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Abramoff Implicates Harry Reid

The Blotter reports that the Feds are going to pay Mr. Senate Majority Leader-Elect a visit:

As convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff reported to federal prison today, a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors.


A spokesperson for Reid, elected yesterday as the Senate Majority Leader, said the senator had done nothing illegal or unethical.

"We have no idea what Abramoff is telling prosecutors to save his skin, but I do know that these kind of old allegations are completely ridiculous and untrue," Sen. Reid's spokesman Jim Manley told ABC News.

What's there for Abramoff to save? He's going to prison for God's sake.

A source close to the investigation says Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff's clients "were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid."


Abramoff has reportedly claimed the Nevada senator agreed to help him on matters related to Indian gambling.

And there was this from yesterday:

Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff is scheduled to report to federal prison tomorrow, over the objections of federal prosecutors who say they still need his help to pursue leads on officials he allegedly bribed.


Sources close to the investigation say Abramoff has provided information on his dealings with and campaign contributions and gifts to "dozens of members of Congress and staff," including what Abramoff has reportedly described as "six to eight seriously corrupt Democratic senators."

Well, this is getting interesting. Let's all take a guess as to why this didn't get published before the elections.

Jay at Stop the ACLU:

Hey, I thought the Democrats were supposed to clean House! Thats what Pelosi said! Instead she's doing her best to put corrupt Murtha into the Democratic leadership postition. And now look at this news! The Dems are not even in power yet and they are already falling apart! I heard people guessing Reid would be one of the focus points in this scandall earlier today. Congrats, you all were right.

Lorie adds: I want to be on record as questioning the timing.


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Comments (40)

I'm glad it didn't get publ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

I'm glad it didn't get published prior to the election. It will be much more fun to watch them get kicked out of office than to make some excuse and not run for reelection.

Expect to hear a lot of screams about 'swiftboating' in the next few days.

The comedy is just in the introduction stage. Several acts to follow.

Only guilty Republicans wer... (Below threshold)
Mark:

Only guilty Republicans were newsworthy prior to the election.

Reid has still gotten a free ride on his shady land deal as well.

If there was any balance in the MSM, they would be howling for William "Cold Cash" Jefferson to be bounced from the House.

Instead, not a word from the usual suspects.

I am shocked - shocked! - t... (Below threshold)

I am shocked - shocked! - to learn the Senator from the Vega mob might be corrupt.

The nerve of Reid, selling himself to Abramoff when he was already bought and paid for.

Maybe they'll send him a message, like a dead fish or Cindy Sheehan's head in his bed.

From No Agenda<a hre... (Below threshold)
Matt M.:

From No Agenda
http://www.noagenda.org/connections/jack_abramoff/

Could it be anyone of these fine folks.

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) - $2,000
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) - $21,765
Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) - $12,950
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) - $22,500
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) - $20,250
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) - $14,792
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) - $14,000
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - $2,000
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) - $1,250
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) - $45,750
Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI) - $9,000
Sen. Jim Jeffords (I-VT) - $2,000
Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) - $3,300
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) - $95,550
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) - $28,000
Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) - $6,000
Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) - $10,550
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) - $78,991
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) - $20,168
Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) - $7,500
Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) - $2,300
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) - $3,500
Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) - $4,000
Sen. Ken Salazar (D-CO) - $4,500
Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) - $4,300
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) - $29,550
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) - $6,250

So, it was much more than j... (Below threshold)
SurfinKC:

So, it was much more than just "one dime".

Where is Lee? Where is Man... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Where is Lee? Where is Mantis? Where art thou, Hugh?

Shocked, I tell you, just shocked to the core.

Hopefully this will be "seared, seared" in the minds of the voters come 2008. The modern Dem. Party was built on corruption.

Shine the light, baby!!!</p... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Shine the light, baby!!!

Kick all these covicts (Left and Right) out of office!!

Then we remove the money from the election system.

I'm a liberal, but I think it's wrong to impeach Bush. All you have to do is investigate. The cowards will resign on their own.

This is going to be FUN!!!

