I'll try to keep this short and sweet. It seems that the legal arm of the GOP political effort (formerly known as the US Department of Justice) has decided Abramoff has caused enough trouble for them.
From the linked article:
Federal prosecutors took the first steps toward reducing the prison sentence of former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff, currently scheduled for release in 2011 for a Florida fraud conviction.
Documents filed in federal court say Abramoff has provided "substantial assistance" in a separate Washington corruption scandal investigation and continues to work with investigators from his prison cell in Cumberland, Md.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul F. Schwartz did not recommend how much Abramoff's sentence should be cut.
Fabulous. We KNOW that Abramoff has not helped convict DeLay (or many other prominent GOP figures). He has helped put away a few drunks and liabilities like Bob Ney, but the big fish ( including Rove, Cheney and Bush?) are swimming free. Sure, they had to engage in a "show trial" of a prosecution, but most of Abramoff's testimony has never seen the light of day outside of the politicized DOJ. Maybe we should see about Paul F. Schwartz? Is he a political appointee? How about his boss?
It really looks like, with few new prosecutions pending from Abramoff's "assistance," what Jack is being rewarded for is being a good member of the crime family and not squealing on the real powers.
Neal Sonnett, Abramoff's attorney in Miami, declined to comment Thursday other than to say that his client was continuing to cooperate with investigators.
Sure . . . like these "investigators" really want to convict any Republicans. I am nauseated.