Wednesday, July 06, 2005

You don't know Jack...but you're learning quickly

It's been a long long while since AbramoffGate first swung open and there seems to be no end in sight to the flow of new information about his disturbing (and dare we say illegal)behavior over the past ten years. The NYTimes dug deeply for a long story in today's edition that includes interviews from former employees at Signatures, where Abramoff is (for now, at least) a part owner.

The more interesting and newsworthy item is that Richard W. Pombo (R-CA) and Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), chairman and ranking member of the House Resources Committee respectively, have written to AG Gonzales asking him to broaden DOJ's corruption inquiry into Abramoff. According to NYT, the letter "cited a flurry of accusations of wrongdoing involving Mr. Abramoff's multimillion-dollar lobbying on behalf of the Northern Mariana Islands, a small American commonwealth in the Pacific, and said that "any allegations of criminal matters of this sort are best addressed to the Department of Justice."

Things are trickling out ever so slowly but I'm guessing that once the investigators (both in Congress and in the Executive Branch) put everything together (and it is readily apparent that doing so will be no small task), things will move more quickly. There appears to be a preponderance of evidence against him, it's just a matter of time before he pays the price.


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