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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

Abramoff to cop plea

NY Times has breaking news:

Jack Abramoff will plead guilty to three felony counts in Washington on Wednesday as part of a settlement with federal prosecutors, ending an intense, months-long negotiation over whether the Republican lobbyist would testify against his former colleagues, people involved with the case said.

Here's the scope:

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.

DeLay's Lawyers Want Transcripts

DeLay's lawyers are asking for the transcripts from the second grand jury proceedings. They're alleging that there was "prosecutorial misconduct" by Ronnie Earle.

The transcripts are "secret" and Earle does not have to release them unless ordered by a court. More from the AP.

Former DeLay aide Scanlon charged

Associated Press:

Documents filed Friday say that Scanlon and Lobbyist A recruited a member of Congress, identified only as Representative No. 1, with gifts, trips, meals, entertainment and campaign contributions to aid their effort to pass legislation.

Clearly, "Lobbyist A" is Jack Abramoff.

Representative No. 1? My money is on Bob Ney. Anyone know where I can place that bet?

Looking ahead

From a Daily DeLay reader:

It appears that the new indictment of Rep. DeLay on the much more serious charge of money laundering was based on new information that was provided to the Travis County District Attorney over the weekend.

WaPo Chat Tries to Clear Things Up

Tim Curran, editor of Roll Call, spent some time on a washingtonpost.com chat answering readers' questions about the DeLay indictment earlier this afternoon. Some interesting questions, and answers. Check it out.

Indictments Handed Down for DeLay's PAC

Embattled Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay's Texans for a Republican Majority Political Action Committee (TRMPAC) and the Texas Association of Business (TAB) have been indicted on charges of illegally using corporate money to fund Republican legislative campaigns in 2002.

According to the Austin-American Statesman, this morning's indictments include 128 counts against the business group and two against the political action committee.

Abramoff Pleads Not Guilty

Scandalized lobbyist and DeLay pal Jack Abramoff pleaded not guilty today to charges that he defrauded lenders in a casino cruise line deal. Abramoff and his partner, Adam Kidan, were indicted earlier this month by a federal grand jury on conspiracy and wire fraud charges.

No Pancakes, Just Search Warrants for Cunningham

Embattled Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham spent July 4th trying to avoid fireworks. Cunningham, whose home was raided over the weekend by the FBI, canceled his annual appearance at a pancake breakfast in his district.

The event was to have been Cunningham's first public appearance since the beginning of a federal investigation into shady financial dealings, including the sale of Cunningham's California home to a defense contractor whose company has benefited from numerous lucrative government contracts that Cunningham weighed in on.