Sources say that Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, may announce his resignation from the House of Representatives today at a press conference.
Former i-Gate executive Vernon Jackson has pleaded guilty to bribing Jefferson to promote deals for the company in Nigeria and several other African countries last week, and prior to that an aide to Jefferson plead guilty. This morning’s Washington Post explained his predicament, which is very much like the one that former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham faced.
Jefferson attracted notice last fall for commandeering Katrina rescue resources to ferry him to his New Orleans home. Prior to Katrina his offices were raided by the FBI as part of the i-Gate bribery investigation, where the FBI found, among other things, $90,000 in cash in a freezer.
Paul Adds: Sorry gang, I called Kevin voice to blog this becasue I was busy and there was a misunderstanding. There was supposed to be a question mark behind that subject (which I have since added)
Congressman Jefferson called the media to give a statement this afternoon. The scuttlebutt was that he was going to resign. I should have known he was too arrogant for that.
Instead Jefferson got up and played the race card. (imagine that!) “There just picking on me because I’m black.” Other than jury tampering I’m not sure why he gave the speech.