Rostenkowski refuses to do deal

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The Independent Online
Representative Dan Rostenkowksi, chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, said in a statement yesterday he will make no deal with prosecutors regarding an indictment for corruption, Reuter reports from Washington.

'I will not make any deals with them,' Mr Rostenkowski said in a statement issued by his office. The Illinois Democrat has been under investigation for two years by federal prosecutors, who had set a deadline of this morning for him to accept a deal to plead guilty to a felony charge, resign immediately from Congress, provide restitution to the government and serve a jail term.