William Jefferson’s End Game


The Washington Post reports that a Northern Virginia investor wore a wire while meeting with Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) as part of a federal bribery investigation. The information is derived from the release of a court order by the U.S. District Court of the District of Maryland:

The woman also recorded telephone conversations, as did the FBI through court-authorized wiretaps, the document said. The woman is identified only as a “cooperating witness” in the document, but people familiar with the case previously have identified her as Lori Mody, 42.

Making Jefferson’s situation even more precarious is the decision by the judge to release an affidavit “for a search warrant executed Aug. 3 at the Potomac home of Jennifer Douglas, a wife of Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubaker.” According to the Post:

The judge ruled that the affidavit would be unsealed Thursday unless someone appeals his ruling. The Washington Post had filed a motion to unseal the affidavit. Jefferson’s attorneys opposed it, saying the release would “taint him for life and the harm done will not be remedied by the decision of a grand jury not to indict.”

Paul Kiel at TPM Muckraker has more information including the potential charges being considered against Jefferson: bribery of a public official, bribery of a foreign official, two fraud charges, and a conspiracy charge. The prosecution is in the end stages of the investigation as they “did not contest the unsealing of the affidavit, admitting that they had nothing to fear from its being made public. The investigation “is no longer in its preliminary stages,” prosecutors wrote, adding “any danger that the government’s access to potential witnesses might be affected by the unsealing of the affidavit is minimal, if existent at all.”

Looks like the end of the line for Jefferson.