The plot of the film, starring Christian Bale in the Weinberg role, centres on Abscam
, a fake firm used to lure politicians known to be corrupt.
STING Above, Senator Williams is caught in the FBI's Abscam
The most extensive focus of the committee's inquiry was on the FBI's Abscam
operation, which lasted from early 1978 through January 1980, and resulted in the criminal conviction of one Senator, six Members of the House of Representatives, several local officials, and others.
troops out of Iraq was on an FBI surveillance tape during the 1980 Abscam
We haven't seen that much overt evidence since the Abscam
days of the 1970s, when several Representatives were caught taking similar sums in suitcases offered by FBI undercover officers.
Notable have been Teapot Dome, Abscam
and the Keating Five savings and loan debacle.
Consider, for example, the statement of Abscam
571 directed the attorney general to furnish the House with "all evidence compiled by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation against members of Congress in connection with the Abscam
investigation," which was a Justice Department undercover operation that led to charges of criminal conduct against certain members of Congress.
Who can forget the FBI agent dressing up as a sheik and trying to purchase political favor in Abscam
, or Marion Barry taking a drag on a crack pipe in a Washington, D.
The Tolchins describe the Abscam
investigation of the late 1970s and early 1980s and the Keating savings and loan case of the early 1990s as classic examples of unethical behavior that the accused maintained were just instances of constituent service.
Bennett, a partner with the firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Florn, brings the perspective of a former outside counsel for the Senate Ethics Committee, working investigations such as Abscam
and the Keating Five.
sting operation at the end of the Jimmy Carter years netted numerous federal officials willing to take money in exchange for favors from immigration officials.