Former GSA Official Fights Back in Federal Probe:


A former official at the General Services Administration, David Safavian, is going on the offense as he faces five charges of obstructing justice and lying to the FBI, GSA, and the Indian Affairs Committee about his relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Roll Call reports that Safavian lawyers subpoenaed Bryan David Parker, an Indian Affairs Committee investigator, to obtain all documents and notes Parker made during discussions with Safavian. Safavian’s defense team claims that the Indian Affairs Committee had no jurisdiction to investigate the defendant’s dealings with Abramoff or his work at the GSA. The defense also disputes that Abramoff ever lobbied the GSA. Safavian is accused of using his post to help Abramoff purchase the old D.C. Post Office building, owned by the GSA, and for tipping off Abramoff client, Tyco, that the GSA was going to suspend their contracts.