Bob Ney

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More information on Rudy guilty plea

TPMMuckraker is on top of this as always. Here is the Information document, and here is TPPM's analysis. They think there's no conclusive evidence that DeLay, who is mentioned as "Representative #2" in the document, is on or off the hook. Rep. Bob Ney, though, is another matter. There's also no mention of Ed Buckham, for those of you keeping score at home.

Shivers down congressional spines

I can't imagine many people in Washington will be happy to read this line in tomorrow's New York Times story about Jack Abramoff's sentencing hearing in Miami:

 

 

The judge agreed to the prison term, the minimum possible under sentencing guidelines, after prosecutors praised Mr. Abramoff for his cooperation in the Washington inquiry, which centers on accusations that he had tried to bribe public officials, including Republican lawmakers.

 

Bob Ney steps down

For anybody who missed it, Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) over the weekend resigned his position as chairman of the House Administration Committee. Ney has come under fire for his close ties to Jack Abramoff, particularly after he was identified as "representative no. 1" in the court documents filed as part of Jack Abramoff's guildty plea.

The Real Scandal: Our Pay-to-Play Campaign Finance System

Check out Public Campaign's editorial memorandum on the need for comprehensive campaign finance reform in the wake of the scandals swirling around Reps. Tom DeLay, Bob Ney, Jack Abramoff, etc. and etc. From the memo:

Meanwhile, back at the scandal...

Louisiana Republican Rep. Jim McCrery says it's likely Bob Ney will be indicted.

It's news when someone states the obvious?!?

NRO: DeLay Should Not Return

The conservative National Review's website posted an editorial from its editors this afternoon arguing that DeLay ought not seek a return to the Majority Leader posting he was forced to give up and that "Republicans underestimate the potential impact of the Abramoff scandal at their peril."

Here's an interesting insight:

Abramoff Pleads Guilty, Guilty, Guilty

This just in...Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty today to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion, and mail fraud. According to the AP, the papers filed today:

detailed lavish gifts and contributions that it said Abramoff gave an unnamed House member, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, in return for Ney's agreement to use his office to aid Abramoff clients.

Source: Half dozen members of Congress

A CNN source close to the Abramoff investigation:

The source close to the investigation said investigators are looking at about half a dozen members of Congress.

Here's my first list of possibilities. Post your own in the comments.

1. Rep. Bob Ney
2. Rep. Tom DeLay
3. Sen. Conrad Burns
4. Rep. Richard Pombo
5. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher
6. Rep. John Doolittle

More info on possible Republican lobbyist's plea agreement

The New York Times moves the story on Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff ahead a little today, particularly with this passage:

One participant in the case said the deal could be made final as early as next week.

Na Na Na...Na Na Na...Bob Ney...Good Bye

On the heels of learning that he may be charged with bribery for selling votes for campaign cash, Rep. Bob Ney is going to visit the troops in Iraq for a week.

Do you think he'll come back? More at Chillicothe Gazette.