Morning Business: Scores of Subpoenas

Posted February 13, 2009 at 6:05pm

With the trial of ex-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) scheduled to begin in May, federal prosecutors and the Louisianan’s defense team recently requested a combined 110 subpoenas.

[IMGCAP(1)]Jefferson is charged with offering and accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.

Among those called to appear in the U.S. District Court are two former Jefferson aides. Two who still work on Capitol Hill — Roberta Hopkins, his deputy chief of staff, and Angelle Kwemo, his legislative director, reported receiving subpoenas — according to the Feb. 12 Congressional Record.

Federal prosecutors also filed a motion indicating they will call former Rep. Matthew McHugh (D-N.Y.), a one-time ethics chairman, as an expert witness on “the activities of a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

Making Money. The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct on Friday released updated income guidelines for Members and aides.

Under the House rules, senior staff and House officers paid at a rate of at least $117,787 for more than 90 days in 2009 are now prohibited from earning outside income of more than $26,550 in 2009.

Employees who reach the $117,787 threshold must also file financial disclosure statements in 2010. Employees who earned a rate of $114,468 for at least 60 days in 2008 must file a financial disclosure statement in May.

The rate of pay that triggers post- employment restrictions including a one-year lobbying ban also increased in 2009 to $130,500 for House employees and $153,200 for legislative branch agency employees.