (Below threshold)
virgo:

I imagine if He had 100 thou, Hes probably got more from other deals? thus would be well funded for His upcoming heroic civil rights campaign for the criminally insane. And with that kind of money He could buy all kinds of Wonka Bars in the Chocolate City & bribe votes with chocolate,just ask Noggin!! oompa loompa doopety doo Ive got another riddle for You? what do You get for a freezer of cash? not much but than again they missed the real stash! what do You learn from the Dems on the Hill? They,ll only back You if Your friends with old Bill. just imagine that! oompa doompa doopety doo a life of crime can get it for You! if You listen to Jeffersons poo! like the oompa doompa doopety doo.."




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