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    What's missing from this article???

    [QUOTE][B]Rep. Jefferson indicted in bribery probe


    By LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writers
    © 2007 The Associated Press [/B]

    WASHINGTON — Louisiana congressman William Jefferson received more than $500,000 in bribes and sought millions more in nearly a dozen separate schemes to enrich himself by using his office to broker business deals in Africa, according to a federal indictment Monday.

    The charges came almost two years after investigators raided Jefferson's home in Washington and found $90,000 in cash stuffed in his freezer.

    The indictment lists 16 counts, including racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money laundering, obstruction of justice and conspiracy. He faces a possible maximum sentence of 235 years.

    He is the first U.S. official to face charges under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits corporate bribery overseas.

    Jefferson, through his lawyer, claimed innocence. He will be arraigned Friday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.

    The schemes were complicated and Jefferson set up front companies to hide the money and disburse it to family members, prosecutors said.

    "But the essence of the charges are really very simple: Mr. Jefferson corruptly traded on his good office and on the Congress," said Chuck Rosenberg, the U.S. attorney in Alexandria.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to push this week for Jefferson to be stripped of his seat on the Small Business Committee, according to a leadership aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not yet been announced.

    "If these charges are proven true, they constitute an egregious and unacceptable abuse of public trust and power," said Pelosi, D-Calif. "Democrats are committed to upholding a high ethical standard and eliminating corruption and unethical behavior from the Congress."

    House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio said Jefferson should be expelled from Congress if he is found guilty and refuses to resign.

    Jefferson, 60, whose congressional district includes New Orleans, has said little about the case publicly. He was re-elected last year despite the investigation.

    His lawyer, Robert Trout, on Monday called the indictment "lengthy and creative" and accused prosecutors of "trying to create an offense."

    "Even after they turned over every rock, they did not allege in this indictment that (Jefferson) promised anybody any legislation. There is no suggestion that he promised anyone any appropriations. There were no earmarks. There were no government contracts," Trout said during a news conference in Los Angeles.

    Trout also said Jefferson has no intention of seeking a plea bargain. "He's obviously not happy about being indicted, but he's confident that when the facts are known he will be vindicated," Trout said about his client. "He is committed, he is confident and he is ready to fight."

    Two of Jefferson's associates have struck plea bargains with prosecutors and have been sentenced.

    Brett Pfeffer, a former congressional aide, admitted soliciting bribes on Jefferson's behalf and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

    Another Jefferson associate, Louisville, Ky., telecommunications executive Vernon Jackson, pleaded guilty to paying between $400,000 and $1 million in bribes to Jefferson in exchange for his assistance securing business deals in Nigeria and other African nations. Jackson was sentenced to more than seven years in prison.

    Both Pfeffer and Jackson agreed to cooperate in the case against Jefferson.

    The impact of the case has stretched across continents and even roiled presidential politics in Nigeria. According to court records, Jefferson told associates he needed cash to pay bribes to the country's vice president, Atiku Abubakar.

    Abubakar denied the allegations, which figured prominently in that country's presidential elections in April. He ran for the presidency and finished third.

    In Lagos, Nigeria, Abubakar spokesman Garba Shehu said the former vice president "has always denied wrongdoing in the matter."

    "He has only had official interaction with the congressman, who the vice president felt deserved a hearing because he was a ranking member of the U.S. Congress," Shehu said. "The vice president was in no way cited in this thing, so we feel vindicated."

    While Abubakar is not cited by name, the indictment refers to "Nigerian Official A," a high-ranking official in Nigeria's executive branch who had a spouse in Potomac, Md. One of Abubakar's wives, Jennifer Douglas, lived in that Washington suburb. A search warrant for the Potomac home, combined with the indictment, makes clear that Abubakar is the unnamed Nigerian official.

    As co-chair of a congressional caucus dedicated to African investment and trade, Jefferson was ideally positioned to influence business contracts with African governments. The indictment said Jefferson would meet with African officials and write official letters on behalf of businesses that agreed to provide kickbacks.

    Court records indicate Jefferson was videotaped taking a $100,000 cash bribe from an FBI informant who felt the congressman and another businessman had bilked her out of millions. Most of that money later turned up in the freezer in Jefferson's home.

    In May 2006, the FBI raided Jefferson's congressional office, the first such raid on a congressman's Capitol office. That move sparked a constitutional debate over whether the executive branch had stepped over a boundary.

    The raid's legality is still being argued on appeal. House leaders objected to the search, saying it was an unconstitutional intrusion on the lawmaking process. The FBI said the raid was necessary because Jefferson and his legal team had failed to respond to requests for documents.

    Some but not all the documents seized in the raid have been turned over Justice Department prosecutors.

    Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher said the documents helped bring the case against Jefferson. "Some of those documents that we were able to obtain through the process have indeed supported the charges that are presented today," Fisher said.

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    Associated Press writers Michael Blood in Los Angeles, Laurie Kellman in Washington and Edward Harris in Lagos, Nigeria, contributed to this report.

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    [url]http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/politics/4862047.html[/url]

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    What party does Jefferson belong to? Couldn't tell from that article.
    Last edited by HDCentStOhio; 06-07-2007 at 03:10 PM.

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    What's missing from this article???

    [QUOTE]The charges came almost two years after investigators raided Jefferson's home in Washington and found $90,000 in cash stuffed in his freezer.[/QUOTE]


    The republican planted that :yes:

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    [QUOTE=HDCentStOhio]What party does Jefferson belong too? Couldn't tell from that article.[/QUOTE]


    Ding Ding Ding... Winner.

