The Roanoke Times recently broke the story that Common Cause has petitioned the newly-active House Ethics Committee to investigate Rep. Virgil Goode’s relationship with MZM, Inc, which was followed by Goode saying that an investigation “is fine with me.” (Goode also wrongly claimed that Sen. Harry Reid has received thousands of dollars from Jack Abramoff. He hasn’t.)
I missed the most interesting part of the Roanoke Times article, but Michael Snook didn’t. It’s this:
Last month, The Roanoke Times made a request under the Freedom of Information Act for records of any audit, inspection or investigation of the facility conducted by the inspector general’s office of the Department of Defense.
In a response this week, the Defense Department denied the request because the information sought is part of an open investigation.
“The disclosure of any portion of the investigation at this time could reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings,” Darryl Aaron of the department’s FOIA office wrote. “We do not have a time frame for the completion of this investigation.”
Martinsville’s Foreign Supplier Assessment Center is the subject of a federal investigation. This is a big deal.
Presumably this is connected to the signs that the FSAC facility is not long for this world. It seems tremendously unlikely that any investigation of FSAC’s contracts would not include Rep. Goode, the man who is proud to say that he’s responsible for the establishment of the facility.
The Goode/MZM story has been quiet for the past few months while the case metastasized, but between Duke Cunningham turning informant and these particular chickens coming home to roost, I believe things are about to heat up again.