Former Congressional Staffer Facing New Federal Charges


Former Congressional staffer facing new federal charges

By Courtney Ann Jackson | 
Posted: Mon 11:27 PM, Oct 30, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (Mississippi News Now) – A now-former Congressional staffer is facing a second round of federal charges. He’s already serving a sentence for tax evasion.
Lanier Avant served as Congressman Bennie Thompson’s chief of staff since 2002. In the midst of more scrutiny, we’ve learned he’s no longer on staff.
His now former boss Congressman Bennie Thompson said this in 2016 after his first charges.
“In talking to my chief of staff I have confidence,” said Thompson in 2016. “At some point, he’ll have an opportunity to present his side and I believe …

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