Greenlee was nominated for the U.S. attorney post in 2001 by President George W. Bush, supported by Mississippi Republican Sens. Thad Cochran and Trent Lott.
On Oct. 11, 2002 – just weeks before then-U.S. Rep. Roger Wicker won another term in Congress – Greenlee made a donation of $200 to Friends of Roger Wicker.
A Daily Journal call to Greenlee’s Oxford office Thursday for comment went unanswered.
In U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, where Greenlee is the chief prosecutor, two Georgia company executives recently pleaded guilty to making an illegal campaign contribution to then-Gov. Musgrove’s 2003 re-election campaign. They admitted they hoped to ask Musgrove for help as they realized the Mississippi Beef Plant construction project was in trouble.
The project ultimately failed, leaving hundreds of people out of work and the state of Mississippi holding the bag on millions of loan guarantees. Two other men have gone to prison on related fraud charges and the Georgia execs will serve prison time, too.
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