Investigator in charge of bribery probe says scandal is 'much bigger' than convicted congressman
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Wednesday May 10, 2006
Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the former California congressman who was convicted of bribery, has not been helping federal authorities as they continue to probe his "web of corruption," a top Pentagon investigator told a California newspaper Tuesday.
Perhaps more notable, however, is that the special agent in charge of the investigation told the paper, "'This is much bigger and wider than just Randy 'Duke' Cunningham. All that has just not come out yet, but it won't be much longer and then you will know just how widespread this is.'"
The story was first caught by Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo.
Cunningham, who pled guilty to taking more than $2.4 million in bribes from a defense contractor and was sentenced to eight years in prison may be just the tip of the iceberg in a scandal that has reached deep into the heart of the CIA. Already, the scandal has claimed CIA Director Porter Goss (though Goss has not been directly fingered in the probe) and CIA Executive Director Kyle "Dusty" Foggo.
Excerpts from the North Country Times follow.
Rick Gwin, special agent in charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service's western regional office, said he is troubled by the lack of assistance, particularly in light of Cunningham's plea agreement that calls for him to tell all that he knows.
"In my opinion, he has not been cooperative and I have not gotten any information from him to further develop other targets," Gwin said in a telephone interview from his office in Mission Viejo. "I was hoping that from a jail cell, he might become more cooperative, but we just don't have the cooperation that I think we should have."
Gwin said the continuing investigation into three unindicted Cunningham co-conspirators and others who may have assisted them in the awarding of defense contracts is a widespread probe with many different avenues.
"This is much bigger and wider than just Randy 'Duke' Cunningham," he said. "All that has just not come out yet, but it won't be much longer and then you will know just how widespread this is."
FULL STORY HERE.