Gee, having the Dems in mar... (Below threshold)
ted:

Gee, having the Dems in marginal leadership in the Senate and the House, is going to turn out just fine!!

(The Dems won't be able to accomplish any of their legislation and now can't carp from the sidelines -- and there will be endless stuff to throw at them)

Could it be, this is part of the Rovian plan?

I suspect that the Republic... (Below threshold)

I suspect that the Republicans felt that this can of worms would be just as damaging to them as it is to the Democrats if they pursued it prior to the election.

If it turns out that significantly more Democrats are rightly implicated by Abramoff than Republicans then this was a gross miscalculation in politics priot to the election.

Tsk tsk -- Look what Kim le... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Tsk tsk -- Look what Kim left out of her cut and paste from ABC news....

(Kim included this)

Sources close to the investigation say Abramoff has provided information on his dealings with and campaign contributions and gifts to "dozens of members of Congress and staff," including what Abramoff has reportedly described as "six to eight seriously corrupt Democratic senators."

(But Kim left out the very next paragraph)

The sources say Abramoff was about to provide information about Bush administration officials, including Karl Rove, "accepting things of value" from Abramoff.

Rove has denied any wrongdoing in his dealings with Abramoff. But the lobbyist visited the White House at least seven times, according to Secret Service logs obtained by Judicial Watch.


Lee, I'll take 6-8 Dem. U.S... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

Lee, I'll take 6-8 Dem. U.S. Senators to your 1 Rove.

Let's see the dealer's hand, eh?

By the way, Lee, Rove does not control the Senate, 6-8 Senators do, however, in the balance. Or does Rove control them all? Hmmmmmmm.

Maybe he does!

Rodney said: "I suspect ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Rodney said: "I suspect that the Republicans felt that this can of worms would be just as damaging to them as it is to the Democrats if they pursued it prior to the election."

Bingo! The White House appears to be dirty... see above.

You can't spin this one Lee... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

You can't spin this one Lee. Rove is not an elected official and cannot allocate money by the billions to his friends. I know you are aware of this but as usual show your stupidity in an attempt to spin someone. Ain't no one buying your garbage so tell the truth for once.

Every corrupt member regardless of party should be rooted out and put in jail. Of course the Republicans will resign and the dim's will cover for and even cheer for the criminals in the dim party. History proves this, so it's time for you guys to go after your own criminals like Cold Cash Jefferson, Dirty Harry Reid, and Mad Dog Murtha. Cold Cash stole it for himself, Reid and Murtha have diverted millions of dollars in tax payer money to family members with a share coming back to them. All are guilty of numerous felonies.

Heh, I wouldn't go so far a... (Below threshold)

Heh, I wouldn't go so far as to say the Whitehouse appears dirty (though they are being implicated), but 'dozens of members of Congress and staff' may easily mean more GOP members than the 6-8 Democrats.

Politically the GOP took the hit on this and the Democrats that ran on let's reduce corruption, arguably have not.

Also even implications of Whitehouse taint during the election would've been more damaging to the GOP, though considering the result, they probably wished it had come out then rather than now.

"You can't spin this one... (Below threshold)
Lee:

"You can't spin this one Lee. Rove is not an elected official and cannot allocate money by the billions to his friends. "

Oh break me a give, Scrappy. Rove is the official White House puppeteer -- "Bush's Brain" is what they call him in Texas. And up until the American People wised up last week what the White House wanted FLEW through Congress - and was funded without question.

The White House is dirty - everyone knows it - if they dodge the bullet on this one there will be others - there's two more years to flush out the White House rats....

Jeez...this news has cobweb... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:

Jeez...this news has cobwebs on it...it was discussed here months ago...how about McCain etc today all we need is more troops?...ya know we still have slackers who are rotated out for seven months? Hey..they volunteered...let them stay until we win...
...after all when we let them come home..it just makes it harder for them and their families to return....
....oh yeah..,.forget Iraq..lets follow another butterfly....yep if we can just get Reid...they will give flowers to our troops in Iraq...
.....How many deaths will will it take? How many wounded? How many shattered?....
.......the blood of every troop killed or wounded is on our hands...ain't no "look over here" soap gonna wash them off.....Remember..no matter who voted on it...our Commander-in-Chief...called the invasion...May every troop return safe and healthy..(but you know that ain't gonna happen)..

oh yeah a cobweb link... (Below threshold)
nogo postal:
nogo pissoff, er postal is ... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

nogo pissoff, er postal is hereby elected to the hall of fame for those with shit for brains.

