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As I noted here the other day, Seth Hettena has reported that Mitchell Wade, the man who bribed Randy “Duke” Cunningham and “then did much to speed the congressman’s spectacular fall,” has apparently aided the government in its investigation of at least five other past and current members of Congress. Those five other members “no doubt include Virgil Goode and Katherine ‘Pink Sugar’ Harris,” Hettena noted. “Wade wanted to open facilities in their districts and made $78,000 in ‘straw’ contributions to grease the wheels.”
So who are the other three members Wade might have ratted out? I ran that by two Washington insiders who have been closely following congressional corruption investigations. Their guesses — and I emphasize that they were speculating here — were identical: Jerry Lewis, John Doolittle and Tom DeLay. All three have been publicly ensnared in serious ethics issues and all have links to defense contractor Brent Wilkes, Wade’s former boss, who is now himself serving time in prison for bribing Cunningham.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated total calories members of Congress burned giving Bush’s 2002 State of the Union standing ovations:
A fertility scientist named Panayiotis Zavos announced that he had created human-cow embryos that were theoretically viable, but denied that he planned to allow such a hybrid to be implanted in a woman’s womb. “We are not trying to create monsters,” he said.
A statistician determined that the five most common first names among New York City taxi drivers are Md, Mohammad, Mohammed, Muhammad, and Mohamed.
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