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Traficant irs2 { January 26 2001 }

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Traficant Speaks In Jest About Legal Problems
Congressman Takes Questions From City Club
CLEVELAND, 8:39 p.m. EST January 26, 2001 -- -- U.S. Rep. James Traficant, a Democrat from the Mahoning Valley, spoke in jest Friday about looming legal problems that face him, NewsChannel5's Ted Hart reported.
Traficant (pictured, left) hasn't been charged with a crime, but he is once again under scrutiny for alleged ties to organized crime. He has said that he will fight whatever charges the U.S. Department of Justice throws his way.

The maverick congressman is considered a renegade politician, best known for his short speeches on the floor of Congress that are full of bluster. Last year, he announced that he was the target of an FBI investigation into public corruption in Youngstown, Ohio.

Traficant took questions from the City Club of Cleveland Friday, including one concerning President George W. Bush's nomination of John Ashcroft for attorney general.

"I think he'll be fine," Traficant said. "I'm reluctant to comment further because I expect to be tried by the Justice Department of which he will be in charge."

Traficant has always had an independent voting record, but in recent months the longtime Democrat has all but totally walked away from his party.

"The Democratic Party I knew wouldn't let a Democratic president, 10 days ago, give an $18 million loan guarantee to a Chinese steel company when LTV, in my district, is going bankrupt," Traficant said.

Traficant, who is an outspoken critic of the IRS and the Justice Department, said he believes that the ongoing investigation is part of a political vendetta against him, and he humorously reminded audience members of that as he wrapped up his speech.

"I know I'm done here, but don't be so glad that you came to see me," he said. "The IRS and FBI have been out there taking down your license plate numbers."

The ongoing FBI investigation into public corruption in Youngstown has already led to more than 70 convictions, including a prosecutor, judges and one of Traficant's congressional aides.

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