Sunday, November 20, 2005
Congress facing the "Scandal of the Century"
The Justice Department has signaled for the first time in recent weeks that prominent members of Congress could be swept up in the corruption investigation of Jack Abramoff...with the announcement Friday of criminal charges against Michael Scanlon, Mr. Abramoff's former lobbying partner and a former top House aide to Rep DeLay.
The charges against Mr. Scanlon...by the Justice Department accused him of being part of a broad conspiracy to provide "things of value, including money, meals, trips and entertainment to federal public officials in return for agreements to perform official acts" - an attempt at bribery, in other words, or something close to it...Mr. Scanlon's lawyer says he has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate in the investigation...
White House budget official David H. Safavian resigned only days before his arrest in September on charges of lying to investigators about his business ties to Mr. Abramoff, a former lobbying partner.
"I think this has the potential to be the biggest scandal in Congress in over a century," said Thomas E. Mann, a Congressional specialist at the Brookings Institution.
Not to forget what has been found in the evidence on record. I really want to see this quote from Mr Scanlon mentioned more often: