Via a WaPo rundown, WSJ reports that Abramoff may have the goods on a whole lot of people:
“It remains unclear which lawmakers prosecutors are looking at, and also how persuasive Mr. Abramoff could be in helping to make potential cases against any of them stick. A onetime chairman of College Republicans — a close ally of such party luminaries as Tom DeLay, Ralph Reed and Grover Norquist — Mr. Abramoff says he has information that could implicate 60 lawmakers.”
Jeebus. If true then Abramoffukkah sounds more like Abramaggeddon.
Or, we can be serious. This WaPo article has a reasonable rundown of who faces the worst exposure: Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.), and former deputy interior secretary J. Steven Griles, although Grimaldi and Steno Sue (credit for the first to find a howler; I didn’t) leave the door open for more to come.
Also, keep your eye on Alice Fisher, the assistant Attorney General, criminal division, at DOJ. An odd choice for the government’s top prosecutor, Fisher has never worked as a prosecutor but does have reported ties to DeLay’s defense team. Unsurprisingly, Bush took advantage of Katrina to sneak her in as a recess appointment. Nothing smelly has happened as of yet, and it may not, but nonetheless here’s another reason not to nominate unqualified hacks to important jobs. Sooner or later we need people who can do those jobs. (via)