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Probe Closes In on Ex-Rep. Weldon

A federal investigation into alleged corruption by former ex-Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) appears to be closing in on the former lawmaker, as a Pennsylvania lobbyist close to Weldon was charged Tuesday with destroying evidence.

Taking a page from the "How Not to Handle Evidence" handbook, lobbyist Cecilia Grimes allegedly threw documents in the trash after they were subpoenaed by a federal grand jury and also threw away her Blackberry at a fast-food restaurant, on the theory that such a stealthy move would prevent the feds from reading her email.

Weldon earned the dreaded appellation "Representative A" in papers filed by the Justice Department in federal court, and his former chief of staff has already pleaded guilty to federal charges and is cooperating with the investigation. The ex-lawmaker, an expert on Russia, has been accused of steering federal money to Grimes' clients and of helping his daughter, Karen Weldon, win lobbying contracts with Russian companies and a controversial Serbian businessman.

Karen Weldon's home and that of another supporter of her father were raided by the FBI just weeks before the 2006 election. Weldon lost his reelection race that November to current Rep. Joe Sestak (D).

Weldon closed his campaign committee in May, after transferring nearly $80,000 to a legal expense trust.

By Ben Pershing  |  July 15, 2008; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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RepubeliKlans destroying evidence? NO WAY!! The Bush criminal enterprise would never do such a thing!!

Conservatives and RepubeliKlans are traitors and have turned this country into a two bit has been Idiocracy.

Posted by: The GOP is a Criminal Enterprise | July 15, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I concur!

Posted by: nallcando | July 15, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

You can blame Bush for a lot of things but not for Weldons activities.

Posted by: John Livesay | July 15, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

All Republicans Are Evil.

I know this to be true.

I do not think for myself.

Life is easier when things are black and white.

I take great comfort in this.

Life must be neat and simple, because I can't deal with complexity.

Posted by: Joe | July 15, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I think Weldon is either a former Rep. or an ex-Rep, not both.

Posted by: Jon Morgan | July 15, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

As an Independent, I am always amused by the partisan bickering that ensues when one politician or another is charged or indicted. For you Demohacks posting here, please remember that people who live in glass houses should not throw rocks. Have you ever heard of William Jefferson (D-LA), Alcee Hastings (D-FL),James Traficant (D-OH), or Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL)?

Posted by: HisRoc | July 15, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

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