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FBI men, with a warrant in their hands, broke into the office of William Jefferson, a Democratic congressman, and seized from the freezer $90,000 in cold cash, wrapped neatly, ready to eat. Republicans greeted this event with “Aha, the Democrats are crooks too. They will not be able to as readily use the corruption charge against Republicans.” Judging from the responses of Democratic and Republican leaders, these Republicans are wrong. Now, more than ever, coruption charges against Republicans will resonate strongly.

Jefferson is the subject of a bribery investigation. The FBI is probing allegations that he took hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to promote business ventures in Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana. The FBI states it has videotaped evidence of Jefferson taking $100,000 in bribe money. So it got a search warrant and raided Jefferson's office.

Newt Gingrich expressed outrage. And so did Dennis Hastert:

"It is the duty of the Justice Department to root out and prosecute corruption wherever it is found, including in the U.S. House of Representatives. I believe that all Members of the House should cooperate fully with any criminal investigation... That being said, I am very concerned about the necessity of a Saturday night raid on Congressman Jefferson's Capitol Hill Office in pursuit of information that was already under subpoena and at a time when those subpoenas are still pending and all the documents that have been subpoenaed were being preserved."

All of a sudden Mr. Hastert is concerned about the separation of powers between the executive and the legislature. I am not a lawyer, but at least in this case, there was a warrant. This case does not appear to be anywhere near as bad as the many previous Bush challenges that Mr. Hastert paid no mind to. Where was Mr. Hastert when the Bush signed the torture bill and then wrote a "signing statement" saying that if he thought it necessary he would not abide by this law? Where was Mr. Hastert when Bush told him, and us, that spying on citizens without a warrant is necessary, regardless of bills written by Congress to the contrary? Where was Mr. Hastert when Bush wrote "signing statements" for 750 bills?

Why now? Is Mr. Hastert concerned about justice for Democrats? Is he now finally concerned about ethics in the House? Where was he when the Ethics Committee refused to consider the corruptions of Tom DeLay? Where was he when Tom DeLay was busy building the K Street Project that would make lobbyists beholden to Republicans? Where was he when DeLay was honored and feted, even after his indictment? Mr. Hastert was enthusiastically and rabidly all out for Tom DeLay.

Contrast the behavior of Hastert to the behavior of the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. She sent a one-sentence correspondence to Rep. William Jefferson:

"In the interest of upholding the high ethical standard of the House Democratic Caucus, I am writing to request your immediate resignation from the Ways and Means Committee."

Of course, there are crooks in both the Democratic and Republican Parties. The difference between the two parties is how infractions are handled by the leaders. Pelosi shows the way. Democrats want to ferret out corruption regardless of whether the corrupter is a Democrat or a Republican. Hastert shows us that Republicans are against corruption when it has propaganda value. He did not complain for years about Bush's lies and schemes, Republican disregard of Democratic inputs in legislation, and the corruption practiced by congressmen.

Some Democrats are corrupt. Some Republicans are corrupt. But the Republican Party is responsible for the "culture of corruption" pervading the executive and legislative branches of American government.

In the coming elections, Democrats have a huge issue: The Republican "Culture of Corruption."

Posted by Paul Siegel at May 24, 2006 5:15 PM
Comments
Comment #151013

This article cuts right to the core of what is wrong with American politics. Both parties are filled with corrupt politicians who pander to special interest groups, abandon morals at the drop of a hat and completely ignore the average citizen until it comes time for elections. The whole system disgusts me—this is why we need third-parties, to encourage better representation or to allow a new party to supercede an old, corrupt, inadequate one. So support your third-parties and make sure to make your statement by voting independent to remind the two main parties they don’t have a monopoly.

Posted by: Jordan-Ashleigh at May 24, 2006 5:30 PM
Comment #151019

Paul, Republicans know how this game is played. If the White House is permitted to violate separation of powers when a Republican is in office, their lives will be a living hell if a Democrat is elected in ‘08, an increasing liklihood. They know well that what is fire for the goose, will be fire for the gander as well. Very smart political decision, Mr. Hastert. How can one hope to operate in secrecy and in corrupt fashion if the opposing party can seize your records at will.

