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Rep. Visclosky Subpoenaed in PMA Probe

By Ben Pershing

A federal grand jury has issued subpoenas to Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.) and members of his staff as part of an ongoing inverstigation into a controversial, now-defunct lobbying firm, according to the lawmaker's office.

"Federal law enforcement officials have issued grand jury subpoenas to my congressional office, campaign committees, and certain employees to request documents relating to PMA," Visclosky said in a statement, referring to the high-powered firm that closed this spring, months after the FBI raided its offices.

Visclosky has been among the largest recipients of donations from PMA lobbyists and their clients, along with Reps. John Murtha (D-Pa.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.). All three men have authored earmarks that benefited PMA clients.

The firm was founded by a former House committee staffer close to Murtha and later hired senior aides to both Visclosky and Moran. Murtha, in particular, has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for his ties to PMA and to several different defense contractors.

Under House rules, Visclosky will have to note his receipt of the subpoenas in the Congressional Record when the chamber returns to session next week.

"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," Visclosky's statement said.

"I will continue to work hard to represent the people of Indiana's First Congressional District as I have done since being elected to Congress. I am confident that at the end of this process, no one will conclude that I have done anything wrong or harmed my constituents in any way. The investigation is at an early stage and I respect the investigative process. For that reason, I will have no further comment on the matters under review."

By Ben Pershing  |  May 29, 2009; 1:51 PM ET
Categories:  Ethics and Rules  
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Comments

And there is Murtha's name again. What is so hard about Congress cleaning up it's own mess? Or perhaps better why don't those of you who vote for these guys find somebody better?

Posted by: tnvret | May 29, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

This is all music to my ears. Hopefully Americans who voted Democrat the last few years based on the urban legend that Republicans represent power & therefore must be corrupt and that conservativism must be bad for youth and minorities. I hope they will see that it is the base of traditional Democrats that have deep traditions of shady dealing right back to the old mafia days of the Unions. Murtha going down will be so good for all!

Posted by: sally62 | May 29, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

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