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William Jefferson Gives Congress Freezer Burn
Men's News Daily ^ | June 3, 2006 | Doug Powers

Posted on 06/03/2006 10:33:02 PM PDT by FairOpinion

Rep. William Jefferson, as Ricky Ricardo would say, “has some ’splainin’ ta do”… mostly to members of Congress whose nerves he’s rattled like maracas on a trampoline.

First the Louisiana Democrat was videotaped accepting a $100,000 bribe from an FBI informant, his home was raided, $90,000 was found in his freezer, then his congressional office was raided. Until we reached the latter, everything was business-as-usual with how Congress viewed all this.

For the first time in history, a lawmaker’s office was raided. Yes, the first time in history. This has to be causing some members of Congress to have a serious case of the runs. Think of all the scumbags, crooks, liars and cheats that have been in Congress throughout the course of history, and none of them have had their offices subjected to a raid? As a result of this unprecedented enforcement of the law on the heretofore untouchable and pristine self-perceived Monarchs, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are circling the wagons - or at least crashing them into police cruisers while trying to circle them.

Both parties would have also defended Jim Traficant, Dan Rostenkowski, and others, but only if their offices were raided. They weren’t, so off to jail they went.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Republican James Sensenbrenner, is conducting a probe into whether or not the raid on Jefferson’s office was justified.

This alone is a telling example of how separated Congress is from the laws that the rest of us must live under. A congressman’s office is way off limits to search and seizure, but what if you were taped accepting a bribe and cops found $90,000 in your freezer? Not only would your office would be raided while investigators ate the fish sticks they found next to the money, but they’d raid the office next to yours, your boat, your car, your body cavities, and then you’d be thrown in jail to await your trial ten months from now.

Congress is on thin ice with this one, and is bound to lay a good smackdown on Jefferson if it is found that the raid on his office was completely legal and justified. In the world you and I live in, this would be a no-brainer, but in Congressional la-la-land, this is an unprecedented invasion of privacy. The odds that a Congressional investigation finds that the raid and seizure of material from Jefferson’s office was justified are about the same as Anna Nicole Smith’s baby growing up well adjusted.

Complicating matters were top officials at Justice and the FBI who threatened to resign if President Bush ordered them to return material taken from Jefferson’s office during the raid. Bush never gave such an order, and now the congressional squirming continues.

Congress is ticked at Jefferson, not because he took a bribe, but because he may have helped set a precedent that could endanger the glass house in which all members of Congress live, and Bush isn’t doing anything about it. There are those who want to impeach Bush for all sorts of things related to the war, wiretapping, etc., but when he refuses to protect the august body that is the U.S. Congress, he may have signed his own impeachment warrant.

James Sensenbrenner is the proper “go to” guy as far as Congress is concerned when it comes to an investigation of the investigators, since he has a proven track record of trying to see to the survival of Congress. Remember the Sensenbrenner-sponsored “Continuity in Representation Act“? This ensures that, in the event of almost any disaster, Congress will be one of the two things that will certainly survive - then they’ll debate exactly how to go about taxing cockroaches.

The Act, known as the “Sensenbrenner Bill”, ensures the survival of Congress even in the event of terror attacks, nuclear attacks and natural disasters - everything except police raids on their offices. If the latter is allowed to continue, before you know it, Congress could be almost like ::gulp:: regular people.

If William Jefferson is let to slide by Congress, it will be a visible symptom of “there but for the grace of God” syndrome.

Watch this debate carefully. The members of Congress sweating the most over the raiding of Jefferson’s office are probably the ones who have recently “defrosted” their own freezers.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 109th; bribery; congress; fbisearch; jefferson; williamjefferson
It's high time for Congress to realize their extreme insanity and back off, let the law take its course -- and why aren't they all demanding that Jefferson resign???
1 posted on 06/03/2006 10:33:04 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion

They'll back off, all right. There was a recent poll saying 85% of those polled said there could be no impropriety in an FBI search pursuant to a valid warrant. And we all know that politicians live and die by the poll. They're going to have to climb back down off that high horse.


