Breaking: Feds subpoena Visclosky’s records in PMA probe

posted at 1:34 pm on May 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

As Moe Lane writes, there isn’t really a need to dress this one up:

Federal law enforcement officials have subpoenaed the congressional and campaign offices of Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-Ind.) to get information about a former defense lobby firm raided by the FBI, according to Visclosky.

Certain Visclosky employees have also been sent grand jury subpoenas requesting documents related to the PMA Group, a lobby shop with strong ties to the Indiana lawmaker. Visclosky’s former chief of staff, Rich Kaelin, was a high-profile lobbyist at the firm that closed its doors at the end of March.

Visclosky says he’ll cooperate:

“It is my intention to fully cooperate with the investigation consistent with my constitutional obligations to Congress and my duties and responsibilities to my constituents.”

Let’s parse that statement in light of recent history.  The last time the feds came calling with a subpoena for a federal investigation, both Nancy Pelosi and Denny Hastert sued to block the release of the materials seized.  The case went to court, which ruled against the FBI and forced the return of materials to William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson, who still faces prosecution for allegations of kickbacks and other corruption.

Visclosky seems to indicate here that he’s keeping his options open to keep his Congressional records from being seized.  Pelosi has a track record of blocking investigations of Democrats on Capitol Hill.  What will happen?  Hard to guess, since the DoJ is now under Obama’s governance rather than Bush, but I’d be surprised if she didn’t intervene — and quickly.

The PMA corruption case looks as though it has sped up considerably.  If I were John Murtha and Pete Visclosky, I’d be calling Robert Bennett soon.


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Most ethical….oh, never mind.

29Victor on May 29, 2009 at 1:37 PM

It is my intention to fully cooperate with the investigation consistent with my constitutional obligations to Congress and my duties and responsibilities to my constituents.”

In other words, Nancy says you can look everywhere but my office.

BacaDog on May 29, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Did the scumbag ever apologize to our troops?

CWforFreedom on May 29, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Pelosi will continue to block it…they are her kind of folks. We are also well aware of the caliber of the Obama DOJ. Holder will protect their political interests first…this Congress has reached Banana Republic levels of corruption…just ahead of the economy reaching Banana Republic levels of growth.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Quick, call the Justice Department! They are taking too long returning from no-billing the black panther thugs, and need to shut this down in a hurry.

Vashta.Nerada on May 29, 2009 at 1:39 PM

MSM Alert: Circle the wagons. One of our own is under attack. Please talk about Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on Soto, how the GOP is the party of ‘No’ when it comes to health care, and how Obama’s ignoring of NoKo is working.

WashJeff on May 29, 2009 at 1:41 PM

29Victor on May 29, 2009 at 1:37 PM

Culture of … oh, never mind.

eforhan on May 29, 2009 at 1:42 PM

Did the scumbag ever apologize to our troops?

CWforFreedom on May 29, 2009 at 1:38 PM

Please be more specific. The term “Scumbag” covers just about everyone in Government.

PappaMac on May 29, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Not the PMA I knew. They were the finest boys I ever met.

seven on May 29, 2009 at 1:44 PM

This will never be investigated now. Corruption runs rampant, while the rest of us, must be absolved, and pay for this corruption, in the form of higher taxes.

capejasmine on May 29, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Badges of honor in their party…

javamartini on May 29, 2009 at 1:45 PM

It’s Bush’s fault!

/obligatory lefty whine.

rbj on May 29, 2009 at 1:45 PM

What did I just post about the story on Murtha?

Attack dogs. And Pelosi’s the head (female dog) leading the pack.

madmonkphotog on May 29, 2009 at 1:48 PM

These stories always remind me of this passage from “The Money Speech” in Atlas Shrugged:

When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

javamartini on May 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

It’s Bush’s fault. Pure and simple.

Pelosi’s press release was formulated 3 days ago, and staged with the NYT just in case. I have provided it, in it’s entirety, below:

“Murtha is one of the finest individuals in Congress. And if he did break the law, I’m sure he did it so the people would vote for him and to reduce the cost of health care…did I say create jobs?”

