Abramoff in Plea Talks

This is hardly a surprise, but lobbyist Jack Abramoff reportedly is engaged in serious plea negotiations with the Government. One reason: He says he's broke and can't afford extended trials. His Miami trial is set for January 9. He is also the subject of a Washington grand jury investigation. If he takes a deal, he will provide cooperation against members of Congress and others in exchange for a reduced sentence.

At issue is the complicated structure of the case against Mr. Abramoff. In August, he was indicted by federal prosecutors in Miami on charges of fraud stemming from his purchase of a fleet of casino boats in 2000. He pleaded not guilty in that case, and his lawyers say they are preparing him to stand trial. Mr. Abramoff has also been under investigation here in connection with his lobbying. No charges have been brought against him in that inquiry. The existence of what amounts to two separate but overlapping investigations partly explains why the plea negotiations for Mr. Abramoff have been so protracted and tough, said people with inside knowledge of the case.

Here's another aspect of the investigation that is bound to make some folks nervous:

Prosecutors are also looking at how some former Congressional staff members landed their lucrative lobbying positions and at the role the wives of several lobbyists and lawmakers may have had in any influence scheme, a piece of the puzzle that investigators have begun referring to privately as the "wives' club."

Which wives would those be?

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    Re: Abramoff in Plea Talks (none / 0) (#1)
    by Zeno on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 08:37:57 PM EST
    One of the wives must be Mrs. John Doolittle, who came in for a chunk of Abramoff money at her company, Sierra Dominion Financial Solutions. John is certainly a weasel, but I don't know about Julie Doolittle.

    Re: Abramoff in Plea Talks (none / 0) (#2)
    by norbizness on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 08:38:52 PM EST
    I understand his point about not being able to afford a protracted trial, but can he afford Tom DeLay chopping him into small chunks and feeding him to the gators at the Brazos Bend State Park outside of Houston?

    Re: Abramoff in Plea Talks (none / 0) (#3)
    by Quaker in a Basement on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 09:46:29 PM EST
    Boy, the muck is suddenly getting deep, isn't it? There's Abramoff. And DeLay. Scooter, of course. Rove. The whole secret spying thing is just hitting the fan. Also Frist. No wonder Big Time is keeping such a low profile. If he can avoid getting hit with the splashback, he might be the last man standing.

    Re: Abramoff in Plea Talks (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 09:51:09 PM EST
    Tom DeLay's wife (and daughter) are in the Wives' Club (at ASG)

    Re: Abramoff in Plea Talks (none / 0) (#5)
    by Dick Durata on Tue Dec 20, 2005 at 10:16:21 PM EST
    Too bad he didn't have any spare gold bars in the pantry. Get's you good representation, I hear.