Cold Cash Jefferson says 'what a waste'

Washington Post:

Before searching Rep. William J. Jefferson's New Orleans home in August 2005, FBI agents confronted him with a video that showed him accepting $100,000 from a government informant, according to a prosecution document filed yesterday in federal court in Alexandria.

Afterward, the Louisiana Democrat sank back into a couch in his living room and "with total dejection remarked 'what a waste,' " according to the government account, which did not elaborate on his comment.

Jefferson then "questioned how his reputation could survive" and expressed concern whether the search warrant affidavit could be permanently sealed to keep the information from being made public, according to the document.

Meanwhile, on the same day, FBI agents found $90,000 of the $100,000 in marked bills in Jefferson's freezer at his Capitol Hill home. The government alleged that Jefferson took the money from a Virginia businesswoman who was working as an informant, to bribe a Nigerian official in a business deal.

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The article goes on to describes Jefferson's defense attempts to squirm out of the charges and move the trial. Some of the maneuvers involve whether the Harvard Law grad should have been read a Miranda warning earlier. I am sure that pleading will not do much to enhance or help him recover his "reputation." While the cold cash was supposed to be for bribing a Nigerian official, Jefferson's explanation of the missing $10,000 should be interesting.

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