Jordan-Ashleigh, I couldn’t agree with you more. Check out Vote Out Incumbents for Democracy for a group of like minded citizens and volunteers taking that message to the public.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 24, 2006 5:53 PM
Comment #151022

P.S., Paul, it will be interesting to see how much politically sensitive (not criminally sensitive) information the FBI obtains on the Democratic Party from strategy memos and issue plans and reports them to the White House. I can hear the White House now responding to accusations that the FBI raid on the Congressman is the only source the White House could have obtained sensitive Democratic Party information from: “The White House does not comment on ongoing criminal investigations. Not until the President is out of office, anyway.”

May be a tin foil scenario. Then again, maybe not!

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 24, 2006 5:57 PM
Comment #151028

Pelosi et al are currently calling for the return of the documents seized from Jefferson’s office and demanded that there be no further perusal of said documents. Jefferson is part of a corrupt, democratic structure that has dominated Louisiana politics for decades. Jefferson’s daughter is already holding a position in the state legislator and being groomed to advance to national levels.

If the Democrats shelter crooks like Jefferson they can expect to see a continuing shift to the Republican party.

Posted by: goodkingned at May 24, 2006 6:53 PM
Comment #151031

“If the Democrats shelter crooks like Jefferson they can expect to see a continuing shift to the Republican party.”

Who is sheltering Jefferson? Pelosi is has personally asked that he resign his post on The Ways & Means Committee. We’ve all been asking for his head on a platter.

The issue is not protecting Jefferson. Anyone who has $90K in his freezer should have the grace of leaving his office immediately. The issue is that the FBI took unknown files that could be Democratic Party secrets or National Security documents … dozens of things that are inappropriate for the FBI to have. They should’ve served the warrant with at least a member of Jefferson’s office present.

Fry the bastard, but do it the right way. If the FBI’s investigation turns out to be illegal, it could sink the case against Jefferson. Would you be OK with that?

Posted by: tony at May 24, 2006 7:13 PM
Comment #151037

goodkingned, Hastert is also calling this raid a breach of separation of powers. Sorry Bub, you can’t lay this one at the feet of Democrats. Corrupt and non-corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle have a beef with the White House on this one.

Posted by: David R. Remer at May 24, 2006 7:25 PM
Comment #151044

How interesting. Hastert defies Bush. This afternoon ABC News reports Hastert is under suspision in the Abramoff scandal.

Well, we all know what they say about paybacks. The Bush White House figures they can smear a Democrat and simultaneously assert the powers of the unitary executive. The Democrats cannot wait to throw the corrupt Democrat, Jefferson, under the bus. But Pelosi, Haster, & Frist stand together to defy the Bush White House & its assertion of power.

Suddenly Haster sees his name in lights. Corruption. Nice timing.

When it comes to smears and slinging mud, there is no one quite like the Bush administration.

Posted by: phx8 at May 24, 2006 7:46 PM
Comment #151055

What we should be asking William Jefferson and William Jefferson Clinton’s wife is, what part of SUBPENA do you not understand.

If they snub their nose at our laws, the FBI and every other law enforcement agency MUST use every tool at their disposal to legally obtain evidence in a criminal investigation.

Posted by: jwl at May 24, 2006 8:05 PM
Comment #151058

You lefties certainly have short, selective memories. If the Democrats want to ferret out corruption they have made a major change from just a few years ago. The Clinton administration elevated character assassination and mud slinging to an art form. As bad as the Bushies are, they’re rank amateurs by comparison.
Pelosi’s demand for Jefferson’s resignation is nothing more than the political posturing one would expect from a party leader.
If the news reports are to be believed, the FBI didn’t “break” into Jefferson’s office. In fact, you couldn’t even call it a raid.

Posted by: traveller at May 24, 2006 8:11 PM
Comment #151059
If the Democrats shelter crooks like Jefferson they can expect to see a continuing shift to the Republican party.

Another example of goodkingned hiding his head in a hole. HELLO! Didn’t you even read Paul’s article? It clearly state’s the Democratic House Leader’s position:

“In the interest of upholding the high ethical standard of the House Democratic Caucus, I am writing to request your immediate resignation from the Ways and Means Committee.”

Sheltering crooks?! Which part of Pelosi’s letter don’t you understand? We’re kickin’ the crooks out!

You Republicans should consider a similar high ethical standard. But I’m not going to hold my breath.

Posted by: American Pundit at May 24, 2006 8:12 PM
Comment #151062

“Pelosi’s demand for Jefferson’s resignation is nothing more than the political posturing one would expect from a party leader.”