Lee, you took your eye off ... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

Lee, you took your eye off the ball again. Even the White House cannot allocate money. It all starts in the house of rep's. Only congress can allocate and spend money, that's how they manage to make the million dollar payoffs to friends and family. Ask Reid and Murtha how it works. They have it down pat.

The President couldn't even buy you a hotdog with government money unless it (white house funds) was approved by congress.

Rove can only spend what is allocated for his office expenses. Not going to make any million dollar payoffs with that.

Call your failed college and see if you can do a retake of government, and study the process real hard. You missed a day or year.

The White House is dirty... (Below threshold)

The White House is dirty - everyone knows it

Its nice to be able to define what serves for common knowledge as part of your argument. I've been hearing the liberal 'everyone knows it/that' mantra, used to lend credibility to their arguments since Bill Clinton starting running for President. I got so tired of its use, I came up with a few of my own.
- Everyone knows that Ted Kennedy murdered Mary Jo Kopechne
- Everyone knows the Clintons were involved(guilty) in the Vince Foster Murder and cover up.
- Everyone knows the Clintons are guilty in Whitewater.
- Everyone knows that Bill Clinton committed Perjury.
- Everyone knows that Hillary was given an 'easy-win' Senate seat to keep quiet about Bill's sins.

There are (everyone knows it) more current ones as well. Here's one thats more predictive.
- Everyone knows that the Democrats will try to impeach Bush to get even for Clintons impeachment.

It was overused almost as much as 'extremist conservative."

I don't think it's been pos... (Below threshold)
BrandonInBatonRouge:

I don't think it's been posted here yet, but there are rumblings reported by Michelle Malkin that the media's favorite Dem rockstar, Sen. Barack Obama, is involved with "political fundraiser" Antonin Rezko, who was indicted by the Feds for a kickback scheme.

http://michellemalkin.com/archives/006376.htm

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/local_story_308203800.html


It doesn't appear that this story is getting a lot of play outside of Chicago.

This is more in the line of "questionable" rather than "corrupt" as of now, but any further developments in the story may impact Obama's chances of running in 2008 as President or VP.

Oh now Scrappy - you and I ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Oh now Scrappy - you and I both know the White House used to be able to get almost whatever they wanted pushed through Congress - and the connection between Abramoff and Rove proves there a.. ahem... a "relationship" that needs investigating.

You're not worried that Cheney and Bush will be implicated too, are you? If you are you're smarter than you seem.

Scrappy is beating Lee to a... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Scrappy is beating Lee to a pulp. I have to turn my eyes because it's so damn bloody.

Whoever said the White House is dirty is right. That would the White House during the years of 1993-2000.

They wrote the book on dirty.

- Everyone knows that Te... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

- Everyone knows that Ted Kennedy murdered Mary Jo Kopechne
- Everyone knows the Clintons were involved(guilty) in the Vince Foster Murder and cover up.
- Everyone knows the Clintons are guilty in Whitewater.
- Everyone knows that Bill Clinton committed Perjury.
- Everyone knows that Hillary was given an 'easy-win' Senate seat to keep quiet about Bill's sins.

Hey Rodney,

- Everyone knows George Bush is a moron
- Everyone knows he lied to get us into Iraq
- Everyone knows the republicans are corrupt to the core
- Everyone knows conservative apologists take it up the rear and scream for more.

Doesn't really matter now what Clinton and his folks did - or didn't - now, does it. He's been out of office for 6 years. You can argue the relevance of it or not - you'd be wrong. Then - I could counter with Nixon. You can counter with John Kennedy. I'll bring up Herbert Hoover. Listen closely - THEY MEAN NOTHING IN THE HERE AND NOW.

