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James Traficant

"Am I different? Yeah. Deep down, you know you want to wear wider bottoms; you're just not secure enough... Do I do my hair with a Weed Whacker? I admit."

"I wanted to have Playboy bunnies come on at night to meet with me. I wanted to be promiscuous with them."

Expelled from Congress, July 24, 2002.

From The Economist:

"Consider a recent exchange between James Traficant, a Democratic congressman from Youngstown, Ohio, and a woman called Sandra Ferrante. The occasion was the sombre meeting of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. The subject was whether Mr Traficant should be expelled from Congress. Ms Ferrante was a rare friendly witness:

Traficant: Were you and I sex partners?
Ferrante: No
Traficant: Why not?

From AmericanMafia.com:
"Congressman Traficantís greatest controversy involves his claim that officers of the CIA were responsible for the murders of the 270 people who died as a result of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in December, 1988. Shortly after this terrorist attack, Traficant called a press conference, at which he claimed that a CIA drug trafficking scheme gone awry had allowed the bomb to be smuggled onboard. ABC News London correspondent Pierre Salinger then picked up the story, utilizing Traficant, government informant Lester Coleman, and private investigator Juval Aviv as his sources. Eventually, the Justice Department indicted two agents of Libyan Intelligence for the bombing and Traficantís and Salingerís CIA theory lost credibility as the press began to scrutinize its proponents."

Quotes

  • "Janet Reno committed treason. She is a traitor. So sue me, Janet."

Timeline

8 May 1941 James Traficant born to James and Agnes Traficant, Youngstown OH.
1963 B.S. Education, University of Pittsburgh.
1982 The FBI arrests James Traficant.
8 Aug 1998 Congressman James Traficant comes up with a Lewinksy quip: "If it's on the dress, he must confess. If that dress don't fit, they must acquit."
25 May 2001 "Madam Speaker, an investigation revealed that 16,000 IRS employees illegally used their computers. The report states IRS agents spent 50 percent of their time at work on personal business. If that is not enough to service your revenue, IRS agents illegally used their computers for shopping, stock trading, gambling and pornography. Unbelievable. Think about it. While 60 percent of taxpayer calls to the IRS go unanswered, the IRS agents were watching Marilyn Chambers do the Rotary International. Beam me up here."
22 Apr 2002 "I hate the IRS. I'd like to break their damn necks." US News & World Report
19 Jul 2002 "I will probably go to jail, but do you know what? There's a lot of good people who go to jail." (AOL)
24 Jul 2002 James Traficant expelled from U.S. Congress.
17 Jul 2009 Scheduled release date from Allenwood Federal Corrections Institution.


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