Category Archives: Abramoff
We still have fallout from le affair de Abramoff people…
A top aide to a former Republican congressman from Oklahoma has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to defraud the House as part of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. The aide, John Albaugh, who was chief of staff to Representative Ernest Istook, told a federal judge that he was guilty of accepting gifts in return for official favors. Mr. Albaugh faces up to 24 months in prison but the sentence could be reduced if he cooperates with the government’s investigation.
Will his former boss be the next charged?
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bag of bat guano imho, from TPM:
The FBI has raided the Northern Virginia home of Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.), according to Congressional sources. No details are publicly available yet about the circumstances of the raid, but Doolittle and his wife, Julie, have been under federal investigation for their ties to the scandal surrounding imprisoned former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Update: Remember that a former key aide to Doolittle, Kevin Ring, who’d worked with Abramoff, resigned suddenly from his job late last week. As I wrote before, that’s a clear sign that Ring may be preparing to plead guilty and implicate Doolittle.
Keep the indictments coming and the hearings and subpoena’s rolling too. If Carol Lam was still there, this would of happened a lot soon me thinks.
Today the Committee sent a formal request to former White House aide Susan Ralston to appear for a deposition on April 5th. The deposition is part of the Committee’s investigation, begun last spring, into lobbying contacts between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and the White House.
Cspan has become my favorite channel lately.