George Bush is a scumbag and liar and we'll all see very soon the ugly depth to which he's lied to us, sold us all out and trashed our country's reputation. And this will happen in real time - when it matters.

This country and what it stands for is more important than some little pissant pampered rich boy who thinks soldiers are toys to play with and the way he ran his corrupt businesses in the past are templates for selling out our country.

Whine all you want about the other side. It's what's happening today that is relevant to the law and the future. And the ugly truth about the Bush administration will speak for itself in the next few years - and there's nothing YOU'LL be able to do to change that.

.Remember..no matter wh... (Below threshold)
Marc:

.Remember..no matter who voted on it...our Commander-in-Chief...called the invasion...May every troop return safe and healthy..(but you know that ain't gonna happen)..
Posted by: nogo postal at November 15, 2006 07:07 PM

So what you're saying in this entirely off-topic and nonsensical screed is being corrupt is ok and should be overlooked because the U.S. is waging a war against those that would slice and dice your disingenuous ass quicker than you can type HELP!

Right... got it! I think I'll move along now to more important things than reading your tripe. Like defleaing my dog.

It's what's happening t... (Below threshold)
Marc:

It's what's happening today that is relevant to the law and the future. And the ugly truth about the Bush administration will speak for itself in the next few years - and there's nothing YOU'LL be able to do to change that.
Posted by: hansel2 at November 15, 2006 10:26 PM

You're correct, and it appears what's happening today are more than a few [Dim]ocrats will be running for cover as investigations and or charges are filed.

It appears TODAY the [Dim]ocrats are more interested in an inhouse fight over leadership positions than curing what they mistakenly feel is wrong with the country.

TODAY, as opposed to yesterday (read pre-election) they are for tax increases masked as repealing tax cuts, bloating the budget with more Shillery Care and pulling out of Iraq as soon as possible.

You're right TODAY is more important.

You captured my point exact... (Below threshold)

You captured my point exactly, you must've ready Lee's post as well, as long as everyone knows it, no further proof is needed. You caught on quickly, how very astute (everyone knows thats really two words) of you. I only used older claims as they are ones everyone already knew. I could just as easily claim that.
- Everyone knows that the Democrats will propose to cut military funding to prepare for cut and run (oops Kucinich already did that)
- Everyone knows that Hillary will attempt to bring back her political debacle known as universal health care.
- Everyone knows that The Democrats will raise taxes (and Teddy will raise a toast)
- Everyone knows that Democrats are corrupt to the core.
- Everyone knows there will be more accusations added to this post, with no real substance to back it up.

Both sides should do someth... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Both sides should do something about the corruption of Congress.

They'll yell about it, but in the end they won't do a thing about it.
Why?

Because the people who pay them (no, not the american taxpayer) don't want the system changed.

It's a mobius strip.

I hate to break it to you W... (Below threshold)

I hate to break it to you Wingnuts but the Dems hold the ace of spades on this one. All the Dems have to do is go on the record opposing the Presidential Records Act Executive Order and demand its appeal. End of story, check mate.

Politics is like a chess match and right now, the way I see it, the Dems are about one or two moves ahead of the Repubs. With the old guard of the Republican party (Bush 41's crew and let's not forget the rise of Mr Lott) starting to flex their muscles they can't afford to have that can of worms opened.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2001/11/20011101-12.html

<a href="http... (Below threshold)
Lee:

CUMBERLAND, Md. -- Hours before entering federal prison Wednesday, lobbyist Jack Abramoff sent friends an e-mail lamenting "this nightmare" political scandal and predicting things were about to get worse _ but still looking optimistically to the future.

Abramoff, who parlayed campaign donations and expensive gifts into political influence from Congress to the White House, reported to a Maryland prison where he will earn no more than 40 cents an hour for assigned jobs.

Reality bites.

Hansel-The only 't... (Below threshold)
LJD:

Hansel-

The only 'taking it up the rear' we're doing is working to pay for Dim-witted programs to support professional foul ups who find it more profitable to sit at their (subsidized) home hitting the crack pipie all day.

