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Jefferson (D-LA) Caught on Tape: “I have no idea what you’re talking about,” (nudge, nudge, wink, wink)

As intrepid RedStater Jadedbypolitics points out, this story appears to be an exclusive to the New Orleans newspaper, as it has been widely ignored by all other outlets of the MSM. From the Times-Picayune:

Four times, from four different camera angles, the prosecution played the July 30, 2005, [FBI] videotape of Jefferson receiving the briefcase from Lori Mody, the Virginia businesswoman who was his partner in a Nigerian telecommunications venture. Mody had brought the briefcase to their rendezvous in the parking lot of a Ritz Carlton Hotel in suburban Virginia.

“Would you like to take a peek at it, or whatever?” Mody asked as Jefferson removed the briefcase from the car trunk.

“I would not, ” replied Jefferson.

“Well, I hope that, uh, that’s exactly what the VP needs to make him, uh, work hard for us, ” said Mody.

“I have no idea what you’re talking about, ” Jefferson said.

Telecommunications deal

According to prosecutors, Jefferson knew exactly what Mody was talking about; that the $100,000 was to be the first installment of a bribe to be paid to Atiku Abubakar, then vice president of Nigeria, for his help in gaining approval from the Nigerian telecommunications authority for the deal Mody was financing and of which Jefferson’s family was getting an increasingly bigger cut. …

The $100,000 was hardly the biggest dollar figure bandied about over the course of the trial, which enters its fifth week today. The 16-count federal indictment describes a complicated web of schemes in which the government alleges that Jefferson used his power as a member of Congress to broker deals in West Africa for American businesses that would ultimately produce a windfall of tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars for a number of Jefferson family-controlled companies.

The defense says that Jefferson was not acting in his official capacity as a member of Congress and so did not run afoul of federal bribery statutes.

[emphasis added]

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