2 posted on 06/03/2006 10:38:35 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: FairOpinion

Maybe if the FBI raids the homes of more Congressman we could pay off the national debt and reduce the tax burden.


3 posted on 06/03/2006 10:39:13 PM PDT by Man50D
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To: FairOpinion
The Jefferson "cold cash" tape went down months ago - did we hear anything about it?

Congress knew about it months ago.

Any ethics hearings?

Were he republican, he would be out on his a*s and in jail by now - along with every republican that had ever spoke to him or was caught in the same photo frame with him.

4 posted on 06/03/2006 10:39:45 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: Man50D
Maybe if the FBI raids the homes of more Congressman we could pay off the national debt and reduce the tax burden.

Could be the source of a lot of cold hard cash

5 posted on 06/03/2006 10:41:05 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (Lincoln: "...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.")
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To: FairOpinion
Obviously Con. Jefferson has been here....

http://www.zombo.com/

6 posted on 06/03/2006 10:44:31 PM PDT by gorebegone (gorebegone)
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To: gorebegone
I meant here for audio message.... zombo.com/
7 posted on 06/03/2006 10:46:00 PM PDT by gorebegone (gorebegone)
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To: FairOpinion

Jefferson is the talk of the New Orleans area- none of it good.
What NO one has brought up yet is how UNlikely it is that this is the first money he has taken. How many other deals has he done in his years as a Congressman? The odds of him being busted on his first money drop are very low, IMO.
Does anyone think this is the first time he's sold his influence, or just the first time he's been caught?


8 posted on 06/03/2006 10:47:16 PM PDT by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: FairOpinion

still no word on where the 10,000 went? nose candy? hookers?


9 posted on 06/03/2006 10:49:13 PM PDT by isom35
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To: FairOpinion

The Republicans sure know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. They we handed gold, and rejected it.


10 posted on 06/03/2006 10:52:12 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: FairOpinion

The Constitution does not protect men like William Jefferson Democrat Louisiana from criminal investigation. In fact, it would not protect William Jefferson Democrat Louisiana from arrest either since this is a felony case.


11 posted on 06/03/2006 10:52:26 PM PDT by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: ClearBlueSky

The river is well known and deep, hopefully there are many branches.


12 posted on 06/03/2006 10:53:59 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (When you're there, that's the best!!)
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To: ClearBlueSky
Does anyone think this is the first time he's sold his influence, or just the first time he's been caught?

This isn't the "First" time he has taken bribes, I'm pretty sure of that. From that I hear the audio of him is mocking the FBI and he isn't scared at all... If it were his first time I think he would be a little more discrete.

13 posted on 06/03/2006 10:55:46 PM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: FairOpinion

It's settled. I want to be a senator!


14 posted on 06/03/2006 11:00:33 PM PDT by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: Redcloak
William Jefferson Democrat Louisiana

Somebody is a dittohead...:)
15 posted on 06/03/2006 11:03:50 PM PDT by Frumious Bandersnatch
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To: FairOpinion
The attitude of Congress toward the search of William Jefferson's office,indicates that the office of every member of congress should under go a no announced search on a regular basis. While we are at it, they should also be given random piss tests and lie detector tests.

These sonovabitches work for us. We are not their peons, they are our peons!
16 posted on 06/03/2006 11:05:32 PM PDT by F.J. Mitchell (Dear US Senators, Reps. and Mr. President: Why are y'all abetting the destruction of our culture?)
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To: FairOpinion

Apparently to Congress, Jefferson's crime wasn't his felonious acceptance of bribes, but his incompetence in getting caught.


17 posted on 06/03/2006 11:05:52 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Frumious Bandersnatch; Redcloak
Somebody is a dittohead...:)

And then some. :-)

18 posted on 06/03/2006 11:07:21 PM PDT by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh walks in the footsteps of giants: George Washington, Ronald Reagan and Noah Webster.)
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To: FairOpinion

We have the best federal government money can buy...


19 posted on 06/03/2006 11:23:38 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: isom35
still no word on where the 10,000 went? nose candy? hookers?