Care to explain how Delay and others stayed above this obvious political ploy? I can see where you would see changing party policy to allow those who face indictments to maintain their leadership a much more honest and trustworthy way to handle things.

Did I hear you say “short, selective memories”???

Posted by: tony at May 24, 2006 8:29 PM
Comment #151066

“You lefties “
Ah, the sweet sound of partisanship.

Goodkingned and Traveller apparently failed to read the article. Or didn’t understand it.
As a lifelong democrat, I want any dirty dems outed, fired, and prosecuted.
Can republicans say the same? How many posts defending delay and the abramoff associates have I read?
Were not perfect, but were a damn sight better than them.

Posted by: Norby at May 24, 2006 8:52 PM
Comment #151067

Norby:

You might not accept my viewpoint, but I’ve seen relatively few articles defending DeLay and/or Abramoff. What I have seen is articles about DeLay in particular that have said he should not be considered guilty until the investigations are complete, charges are made and a judge and jury make such a decision. I’ve seen the same kind of thing about Abramoff, but his guilt has been fully established at this point.

Even the whiff of impropriety by a Republican draws cries of “Guilty, guilty” from some on the left. With regard to Jefferson, it sure looks bad for him from what has been reported, but I’d say the same thing: Investigate the hell out of the allegations, and if he’s found guilty, then throw the book at him.

By treating both sides to the same standard—-the primary standard of “innocent until proven guilty” that our country stands behind—-we can move away from pure partisanship.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at May 24, 2006 9:05 PM
Comment #151068

jbd -

But this our government - not their. Let them and their lawyers fight it out with a jury… but let our government without their distraction.


It’s not about doing what’s legal, it’s about doing what’s right.

Posted by: tony at May 24, 2006 9:10 PM
Comment #151070

I heard on Your World with Neil Cavuto yesterday that of the 30 newspapers that Fox News considers to be the major publications, only 2 reported the story on the front page…2

Theres no doubt that if a Republican had been caught stuffing bribe money in his freezer the press would have been all over it.

But, since the press is so far off the left end, the story slips by relatively unreported. Its a shame, and a testiment to the true and unequivocal media bias in this country right now.

Posted by: Alex Fitzsimmons at May 24, 2006 9:25 PM
Comment #151073

The levels of absurdity the leadership displays has hit a new high in low.

The executive branch spends five years incrementaly gathering power to itself and they sit passive because they traded this for the veto pen.
A possible fourth amendment breach? No problem, please choose the justification, and we’ll ensure the voters buy it before election time.
Signing statements? No problem, our eyesight isn’t what it once was.
Search a congressional office? WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR DOING? We’re not going to stand here and let you run rough-shod over the constitution!

It’s not been a matter of that particular to see our rights protected for some time. But their rights???
Isn’t this irony?

Posted by: Ted at May 24, 2006 9:34 PM
Comment #151088

Paul:

Some Democrats are corrupt. Some Republicans are corrupt. But the Republican Party is responsible for the “culture of corruption” pervading the executive and legislative branches of American government.

In the coming elections, Democrats have a huge issue: The Republican “Culture of Corruption.”


This is funny. ONLY REPUBLICAN POOP STINKS!! DEMOCRATIC POOP COMES OUT IN SEALED PLASTIC BAGS.

Get a grip Paul. Where there is money corruption will follow. Just hang ‘em high, which ever party they are from. If you don’t it will make you look silly.

Craig

Posted by: Craig Holmes at May 24, 2006 10:47 PM
Comment #151089

Now Norby:

If you read my post you will see that I didn’t paint with a broad brush. Pelosi and other prominent Democrats are calling for the return and nonreview of the siezed documents. It is only true that Jefferson is indicative of what has festered from the democratic political infrastructure in Louisiana.

I normally do not weigh in on allegations of Congressional wrongdoing because many more here know more than me about such things, but I was represented by Jefferson and lived near enough to his house to walk up the street and watch the raid where they siezed the cash. I know what I am talking about when I call Jefferson a cheap, opportunistic crook. Pelosi, et al. will only suffer by association with this matter.

Posted by: goodkingned at May 24, 2006 10:51 PM
Comment #151091
But the Republican Party is responsible for the “culture of corruption” pervading the executive and legislative branches of American government.

Paul:

The media is responsible for this disingenuous rhetoric, not the Republican party.

