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Let the Games Begin!! January 3, 2006, 5:03 pm

Posted by quintapalus in Democrat Stupidity, Republican Stupidity.
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Abramhoff plead guilty today to several charges as part of plea deal.

WASHINGTON — Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to three federal charges Tuesday, suggesting he will cooperate in a Washington probe that could implicate several congressional officials in a cash-for-influence scandal.

Abramoff pleaded guilty on Tuesday in U.S. District Court to honest services fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion relating to his service to Indian tribes, several of whom are Abramoff’s former clients. Abramoff appeared in front of Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle.

Huvelle received acknowledgement from Abramoff when she said he had engaged in a conspiracy involving “corruption of public officials” and that he and others had engaged in a scheme to provide campaign contributions, trips and other items “in exchange for certain official acts.”

The plea deal carries up to 30 years in prison, but prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 9 1/2 to 11 years, providing Abramoff cooperates with federal prosecutors. Restitution to his clients could be at least $25 million. As part of the agreement, Abramoff will lay out of all his finances and all of his activities within 45 days, at which point the government will determine exactly how much he must pay. He will also have to pay $1.7 million to the IRS.

Look for his cooperation to take down a few senators and congressmen. Although the dems might try to make a partisan game out of this, enough of their own will be ensnared to avoid that (hopefully!). The funniest part of this investigation is seeing how numerous senators and congressman have been scrambling over the past few weeks to return any monies with any connection to Abramhoff. It’s akin to turning the lights on in a roach infested kitchen. Look at ’em scatter and flee!!

You can read the story here.