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Abramoff to Sing: Name That Tune

by Pamela Leavey

It appears that Jack Abramoff is close to making a plea deal with Federal prosecutors. The looming question is… what tune will Jack be singing about whom?

Federal prosecutors and lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are putting the finishing touches on a plea deal that could be announced as early as Tuesday, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

The plea agreement would secure the lobbyist’s testimony against several members of Congress who received favors from him or his clients.

Abramoff and a former partner were indicted in Miami in August on charges of conspiracy and fraud for allegedly lying about their assets to help secure financing to purchase a fleet of gambling boats.

For the past two weeks, pressure has been intensifying on Abramoff to strike a deal with prosecutors since his former business partner, Adam Kidan, pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy in connection with the 2000 SunCruz deal.

Abramoff’s cooperation would be a boon to an ongoing Justice Department investigation of congressional corruption, possibly helping prosecutors build criminal cases against up to 20 lawmakers and their staff members.

The deal could be completed before Tuesday (possibly “via fax over the weekend”), but there is conference scheduled for 3:30 p.m Tuesday to update on the status of the plea agreement.

4 Responses to “Abramoff to Sing: Name That Tune”

  1. Curious if Justice, already partisan and polarized, will pick and choose which Congress people to lessen sentence or target Bush enemies. We know that Abramoff donated solely to GOP. The story about his rise and ethical lapses, always, really disturbing, for all the power he wielded.

  2. Donated solely to the GOP!? You need to reread some newspapers. Kerry, Clinton, and Durbin just to start you on the DNC.
    Wake up and smell the truth for once.

  3. John H

    I probably read more newspapers in a day than you can fathom with your right wing talking points. Abramoff is a Republican lobbyist who mainly shared the wealth that he scamed from the Native Americans, with his Republican Cronies.

    Yes some Dems got some donations – some of those donations were straight from his clients and not Abramoff himself. I have seen Clinton and Durbin on the lists but not Kerry.

    You must be confusing Rep Patrick Kennedy with Kerry, you right wingers do tend to confuse and twist the truth.

  4. The fact that Abramoff donated to both parties is irrelevant. Lobbists will donate to both parties. That is not the key point here.

    Abramoff is a long time Republican activist whose actions were to promote keeping Republicans in power. One hundred perecent of his personal contributions were to Republicans.

    The real significance of the connection between Abramoff and the Republicans was the entire K Street Project which made use of lobbyists to a degree never seen before the Republicans took power.