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New York Times is reporting:
Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist under criminal investigation, has been discussing with prosecutors a deal that would grant him a reduced sentence in exchange for testimony against former political and business associates, people with detailed knowledge of the case say.

Mr. Abramoff is believed to have extensive knowledge of what prosecutors suspect is a wider pattern of corruption among lawmakers and Congressional staff members. One participant in the case who insisted on anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations described him as a "unique resource."
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Originally posted to frogmarchbush on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 07:21 PM PST.

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  •  This may be the killshot... (none)
    that at last ignites national outrage.  This guy is hip deep in some bad stuff and will entangle Bush himself in serious corruption charges.  Just imagine if you can pin Duke Cunningham style corruption on major members of the adinistration and dozens of congressmen and seanators.  Fitzmas will look like an interoffice pissing contest after this canary sings.

    Sometimes, out of the most ordinary looking vessel can flow the most extraordinary wine.

    by normcash on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 07:25:12 PM PST

  •  Will the straw finally break the camel's back? (none)
    I've been amazed how they've been caught red handed so many times and still have some people brainwashed. I certainly hope you're right, normcash.
    •  my question (none)
      Has GOP money intake been affected at all? Abramoff obviously brings in tons of money.

      And GOP was  stretching to the limit matching money democrat fund raising effort last time.

      GOP fund raising pattern obviously is very weak against this sort of legal situation.

      •  All accounts, actually the GOP (none)
        is organized very much like Al-Quada. Its a deversified structure that brings in donations from many wings and supporters (indivdual and corporate), but most importantly, if one goes down, their are at least 2 to take the place...ie. Scooter Libby

        I've killed people for less...

        by patsprouseyo on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 09:29:41 PM PST

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  •  No wonder (none)
    Frirst had other things to do today. Shit is about to hit one big major fan tomorrow. Oh Boy. Those repug assholes want out of Washington in the worst way. Reid asked everyone to be patient and work together tomorrow.

    Think he knows whats coming to his lowlife repug collegues way?

  •  I Hope That Abramoff... (none)
    ...wears a bulletproof vest and has lots of bodyguards, if he is seriously thinking of flipping on Congress.

    Not wearing my tinfoil hat, just thinking out loud...

  •  What Josh had to say: (none)
    So this a good opportunity to restate the point.

    On paper, Jack Abramoff was a lobbyist. And he made a great deal of money for himself. But if you think of Jack Abramoff as just a crooked lobbyist most of the facts coming out about what he did don't make a great deal of sense. He was a key player in a very big political machine and he was managing a slush fund.

    Look at the pattern.

    Notice how all Abramoff's clients seemed to get 'bilked' out of large sums of money that ended up going to other conservative foundations, consulting firms, Ralph Reed, lobby shops, Grover Norquist, astroturf organizers, politicians, etc.? All of them part of Washington's Republican infrastructure?...........

    Follow the money!!!!!!!

  •  Rover and Grover and Wall Street, oh my! (4.00)
    It ain't just about Congress.  I can't wait to hear much more about Karl Rove's cut on the action, which one has to suspect is substantial.

    Grover Norquist is doubtless as dirty as Abramoff, though he may have been more of a designator of payoffs than a bagman.  Something kept all those Republicans coming back to Grover's weekly soirees, and it can't have been the intellectual stimulation.

    Lastly, it takes two to commit bribery.  Who's getting the money is the main event, but who's giving it may prove almost as interesting, and hopefully more damaging to the Republican corporatist power structure.

    -4.50, -5.85 "To initiate a war of aggression is ... the supreme international crime." ---Nuremberg Tribunal

    by Dallasdoc on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 07:55:46 PM PST

    •  Excellent point Sir (none)
      I guess it would be our job in part, but this time we must be SURE that those doing the bribing are exposed and punished as well.

      "The pen is mightier than the sword, but only at a range of greater than five feet" Malaclypse the Younger

      by buhdydharma on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 09:10:40 PM PST

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  •  I hope sex is involved... (4.00)
    ...because then the press will actually pay attention!
  •  This Should Raise the Tension Level (none)
    on Capitol Hill tomorrow.  Hope the Democrats can exploit that.
  •  The Perfect Storm (4.00)
    Let's see - this week may well be the week the US sees hard, non-partisan evidence that:

    1. the Republican Party's leadership is corrupt [if Abramoff rolls over]

    2. Karl Rove lied under oath [Plamegate]

    3. George Bush violated the FISA laws

    4. The FBI abused its powers and wasted its resources investigating political groups rather than terrorist cells

    5. The Iraq elections did nothing to bring stability to the region

    And it looks like Bush's Patriot Act bluff is going to get called - four Republican Senators have actually let their love for our country overrule their party loyalty.

    If I were Scott McClellan, I'd go catch the avian flu and call in sick until January.  Of course, a sudden bird flu pandemic might be just the thing to distract everyone from Bush's High Crimes and Misdemeanors and let him declare martial law. Maybe that's not til next year, though.

  •  I shall repeat my comment from Georgia10's (none)
    thread on the fed Judges retirement;

    Holy Fucking Shit!

    Talk about exposing the Culture of Corruption.

    Lots of change very quick right now, maybe even enough,eventually to keep humans from destroying their own planet and learning to live in Peace. If we here are helping expose the eons old snake of aristocratic power that has controlled humanity, then we are truly helping to change the world. Thanks to global communication and empowerment (ironicaly through the idea of America)if we can expose the lies and corruption that have held humanity back from its true cooperative and creative potential then think what can be accomplished. There are no more secrets. There can be no more ruling of men through false privilege. Ideas and reality rule the world administered by reasonable humans all over the Globe who come to gather not for the Agrandizement of the Few, but for the Greater Good of All.

    Or perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself.

    "The pen is mightier than the sword, but only at a range of greater than five feet" Malaclypse the Younger

    by buhdydharma on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 08:59:42 PM PST

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