I agree with Craig, sure, the Republicans have been corrupt…but so have the Democrats. The overt left wing media simply created this ploy of “culture of corruption” in the GOP.

The fact of the matter is that this corruption is everywhere, in all aspects of government…and its not exclusively the GOP’s fault.

Posted by: Alex Fitzsimmons at May 24, 2006 10:52 PM
Comment #151092

One little problem with Hastert’s stance. I believe a judge signed a warrant. I haven’t read in the Constitution where the Congressional Halls are a sanctuary for criminal conduct.

I can hear Hastert shredding his Abramhoff documents now.

Posted by: gergle at May 24, 2006 10:56 PM
Comment #151093
It is only true that Jefferson is indicative of what has festered from the democratic political infrastructure in Louisiana.

So you are proposing a monarchy or simple tyranny in La.?

Sorry, had to do it.:)

Posted by: gergle at May 24, 2006 11:02 PM
Comment #151095

Just out of curiousity Alex, how come Neil doesnt mention it on the web page you just sent us to, to left wing?

Posted by: j2t2 at May 24, 2006 11:09 PM
Comment #151097

j2t2:

I’m sorry that I dont have an exact link for you because I heard it on the air, but I’m sure if you check the shows transcrpits from the day the story broke you’ll find the statistic.

If you’re really interested, you could probably email Fox News inquiring about the stat. They might be able to guide you in the right direction.

I wish I could help out more, but I really wouldnt know where to find the exact stat, but the afore mentioned would be good starting points.

If anyone is questioning the validity of the stat I will be more than willing to find an exact link or corraborated testimony to its validity.

Posted by: Alex Fitzsimmons at May 24, 2006 11:16 PM
Comment #151108

The Republican Governor of Kentucky just went to jail for corruption charges after he PARDONED his fellow colleages who were part of the scam.

How many newspapers printed THAT in the frontpage?

Posted by: Aldous at May 25, 2006 12:53 AM
Comment #151109

badkingned:

If the Democrats shelter crooks like Jefferson they can expect to see a continuing shift to the Republican party.

You can’t be serious! After “Duke” Cunningham, Libby, Abramoff, and all the oil company luchre??? Sheltering crooks? The Democrats? They’re the ones on the ethics committee who called for an investigation into Jefferson!! And the Repubs continue to hide behind signing statements, the “goddamned piece of paper” as Bush calls the Constitution, and to rape the middle class and the poor?

Wishful thinking on your part…

Posted by: Lynne at May 25, 2006 12:57 AM
Comment #151114

Oh no, Lynne. You are wrong. I don’t hanker to see Republicans in control of Louisiana. I would like a mix just to bring the level of honesty up to that of a third world nation.

Also, I have already said that my comments only referred to Louisiana. I am not gloating. I am just saying that the system in Louisiana is REALLY broken. So broken that New Orleans could not spin gold from spun gold. Only the exceptional qualities of the area as a vacation destination keep it afloat.

Ray Nagin, a Democrat, has done wonders to modernize the city administration and reduce everyday corruption. Thanks to his efforts, citizens of New Orleans can now get vehicle inspection stickers without bribing the city employees who distribute them.

New Orleans managed not to make almost no money from gambling after only five years negotiation which resulted in the operation of one casino. During that same time, poor old backwards Mississippi managed to maximize and shrewdly manage gambling revenue firmly establishing the Gulf Coast as THE regional destination for casino gambling by establishing over a dozen casinoes in the three cities that border the coast. And Mississippi started the process a year later than New Orleans.

Gergle:

I support a monarchy obviously, so that I will have some place to pee at Mardi Gras.

Posted by: goodkingned at May 25, 2006 1:19 AM
Comment #151118

What happened today was remarkable.

Think about it. The Secretary of the Interior resigns because of her association with Abramoff. Numberous other Republicans are caught in the same scandal. In Hookergate, or Fornigate, the head of the CIA & the Executive Director of the CIA resign in another scandal. One Republican congressman resigns, and 19/20 of the rest implicated are also Republicans.

Representative Ney is implicated in multiple scandals.

So the FBI takes the unprecendented, and possibly unconstitutional step, of entering the office of Democratic congressman Jefferson.

It sounds like Jefferson should be easy to nail. Why Jefferson? Simple. The Republicans depend upon everyone saying “they are all the same.”

But the raid on the office of Jefferson is a two-fer. It makes the public believe “they are all the same” while simultaneously expanding the powers of the unitary executive.

