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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Democrats and those wild and crazy Nigerian Businessmen

Turning Bribery into an Art form

The trial of former Democrat Congressman William Jefferson is now in progress. Jefferson, who represented New Orleans, is accused of having accepted over $400,000 in bribes to broker a multimillion dollar telecommunications deal in Nigeria. He is alleged to have planned to give a bribe to Nigeria's Vice President Atiku Abubakar (photo).

Jurors, yesterday, saw video and listened to audio of one of the transactions between the Democrat and an FBI informant. The transcript has been made available. From Boston.com:

On the recordings, Jefferson appears wary of accepting the cash in such an open place. Mody, on the other hand, consistently discusses the deal to Jefferson's chagrin.

At one point, after they open the car trunk, Mody asks Jefferson, "Would you like to take a peek?" at the contents of the suitcase.

"No, I would not," Jefferson replies tersely.

Mody says "I hope that gives the VP what he needs to work hard for us." To which Jefferson replies, "I don't know what you're talking about."

Mody concludes the conversation by saying, "I hope you enjoy the briefcase." Jefferson replies, "I need a briefcase."
Later on, at an additional meeting in Jefferson's Capitol Hill office, Mody informs Jefferson that she delivered the "African Art," to the Nigerian VP, and that he was "pleased."

Note - Jefferson lost his reelection bid in 2008 to moderate Republican Anh Cao. He is the first Republican to hold the seat in over 120 years.

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