February 22nd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
7 years ago

Arizona GOP lawmaker indicted

 Rep. Rick Renzi speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, in April 2007..
Rep. Rick Renzi speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, in April 2007..

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Rep. Rick Renzi was indicted Friday on multiple federal charges, law enforcement sources tell CNN.

In a 35-count indictment handed up by a grand jury in Arizona, Renzi is charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering extortion and insurance fraud.

The indictment stem from Renzi's efforts to use his position in Congress to promote land deals in Arizona by a former business partner, according to the sources.

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  1. Roquad

    It is telling that no one has commented on this. We have come to expect Republican congressmen to commit crimes. Why is there no real reporting on all the rats " republican congressmen that are (retiring) jumping ship?

    February 22, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Roquad

    It is telling that no one has commented on this. We have come to expect Republican congressmen to commit crimes. Why is there no real reporting on all the rats " republican congressmen that are (retiring) jumping ship?

    February 22, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. RealityKing

    "charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering extortion and insurance fraud."

    But didn't the Clinton's define these as excellent qualifications of a good political leader??

    February 22, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  4. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Anyone out there have time to do a tally of GOP indictments vs Democratic indictments over the past decade?

    No party is as pure as the driven snow but surely the GOP seems to have a scandal per week – bribery, corruption, sexual (both gay and otherwise) ...

    No matter what news source you use, each week the headlines say "Bush administration defends... " or the "FDA defends .... " or "FEMA defends ... " or "mistakes were made" as our CIA now admits telling lies to England about rendition ... after already lying to its own citizens.

    This is why the words "change" and "hope" resonate ... maybe we don't even know what we want to change to be but certainly not a repeat of the past 8 years....

    February 22, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    What going on with the Politician. To much time on their hand and another one bite the dust

    February 22, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Flat-earther, Georgia

    With all the GOPers in federal prison, they could form their own touch footbal team. Opps... wait a minute, make that baseball team. All the toe tappers you know.

    February 22, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Steve, Chelsea, MI

    Put this guy in pink underwear.

    February 22, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. California Independent

    I don't understand how they decide who to prosecute. I forget which guy, but he sent money to non-profits orgs. He left out the fact that he was partners with heads of two of these orgs. These non-profits used the money to do land deals. Oops... the politician had to re-do his financial disclosure forms. Whew! That was rough punishment.

    Oh I got it.... sorry, it was the Dem Alan Mollohan. One of the land deals was for a region called Cheat River in West Virginia. He stepped down from his position as vice chairman of the House Ethics Committee. Ha!

    February 22, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  9. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Maye this is the guy to run as a 3rd party candidate?

    February 22, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Another member of the GOP the we're the morality party caught with his hand in the till.

    February 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  11. Alex

    Not just another crooked politician, another crooked politician from ARIZONA. Isn't this guy a chair on Mr. Integrity's presidential campaign? Maybe Renzi should hold a press conference to say over and over how "disappointed" he is in the reporting of this story.

    February 22, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. Charlotte

    Another one bites the dust.

    February 22, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. SlapStick, Florida

    Why does this seem like a surprise to everyone. Please, many republicans have been crooks for sometime now. They just have managed and plotted ways of not getting caught.

    February 22, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. josh

    Look out Harry Reid! This might take you down as well.

    February 22, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Darth Vadik, CA

    I wonder if FOX NEWS will have a D after his name, you know their usuall mistake.

    February 22, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  16. brian

    Rentzi was McCain's Arizona chair and co-chair of his national campaign. Does this make him 'experienced and qualified'? I've had enough of this type of qualified experience.

    They already removed his bio from the McCain website but thank god for google cache!

    Obama '08!

    February 22, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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