November 21, 2005
Tomorrow Ney and DeLay:
Michael Scanlon, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to bribe public officials, a charge growing out of the government investigation of attempts to defraud Indian tribes and corrupt a member of Congress.
Scanlon, a former partner to lobbyist Jack Abramoff, entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle and agreed to pay restitution totaling more than $19 million to the tribes.
Scanlon, who is expected to cooperate in the investigation of Abramoff and members of Congress, could face up to five years in prison.
… The charge was in a criminal information filed Friday accusing Scanlon of conspiring with Abramoff to defraud Indian tribes and engage in a corrupt scheme that lavished trips, sports tickets and campaign donations on a member of Congress, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio.
Abramoff was indicted on fraud charges in August related to a $23 million purchase of casino fleet boats.
DeLay is among those facing scrutiny for his associations with Abramoff, including a trip to Scotland and use of Abramoff’s skybox at a Washington sports arena.
And no doubt a few other members of Congress are consulting their lawyers:
Abramoff’s lobbying network stretched far into the halls of Congress. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show nearly three dozen lawmakers helping to block an American Indian casino in Louisiana while collecting large donations from the lobbyist and his tribal clients.
A happy start to Thanksgiving week—a week in which blogging will be lighter than usual because of travel and other stuff.
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