Life Imitates Spam

This would be funnier if it wasn’t so pathetic.

A congressman under investigation for bribery was caught on videotape accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from an FBI informant whose conversations with the lawmaker also were recorded, according to a court document released Sunday. Agents later found the cash hidden in his freezer.

At one audiotaped meeting, Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., chuckles about writing in code to keep secret what the government contends was his corrupt role in getting his children a cut of a communications company’s deal for work in Africa.

As for the $100,000, the government says Jefferson got the money in a leather briefcase last July 30 at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Arlington. The plan was for the lawmaker to use the cash to bribe a high-ranking Nigerian official–the name is blacked out in the court documen–to ensure the success of a business deal in that country, the affidavit said.

In case you didn’t remember, Jefferson is the congressman who commandeered a National Guard squad and their truck in the immediate aftermath of Katrina so that he could recover, er, documents from his New Orleans home.

As it happens, the VodkaPundit investigative bureau has recently come into posession of faxed documents which we believe were at the heart of this matter. The crucial document reads as follows:

“Dear Congressman Jefferson,

“I am Mr John Eze, a native of Kano in Nigeria and I
am an Executive Accountant with the Nigeria ministry of mineral
resources and energy.

“I have decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the
execution of a deal described here under for the benefit of all
parties and I hope you we keep it as a top secret because of the
nature of this transaction…”

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15 Responses to “Life Imitates Spam”

  1. Kathy K Says:

    LOL – but wouldn’t it be funny if it was something like that?

  2. John Says:

    hahahahahahaha!

  3. Julie (Synova) Says:

    LOL.

    Oh, that’s bad.

  4. Neo Says:

    What really struck me is the speed at which the alleged offenses of Rep. William Jefferson were referred to the House Ethics Committee. Remember this is the same ethics committee that still has not decided the fate of Washington Rep. James McDermott for having passed along a recording resulting from an “unlawful monitoring” of a phone call between Republican House Leadership back when Newt was Speaker. I think that’s 8+ years.

    Ethics is a difficult concept.

  5. Bam Says:

    Hahahaha!! That is f-u-n-n-y !

    It’s nice to see you give equal airtime to corruption on both sides of the aisle…… errrr….

  6. FloridaSteve Says:

    ROFLMAO. As soon as you see the word “Nigeria” and bribes together in the same story it’s almost impossible NOT to make that joke.

  7. Anastasia Says:

    a william jefferson by any other name…

  8. Mike Says:

    This clown needs to become a Republican immediately. It’s his only chance for survival

  9. Rod Stanton Says:

    I bet W. Jefferson gets an OJ jury and like OJ walks! He is not as dumb as you all think.

  10. roux Says:

    Jefferson hasn’t done much for his constituents. I think his nickname will be changed from “Dollar Bill” to “Cold Cash”.

  11. Will Collier Says:

    Unfortunately, spambots have latched on to this comments thread. I’m deleting them as soon as I see them. Please don’t click on any links underneath completely random message posts.

    And as for the spammer who’s putting them in here, may your liver be eaten by the diseased spawn of a hundred mutant fire ants.

  12. Jenn Says:

    That was HILARIOUS!!!!!

  13. Scrapiron Says:

    So far it hasn’t been a bad year. The republicans outnumber the dim-wits in congress and we have traded two corrupt republicans for three corrupt dim-wits, but the deal isn’t done yet. There are over a dozen more dim-wits waiting in the wings for the curtain to rise on their crimes. By election time there may be one freshman dim-wit left in all of congress.

  14. TIm P Says:

    The sad thing about all of this is that after the FBI searched Jefferson’s office, Republicans joined democrats in denouncing it as an usurpation of power by the executive branch.

    Seems that the only spirit of bipartisan cooperation exists when congressional ‘perks’ are involved.

    Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  15. lumberjack Says:

    Caught on video? Hope he had the presence of mind to repeat over and over, “Bitch set me up! Can’d believe it. The bitch set me up.”

    That one really does work.

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