...may the eating of the young begin....
McCain is the chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, this transpired earlier today according to MSNBC:
Jack Abramoff and a lobbying partner used tax-exempt groups and phony invoices to bilk tribal clients out of millions of dollars, using a scheme they called "gimme five" to divert proceeds to themselves and their pet causes, newly released documents show.
At a hearing Wednesday on Abramoff's activities, Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman John McCain urged the Justice Department to take a close look at Abramoff's tribal billings and his movement of the money, suggesting the lobbyist may have committed mail and wire fraud.
"Today's hearing is about more than contempt, even more than greed. It is simply and sadly a tale of betrayal," said McCain, R-Ariz.
Abramoff's connections with Tom DeLay have been written about extensively and any investigation should bring more light on the shadowy dealings between the House Majority Leader and the lobbyist...
including this one:
and this one:
and maybe this one:
and the best part is, Abramoff doesn't seem to relish his impending role of Fall Guy:
"Everybody is lying," Abramoff told a former colleague. There are e-mails and records that will implicate others, he said. He was noticeably caustic about House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. For years, nobody on Washington's K Street corridor was closer to DeLay than Abramoff. They were an unlikely duo. DeLay, a conservative Christian, and Abramoff, an Orthodox Jew, traveled the world together and golfed the finest courses. Abramoff raised hundreds of thousands for DeLay's political causes and hired DeLay's aides, or kicked them business, when they left his employ. But now DeLay, too, has problems--in part because of overseas trips allegedly paid for by Abramoff's clients. In response, DeLay and his aides have said repeatedly they were unaware of Abramoff's behind-the-scenes financing role. "Those S.O.B.s," Abramoff said last week about DeLay and his staffers, according to his luncheon companion. "DeLay knew everything. He knew all the details."