Phoenix New Times Story Helps Push Congressman from Committee

april 23, 2007  09:15 am
Last week, U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ) said he would step down from the House Intelligence Committee after a FBI raid on his offices. The New York Times reports the investigation "involves accusations that he improperly used his influence as a congressman to engineer a land swap benefiting a business associate" -- accusations first revealed by New Times last October. In addition, the federal prosecutor who began the investigation was one of the eight U.S. Attorneys fired by the Bush administration last year. But as the Times notes, thus far documents released by the Justice Department "detail a handful of reasons" for officials' unhappiness with Paul Charlton, but do not mention the Renzi investigation.