Seth Hettena spills the beans on the names of the five lawmakers that Mitchell Wade provided information on to federal investigators. They are:
Sen. Dan Inouye, D-Hi. Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, D-W. Va Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif. Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va. Rep. Katherine Harris, R-Fla.
As Hettena explains, Inouye and Lewis are more directly related to deals that Wade’s former partner Brent Wilkes was seeking from the government. Harris, Goode, and Mollohan all received large campaign contributions from Wade and his company MZM, Inc. as he sought to locate his operations in their respective districts.
Both Harris and Goode are no longer in Congress; Goode having lost his seat this year. Mollohan and Lewis have both been under investigation by the Justice Department for some time. This is the first word that the Justice Department has been looking at the actions of Sen. Daniel Inouye, the incoming chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.