Monday night massacre | Arkansas Blog

Friday, October 20, 2006

Monday night massacre

Posted By on Fri, Oct 20, 2006 at 1:03 PM

The level of Congressional corruption is really something to behold, especially the audacity of its perpetrators.

My goodness. As TPMm readers know well, House Appropriations chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is under federal investigation for possible improprieties in how he oversaw Congress' spending of $900 billion annually. Yesterday, we reported that Lewis had dropped nearly $800,000 in legal fees to defend himself against the probe.

This evening, Congressional Quarterly reports (sub. req.) that in a round of calls Monday evening, Lewis fired 60 investigators who had worked for his committee rooting out fraud, waste and abuse, effective immediately. As in, don't bother coming in on Tuesday.

The investigators were contract workers, brought on to handle the extraordinary level of fraud investigations facing the panel.

Why "Monday night massacre"? History.

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