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William Jefferson's former friend and associate says congressman told him, 'You worry too much'
NOLA ^ | 7/14/09 | Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert

Posted on 07/14/2009 7:35:12 PM PDT by Libloather

William Jefferson's former friend and associate says congressman told him, 'You worry too much'
by Jonathan Tilove and Bruce Alpert
The Times-Picayune
Tuesday July 14, 2009, 8:38 PM

ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- William Jefferson, then a New Orleans congressman, and Noah Samara, the Ethiopian-born CEO of WorldSpace, which brought satellite radio to parts of Asia and Africa, were close.

They shared political views, books on Africa and frequent dinners.

In 200, when Jefferson was chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Samara and President Bill Clinton were the recipients of the chairman's annual award.

**SNIP**

$50,000 never repaid

Samara testified that when Jefferson asked to borrow $50,000 in 2001, the congressman assured him that it was legal as long as he reported the loan. He said that when the loan was due three years later, Jefferson asked for another year, and when it came due, Jefferson's legal troubles precluded seeking payment.

In 2002, Samara said, he told Jefferson about a trip he was planning to Africa to promote a satellite education program he had already sold to Nigeria and wanted to spread across the continent. Jefferson said that if he would add Botswana, Equatorial Guinea and the Congo to his itinerary and pay Jefferson's expenses, Jefferson would join him for those stops and arrange meetings with top officials, including heads of state, at which he could pitch his education plan. Jefferson said he had other business to conduct, including seeing whether the president of Botswana would accept the same Congressional Black Caucus award Samara had received in 2001. Samara agreed to Jefferson's plan.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: congressman; friend; jefferson; william

1 posted on 07/14/2009 7:35:14 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

“Can’t a brother keep $70G in a freezer? WTF?!”


2 posted on 07/14/2009 7:35:56 PM PDT by library user
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To: library user

In the Big Easy he will walk


3 posted on 07/14/2009 7:41:18 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: library user

“If da freezer don’t fit...you must acquit”.


4 posted on 07/14/2009 7:42:13 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: Libloather

I had to read the headline THREE times before I realized this was NOT about Slick Willy.

So closely are these scumbags allied, not only in deed but in name now, too.


5 posted on 07/14/2009 7:47:47 PM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (It's soft tyranny, folks. It's smiley-face fascism.)
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