Two more allegations of bribery find their way to William Jefferson (D-La) according to Jefferson’s prosecutors. These two charges are separate from and not connected to the bribery charges that Jefferson already faces. But he won’t, at least not yet anyway, be charged with them. Instead, prosecutors intend to use them to show a pattern of corruption by Jefferson.
The government alleges that in 2002 Jefferson, a Democrat, asked a lobbyist for a U.S. oil services company for payments of $10,000 a month for a family member. In exchange, Jefferson said he would help the company promote business in Africa. The lobbyist turned down the request, according to the document.
Jefferson later made a deal to urge NASA to do business with a U.S. rocket launch services and technology company, according to the filing. The company is accused of agreeing to pay Jefferson’s family business and a relative in exchange for his help.