Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Abramoff Cuts Deal in Congressional Investigations
WASHINGTON - Lobbyist Jack Abramoff will plead guilty to federal charges in Washington and Miami, clearing the way for him to cooperate in a massive government investigation of influence peddling involving members of Congress, his lawyer and the Justice Department said Tuesday.
Abramoff, 46, had become one of the best known lobbyists on the Hill, employing people who had worked for lawmakers and creating close ties to the former House majority leader, Rep. Tom Delay, R-Texas.
As part of the deal, prosecutors were filing conspiracy, fraud and tax evasion charges against the embattled lobbyist, a Justice Department official said.
GOI: Now maybe we will make some head-way into investigating the shady practices of certain Congress members.