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According to Wikipedia, “James Anthony Traficant, Jr. (born May 8, 1941) is a former Democratic Representative in the United States Congress from Ohio (from 1985 to 2002). He represented the 17th Congressional District, which centered around his hometown of Youngstown and included parts of three counties in northeast Ohio’s Mahoning Valley. He was expelled [from Congress] after being convicted of taking bribes, filing false tax returns, racketeering, and forcing his aides to perform chores at his farm in Ohio and on his houseboat in Washington, D.C., and was released from prison on September 2, 2009, after serving a seven-year sentence.”
I don’t know the details or timing concerning Mr. Traficant’s conviction in A.D. 2002, but if the criminal allegations against him were true, I would’ve expected him to have been made Speaker of the House rather than expelled from Congress.
In fact, many people believe that Mr. Trafficant was ultimately tried and sentenced in A.D. 2002 for having made an extraordinary speech in A.D. 1993 to Congress. In that speech, Congressman Traficant alleged 1) the U.S. government is bankrupt; 2) the federal government was dissolved by the Emergency Banking Act of A.D. 1933; 3) the “receivers” of the US bankruptcy were the “international bankers via the United Nations”; and 4) the US monetary system was a fraud.
As I said, this was an extraordinary speech. He was lucky to have merely been jailed; he might’ve been shot.
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