David Safavian

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Abramoff's Scotland junket

The trial of former Bush Administration official David Safavian raises lots of interesting questions for Rep. Bob Ney, Ralph Reed, and others, as former Ney chief of staff and government witness Neil Volz takes the stand. Here's just one example we're interested in:


Trial of Abramoff Associate Begins

David Safavian's trial on charges of lying and obstruction has begun. This is the first trial to open related to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's influence-peddling scheme that could ensnare several members of Congress and has already seen indictments of former top aides to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) and Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH).

The Trouble With Golfing

The August 2004 golfing trip Jack Abramoff put together for himself, Rep. Bob Ney, his former chief of staff Neil Volz, David Safavian, and Ralph Reed may have been fun at the time but it's come back to haunt all five men big time.

Time takes a look at the dodgy circumstances around the trip, heavily supplemented by the Abramoff email records obtained by federal investigators that illuminate Abramoff's relationships with Reed, Volz and Safavian.