We have come to expect corruption among fhe government of Third World Nations, but here in our democracy we are above that, yes?.
Unfortunately the answer is no.
Below is a list of our ‘upright’ congressmen presently under investigation.
Have you heard of any of them being found guilty or actually convicted? Laughable!
In many cases they are investigating themselves, or being investigated by agencies under their control:
Sen Rick Renzi (R -AZ)
Rick Renzi is currently the subject of two Justice Department investigations. First, he is under investigation for his involvement in a federal land swap deal. While officials have not revealed details of the probe, it is widely believed that it surrounds legislation Renzi agreed to introduce in 2005 completing a land swap for a former business partner, James Sandlin. Second, Renzi is being probed for introducing legislation (which became law) exempting the Fort Huachuca Army base in Arizona from maintaining water levels in the nearby San Pedro River. ManTech International, a military contractor who has been one of Renzi’s largest contributors and currently employs his father.
Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.)
Bob Menendez is under federal investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Newark, N.J. Specifically, investigators are examining whether Menendez had an improper financial relationship with the North Hudson County Action Corp., a non-profit organization in Union City, N.J. Menendez leased a house to the group from 1994-2003. During this period, in which he was a member of the House Menendez received over $300,000 from the organization in rent payments.
Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.)
John Doolittle is reportedly under investigation by the Justice
Department’s Public Integrity Unit for his ties to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Doolittle, who calls Abramoff a close friend, has accepted large amounts of campaign money from Abramoff (which he refused to return after the lobbyist’s conviction), allegedly helped Abramoff’s tribal clients in dealings with the Interior Department,
Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.)
Jane Harman is under investigation by the Justice Department for allegedly (with the help of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) enlisting wealthy donors to lobby then-House Minority Leader (and current House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi to retain her position as the head Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.)
In May 2006, ABC News cited “high-level official sources” in a report claiming that Hastert was under investigation by the FBI. According to the report, the FBI was looking into a letter Hastert wrote in 2003 urging then-Interior Secretary Gale Norton to block an Indian casino that would have competed with casinos operated by other tribes, which were represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.)
William Jefferson is currently under investigation for soliciting bribes in an international telecommunications deal and the Justice Department is probing seven other schemes in which he may have received or solicited bribes. Jefferson has had his house in New Orleans and his congressional office raided by the FBI. Jefferson was allegedly caught talking about giving and receiving bribes by a wiretap worn by a woman involved in the deal.
Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.)
Jerry Lewis is currently under investigation for his use of the “earmarking” process to benefit a lobbyist and friend, Bill Lowery. Of interest to the investigation is the revolving door between Lewis’ office and Lowery’s