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Safavian's day in court

We haven't done much about David Safavian lately. Safavian, of course, is the former head of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, who resigned and was arrested earlier this year on charges unrelated to his OFPP post. And that is why we haven't done much on his ongoing trials and tribulations.

I do follow it just out of curiosity. The WP had a story on Safavian.

A Detour in The Corridor Of Power [WP, 11.16.2005]
Indictment Snaps Rapid Rise of Republican Star

Before he was indicted on five felony counts of lying to investigators, David H. Safavian was positioned to break out of the pack of Republican operatives working in Washington.

Just 38, he was administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the president's Office of Management and Budget, with the authority to make the rules governing $300 billion in annual expenditures, including those in response to Hurricane Katrina.

But that was before federal agents appeared at his home on Sept. 19 and arrested Safavian in connection with the investigation of Jack Abramoff, charging that Safavian lied about his dealings with the onetime powerhouse lobbyist and misled investigators from the General Services Administration and the Senate


Safavian also recently had a day in court this week.

Ex-Procurement Official Eyes Abramoff Data [AP via FederalNewsRadio.com, 11.14.2005]

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former top procurement official in the Bush administration sought a wide range of documents Monday from the criminal investigation of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Attorneys for David Safavian, who is under indictment on five counts of lying and obstruction of justice, claimed he was targeted only to get at Abramoff.

"This is a rigged set-up," said Safavian lawyer Barbara Van Gelder.


Again, I'm following it out of curiosity more than anything else. Meanwhile, we are hearing a lot of rumors about who may me the new OFPP administrator.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Nov 16, 2005 at 12:15 PM


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