Bob Ney

Former Ney Staffer To Testify

Neil Volz, Ney's former chief of staff, is expected to provide testimony about the 2002 golfing trip organized by disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff for Ney, several of his aides, and Ralph Reed. Though he continues to assert his innocence, Ney is the subject of a criminal investigation and in the middle of a tough re-election battle. Reed meanwhile continues to see his campaign for Georgia's Lieutenant Governor seat dogged by his close relationship with Abramoff.

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:

 

More Ney Aides Subpoenaed

The Plain Dealer is reporting that Will Heaton, Rep. Bob Ney's current chief of staff, and Paul Vinovich, Ney's former aide with the House Administration Committee have been subpoenaed to appear as witnesses in connection with the Jack Abramoff bribery investigation.

Ethics Panel to Open Bribery Investigations

The House ethics committee, consumed by partisan bickering for the last sixteen months, will finally begin its probe of bribery charges against Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and Rep.

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.

Tuesday Roundup

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee to obtain records of Ralph Reed's White House visits as part of a larger inquiry into those with close ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Volz Pleads Guilty

It's more bad news for Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH). His former chief of staff, Neil Volz, has pled guilty to one count of conspiracy in connection with his work while on Ney's staff, and his lobbying activities following. Volz worked for Ney until 2002, then went to work for Jack Abramoff. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

For Bob Ney, indictment or no indictment?

Last Fall, Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) and his former chief of staff Neil Volz each signed six month waivers on the statute of limitations on any potential crimes related to Jack Abramoff's purchase of SunCruz casinos. These six month waivers run out this weekend ran out last night at midnight.

 

Poetry

I'll admit it. My kids have a hard time understanding exactly what I do for a living. They know I sit in front of a computer, talk on the phone a lot, and do something about Tom DeLay, but they have a hard time understanding that, as compared to their friends parents who are teachers, lawyers, etc. Maybe this poem by Hart Seely, which appeared in the New York Times, can help?

 

Here's a small portion -- but go read it all.

 

This is the Jack,

Details emerge

In Tony Rudy's factual proffer, he stipulated that this was true:

 

9. The things of value corruptly given to Rudy and others included, but were not limited to, repeated travel, golf fees, frequent restaurant meals, entertainment, election support for candidates for government and employment for relatives of officials.