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November 29, 2005 |
Once Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger receives official notification of the resignation of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe), he has two weeks to call a special election in the 50th Congressional District. Unlike a Senate vacancy, he cannot appoint a successor.
August 4, 2005 |
FBI agents searched the Washington, D.C., and New Orleans homes of a Louisiana congressman Wednesday, hauling away boxes and bags from one of the residences. The Justice Department refused to say what agents were looking for during the searches of Rep. William J. Jefferson's homes and vehicle. "As it is a criminal investigation, we will not be able to comment any further," said Bryan Sierra, a Justice Department spokesman.
September 19, 2007 |
Thirteen House members plan to fight subpoenas issued to them in the federal trial of a defense contractor accused of bribing jailed former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe). An aide to Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), one of the subpoena recipients, said the House counsel believes that the lawmakers are unlikely to be required to testify and that the subpoenas are "merely a shotgun, grandstanding legal tactic."
February 25, 2006 |
Defense contractor Mitchell J. Wade pleaded guilty Friday to giving former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-Rancho Santa Fe) more than $1 million in bribes in exchange for help landing government contracts. Wade, 46, also pleaded guilty to providing favors to Defense Department officials and funneling illegal campaign contributions to two members of Congress. A former Navy officer and Defense Department official, Wade faces a maximum sentence of more than 11 years in prison.
June 10, 2006 |
A senior aide to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) received nearly $2 million in departure payments from a Washington lobbying firm when he returned to Capitol Hill to work for Lewis, who is now under federal investigation for ties to that firm. The payments to the aide, Jeffrey Shockey, were detailed in a financial disclosure report released Friday by Shockey's lawyers.
October 21, 2006 |
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee has suspended a Democratic aide's access to classified materials, citing concerns the staffer might have leaked parts of an intelligence assessment on terrorism to the media. The highly unusual move drew sharp protest from the panel's ranking Democrat, Jane Harman of Venice, who said in a statement Friday, "There is no evidence to suggest that the professional staff member in question did anything wrong."
January 1, 2007
CONGRESS LIMPED out of town last month without having done much about the "culture of corruption" that alternately sustains or torments members of Congress, depending on whether they're in the majority. When Congress returns this week, say Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, that culture will change. Which is exactly what you'd expect them to say.