“And that’s all I have to say about that”.

BobMbx on May 29, 2009 at 1:50 PM

New slogan for the Dem Congress: “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”

trigon on May 29, 2009 at 1:56 PM

“And that’s all I have to say about that”.

Nancy Gump

BacaDog on May 29, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Hey, that’s my congressman! With any luck, he’ll resign and I’ll finally get a republican to represent me.

Tommy_G on May 29, 2009 at 2:00 PM

The pea-brain masses couldn’t care less. Last week Pelosi lied. What happened? “Isn’t Pelosi that … Look! Shiny!”

hogfat on May 29, 2009 at 2:03 PM

PLEASE let them also nail Jim Moran in this case.

Paul Magliochetti is the Democrats’ Jack Abramoff. That is, IF the Obama Justice Department has the sack to go after him the way the Bush DOJ went after Abramoff.

rockmom on May 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM

…just ahead of the economy reaching Banana Republic levels of growth.

AUINSC on May 29, 2009 at 1:39 PM

Yup. The CPI was down from a year ago for the second month in a row…and the loss in April nearly doubled the loss in March.

ladyingray on May 29, 2009 at 2:06 PM

Another Friday news dump, NBP, PMA……

thomasaur on May 29, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Pelosi will protect her boy Murtha. She owns his soul.

petefrt on May 29, 2009 at 2:10 PM

javamartini on May 29, 2009 at 1:49 PM

Love Francisco D’ancona

Pulchritudinous Patriot on May 29, 2009 at 2:12 PM

I’m sure he’ll get a judge with “empathy”.

Laura in Maryland on May 29, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Paul Magliochetti is the Democrats’ Jack Abramoff. That is, IF the Obama Justice Department has the sack to go after him the way the Bush DOJ went after Abramoff.

rockmom on May 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM

Pretty sure it’s an empty sack.

kirkill on May 29, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Does anyone believe that these names will get anywhere near the media attention as Mr. Abramoff or Enron? Me either.

Cindy Munford on May 29, 2009 at 2:28 PM

What day of the week is it ???

Nah, must be just a coincidence.

connertown on May 29, 2009 at 2:33 PM

There will be no comment from Pelosi…the dem. senate voted to having her lips botoxed…

right2bright on May 29, 2009 at 2:55 PM

Obama knew this was coming, which was why he didn’t invite Visclosky (a Notre Dame alumnus, by the way) to the fundraisers he did while he was in Indiana.

Mr. D on May 29, 2009 at 2:59 PM

All I can say is, Where is Sandy Burglar when you need him?

kanda on May 29, 2009 at 3:19 PM

What day of the week is it ???

Nah, must be just a coincidence.

By Monday we will have forgotten about the man behind the curtain and have something else to redirect our attention to, such as Obama becoming defacto CEO of GM. We probably will not be hearing anymore about that radical extremist investigation, at least until the next elections are over. The DOJ will then find them all innocent and Murtha will not be allowed to bring a weapon into any session of congress.

Franklyn on May 29, 2009 at 4:01 PM

What day of the week is it ???

Nah, must be just a coincidence.

By Monday we will have forgotten about the man behind the curtain and have something else to redirect our attention to, such as Obama becoming defacto CEO of GM. We probably will not be hearing anymore about that radical extremist investigation, at least until the next elections are over. The DOJ will then find them all innocent and Murtha will not be allowed to bring a weapon into any session of congress.

Franklyn on May 29, 2009 at 4:01 PM

If only Fitzgerald & Co. were not hypocrites clogging any efforts for justice.

We’re being tragically spammed into overload. Enter PC online police and Homeland Security scanning tea parties, and it just ain’t Kansas for Todo no more. Dorothy’s pressured to let him go.

maverick muse on May 29, 2009 at 5:36 PM

If this is swept under the rug, Can I make a citizens arrest?

We, The PEOPLE!

TN Mom on May 29, 2009 at 11:16 PM