Thursday, December 22, 2005
Will the cracks open up?
The PD's Sabrina Eaton thinks so:
Abramoff might finally explain his motive in providing luxury travel to Scotland, offers of a Super Bowl trip and help in getting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign cash for Ney and other congressmen. If federal prosecut-ors decided that amounted to bribery in exchange for legis lative favors, it could crack open one of the biggest congressional scandals in modern history and potentially end the careers of Ney and others who become ensnared, ethics watchdogs say.
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Testimony from Abramoff and any transactional records he provides could be central to any case the federal government might build against Ney, said Melanie Sloan, a former federal prosecutor who heads Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Sloan, who has worked as an attorney for several Capitol Hill Democrats, says it's likely Ney will face bribery charges.