House Appropriations chair under federal investigation

The Duke Cunningham corruption scandal is spreading. Federal prosecutors are now investigating Jerry Lewis (R-CA) regarding his relationship with the now-incarcerated Duke-stir. Lewis is the chair of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

Kos diarist trifecta explains the stakes:

This happens to be the whole ball of wax here. When you are talking appropriations chair, this means turn out the lights, the party is over. Appropriations is the money pot of congress. If Lewis is cornered and forced to take a plea, he can give a LOT more crooked congress people to the feds than Duke ever could. The hope I have is that they pressure him fast enough that the other co-conspirators (i.e. republican congressmen) start falling before November. Lewis can bring Duncan Hunter, Ney, Delay etc.. to the prosecutors gift wrapped, and tied with a bow.

The criminals are about to start scurrying folks. This is a big deal.
[Talking Points Memo, Daily Kos ]

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