Rep. Jefferson Still Being Probed By FBI

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A grand jury in Virginia has subpoenaed a Virginia law firm where one of the daughters of Rep. Jefferson (LA-02) once worked.  Also, a judge has moved the sentencing of a former congressional aide, Brett Pffefer, from March till May (the aid pled guilty to two felony charges, including aiding and abetting the solicitation of bribes).


From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:


“Jefferson's daughter, Jamila Jefferson, worked for Jones Walker in the summer of 2004. At the time, according to Justice Department documents in the Pfeffer plea bargain, the congressman discussed an African telecommunications deal with Pfeffer in a law firm lobby where a family member of the representative worked. At the time, documents, prepared by the family member, were to be signed to further the telecommunications deal with a newly formed corporation, the Justice Department documents said.


“According to the government documents, ‘Rep. A’ told Pfeffer he would require that a 5 percent to 7 percent stake in the new company be given to a relative in exchange for the congressman's assistance with the project.”


It’s believed that “Rep. A” is Jefferson.


Jefferson continues to say that he has not been involved in any wrong doing and will continue to seek re-election. (A hat tip to TPMMuckraker for this story.)