Jefferson stepped down from the House Small Business Committee Tuesday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat indicted on 16 criminal counts related to corruption Monday, has temporarily stepped down from his post on the House Small Business Committee.
Jefferson informed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, of his decision in a letter dated Tuesday, writing, "I have supported every ethics and lobbying reform measure that you and our Democratic Majority have authored, and I make this request for leave to support the letter and the spirit of your leadership in this area."
"In doing so I, of course, express no admission of guilt or culpability in that or any other matter that may be pending in any court or before the House of Representatives," he added.
Jefferson was charged with a global campaign to solicit bribes, obstruct justice and engage in racketeering, Justice Department officials said Monday.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney