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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The GOP's Very Bad Day

The WaPo has fleshed out the details on the Abramoff plea and is throwing out a lot of Republican names as possible "friends of Jack" contenders. The WaPo reports that the potential exposure for sentence could be up to 30 years, but that the deal limits the exposure to closer to 10 years with full cooperation. As I said earlier, they will hold that cooperation requirement over his head prior to sentencing -- and if Abramoff fails to live up to his end of the bargain, then the deal can be rescinded.

Abramoff and fellow defendants (I assume this means Kidan and Scanlon, but the WaPo doesn't specify) will pay restitution in an amount totalling $25 million, plus Abramoff is on the hook for another $1.7 million to the IRS.

Both Bob Ney (R-OH) and his former chief of staff Neil Volz have been informed that they are targets for bribery indictments by the Feds.

In addition to Ney, who we'll refer to as Rep. #1 just for fun, the WaPo discusses a number of other Republican Congressmen. Including Tom DeLay.
DeLay has taken three overseas trips with Abramoff since 1997 -- to the Mariana Islands, Moscow and the United Kingdom -- and received more than $70,000 from Abramoff, his associates and tribal clients for his campaign committees.

Investigating DeLay, who is facing separate campaign finance charges in Texas, could take up to a year and require the cooperation of other witnesses before issues surrounding the Texas Republican are resolved, according to people familiar with the case.
Guess Steno Sue got that whole distance thing between the buds all wrong.

Also of interest: Steven Griles, former number two at the Dept. of the Interior; Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT); Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA) and his wife, Julie; two of DeLay's former top deputies, Edwin A. Buckham and Tony C. Rudy; and DeLay's wife, Christine. Also in the crosshairs are Tony Rudy's wife Lisa and Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-CA).

Oh, and did I mention that Ronnie Earle has subpoenaed a batch of documents pertaining to DeLay's TRMPAC and some substantial contributions made by Abramoff?
Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds contributed $25,000 and the Barona Band, $5,000 to TRMPAC in 2002. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians contributed $1,000 in 2001, according to TRMPAC records.

In his subpoenas, Earle asks for correspondence between the subpoenaed parties and TRMPAC; Americans for a Republican Majority, DeLay's national fundraising committee; David Safavian, the Bush administration's former chief procurement official indicted in the Abramoff case; Abramoff, former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed and DeLay's co-defendants.
Oh look, Ralph Reed was included, too. (Hat tip to reader "PJ" for the link.) Oh yeah, 2006 is looking better by the minute.

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