Allegedly it was sent to an African nation in order to get some company an exclusive contract with their government. I haven't heard the nation or company mentioned yet, but my guess would be Liberia...
20 posted on 06/03/2006 11:24:37 PM PDT by Renderofveils
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To: FairOpinion

United States Senator/Rep.. = a license to steal.. and do other things..


21 posted on 06/03/2006 11:26:03 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole..)
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To: Renderofveils

I think it was Nigeria. Where he and Amb. Joe Wilson might've made some interesting contacts when they traipsed along with Clinton in the infamous Africa trip.


22 posted on 06/03/2006 11:30:25 PM PDT by skr (We cannot play innocents abroad in a world that is not innocent.-- Ronald Reagan)
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To: ClearBlueSky

Does anyone doubt he'll be reelected ?


24 posted on 06/04/2006 12:19:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Renderofveils

Well, that's where the $100,000.00 was supposed to go. Thing is, Jefferson lied about giving the bribe as he was supposed to do (illegally) and just pocketed the money on top of that.

As far as I know, the whereabout of the $10,000 is still in question.

I could be wrong.


25 posted on 06/04/2006 2:20:43 AM PDT by CheyennePress
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To: CheyennePress

I am jes' a-wonderin' when good solid Americans will have enough of all the William Jeffersons.


26 posted on 06/04/2006 3:07:17 AM PDT by dimmer-rats stealvotes (Catching onto the FOX Fonies)
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To: FairOpinion

what ever happened to these two words?
term limits


27 posted on 06/04/2006 3:26:39 AM PDT by JohnLongIsland
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To: FairOpinion

Pelosi pushing charges against republicans being dirty? Look in the mirror there Mrs. Pelosi. Oh, sorry. I wouldn't look there if I were you and the way you look either.


28 posted on 06/04/2006 3:40:05 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: FairOpinion
... and why aren't they all demanding that Jefferson resign???

Being a black democ'Rat' has distinct advantages when you're a congress critter. On the other hand if you're a white pubbie 'yo butt is grass and da law is the lawnmower.'

29 posted on 06/04/2006 4:10:51 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: CheyennePress
Well, that's where the $100,000.00 was supposed to go.

Hence the "allegedly." ;)
30 posted on 06/04/2006 5:43:21 AM PDT by Renderofveils
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To: Renderofveils; isom35
still no word on where the 10,000 went? nose candy? hookers?

Allegedly it was sent to an African nation in order to get...

...to get a large share of a gazillion dollars if he helps to get the money out of the country. ;-)

31 posted on 06/04/2006 6:13:48 AM PDT by CPOSharky (Go home and fix your own country before you complain about ours.)
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To: FairOpinion

He is nothing more that a common thief who belongs in jail.


32 posted on 06/04/2006 8:46:02 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: ClearBlueSky

IIRC, there was a recent thread with an article that mentioned that
Jefferson was suspected (or under investigation?) of something like
EIGHT other schemes.

I just tried searching, but can't seem to find that thread.


33 posted on 06/04/2006 9:10:53 AM PDT by VOA
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To: maine-iac7
The Jefferson "cold cash" tape went down months ago - did we hear anything about it? Congress knew about it months ago. Any ethics hearings?

The Democrat demagogues were too busy chanting "Culture of Corruption" in front of CNN cameras.

34 posted on 06/04/2006 9:20:18 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

NOT FUNNY!
But probably not untrue.
What we call corruption his constituency calls creative financing and doing business. He is actually being PRAISED
in some circles for trying to help third world countries.
Don't forget that in the land of Edwin( yeah hes a liar and a cheat and a scoundrel that's why we love him) Edwards, the
irony of real 'cold cash' in a freezer gets points for creativity!


35 posted on 06/04/2006 10:05:06 AM PDT by ClearBlueSky (Whenever someone says it's not about Islam-it's about Islam. Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead!)
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To: ClearBlueSky

I'm betting reelection in a landslide. 300,000 votes out of 180,000 at least.


36 posted on 06/04/2006 1:43:19 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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