The Washington Post reports that 13 members of the House of Representatives have received subpoenas in connection with the trial of Brent Wilkes, one of the contractors alleged to be involved in the Randy “Duke” Cunningham bribery case:
The defense contractor charged with bribing convicted former congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham has subpoenaed 13 House members, including former speaker J. Dennis Hastert, to testify in his federal trial.
But the 13 lawmakers are refusing the subpoena, and the House general counsel sent lawyers for the contractor, Brent R. Wilkes, a letter saying that it was overly broad and “did not elaborate as to what testimony you seek from each member.”
Wilkes has been indicted on more than 30 counts, including fraud and money laundering, as one of several alleged conspirators who paid more than $2.4 million in bribes to the California Republican. Cunningham is serving an eight-year prison term after pleading guilty to steering millions of dollars in government business to Wilkes and other defense contractors.
It is unclear what Wilkes’s defense team wants from Hastert (R-Ill.) and the other lawmakers. His attorney, Mark J. Geragos, did not respond to repeated requests for comment yesterday.
The article goes on to note “As required by House rules, the subpoenas were read into the Congressional Record late Monday evening,” which I think is inaccurate–it’s not the text of the subpoena, but rather notification that the member has been served with a subpoena, that House Rules call for.
I ran a quick search on LOUIS in the 2007 Congressional Record for Subpoena, and pulled all the notifications. They appear in chronological order (the Wilkes 13, in bold, are at the end of the list). Seems like this should be something we could devise a widget to search for. Here’s the list…
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