Abramoff

From Abramoff charges...

FiredUpAmerica posted the document laying out the charges against Abramoff.

I'll read through and post my comments later. Feel free to do the same.

Source: Half dozen members of Congress

A CNN source close to the Abramoff investigation:

The source close to the investigation said investigators are looking at about half a dozen members of Congress.

Here's my first list of possibilities. Post your own in the comments.

1. Rep. Bob Ney
2. Rep. Tom DeLay
3. Sen. Conrad Burns
4. Rep. Richard Pombo
5. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
6. Rep. John Doolittle

Lessons from Abscam?

Josh at Talking Points Memo posts a statement from a reader and asks for thoughts.

Here are mine:

TPM Reader LH basically argues that the Abscam stings on members of Congress suffered from their own success. In other words, the political will to continue them waned after they became effective tools to take out members of Congress, and the political establishment feared the result.

Abramoff to cop plea

NY Times has breaking news:

Jack Abramoff will plead guilty to three felony counts in Washington on Wednesday as part of a settlement with federal prosecutors, ending an intense, months-long negotiation over whether the Republican lobbyist would testify against his former colleagues, people involved with the case said.

Here's the scope:

More info on possible Republican lobbyist's plea agreement

The New York Times moves the story on Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff ahead a little today, particularly with this passage:

One participant in the case said the deal could be made final as early as next week.

Want your member of Congress to know what you think of DeLay?

Yesterday's AP article and this morning's story about DeLay-pal lobbyist Jack Abramoff possibly reaching a plea agreement soon, raises the question once again:

Isn't it time that Tom DeLay should just resign from Congress?

Ask your member of Congress this question.

Will Ney fall next?

Toward the end of the Washington Post's follow up to the New York Times' Jack Abramoff piece, there's this interesting nugget:

Abramoff singing, but what tune?

Anne Kornblut of the New York Times scoops this story, which may have more serious implications than the earlier AP story for DeLay, on how Jack Abramoff is discussing a deal with prosecutors.

It's Nice to Give When the Folks You Give to Don't Receive

An intriguing but complicated story from the Austin American Statesman is worth a read. All the t's aren't crossed and the i's aren't dotted yet, but it looks like Tom DeLay and Abramoff could be in trouble with the IRS. The gist of the story is:

How much does it cost to silence a member of Congress?