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.