Hastert protests. Loudly. This is not just about Democrats and Republicans anymore, it is not just about disagreements over what to legislate. This is about what it means to be an elected representative of the American people, a legislator in the Legislative Branch.

Suddenly ABC creams Hastert with a story detailing those corrupted skeletons in the closet. The Speaker of the House is not under investigation (yet). The Department of Justice is not taking any actions (yet). But WHAM! Someone lowers the boom on Hastert. It is the proverbial shot across the bow.

Classic Bush. Classic Rove. They play dirty, and they smear anonomously, but there is no doubt where this attack originated. Will Hastert take it? Did Bush overplay the hand?

The deal is that Bush never vetos, and the Republoican Congress never investigates.

Hastert sold his soul in a corrupt deal to obtain the Speakership. It is a little late to be developing a conscience. The constitutional slap in the face Bush just gave Congress is significant. When the FBI entered that office, the slap included a wind up and follow through. Yet the Republican congressmen cannot protect the constitutional rights of the Legislative Branch, because the White House knows all about their skeletons.

Will the House Republicans slap back? Open a real investigation into all that money that disappeared in American Iraq, or some other White House scandal?

If you like following politics, you have got to love this.

Posted by: phx8 at May 25, 2006 1:41 AM
Comment #151127

AP:
“You Republicans should consider a similar high ethical standard. But I’m not going to hold my breath.”

I don’t think we’d ever breathe at all if we did that.
This is totally off topic, but I have to share this with you guys. While all of us have been focusing on all of the Congressional corruption scandals, look at what new, totally corrupt, and unprecedented thing our Neocon president has been up to:

Intelligence Czar Can Waive SEC Rules
Now, the White House’s top spymaster can cite national security to exempt businesses from reporting requirements

Few paragraphs from the article:

President George W. Bush has bestowed on his intelligence czar, John Negroponte, broad authority, in the name of national security, to excuse publicly traded companies from their usual accounting and securities-disclosure obligations.
The timing of Bush’s move is intriguing. On the same day the President signed the memo, Porter Goss resigned as director of the Central Intelligence Agency amid criticism of ineffectiveness and poor morale at the agency. Only six days later, on May 11, USA Today reported that the National Security Agency had obtained millions of calling records of ordinary citizens provided by three major U.S. phone companies. Negroponte oversees both the CIA and NSA in his role as the administration’s top intelligence official.
In the document, Bush addressed Negroponte, saying: “I hereby assign to you the function of the President under section 13(b)(3)(A) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.”

A trip to the statute books showed that the amended version of the 1934 act states that “with respect to matters concerning the national security of the United States,” the President or the head of an Executive Branch agency may exempt companies from certain critical legal obligations. These obligations include keeping accurate “books, records, and accounts” and maintaining “a system of internal accounting controls sufficient” to ensure the propriety of financial transactions and the preparation of financial statements in compliance with “generally accepted accounting principles.”

Just another jaw-dropping outrage brought to us in the name of National Security by these Neocon Crooks. There really is no end to their iniquity.

Posted by: Adrienne at May 25, 2006 2:18 AM
Comment #151146

WHO CARES. Like ivory soap 99.9% of poloticions are corrupt. Why do you think they spend millions to get a job that pays under $200,000.00 ie. mr Corzine of New Jersey.

Posted by: Tom Frederick at May 25, 2006 5:54 AM
Comment #151149

Well, Bush said he wouldn’t mind a dictatorship, as long as he was the dictator. Looks like someone’s trying to make this become a reality. Let’s see….

No more ‘terror alerts’ now that the election is over! Hhmmmmm.

No raids on Congressman Ney’s office… or Cunningham’s office. Hmmmmm. Guess there’s no need to see what’s in Republican communications that don’t pertain to the crime. Pretty interesting reading I’d bet… just like the Democratic memos will be.

Maybe some information not meant for public consumption will be ‘leaked’. There seems to be lots of ‘leaks’ that past few years. Starting with Special Prosecutor Starr till currently.

Spying on the American people. Now the latest charge is that phone conversations ARE being monitored.

Good God, what’s next??? Do these people think that the citizenry is that blind??? Who are the defenders of this administration??? I’m thinking there could not have been a Mussolini or a Hitler had there not been the staunch supporters.

And yes, I did just compare this administration to some pretty wicked dictators. No, I don’t think Bush is as bad as Hitler. Mussolini… well we’re getting there. There are a lot of Iraqi dead… and WHY?

