Another GOP congressman investigated
May 11, 2006
Via TalkingPointsMemo, I read that another California Republican Congressman, Jerry Lewis, is the subject of a federal investigation regarding his relationship with the disgraced and retired former Rep. Randy Cunningham.
The investigation is part of an expanding federal probe stemming from Cunningham's conviction for accepting $2.4 million in bribes and favors from defense contractors, according to the three sources. It is not clear where the investigation is headed or what evidence the government has. But the probe suggests that investigators are looking past Cunningham to other legislators and, perhaps, the "earmarking" system that members of Congress use to allocate funds. Lewis said Wednesday that he was not aware of any investigation, had not been contacted by any investigator and did not know why he would be investigated.Lewis sounded like he had been caught with his pants down:
ewis said Wednesday that he was not aware of any investigation, had not been contacted by any investigator and did not know why he would be investigated. "For goodness sake, why would they be doing that?"And maybe he has been caught with his pants down... there's a chance he attended those MZM parties.
Jan Frel is an AlterNet staff writer.