Monday, June 04, 2007
When Republicans - rightly or wrongly - were hit with allegations of corruption, the media played each one of them to the hilt, making sure to show Downercrats like Nancy Pelosi and Her Gang of Liberal Numbskulls telling reporters "This is part of the Republican Culture of Corruption." And it worked, as Americans voted this group of liberal thieves into power in 2006.
Now, the shoe is on the other foot: Rep. William Jefferson, Crook du Jour from Louisiana, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., on 16 counts of bribery, racketeering, wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and one count of being a doofus.
And the story was reported...where? And, by the way, where is any reporter to ask the Republican minority members what their opinion of this is? Isn't this part of the Downercrats' "Culture of Corruption"?
Not if the media ignores it as usual, will it be.
Jury Indicts Jefferson in Bribery Probe
Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was indicted Monday on federal charges of racketeering, soliciting bribes and money-laundering in a long- running bribery investigation into business deals he tried to broker in Africa.
The indictment handed up in federal court in Alexandria., Va., Monday is 94 pages long and lists 16 alleged violations of federal law that could keep Jefferson in prison for up to 235 years. He is charged with racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
Jefferson is accused of soliciting bribes for himself and his family, and also for bribing a Nigerian official.
Almost two years ago, in August 2005, investigators raided Jefferson's home in Louisiana and found $90,000 in cash stuffed into a box in his freezer.
Jefferson, 63, whose Louisiana district includes New Orleans, has said little about the case publicly but has maintained his innocence. He was re-elected last year despite the looming investigation.
Jefferson, in Louisiana on Monday, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Two of Jefferson's associates have already 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 in exchanges for their pleas.
Read the whole story - is there any reaction from Pelosi, or John Boehner, the Republican Leader in the House? Of course not. Because the media could care less that Boehner has to say, and they don't want to make Pelosi look any stupider than she already is.
Oops! Someone had the nerve to go to Pelosi and get a comment:
U.S. indicts Rep. Jefferson; Corruption probe snags Louisiana lawmaker
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the charges "extremely serious" and would constitute "an egregious and unacceptable abuse of public trust and power" if proven true.
Now, here is The New York Times take on this:
Democratic Lawmaker Indicted
Notice - no mention of Pelosi. Figures.