Thursday, May 25, 2006

When the House comes crumblin' down

Well, suddenly all those protestations from Hastert about the FBI raid of William Jefferson's office are starting to make a whole lotta sense:
Federal officials say the Congressional bribery investigation now includes Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, based on information from convicted lobbyists who are now cooperating with the government.

Part of the investigation involves a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed with other tribes.

The other tribes were represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff who reportedly has provided details of his dealings with Hastert as part of his plea agreement with the government.

The letter was written shortly after a fund-raiser for Hastert at a restaurant owned by Abramoff. Abramoff and his clients contributed more than $26,000 at the time.
It looks like Jefferson's corruption story just got shunted to the back pages. Abramoff rules!


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