CASH, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE….Dude. They’ve got videotape. It’s time to resign:
[Rep. William] Jefferson was videotaped accepting $100,000 in $100 bills from a Northern Virginia investor who was wearing an FBI wire, according to a search warrant affidavit released yesterday.
A few days later, on Aug. 3, 2005, FBI agents raided Jefferson’s home in Northeast Washington and found $90,000 of the cash in the freezer, in $10,000 increments wrapped in aluminum foil and stuffed inside frozen-food containers.
“I plan to go to the floor tonight to vote” is not the right response to this. Nor is the suggestion that searching his office was “an outrageous intrusion of the separation of powers between the executive branch and the congressional branch.” It’s time to take a pitch for the team and retain at least a tiny shred of dignity. In the immortal words of Jeff Probst, it’s time for you to go home.