Cunningham Cronies Indicted

It took some time, but an indictment has finally been returned against defense contractor Brent Wilkes and former CIA official Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, cronies of (and alleged co-conspirators with) former Rep. Randall "Duke" Cunningham.

The [grand] jury returned 11 counts against Foggo and Wilkes that include conspiracy, wire fraud, conflict of interest and money laundering. It charges Foggo with using his seniority and influence within the CIA to direct the awarding of contracts to Wilkes, his lifelong friend.

A second indictment, which included 26 counts, names Wilkes and New York-based mortgage banker John T. Michael, who co-owned a mortgage company that provided loans to Cunningham. It charges Wilkes with conspiracy, wire fraud, bribery of a public official and money laundering.

The Foggo-Wilkes indictment is here, and the Wilkes-Michael indictment is here (both in pdf).

For her hard work in bringing the indictments, US Attorney Carol Lam was given the axe. Even as she announced the indictments today, the Justice Department was interviewing "four of her top advisers for the position of interim chief while a committee searches for a long-term replacement."

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    I can't imagine (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Repack Rider on Tue Feb 13, 2007 at 07:39:13 PM EST
    what the talking points on this will be, but I know that this represents a victory for the GOP over the Defeatocrats.


    Hawaiian hookers (none / 0) (#2)
    by Che's Lounge on Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 10:28:21 AM EST
    Maybe now the media will take notice. Forget the fact that these guys got rich selling the blood of american soldiers.

    WOT my a**.

    WOT my a**..... (none / 0) (#3)
    by kdog on Wed Feb 14, 2007 at 03:46:23 PM EST
    I think, after history has made its judgement, it will be referred to as the "Defense Contractor's War" or maybe just "The Great Con".

    Justice Dept interviewing Carol Lam's assistants (none / 0) (#4)
    by LimaBN on Thu Feb 15, 2007 at 03:09:35 AM EST
    The real question for those interviewing Ms. Lam's assistant prosecutors is probably not who should replace Carol Lam as U.S. District Attorney, but rather,
    "How much have you folks figured out about all this political corruption?  How close are you to proving it leads right back to us?  Who's talking, and how much?"