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House Ethics Committee Stonewalled by Visclosky, Pete’s Pay-to-Play Case kicked up to the Dept. of Justice.

The NWI Times ran an article today reporting on the current status of Pete Visclosky’s ethics probe.

The board of the Office of Congressional Ethics voted unanimously Thursday to give the U.S. Department of Justice some of the evidence it collected in its investigation of whether several members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., traded government appropriations for campaign contributions.

Visclosky has been accused of helping clients of the now-defunct PMA lobbying firm get multimillion-dollar federal spending earmarks in exchange for campaign contributions. The PMA group was Visclosky’s top fund raising source for several years.

The 13-term congressman has denied any wrongdoing.

Following an investigation, the nonpartisan, independent Office of Congressional Ethics found there was probable cause to believe Visclosky “solicited or accepted contributions or other items of value in exchange for or because of an official act.”

However, the House Committee on Standards of Professional Conduct, consisting of 10 members of the House, ended its separate investigation in February and said Visclosky and six other representatives tied to the PMA group had not violated any House rules.

Pete Visclosky refused to cooperate with the House investigation. Plus, the House ethics committee does not have the power to issue subpoenas or compel witnesses or lawmakers to testify. They are toothless, operating from a ‘he said, she said’ basis, and we all know how effective that course of action is in the legal system.  Visclosky stonewalled, refusing to talk about who did what and he did not assist in the investigation in any manner.

From NY Times: ”Today I received absolute vindication,” he said in a statement. ”This comes as no surprise because there was never anything to justify a review in the first place.”

In a statement, Visclosky said of the latest developments, “I am a strong proponent of transparency in the legislative process and in any instance where a member, staffer, lobbyist, contractor or anyone, for that matter, participated in inappropriate or illegal activities, they should be fully investigated.”

Yeah, right, “strong proponent of transparency…and in any instance [anyone who]…participated in inappropriate or illegal activities, they should be fully investigated.”  Hello Pete. YOU are being investigated.  Pete Visclosky claims he is innocent and if that is truly the case then why doesn’t Pete tow a little red wagon full of papers and records to the Office of Congressional Ethics and the DOJ and say, “Have at it”?  To top that off, the House was limited to only looking at evidence from March 2008 forward and most of the crimes (ya, I’ll name it, call it what it is) occurred before that date. Let’s see, the House Ethics panel couldn’t look at the crime from it’s beginning, left to read accounts only relating to the tail end of PMA’s existence, so they could never see the whole story and Pete stood there with his mouth taped shut, his hands in his pockets (his own pockets for the first time in a long while) and plays, “Catch me if you can.”.

I have heard and read many people say, “Pete was found not guilty of any crime” regarding this investigation and I am sure they are interpreting the inability of the House to make a case as the end of the story.  The House said that they did not have enough evidence (see restrictions above) and were punting the case upstairs to the Department of Justice (DOJ).  The DOJ has teeth. Do not get too excited about the DOJ taking on the case. Eric Holder is the top dog of all things DOJ and I think he will influence the outcomes to benefit the Democratic Party.
I find it interesting that PMA seems to be at the center of these investigations when K & L Gates was in the mix as well.  I ask all of you to do research on K & L Gates and tell us what you found regarding clients, money donated by K & L Gates to Visclosky and the contracts, grants and money given to K & L Gates clients.

Folks, we will never know how long this has been happening, Visclosky receives money for his campaign and in return he gives our money to the campaign donors.  It was not until 2007 that Pete was even required to put his name on his earmark requests. Me thinks he got away with more than a king’s ransom, spent billions of our money for his own gain, but we will never know. Pete will certainly not come clean about any of this as evidenced by his treatment of the House investigation.

Let’s hope the DOJ can make the little piggy squeal.

Here is a shot of John Murtha (bless his soul in earmark heaven), and Pete Visclosky. Those two make a pair, each vying for the top spot as the Most Corrupt Members of Congress.