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According to the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. Attorney’s office is expanding the corruption probe that first ensnared former Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.) to include Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), the powerful chairman of the Appropriations Committee. Investigators are looking into whether the same lobbyists who bribed Cunningham also had a relationship with Lewis or other members of Congress. But wait - there's more. As reported in The Washington Post today, the rapidly snowballing investigation also now includes Kyle "Dusty" Foggo, who is being investigated for possible improper relationships with Brent Wilkes, the defense contractor identified as "co-conspirator #1" in the Cunningham indictment. And who, in case you hadn't heard, is Kyle "Dusty" Foggo? Until he resigned this week, he was the #3 man at the CIA, a position he was appointed to (from relative obscurity) by his former congressional boss, Porter Goss -- who as you know ALSO happened to just resign from the CIA, one week before Foggo. My goodness, where IS this going to stop?
Roll Call (subscription required) reports the Department of Justice has a newfound determination to enforce revolving door laws which had previously been ignored.
The guilty pleas of indicted Rep. Tom DeLay’s (R-Texas) former deputy chief of staff Tony Rudy and Rep. Bob Ney’s (R-Ohio) former chief of staff Neil Volz, represent the first time lobbyists have been criminally charged for their work on Capitol Hill.
The New York Times also reports that Cunningham is refusing to cooperate with Pentagon investigators about the bribery scheme that landed him in jail by refusing to give up the names of other people who might be involved in it.
As followed by our friends at Talking Point Memo's Muckracker, the group which filed suit to get the records of Abramoff's visits to the White House, Judicial Watch, is a little less than happy with what they recieved yesterday: an informal document that listed a grand total of two - that's right, two - Abramoff visits to the White House. And they came without even the standard information about who he visited, and who requested the meeting. "We ... have reason to believe there are additional details about Jack Abramoff's visits to the White House that have not been disclosed," said JW President Tom Fitton in a bit of classic understatement.
House Republicans gave Rep. Ney “a standing ovation,” according to The Hill, after he refused to resign and promised to fight a likely federal indictment. Nothing like a good show of support for ethically challenged politicians.
A new poll published by The Record shows even voters in Rep. Richard Pombo’s supposedly “safe” district are fed up with his ethical problems and ties to Delay, threatening his general and even primary election campaign.
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