Caught on Tape: Jefferson’s Best

May 22, 2006 4:12pm

Here are some of Congressman William Jefferson’s (D-LA) most amazing comments captured on the FBI’s undercover microphones.

1. "I’m in the shadows, behind the curtain."  Click here to see this quote in the original affidavit.

2. "[He has] more deals going than the goddamn man in the moon. He’s a very, well, the word might be corrupt." (describing a business associate) Click here to read this quote in the actual affidavit.

3. "All of these damn notes we’re writing to each other as if we’re talking, as if the FBI is watching."  (said to an associate wearing an FBI hidden recorder) Click here to see this quote in the original affidavit.

4. "I’m gonna get your deal out of the way … and I probably won’t last long after that. Click here to read this quote in the actual affidavit.

5. "I will give it a thousand per cent, as you might imagine. I’m going to try my best to deliver it for you and not disappoint you." Click here to see this quote in the original affidavit.

6. "Ah, I gave him the African art that you gave me and he was very pleased." (The FBI says African art was a code the Congressman used to describe a cash payoff.) Click here to read this quote in the actual affidavit.

Compiled from government documents by Patrick McGrath, Andrew Katz and Fiore Mastroianni.

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