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    [QUOTE=HDCentStOhio]What party does Jefferson belong too? Couldn't tell from that article.[/QUOTE]

    I knew none of the libs would ever get it....their ingrained to biased news...

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]The republican planted that :yes:[/QUOTE]

    As good as the Republicans apparently are at massive conspiracies (Jefferson, 9/11, Election Theft, Creation of Evil on Earth, etc, etc, etc.) you would think they would have just toppled Saddam and crushed AQ by....I don't know.....some huge unknown-source Nuclear Detonation in Iraq and Afganistan, and then have the Republicans call it an Alien Invasion!!! Or better yet, Bush could have just climbed into the ship we found in Roswell and done the deed himself, X-Files Style!

    Oh, right, but then they wouldn't have gotton all that free oily blood money for Halliburton in yet ANOTHER Grand (and successful) Conspiracy. Gotcha, my bad. Hard to keep up with these amazing Republicans sometimes, it's one conspiracy on top of another! I wonder how the gallant Paladin-like Democrats can even fight such a Massive Force of Evil.......

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]I knew none of the libs would ever get it....their ingrained to biased news...[/QUOTE]

    So what's your point? That the Houston Chronicle is biased? The Associated Press?

    I remember Fox News referring to Mark Foley as a Democrat last year. And my reaction to that was the same as my reaction to this: It is an editing error, not some giant conspiracy to obscure Jefferson's party affiliation, which I'm sure has been mentioned in every other AP story about him.

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola]So what's your point? That the Houston Chronicle is biased? The Associated Press?

    I remember Fox News referring to Mark Foley as a Democrat last year. And my reaction to that was the same as my reaction to this: It is an editing error, not some giant conspiracy to obscure Jefferson's party affiliation, which I'm sure has been mentioned in every other AP story about him.[/QUOTE]


    an editing error??? funny how they mention the party affiliations of the other politicians slightly mentioned in the article yet completely dismiss Jefferson's party though he's mentioned a dozen times in the article......

    as far as Fox referring to Foley as a rat- stupid mistake; just as the multitude of "errors" CNN makes to twist the news to the left...

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    [QUOTE=Warfish]As good as the Republicans apparently are at massive conspiracies...[/QUOTE]

    There is no left/right. It's all an illusion.

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola] And my reaction to that was the same as my reaction to this: It is an editing error, not some giant conspiracy to obscure Jefferson's party affiliation, [/QUOTE]
    :funnyguy: :funnyguy: :funnyguy: :funnyguy:

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan]There is no left/right. It's all an illusion.[/QUOTE]

    Megadeth is limp and emo.

    Go back to your old Avatar, at least it looked cool.

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]an editing error??? funny how they mention the party affiliations of the other politicians slightly mentioned in the article yet completely dismiss Jefferson's party though he's mentioned a dozen times in the article......

    as far as Fox referring to Foley as a rat- stupid mistake; just as the multitude of "errors" CNN makes to twist the news to the left...[/QUOTE]

    So you see the Foley thing as a stupid error, but the Jefferson thing as a vast conspiracy.

    Who is the culprit in your view? The AP, a wire service whose articles are frequently edited and amended by its client papers, or the Houston Chronicle, the right-leaning newspaper (endorsed Bush in 2004) that published this item?
    Last edited by nuu faaola; 06-07-2007 at 02:46 PM.

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]an editing error??? funny how they mention the party affiliations of the other politicians slightly mentioned in the article yet completely dismiss Jefferson's party though he's mentioned a dozen times in the article......

    as far as Fox referring to Foley as a rat- stupid mistake; just as the multitude of "errors" CNN makes to twist the news to the left...[/QUOTE]


    I noticed the mistake right away... regardless of my "ingrained to biased news..." as you so eloquently put it


    re: Fox & Foley... interesting that they made that mistake at least 3 times!!! :eek:

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    [QUOTE=Warfish]Megadeth is limp and emo.

    Go back to your old Avatar, at least it looked cool.[/QUOTE]


    Usted es loco, mi amigo. Estoy bastante seguro que 30 Segundos a Marte son un poco más Emo que Megadeth. Es, como ellos dicen en mi país, mejor mecerse que rodar.

    Pero es grande verle adoptar "el cambio la sujeto" rutina . El bordo definitivamente necesita más sarcasmo...
    Last edited by PlumberKhan; 06-07-2007 at 02:46 PM.

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan]Usted es loco, mi amigo. Estoy bastante seguro que 30 Segundos a Marte son un poco más Emo que Megadeth. Es, como ellos dicen en mi país, mejor mecerse que rodar.

    Pero es grande verle adoptar "el cambio la sujeto" rutina . El bordo definitivamente necesita más sarcasmo...[/QUOTE]

    No Habla Espanol.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish]No Habla Espanol.[/QUOTE]


    I'm sorry...my housecleaner Lupe was surfing the net while she was supposed to be cleaning :tsk:

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    [QUOTE=HDCentStOhio]What party does Jefferson belong to? Couldn't tell from that article.[/QUOTE]

    Only someone living in a cave would not know that Jefferson is a Dem.

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan]I'm sorry...my housecleaner Lupe was surfing the net while she was supposed to be cleaning :tsk:[/QUOTE]

    Out of bullets so early in the day?

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    [QUOTE=flushingjet]Out of bullets so early in the day?[/QUOTE]


    I couldn't do that to the mother of my illegitimate child...

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan]I couldn't do that to the mother of my illegitimate child...[/QUOTE]

    im talkin' the flesh pistol you pack, your third leg/eye.
    i mean, my housekeeper canNOT clean worth a tinker's dam

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