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Ex-White House Aide's Re-Trial Set for December

POSTED: 02:45 PM ET, 09/ 4/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Former White House aide David H. Safavian, whose lying and obstruction of justice convictions connected to the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal were tossed out by a three-judge panel in June, will go back to court in December for a new trial, according to court documents.

Safavian, 41, the former chief of staff of the General Services Administration, was convicted in U.S. District Court in June 2006 of covering up his efforts to help Abramoff buy two GSA-controlled properties and hiding details of a lavish weeklong golf trip he took with Abramoff to Scotland and London in the summer of 2002.

The following October, Safavian was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but he remained free on appeal and his conviction was overturned some 18 months later after his attorneys argued that the charges did not meet the legal standard for conviction and that U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman improperly admitted e-mails between Abramoff and Safavian as evidence.

He was the first public official taken to trial as part of the investigation into Abramoff, the once-powerful GOP lobbyist serving a nearly six-year sentence in federal prison in Cumberland, Md., and his successful appeal was considered a setback for prosecutors.

By Derek Kravitz |  September 4, 2008; 2:45 PM ET Abramoff Scandal
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That's it. I'm moving to D.C. and I'm gonna rob you idiots blind because I can get rich from doing it and I won't get in an ounce of trouble for it.

I wish I had come up with this idea a long time ago. I could have been a millionaire by now!

Posted by: charlesxavier | September 4, 2008 3:25 PM

I know Safavian was involved in other criminal acts for Abramoff specifically in October of 2002 at GSA as its Chief of Staff, and later as head of federal procurement at OMB when he fixed the HSPD-12 standard to the biometric smart card and denied the only other credential in the government's pipeline that is far superior, fair consideration.

I am confused as to why US DOJ hasn't taken this opportunity while retrying Safavian, to file a superseding indictment that charges him for his additional crimes. My company, inventor of the superior technology to the biometric smart card wasn't linked to the Abramoff investigation until 2 1/2 months after US DOJ charged Safavian. The investigation was in its early days. Now the investigation is advanced, US DOJ knows the true purpose of the Scotland trip, who Safavian met on the trip that partially financed it, and Safavian's reasons for lying to federal investigators would now be known. He was hiding additional criminal conduct involving official acts he committed for Abramoff clients who were agents of a government that isn't a democracy and most recently appeared in the Stevens indictment. That non-democracy has done all it could since 12/01 to control my employer's invention, and by early 2002 had an agent start telling us that everyone who needed to be bought in the US to force us to accept the non-democracy's financial offer, had been. We didn't cave into the non-democracy and Safavian is one of thousands who've emerged over the last 6 3/4 years as that nation's foot soldier/spy that the agent said had been bought.

It seems to me that US DOJ if anything is protecting Safavian since he isn't charged with the full number of charges that apply, and it would be appropriate for US DOJ to introduce many new charges that weren't apart of his first indictment.

Posted by: Dawn | September 5, 2008 10:47 AM

The DOJ under Mukasey is almost as bad as the DOJ under Gonzalez. There are orders from the top that no DOJ employee cooperates in the matter of Rove et. al in the outing of Valerie Plame or the firing of attorneys. Mukasey seems to be firmly in the camp of unlimited exectutive power and the supordination of Congress to the whims of conceivably the dumbest president in U.S. history.

Posted by: Dick Brandlon | September 6, 2008 8:25 PM

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