A grand jury accuses the former procurement officer, who went to Scotland with a GOP lobbyist, of lying and obstructing justice.
By Faye Fiore, Times Staff Writer
October 6, 2005
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WASHINGTON — A former top federal procurement official in the Bush administration was indicted Wednesday on five counts of lying and obstructing justice in connection with an investigation into a lavish golf junket to Scotland arranged by Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
David H. Safavian, 38, was accused in the federal grand jury indictment of making false statements to investigators regarding the trip, taken while he served as chief of staff at the General Services Administration, making purchasing policies for the U.S. government. He held that position from May 2002 until January 2004.
Later that year he was confirmed as chief procurement officer for the Office of Management and Budget. He resigned from that position Sept. 16, three days before he was arrested.
The indictment alleges that in the summer of 2002, Safavian discussed with a prominent lobbyist the possibility of leasing two federal properties — the historic Old Post Office building in Washington and the Naval Surface Warfare Center-White Oak in suburban Maryland.
The lobbyist has since been identified as Abramoff, a prominent GOP fundraiser with close ties to top Republican lawmakers in Congress, who is at the center of an ongoing corruption investigation.