Saturday, November 26, 2005

UPDATE: Abramoff Probe: Broader Than Thought

CLICK TO READ: Abramoff Probe Broader Than Thought: Paper - New York Times

CLICK TO READ: Lawmakers Under Scrutiny in Probe of Lobbyist - Washington Post
"Ney and DeLay Among the Members of Congress Said to Be a Focus of Abramoff Investigation"

CLICK TO READ: t r u t h o u t - Is the End Near for Ney?

CLICK TO READ: t r u t h o u t - Montana Senator Burns Part of Abramoff Probe

CLICK TO READ: 'Corruption Scheme' - Washington Post

ETHICS -- ABRAMOFF PROBE EXPANDS, INCLUDES MULTIPLE CONGRESSMEN: The Justice Department's probe into mega-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, which has already ensnared former chief White House procurement official David Safavian and Michael Scanlon, former aide to Tom DeLay, is "broader than previously thought, examining [Abramoff's] dealings with four lawmakers." Prosecutors are reportedly looking into former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH), Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA), and Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT) to determine whether they or their aides received illegal payoffs from Abramoff in the form of campaign contributions, sports tickets, meals, travel and job offers, in exchange for helping Abramoff's clients. "Prosecutors also are investigating at least 17 current and former congressional aides, about half of whom later took lobbying jobs with Mr. Abramoff, say lawyers and others involved in the case. Five of the former aides worked for Mr. DeLay."

I'll let you get the gorey details straight from the horse's mouth. Hopefully, when the investigation is complete, heads will roll and it will result in a less corrupt government in the future. Hey, I can dream can't I?

PHOTO: Rep. Robert W. Ney's actions are being examined. (Dennis Cook - AP)

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