Wednesday, September 21, 2005
An ex-official of the Bush Administration "was arrested on charges of making false statements and obstructing an investigation by the GSA’s (General Services Administration) Office of Inspector General." See DOJ Press Release. According to the Dallas Morning News here, the investigation pertained to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who has since been indicted on other matters. See here and here. The DOJ press release states that:
"The affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint alleges that from May 16, 2002 until January 10, 2004, Safavian served as Chief of Staff at the GSA. During that time he allegedly aided a Washington D.C. lobbyist in the lobbyist’s attempts to acquire GSA-controlled property in and around Washington, D.C. In August 2002, this lobbyist allegedly took Safavian and others on a golf trip to Scotland."