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  •  Ironic. DeLay was already under FBI investigatio (1+ / 0-)
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    in March 2004 for his role in the Abramoff-Scanlon bribery and fraud conspiracy.  That was first reported in the WaPo on February 22 (see below).  Didn't the FBI tell the NSA about this?  Didn't anyone read the papers? If so, why did they read him in, anyway?

    A Jackpot From Indian Gaming Tribes
    Lobbying, PR Firms Paid $45 Million Over 3 Years

    By Susan Schmidt
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Sunday, February 22, 2004; Page A01

    A powerful Washington lobbyist and a former aide to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) persuaded four newly wealthy Indian gaming tribes to pay their firms more than $45 million over the past three years for lobbying and public affairs work, a sum that rivals spending to influence public policy by some of the nation's biggest corporate interests.

    Touting his ties to conservatives in Congress and the White House, lobbyist Jack Abramoff persuaded the tribes to hire him and public relations executive Michael Scanlon to block powerful forces both at home and in Washington who have designs on their money, according to tribe members.

    DeLay was, in fact, tied-in to every major GOP corruption suspect in town, from Bob Ney to Ralph Reed to Enron.

    Question follows: were the G-9 all given the same briefing?

    Since laws were admittedly broken in TSP, everyone involved needs to be called before a Grand Jury, placed under oath, and questioned to determine exactly what was said, back and forth, and what conversations and actions followed.

    Since Tom DeLay -- a convicted felon -- was read-in, it seems to me that the rest of Congress now has a right and a need to know what he and the others were told.  Security has already been breached, and with a passage of time, there is absolutely no reason to keep any of this classified, except to protect the guilty.

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