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Former Delay Aide Pleads Guilty to Bribery



It looks like Michael Scanlon is ready to spill his guts about Abramoff, DeLay, and Bob Ney.

The story of how Scanlon and Abramoff ripped off Native Americans in casino deals is pathetic. I hope heads role on this one.

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Michael Scanlon, a former associate of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty to conspiring to corrupt public officials and defraud clients, clearing the way for his cooperation in an investigation of his one-time partner.

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle today accepted a plea agreement proposed by the Justice Department and Scanlon, which may help prosecutors widen the probe to include lawmakers. The Justice Department asked that sentencing be delayed while Scanlon cooperates. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and repayment of $19.7 million to clients.

Scanlon, 35, will help prosecutors make their case against Abramoff and investigate his contacts in and around Capitol Hill. Scanlon, a one-time aide to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, had intimate knowledge of Abramoff's dealings.

``They're using Scanlon to get everybody,'' said Melanie Sloan, a former federal prosecutor who now heads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, an advocacy group. ``That's how it works. You keep rolling people. I'm sure Tom DeLay is unhappy today to hear Michael Scanlon has made a deal.''

Abramoff's former role as a leading Republican lobbyist may add to the difficulties already facing his party. President George W. Bush's popularity is at a record low as the death toll mounts in Iraq and scandals shake Congress and the White House. Last month, White House aide I. Lewis Libby was indicted in a probe of the disclosure of a covert CIA agent's identity. DeLay was charged with money laundering in Texas, his home state.


Scanlon is accused of conspiring with ``Lobbyist A'' -- identified as Abramoff by a person close to the investigation -- to buy off public officials and bilk casino-owning Indian-tribe clients out of millions of dollars. Scanlon's net profit from the four tribes was $39.4 million, and he kicked back the $19.7 million to Abramoff, according to the plea agreement.
Scanlon declined to comment to reporters after the hearing other than to say, ``You guys will be seeing me around.'' His lawyer, Plato Cacheris, said Scanlon is trying to make amends.

In a sign that the investigation may engulf lawmakers as well, the Justice Department complaint mentions ``Representative #1'' who took a trip to Scotland with Scanlon and helped in ``advancing the application'' of an Abramoff client who sought to install a cellular-phone network in the U.S. Capitol.

I sometimes wonder if this scandal will have deeper repercussions than the Plame leak case. Abramoff's dealings can be tied to many other politicians.
In today's Washington Post, they say that Scanlon is sorry for what he did. Really? No, I think he's sorry that he got caught. I really hate it when people say that someone is remorseful AFTER they are caught. If he was truly remorseful, he would have never pulled this disgusting display of greediness and theft from others. I just cannot believe his and Abramoff's deceitfulness.

Did any of you read about an e-mail exchange between Scanlon and Abramoff, where Scanlon says, "Weez gonna be rich." What a total jerk-head. I am so happy that Scanlon and Abramoff's lives have been turned upside down.

In e-mail correspondence between Mr. Abramoff and Mr. Scanlon released by the Senate committee, it is the junior partner who often displays his thirst for wealth. "I want all their money!!!" Mr. Scanlon wrote in one e-mail message to Mr. Abramoff in 2002, referring to the Tigua Indian tribe. In another, involving the Coushatta Indians, he wrote: "Weeez gonna be rich!!!"


Abramoff, polished and soft-spoken in public, often showed contempt for his clients in private communications with his young partner. It was in an e-mail to Scanlon that Abramoff infamously referred to members of one tribe as "monkeys." In another exchange about a new client, the Tigua tribe of Texas, Abramoff said, "Fire up the jet baby, we're going to El Paso!!" Replied Scanlon: "I want all their MONEY!!!" Said Abramoff: "Yawzah!"

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/19/AR2005111900937_2.html#Page #1

We reap what we sow.

I thought that republicans were the ones who were honest and had integrity? Bwahahahahhahahhaha :lol:
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