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Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Quotes of the Morning: Separation of Scandals

“The F.B.I. raided the Congressional offices of Representative William J. Jefferson, Democrat of Louisiana, on Saturday night as part of a corruption investigation focused on the lawmaker and on a Kentucky businessman who has pleaded guilty to trying to bribe him.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said in a statement that the unusual raid on a Congressional office began about 7:15 p.m., when agents entered Mr. Jefferson's suite of offices in the Rayburn House Office Building, and was being conducted as part of an ‘ongoing corruption investigation.’"
-New York Times, May 21, 2006

“Well… good. If the guy is a crook, then he deserves to be arrested. They apparently got the guy asking for cash on tape and found $90,000 dollars in his freezer at home. The guy has got to go. It seems that Mr. Jefferson has some support though coming from unusual corners.”
-Skippy

“In rare election-year harmony, House Republican and Democratic leaders joined Wednesday to demand the FBI return documents taken in a Capitol Hill raid that has quickly grown into a constitutional turf fight beyond party politics.
‘The Justice Department must immediately return the papers it unconstitutionally seized,’ House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.
After that, they said, Democratic Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana must cooperate with the Justice Department's bribery investigation against him.
The leaders also said the Justice Department should not look at the documents or give them to investigators in the Jefferson case.”
-Associated Press, May 25, 2006

“Republican support! During a scandal that makes Democrats look bad! Look! A flying pig! What could be driving this sudden concern for privacy in the House (it isn’t like they’ve been all that concerned about our privacy during the recent NSA scandals)?”
-Skippy


“According to the Center for Responsive Politics, House Speaker Dennis Hastert is the No.1 individual recipient of money from Abramoff and his clients, with a total of $68,300 contributed to his campaign committee and leadership PAC from 1998 to 2004.”
-ABC News, May 24, 2006

“Bah! It means nothing. Just a coincidence. Nothing to see here.”
-Skippy


“The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI, which is seeking to determine his role in an ongoing public corruption probe into members of Congress, ABC News has learned from high level official sources.

Federal officials say the information implicating Hastert was developed from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.
Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with other tribes.
The other tribes were represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff who reportedly has provided details of his dealings with Hastert as part of his plea agreement with the government.
The letter was written shortly after a fund-raiser for Hastert at a restaurant owned by Abramoff. Abramoff and his clients contributed more than $26,000 at the time.”
-ABC News, May 24, 2006

“Sure, but as soon as that article came out the Justice Department made a statement stating that it wasn’t true. Mr. Hastert was only defending Jefferson because he is worried (finally) about the separation of powers in the government.”
-Skippy


“Despite a flat denial from the Department of Justice, federal law enforcement sources tonight said ABC News accurately reported that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert is ‘in the mix’ in the FBI investigation of corruption in Congress.”
-ABC News, May 24, 2006

“Oh this should be fun.”
-Skippy

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