Digital Media Center
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Gate 61
920 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0370
(800) 654-4262

© 2024 Alabama Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Safavian Found Guilty of Lying, Obstruction

A federal grand jury returns guilty verdicts on four of five counts against David Safavian, the former chief procurement officer for the federal government. Safavian was convicted of lying and obstruction of justice. Prosecutors said he tried to cover up his business relationship with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

In 2002, Safavian was chief of staff at the General Services Administration. He gave Abramoff advice on two potential business deals with the agency. Abramoff invited Safavian on a golf junket to Scotland.

Safavian, who was appointed by the Bush administration, said the advice wasn't illegal, and he paid his own way on the trip. The jury heard testimony from a member of Abramoff's lobbying team. The panel also saw expense records from the trip, and they read numerous e-mails between Abramoff and Safavian.

For his part, Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud and bribery charges in January.

The trial had seemed to bog down a Justice Department task force on corruption, which appears to be interested in several members of Congress.

Copyright 2022 NPR. To see more, visit

Peter Overby has covered Washington power, money, and influence since a foresighted NPR editor created the beat in 1994.
News from Alabama Public Radio is a public service in association with the University of Alabama. We depend on your help to keep our programming on the air and online. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.