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October 15, 2006

Harry Reid Crooked?

Democratic Nevada senator Harry Reid crooked?


listen or read. The scoop.

Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Republican ranks or crying "cover-up" over the GOP's failure to promptly and appropriately deal with former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) and his sexually explicit e-mails to congressional pages. Reid faces too many questions about his own behavior to crusade against the misdeeds of others.

have been properly disclosed. When the property was sold in 2004, it belonged to a company formed with a long-time friend and included a parcel that once had been owed by Reid. Despite having transferred his parcel to the company, the Nevada Democrat continued to report in Senate documents that he still owned it personally. That's a breach of Senate disclosure rules, according to the Associated Press, which first reported the transaction details.

Big deal?

From Limbaugh (linked above):

Not to make a big deal out of this, ladies and gentlemen, but falsifying the report as Dingy Harry Greed apparently did is a federal crime, under Title 18, United States Code section 1001. It's a false statement for which Reid could be sent to jail, according to the statute. Now, as Jed Babbin says, "If you're looking for this on tonight's network news or on the front page of tomorrow's New York Times next to the latest Foley reveal, you won't find it." MSNBC, as I said, did a little blurb on this today, this morning in addition to the original AP story here, and let me just highlight some things that are relatively new.

"Other parts of the deal such as the informal handling of property taxes raise questions about possible gifts or income reportable to Congress and the IRS, ethics experts said. Reid and his wife Landra personally signed the deed, selling their full interest in the property to this Jay Brown's company, Patrick Lane, LLC, for the same $400,000 they paid in 1998."

Now, you buy something for 400 grand in 1998, you sell it back four years later for the same amount of money? No inflation even factored in, much less interest? Come on! Who does this?

Posted by Jeff at October 15, 2006 02:03 AM

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