June 6, 2007 |
The House ordered a speedy internal investigation that could oust indicted Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) from Congress before his bribery trial. Mindful of anti-corruption sentiment among voters in November, the House passed two resolutions that require the ethics committee to investigate charges more quickly than in the past. Jefferson resigned his seat on the Small Business Committee in response to his indictment on federal charges of taking more than $500,000 in bribes.
October 15, 2006 |
The Louisiana Democratic Party turned down eight-term U.S. Rep. William J. Jefferson and endorsed state Rep. Karen Carter, one of a dozen challengers who emerged after Jefferson became the target of a federal bribery investigation. The State Central Committee's 69-53 vote at a special meeting in Baton Rouge was the first time in recent memory that an incumbent had failed to win the state party's endorsement. Jefferson denies the bribery allegations and has not been charged.
August 4, 2007 |
The Justice Department trampled on congressional independence when it raided Rep. William J. Jefferson's office last year, a federal appeals court ruled, siding with Congress in a constitutional showdown. The court ordered the Justice Department to return any legislative documents it seized from the Louisiana Democrat's Capitol Hill office. Still undecided is whether prosecutors can use other records confiscated as part of their case against Jefferson.
June 8, 2006 |
A congressional advisory panel has asked a federal judge to return to Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.) the files that the FBI seized from his office in a nighttime raid on Capitol Hill. The Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, in a 43-page motion, said that the FBI's search of Jefferson's office and its seizure of files and computer disks was not only illegal and unconstitutional, but a "grave threat to the separation of powers principle that is the very foundation of our governmental structure."
December 13, 2006 |
House Democrats, insistent that they will hold lawmakers to higher standards, decided Tuesday that Rep. William J. Jefferson would not return to an influential committee until a federal corruption investigation involving him was completed.
May 29, 2006 |
In a break with his counterparts in the House, the Senate's leader said Sunday that the FBI was within its rights to search the office of a congressman under investigation in a bribery case. "No House member, no senator, nobody in government should be above the law of the land, period," Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said. The Tennessee Republican was responding to the search conducted May 20 in the office of Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.).