Congressman William Jefferson Filmed Taking Cash
Here's a story out of Louisiana that may eventually rival the Duke Cunningham corruption saga. The FBI filmed Congressman William Jefferson, a Democrat from Louisiana, taking $100,000 in cash from an investor who was wearing an FBI wire. Jefferson was the subject of a 14-month sting operation. This operation involved the first ever raid of a Congressional office.
Amazingly, Jefferson protests his innocence. This is despite the facts that:
1. He was audiotaped discussing illegal kickbacks for his children and potential bribes to African public officials.
2. His former staffer already has pled guilty to aiding and abetting bribery and testified that he took bribes on Jefferson's behalf.
3. Did I mention that he was videotaped taking $100,000 cash in a reddish-brown leather briefcase, putting it in his car, and $90,000 of it was later found in his apartment freezer?
But I'm sure he was innocent...
UPDATE: This NYT article relates that at a press conference, Jefferson said that prosecutors had chosen "to view the facts in the worst possible light." In what possible light does it look okay to take $100,000 from an FBI plant, stuff it in your car, take it home, wrap it in aluminum foil and hide it in your freezer?