Posted by: LibRick at May 25, 2006 6:55 AM
Comment #151150

phx8 said a mouthful: The reason this was “News” is that it wasn’t a Corrupt Republican - this time. After weeks and weeks and weeks and months and months and *years* of them: Delay, Cunningham, Abramoff, Libby, Ney, Foggo, Scanlon, Rove, Cheney, Harris, Doolittle, Hayworth - and on and *on* and ON.

Oh yeah: “both sides are corrupt,” sure…

Posted by: Bett(er)y at May 25, 2006 7:13 AM
Comment #151151

Norby,
I understood the article quite well. I was pointing out the hypocricy and ridiculousness of the apparent belief among the left that the Democratic leadership are righteous avatars come to save us from the evil Republicans.
Those pigs are slurping swill from the same trough. The difference is who can maintain the best PR.

Posted by: traveller at May 25, 2006 7:16 AM
Comment #151152

ANN HEADLINE NEWS: Thursday, May 25, 2006

Red faced Justice Department officials admitted today that they were pursuing the wrong man when they raided Congressman William Jefferson’s office last week.

“We were so used to going after William Jefferson Clinton that an overzealous young agent saw the name ‘Willam Jefferson’ and stopped reading after that. We thought the guy was having sex with his interns—then we stumble across all this money in the freezer,” said Assistant Attorney General Ben Moon. “What further confused us was that Jefferson is a black guy, and we knew that Clinton was the first black President…so we just connected the dots.”

The Justice Department vowed to rescind the warrant due to the error, and to return all files and money to Jefferson. Spokesperson Lucinda Voyage said, “Its the least we can do. We never should have investigated in the first place. I mean, after all, the guy is a Democrat, not to mention a minority, so we know he can’t be guilty. The whole thing is just a travesty.”

Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton hailed the admission, saying that she knew all along it had been a “right wing conspiracy”, while Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi quickly rescinded her call for Jefferson’s resignation, saying she didn’t really mean it. Meanwhile, Cynthia McKinney stated that she plans to “slap up any fool who tries to mess with us folk. We know how the man try to keep us down.”

An anonymous source in the Bush administration revealed that a 9-11 connection existed, but would go no further due to national security concerns. The source said, “The connection to 9-11 is going to be manufact….uhhh, I mean, discovered sooner or later. It’s virtually a slam dunk.”

Dick Cheney’s office was said to be inviting Jefferson to go duck hunting with the Vice President as a conciliatory gesture.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at May 25, 2006 7:26 AM
Comment #151162

jbod,
Thanks for the laugh. If you don’t write for National Lampoon or Mad magazine you should consider it.

Posted by: traveller at May 25, 2006 9:50 AM
Comment #151168

Is it just possible that in the closed world of politics,the abnormal is normal,corruption is virtue,lying is telling the truth? Bizarro Superman for President!

Posted by: jblym at May 25, 2006 10:16 AM
Comment #151188

Congress’ wall of shame post 1970. It’s amazing that, given all of the indictments and accusations in Washington, not to mention all of the goings on that are really going on, there have only been 13 actual convictions. Remember Eddie Murphy in The Distinguished Gentlemen?


- Rep. Andrew J. Hinshaw, R-Calif., spent a year in jail after being convicted in 1976 of accepting bribes when he was county tax assessor. He lost the primary election and resigned at the end of his term.

- Rep. Charles Diggs Jr., D-Mich., was convicted in 1978 of operating a payroll kickback scheme in his congressional office. He served seven months of a three-year prison term. He was re-elected, then resigned in 1980.

- Rep. Michael Myers, D-Pa., served 20 1/2 months of a three-year prison sentence for accepting bribes from FBI agents impersonating Arab businessmen. He was convicted in 1980 and expelled from Congress.

- Four other House members were convicted in the Arab businessmen bribery scandal: Democratic Reps. John Murphy of New York, Frank Thompson of New Jersey, John Jenrette of South Carolina and Raymond Lederer of Pennsylvania. Thompson and Murphy were sentenced to three years; Jenrette, two years; and Lederer, one year.

- Rep. Mario Biaggi, D-N.Y., was convicted in 1988 of extorting nearly $2 million from defense contractor Wedtech Corp. He resigned from Congress and served two years and two months of an eight-year sentence. He was defeated for re-election in 1992.

