ROCHESTER, Minnesota (CNN) – Former Rep. James Traficant was released from federal prison Wednesday.
CNN affiliates KTTC and KAAL report that Traficant - sporting knee socks, shorts and a t-shirt, with his hair pulled back in a ponytail - left the Federal Medical Center prison facility in Rochester, Minnesota Wednesday morning in a cab.
Despite earlier reports that the nine-term Democratic congressman was headed for the local Greyhound station, the morning bus headed for his hometown area of Youngstown, Ohio left without him on board, and his name did not appear on the manifest.
Traficant served just over seven years in federal prison for charges that included obstruction of justice, tax evasion and bribery.
–CNN All Platform Journalist Chris Welch contributed to this story
(updated 12:30 pm with new information)
Meet Obama's new Prison Czar.
Run, Jim, run....for your old seat. The liberty movement needs you.
This has got to be the goofiest looking guy I've seen in awhile.
Maybe Rangel should give him a call...He might need a few pointers from someone who has already been "inside".
Yes, one Democrat getting convicted of a felony means that all liberals are felons.Using this logic, I must assume that all Republicans have slippery feet in bathroom stalls.
Seriously people, there's jerks on both sides of the aisle.
When will republican Tom 'Twinkle Toes' DeLay serve his time in the slammer?
Hopefully,Rush will soon takes his place and keep his cot and his cellmate happy.
he's going back to Youngtown where they'll elect him back to congress.
I don't know about his timing. Are there any cabinet posts still open?
I see their are several Republicans idiots replying. Lets not starting pointing fingers because there are many felons in the Republican party who haven't been caught yet. Key word is YET!
I love this guy, I am glad he is out. We need a fighter like him. He did his time for his crime and now he can start over.
Tomorrow Pres. Obama will appoint him to a position in the administration. He will get along swimmingly with all of the other tax evaders running our country.
Does anybody notice that a not-so-flattering story about a Republican always includes "Republican" in the title, yet a story about a Democrat does not? CNN, at least try to hide your bias!
Is that a tribble on his head?
Do you have his hair stylist's phone number?
I thought I smelled something....
If Traficant was a "Democrat", Joe McCarthy was a Communist!
Now that there is an opening in this federal prison, Ensign, Sanford or Cheney will have a place to stay. Who's first in line??
"I'm not only the president, I'm also a client". Sorry, too easy! On a serious note, for a party that loves to tax and spend, they sure do know how to avoid spending on their own taxes! Sure there are idiots on both sides of the aisle, but when it comes to tax evasion, Democrats are in a league of their own.
Just thought I'd give a few of you out there a little
update. Now here this................
BUSH AND CHENEY ARE OUT OF OFFICE !!!
Find a hobby .....or maybe even a job !!!
This guy was a democrat, but I bet he is actually a closet republican.
When will Bush and Cheney be subpoenaed for war crimes trials in The Hague?
Hey, you changed pictures! This bozo and ol' boy Blago must have the same hair dresser.
amazing how no one seems to have any context on who jim traficant is.
beam me up.
i yield back any common sense i have left after reading your comments.
He can reopen the Bad Newz Kennels.
For the people ranting about Democratic crooks, take a break from your scary partisan rants please. There are unethical crooks, cheats and liars on both sides. I live in Illinois, and we've got George Ryan and Blago. Two different parties, same illegal dealings.