The Bush administration's top federal procurement official resigned Friday and was arrested yesterday, accused of lying and obstructing a criminal investigation into Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff's dealings with the federal government. It was the first criminal complaint filed against a government official in the ongoing corruption probe related to Abramoff's activities in Washington.
The complaint, filed by the FBI, alleges that David H. Safavian, 38, a White House procurement official involved until last week in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, made repeated false statements to government officials and investigators about a golf trip with Abramoff to Scotland in 2002.
One interesting side bar on this crook. He, like so many of the Bush appointments, had few if any qualifications for his position, aside from being loyal to George and willing to do anything to grab more power.
It looks like Jack Abramoff's actions have, after tainting the DeLay and the Republican Congress, stained the white house.