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Culture of corruption, Conyers edition

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By Michelle Malkin  •  January 28, 2009 12:47 PM

The walls are closing in on Rep. John Conyers’ wife. Maybe he should spend less time chasing his Bush impeachment pipe dream and pay attention to home.

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, and City Council President Monica Conyers are the major figures cited in a sludge-hauling executive’s account of greed and bribery in the Synagro scandal, sources confirmed Tuesday to the Free Press. The three have not been charged with wrongdoing in the case.

Their names — and others — emerged with additional details about the government’s investigation into city corruption.

The Free Press has learned that James Rosendall, the former Synagro Technologies vice president who pleaded guilty to bribery Monday, has been questioned about his contacts with other executives at Houston-based Synagro.

FBI agents recorded one Synagro official on a phone call with Rosendall discussing Rosendall’s efforts to win the $1.2-billion contract in Detroit, one source said, adding that executive has since been suspended by Synagro.

Rosendall, 44, of Grand Rapids is the government’s star witness in the Synagro probe and has provided the FBI with little, if any, direct evidence that cash was funneled to Kwame Kilpatrick, according to sources familiar with the case.

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And more on the feds upping pressure on Detroit corruptocrats:

Documents filed in the Rosendall case show former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his father, business consultant Bernard N. Kilpatrick, are among those under investigation in connection with a contract that pays Synagro about $47 million a year to haul and treat the city’s sewage sludge.

Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers also is under investigation in connection with the sludge contract, people familiar with the investigation said.

Appearances before a federal grand jury in Detroit that has been investigating City Hall corruption are scheduled well into February, people familiar with the investigation said.

The long-running and wide-ranging investigation involves the Synagro deal and contracts at Cobo Center and other city departments.

It’s likely indictments are still weeks away, Henning said.

The Detroit City Council approved the contract by a 5-4 vote in the fall of 2007.

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Flashback: Monica Conyers, unhinged…

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