Greg Tinti is blogging on the most ethical Congress in history:
After being videotaped accepting a $100,000 cash bribe by the FBI and busted with $90,000 worth of loot in his freezer, Democratic Congressman William Jefferson–currently facing an ongoing federal corruption probe–is being awarded a seat on the House Homeland Security Committee.
Paul Kane at the Washington Post is reporting:
The appointment will be announced Friday, according to one aide who requested anonymity because the decision isn’t yet official.
Jefferson was removed from his seat on the Ways and Means Committee, one of the most important panels in Congress, by Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) last summer in an attempt to show how seriously Democrats viewed the allegations of corruption.
But the move by Pelosi, who was still minority leader at the time, infuriated members of the Congressional Black Caucus, who said Jefferson shouldn’t be punished unless he is indicted; federal prosecutors have yet to bring an indictment, despite an FBI raid 18 months ago on his home that yielded $90,000 in cash in his freezer.
Other lawmakers were angling for the seat on Homeland Security, which was the last slot available on the panel, according to another Democratic aide.I won’t believe this one until it is official. If this comes to pass, chalk it up to fear of the CBC. If Jefferson gets a seat on the House Homeland Security Committee, Republicans will have an irresistible target.