The sun rose this morning. Washington insiders were found guilty of lying and obstructing justice. I had to reboot my Windows OS computer twice today. Not an atypical day, so far.
Here’s the scoop on the middle not-so-newsworthy occurence:
A federal jury convicted a former White House official, David Safavian, of lying and obstructing justice in the first trial to come out of the influence-peddling investigation of Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Safavian, 38, was found guilty yesterday of three counts of making false statements and one count of obstructing justice. He was acquitted of another obstruction charge. Each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The verdict validates the Justice Department’s strategy of relying on e-mail messages to show that Safavian concealed the inside help he gave to Abramoff. Without calling Abramoff to the witness stand, prosecutors Peter Zeidenberg and Nathaniel Edmonds painted Safavian as a public servant led astray by lavish gifts.
I’m trying to think of any real solution to graft and influence peddling in politics. If anyone has an idea (short of anarchy or nukes), please let me know.