Jefferson Takes Bribes on Video, Cash in Freezer

Rep. William Jefferson was videotaped by the FBI taking bribes last July and the cash was found stashed in his freezer last August. No charges have yet been filed.

Rep. William J. Jefferson (D-La.), the target of a 14-month public corruption probe, was videotaped accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from a Northern Virginia investor who was wearing an FBI wire, according to a search warrant affidavit released yesterday. A few days later, on Aug. 3, 2005, FBI agents raided Jefferson’s home in Northeast Washington and found $90,000 of the cash in the freezer, in $10,000 increments wrapped in aluminum foil and stuffed inside frozen-food containers, the document said.

What, pray tell, are they waiting for?

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  1. Bill says:

    James wrote-

    What, pray tell, are they waiting for?

    For the evidence to defrost? 😉


  2. McGehee says:

    The FBI went to freeze his assets, but he’d beaten them to it.

  3. Scott_T says:

    They are waiting because of the “D” infront of his position. If it was an “R” he would of been convicted already.