Will Jack Abramoff, the greatest purveyor of sleaze to afflict American government since
, well, possibly ever, cop a plea and sell his legislative-branch friends down the river? We don’t know for sure, at least not yet, but sweet jeebus the rumors are flying. Carpetbagger has a run-down of the various news outlets doing their bit to get ahead of the apparently-imminent Abramoff announcement. At this point the only major outlet that doesn’t seem to have received a leak is the Weekly World News.
Josh Marshall prints a caveat sent in by a lawyeristic friend warning that the judicial branch should shy away from prosecuting cases that could fundamentally upset the balance of power in Washington. I understand that I’m interpreting the email in a slightly slanted way, but that seems to propose a novel way to get off of committing a crime. If everybody in one party robs a bank then the DOJ has to let em go because prosecuting them will put the other party ahead. Brilliant.
Will the actual announcement come over the wire today? Watch this space.
We don’t need no stinkin’ announcement. This story has ripened to the point that we’re calling the game for the prosecution.
What this means is that Jackie Boy has agreed to offer substantial cooperation, in the form of information, evidence and testimony against members of Congress, staffers and others involved in these schemes. The DoJ will hold that promise of cooperation over him and will withhold any sentencing in the matter until that cooperation has been completed. If he cooperates fully and gives meaningful evidence and testimony, the DoJ will make a favorable sentencing recommendation. If Abramoff tries to weasel out of the deal, the recommendation will not be so favorable.
…(In my experience, if he’s getting a concurrent deal, he’s brought some documentary evidence and a whole lto of information to the table. Jack’s been spilling a lot of beans.)
It’ll be an entertaining year, if you like watching a train crash into a LNG depot.
I added a caveat. I remain convinced that Abramoff will set a high-water mark for organized corruption, patricularly if you take into account the more stringent laws under which he worked relative to the competition, but there’s no point saying for sure at this early stage. Let’s see how it plays out.
Okay, before anybody from Florida has an aneurysm [sp] let’s be clear that I’m talking about national politics. Dysfunction at the state and local level ranges from tolerable to mind-bogglingly awful.