Crime & Punishment (or Lack Thereof) on Capitol Hill

For future reference, “the most ethical [presidency/Congress/fill-in-the-blank] in history” seems to be Democrat code for “you’ll have to hose Washington down after we leave.” First we have the good news that the Freezer is one step closer to being put on ice:

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, according to a Justice Department official who has seen the document.

Among the charges listed in the indictment, said the official, are racketeering, soliciting bribes, wire fraud, money-laundering, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case.

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.

Next,
a new scandal brews for Nancy Pelosi:

A database company that has showered money on Bill and Hillary Clinton – and is alleged to have aided scam artists – now appears to have close links to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s family as well.

The firm InfoUSA, headed by major Clinton backer Vinod Gupta, has placed Pelosi’s son, Paul Pelosi Jr., on its payroll – even though he has no experience in the company’s main business activities, NewsMax has learned.

As NewsMax previously reported, InfoUSA repeatedly rented marketing databases to unscrupulous persons who used the information to defraud the unsuspecting elderly, investigators found.

Unfortunately, it’s doubtful whether Madam Speaker will ever have to face the music—especially in a political climate where Sandy Berger can get away with treason, and the Left can successfully bring down Scooter Libby on
trumped-up charges, now resulting in prison time. How ‘bout a pardon, Mr. President? (And shall we bring up the plight of Border Agents Ramos & Compean, while we’re at it?)
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