Monday, January 09, 2006

Abramoff Probe Turns Focus on DeLay Aide

Abramoff Probe Turns Focus on DeLay Aide: "With disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff's cooperation secured, federal prosecutors are turning up the pressure on a former senior aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in the clearest signal yet that the sprawling public corruption investigation is now focusing on House Republican leadership offices, according to legal experts familiar with the case.

The turn of events in the Abramoff case has all but ended DeLay's hope of returning to the House majority leader's post, which he was forced to relinquish in September after his indictment on unrelated campaign finance charges in Texas. His temporary successor, House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), is planning to ask House GOP members to elect him permanently to the majority leader's position in the coming weeks. And a small group of Republicans began the formal process of replacing DeLay on Friday, unveiling a petition for a leadership election."

Talking Points Memo
pointed me to this article. It lays out the case against Delay's former staffer Tony Rudy, and how the signs are pointing toward the Bugman.


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