May 29th, 2009
06:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Visclosky: I'll be cleared by PMA investigation

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="PMG Group lobbying activities are under investigation by federal authorities."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Indiana, confirmed Friday that federal law enforcement officials had issued subpoenas for materials from his congressional and campaign offices in their investigation of a defense lobbying firm that had employed his former chief of staff.

The PMA Group was raided by the FBI earlier this year. Former Visclosky chief of staff Rich Kaelin had lobbied for the firm.

"Federal law enforcement officials have issued grand jury subpoenas to my Congressional office, campaign committees, and certain employees to request documents relating to PMA," Visclosky said in a statement. "It is my intention to fully cooperate with the investigation consistent with my constitutional obligations to Congress and my duties and responsibilities to my constituents.

"I will continue to work hard to represent the people of Indiana's First Congressional District as I have done since being elected to Congress. I am confident that at the end of this process, no one will conclude that I have done anything wrong or harmed my constituents in any way," he said. Citing respect for the investigative process, the congressman said he would not be commenting further on the situation.

Visclosky has returned thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the firm and its employees, who were among his biggest financial supporters.

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Marc L

    Oh my God!! A democrat is accused of wrongdoing? We are surely done for now. If you can't trust Democrat politicians AND Republicans, who can we trust?

    May 29, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. Ed

    Wow, another corrupt Democrat. I'm trying to feel surprised and shocked. Somehow I just cant do it, it's become the norm of the Democratic Corruption Party.

    May 29, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. John

    Half of you fools are commenting about him being guilty and you have no idea of what.

    And can one of you idiots that think "Bush got blamed for everything" name one thing he got blamed for that he didn't actually do? Why doesn't "guilty" factor into your thinking at all. War criminal by any measure. Just becuase the Repuclican congress protected him, does not make him innocent, it makes them crimminal too.

    May 29, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. The Broker.

    American can. But without CNN.

    CNN is so Biased.. They make the news. Forget the abuse. Forget everything. Just abide by Mr King....

    May 29, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. I laugh at Limbaugh daily

    Please,no polish jokes,we may offend Rush.

    May 29, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  6. I marriedmysister in texas

    @Fitz in texas.You should know.

    May 29, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. malclave

    What a waste of time.

    As a Democrat, Visclosky's word is worthless, as the "truth" becomes what is most politically expedient for him. Therefore, any oath he takes to tell the truth will be ignored, and Democrats are not subject to perjury laws.


    May 29, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  8. Edward lawler

    I get a kick out of the blogs. When a Dem. is caught with his hand in the honey pot, the Rep. dogs are all over it, ane when it;s a Rep caught then the dems get their shot. Doesn't anyone realize that they are all for sale. Every last one of them. And those that aren't are trolling mens rooms for a little action.

    May 29, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. Otto

    Hello ED and your Republican friends who are talking about DEMS being corrupt; take a look in the mirror and you'll see Richard Cheney lied about those documents. He lied about his arrogance and Bush lied about Iraq and many other things.

    No only does the Republicans lied; they caused thousands to die needlessly. Thousands more are suffering daily and will suffer for many years. Every GI that served in Iraq and their families will suffer for the rest of their lives.

    Funny how you folks are talking about an issue that is "just" being investigated and no one know for sure what the out come will be.

    Why not talk about your evil masters and the stench they left in their trails.

    May 29, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. IsaacTheForcedCatholic

    Wow 1 dem (that makes 2 or 3?) in trouble with the law compare to more than 7 in the republican party. Hardly the same. When you side with money and greed you are only asking for trouble... I am talking to you republicans.

    May 29, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  11. Too True For You

    HEY DUMMIES: Visclosky ISN'T BEING INVESTIGATED. The subpeonas are for documents related to his FORMER chief of staff's past lobbying activities for the firm THAT IS under investigation.

    Geez, do any of you foaming at the mouth partisan attack dogs EVER read past the headline? It is SO PITIFUL the way the anti-democrat barracudas are reduced to siezing on and conflating any molecule of possible negative issue. But then, that is what their heroes Rush, Hannity, Beck, Coulter, Savage, and all of Faux Noise does, so what can you do?

    Now, is there likely some wrongdoing with the FORMER chief of staff and/or the LOBBYING FIRM? Welll, duh! It's money, it's politics, it's power. What do you think?

    May 29, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    @ donttreadonme, who said "We know you get most your talking points from the Huffington Post and regurgitate that vile garbage here. "

    Actually, I would gladly take a lie detector test and tell you I never read Huffington. I'm dead serious. I don't. I play on here intermittentlly during work and then go home and flip on CNN or some other tv nonsense for background noise while I read or do something else. I don't like DailyKos or most of the other lean-one-way places either. I like it here because there's lots of different viewpoints, so your own posts can actually stand out if you make a good point (or a good zing hehe). If you think I'm biased for ragging on the GOP all the time, then perhaps you should take a deep breath and think about what I've said instead of just hating that it goes against what you want to hear. Like I've said, I'll stop as soon as the GOP starts behaving like adults and stops trying to take over the country with societally damaging tactics. Whether you agree with his policies or not, one thing you can't deny about Obama (and perhaps this is what rankles for you guys the most) is that he helped us think positive again. The GOP trying to ruin that will only ruin their party.

    May 29, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Billy J in Texas

    What's up with the right wingers acting like the left won't accept (and punish) the guilt of democrats? Just ask how hard the door hit Daschle in the butt after they found out he was getting free limo service and not paying taxes on it. I wish I didn't have to see stuff like that about my party ( we aren't all limo liberals, some of us are just blue collar populists with our eyes wide open) but when I do, I am happy to see how quick we boot em. Jefferson should have got the boot before the money in his freezer had time to thaw, in my opinion.

    May 29, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Simmy

    To the real Sniffit,

    May 29th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

    LOL…this commentary section reads like there's a basement full of outsourced children hired by the GOP to post the same exact thing in 50 different ways under different names.
    So funny......You have stumbled upon something........That strategy is taken from page 5 of their Karl Rove playbook......Everybody repeat, repeat, repeat, until something sticks......Karl Rove got it from Hitler.....

    May 29, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. John

    The culture of greed that grips us has no party loyalty.

    May 29, 2009 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  16. Willy Brown

    Holder will et him off like he did the B P's.

    May 29, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Pat, CA

    I laugh at Limbaugh daily May 29th, 2009 6:03 pm ET
    I laugh at YOU daily, "I laugh at Limbaugh daily"! You're a jerk-with-no-name!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  18. Keith in Austin

    To Marilyn Powell in Ohio: Your post is a classic example of your elitist Liberal stupidity. Let's talk 12 months from now when you have awoken to realize how your tax and spend Democratic Party has raped our Country.

    May 29, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. Fitz in Texas

    I marriedmysister in texas May 29th, 2009 6:05 pm ET

    @Fitz in texas.You should know.

    Actually, no I wouldn't know, because I'm not a liberal/Democrat in government.

    May 29, 2009 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
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