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. It is true that the facts look bad for Rep. Jefferson. And the condemnation, mocking and calls for resignation are starting to pour in. After all, most Congressman do not have $90,000 in their freezer, and even those that do aren’t on videotape collecting the money. (That said, perhaps every Congressional challenger should

  2. Bill says:

    James wrote-

    What, pray tell, are they waiting for?

    For the evidence to defrost? 😉


  3. Filing: Tape Shows Lawmaker Taking Money

    A congressman under investigation for bribery was caught on videotape accepting $100,000 in &#36…

  4. The Sandbox says:

    Another Slick Willie!…

    This Culture of Corruption being bred by and relegated to the Republicans is a load of garbage. Check out this lawmaker:A congressman under investigation for bribery was caught on videotape accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an FBI informant whose…

  5. McGehee says:

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

  6. Cold cash or sad when you think about it…

    Some people are happy to see a Democrat being caught. I’m not happy. I think its just another sign of how corrupt Washington politics has become. Jefferson was just very dumb and blatant about it. I’m sure there are plenty of people on both sides of …

  7. 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.

  8. The Cooler King…

    Sounds like Jefferson might soon come to appreciate a different kind of cooler – prison….