Tarry for the Nonce

September 14, 2005

Liquid Assets

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 9:41 am

Rep William Jefferson is in a bit of hot (or at least high) water:

Amid the chaos and confusion that engulfed New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck, a congressman used National Guard troops to check on his property and rescue his personal belongings even while New Orleans residents were trying to get rescued from rooftops, ABC News has learned . . .

Military sources tells ABC News that Jefferson, an eight-term Democratic congressman, asked the National Guard that night to take him on a tour of the flooded portions of his congressional district. A 5-ton military truck and a half dozen military police were dispatched.

Lt. Col. Pete Schneider of the Louisiana National Guard tells ABC News that during the tour, Jefferson asked that the truck take him to his home on Marengo Street, in the affluent uptown neighborhood in his congressional district. According to Schneider, this was not part of Jefferson’s initial request . . .

Jefferson went into the house alone, the source says, while the soldiers waited on the porch for about an hour . . .

Jefferson said the trip was entirely appropriate . . .

“This wasn’t about me going to my house. It was about me going to my district,” he said . . .

The Louisiana National Guard tells ABC News the truck became stuck as it waited for Jefferson to retrieve his belongings . . .

The Louisiana National Guard then sent a second 5-ton truck to rescue the first truck, and Jefferson and his personal items were returned to the Superdome.

ABC also notes that Jefferson is part of a federal investigation into the finances of a high-tech firm. Investigators are wondering whether some of those removed “personal items” related to that investigation.

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