Rodney, you're not the shar... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

Rodney, you're not the sharpest tack in the drawer.

My post was mocking your blanket statements as irrelevant - and anachronistic. What any of these folks did in the past means NOTHING as to whether Bush will be reprimanded for his own crimes. You can argue that it balances the scales, but that's like claiming victory in the world series after playing a video baseball game. It means nothing. May make you feel good, but in the here and now, George Bush is person to be held accountable - and what he's done to this country is disgusting.

It also deserves to be reviled without comparisons because, quite honestly, a crime is a crime. If Bill Clinton can become a pariah for sleeping with an intern and lying about it to a grand jury, George Bush should be shunned and convicted for taking our tax money and lying to his employers - us - and creating a domino effect that's resulted in 2800 or so American deaths and who knows how many civilian deaths.

But folks like you will try to minimize his grotesque behavior by saying, "well, look what Teddy Kennedy did." No one's apologizing for Teddy's behavior, but this entire blog seems to apologize for Bush's. That's my point.

When Pelosi said she was go... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

When Pelosi said she was going to bring integrity back to D.C., it appears that it was just a code word for corrupt Democrats. Geez. It's as if someone turned the light on and the roaches are scattering.

My post was mocking your... (Below threshold)

My post was mocking your blanket statements as irrelevant - and anachronistic.

I already responded to the anachronistic aspect. As to irrelevance you've proved my point. All the blanket statements begin with 'Everybody knows that,' meaning that the following comment is probably unsubstantiated and should be questioned. You must've missed that somewhere.

As to Bill he cut a deal, paid a fine, agreed to being banned from the Arkansas bar for five years. (hardly considered being a pariah)

Dubya hasn't been charged, let alone been convicted (or having cut his own deal to avoid trial and conviction). The rhetoric so far is equivalent to 'Everyone knows that..."

Sending troops to fight and die for this country is part of the burden of the Presidency, and is not of itself a crime. Until some criminal activity is charged and proven in court* (or hearings), the accusations are just so much political noise.

*which I will agree MAY happen to members of both parties related to Abramoff.

I agree with out completely... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

I agree with out completely on all counts.

Could it be that Abramoff i... (Below threshold)
astigafa:

Could it be that Abramoff is lying about this shit? That, having single-handedly brought down the Republican party, Abramoff would lie about dirty Democrats to make it up to the people who made him rich?

I know better than to say anything sensible on this site, but you never know: people might be evolving.

Wouldn't it be the perfect ... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Wouldn't it be the perfect Rovian plot if enough of these Dem senators have to resign, only to have a Republican governor from their state to appoint a new senator, to give the Republicans the majority back?

Wouldn't it be the perfe... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

Wouldn't it be the perfect Rovian plot if enough of these Dem senators have to resign, only to have a Republican governor from their state to appoint a new senator, to give the Republicans the majority back?

Yes, that would be smashing - because "plots" from White House staffers are EXACTLY what the average American wants. We're so gung ho about "Rovian" deception we see it as one big fun game...

- oh, wait. That's OUR money they get for their salaries.

Hmm - and maybe childish divisive politics might NOT be what we all voted for.

Leave it to a neocon to think we have any interest in that kind of grotesque behavior.

Reid's refusal to return Ab... (Below threshold)
J W:

Reid's refusal to return Abramoff's money, totalling as much as $61,000, was reported by AP writer Devlin Barrett on 1/5/2006:

"While dozens of lawmakers are dumping contributions from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his clients, others including Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid smell no taint and plan to keep the money....Reid received some $61,000 from tribes that were once Abramoff clients. He is not going to give any of that money away, said his spokeswoman Tessa Hafen.
'Senator Reid has done nothing wrong and he doesn't see any reason why he would need to return the money,' Hafen said."

Abramoff seems to disagree with Reid's and Hafen's perspective.

So according to Michael Moo... (Below threshold)
the Brain:

So according to Michael Moore, liberals and progressives will now move to have Reid resign as he's been fingered by Abramoff? After all, thats what they said they would do in their immensely condesending letter.




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