The FBI was working evertime tonight scouring the office of Democratic Congressman, William Jefferson of Louisiana for information in a continuing federal investigation:
The search began at 7:15 p.m. EDT in the Rayburn House Office Building, where Jefferson’s office is located, said Debra Weierman, an FBI spokeswoman.
It was not clear what agents were looking for and Weierman said she could provide no additional details because the affidavit supporting the search warrant was sealed.
But she indicated the search could take several hours.
FBI agents searched Jefferson’s homes in Washington and New Orleans last August, hauling away boxes and bags from one of the residences.
Jefferson, a Democrat in his eighth congressional term, declared his innocence Monday during news conference outside the federal building in New Orleans and said he will not resign in the face of the investigation that has resulted in guilty pleas from two people who implicated him in a bribery scheme.
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Jefferson laid blame on the federal government for the situation he has found himself in:
Jefferson said he was addressing the situation because he believed his constituents deserved to hear some response to recent publicity about the case.
He said the guilty pleas in federal court in Virginia came from friends who succumbed to enormous pressure from the federal government.
“In order to protect themselves, they have now characterized their relationship with me, or with my family, in ways that fit neatly within the government’s mistaken legal theories,” he said.