Buried in last week’s 16-count indictment of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA), it describes how Jefferson introduced one of his alleged bribers to “a Member of the House Of Representatives, who was a prominent member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection, for the purpose of garnering support” for the briber’s company. Today, Roll Call has revealed that the “mystery lawmaker” is former Louisiana Rep. Billy Tauzin (R), who ended up penning a 2002 letter praising the company, iGate, Incorporated.
UPDATE: The Hill adds:
The choice by federal prosecutors not to name Tauzin in Jefferson’s indictment suggests that he is not a target of their investigation.
“You can be part of an overt act of a conspiracy, but not part of the conspiracy itself,” said Roscoe Howard, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, when asked about the practice of not identifying individuals in charging documents.