- Rep. Mel Reynolds, D-Ill., was sentenced in 1995 to five years in prison for having sex with an underage campaign worker. He resigned from Congress, then was sentenced in 1997 to 6 1/2 years for bank fraud and other violations. The second sentence, which was to run at the same time as first, was commuted in 2001 by President Clinton.

- Rep. Walter Tucker III, D-Calif., was sentenced in 1996 to two years and three months in prison for accepting and demanding bribes while mayor of a Los Angeles suburb. He resigned from Congress a week after his 1995 conviction.

- Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., pleaded guilty in 1996 to two felony mail fraud charges, lost re-election and served 15 months in prison. Clinton pardoned him in 2000.

- Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-CA, was sentenced to eight years and four months in federal prison and ordered to pay $1.8 million in restitution for accepting bribes from defense contractors.

Posted by: George in SC at May 25, 2006 10:48 AM
Comment #151205
Suddenly ABC creams Hastert… It is the proverbial shot across the bow.

Classic Bush. Classic Rove.

Thanks, phx8. I thought that Justice Department leak was weird, but your explanation fits. Bush and Cheney betrayed an intelligence officer to send a political message, so it fits the MO.

Posted by: American Pundit at May 25, 2006 11:48 AM
Comment #151239
while Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi quickly rescinded her call for Jefferson’s resignation, saying she didn’t really mean it.

Read this morning’s news…the Democratic party has requested Jefferson step down from Ways and Means Committee and he has refused, saying it’s important for New Orleans at this crucial time that he remain.

Posted by: Lynne at May 25, 2006 12:41 PM
Comment #151247

Lynne:

Read this morning’s news…

Look up the word ‘satire’ in the dictionary. Report back when you understand the meaning.

By the way, Cindy McKinney didn’t really say she was gonna “slap up” anyone either. Just in case you thought she was back in the news again.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at May 25, 2006 12:56 PM
Comment #151265

traveller:

Thanks for the kudos. I was hoping more for perhaps “The Onion” or “The Jon Stewart Show”, rather than the Alfred E. Neuman crowd. But I’ll take any compliment I can get.

Posted by: joebagodonuts at May 25, 2006 1:21 PM
Comment #151293

Who the heck is Cindy McKinney?? She certainly hasn’t made any news splash in my area…

Posted by: Lynne at May 25, 2006 2:27 PM
Comment #151321

jbod,
Yeah, that would fit well in the Onion, too. Forgive me, I’m an old fart.

Lynne,
Cindy McKinney is the Ga. congresswoman who slapped a Capitol police officer a few weeks ago.

Posted by: traveller at May 25, 2006 3:31 PM
Comment #151330

Oh, so that’s who Cindy McKinney is…a one-day 3” news column buried in the back pages…

Posted by: Lynne at May 25, 2006 4:07 PM
Comment #151343

McKinney got about the same amount of coverage when her father made antisemitic statements and when she accused Bush of having prior knowledge of the September 11 attacks.

I guess the press just doesn’t find her very interesting.

Posted by: goodkingned at May 25, 2006 5:14 PM
Comment #151357

Sometimes I wonder if America deserves everything we have because we all abuse our priveleges to money, freedom, and so much more! We will take bribes to keep our mouths shut, or open them up and lie, and we will give bribes to keep ourselves from getting the punishment we rightfully deserve! It is so childish, even from my view as a 13 yr old, that I think all these people should be punished just as much as the people they were covering for, if not twice as much.

Posted by: PoliticalTeen at May 25, 2006 5:39 PM
Comment #151456

Cindy McKinney is a very arrogant, very racist black Democratic congresswoman. She gets a free pass for behavior that would get a white person thrown out of congress.
She assaulted a police officer who restrained her when she barged through a security checkpoint. She later “apologized” by saying “No one should have been touched.” Meaning of course, her. The police haven’t, to my knowledge, decided yet whether to press charges. You or I would have been roughly arrested on the spot and would probably still be in jail. She gets a free pass.

Posted by: traveller at May 26, 2006 12:21 AM
Comment #153022

find it hard to stomach the fact that so many of our elected officials seem to expect toe be able to break the law and NOTHING be done about it!
Isn’t it WAY past time for US, WE the PEOPLE to be outraged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????????????

Posted by: qat at May 31, 2006 2:25 PM
Comment #299031

Good article.
I will Tweet this today!

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