June 5th, 2007
01:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Jefferson steps down from House committee

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

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. M. Comeaux, Youngsville, LA

    After reading these blogs, I am appalled that so many people think Jefferson is justified in his corrupt behavior because of his political party affiliation, or because of the current situation in Iraq. This is comparing apples and oranges. I don't care what he looks like, what church he goes to, who his daddy was, or what party he belongs to. If he broke the law, he is unethical and corrupt. Hell is full of other people just like this. I guess it makes them feel better to know there are lots of people on earth making the same sad choices. Where were you when your parents were supposed to be teaching you that right is right and wrong is wrong. And when did we become such a complacent nation that accepts this behavior as normal?

    June 5, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Los Angeles, CA

    We were lied to and still are being lied to about Jefferson. He is stepping down yet admits no wrong doing. We all know he is guilty.

    We were lied to by Cunningham.

    We were lied to by Clinton.

    We were lied to by DeLay

    We were lied to by Bush...there are no WMD's in Iraq. 5 years later, they still aren't there.

    Let's face the music and throw the bums out of office. Stop letting lobbyists bribe Congress and big money industries dictate our foreign policy.

    June 5, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Political Polyanna, Canton, MS

    Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green, Reform . . . Party affiliation is irrelevant. If you’re indicted; you gotta go! Jefferson or Delay; doesn’t matter. If you can’t abide by the laws of the land, you sure can’t make them!

    June 5, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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