Look who just got indicted:
Greenberg Traurig is in hot water in the tropical U.S. territory of Guam.
The ginormous firm – 1,750 lawyers and counting — was indicted Tuesday in connection with alleged lobbying activities by former employee Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty in 2006 to a conspiracy to bribe public officials.
The indictment was reported yesterday by the ABA Journal, which links to the indictment.
According to the indictment, Abramoff and Greenberg Traurig received $324,000 in lobbying fees from a Guam court administrator in alleged circumvention of Guam procurement rules. Abramoff and the firm were charged with theft by deception, among other charges.
Given how long things have been held up on this investigation — including alleged prior blocking of indictments by Jack’s pals Karl Rove and Tom DeLay — I have to wonder what it was that broke the indictment dam on this matter. Especially given the DeLay and Buckham two-step on keeping money operations going in Guam and other US territories and on KStreet, I really have to wonder if there is much, much more to follow.
Especially since Jack Abramoff himself is also named in the indictment. That can’t sit well with Mr. Supposedly Cooperating With Federal Authorities, now can it?
Is Jack finding his federal prison digs not to his liking, and spilling even more beans? Has Mukasey lifted the Alice Fisher stranglehold on GOP prosecutions in these matters? Did several of Abramoff’s underlings at Greenberg Traurig spill some tidbits about internal deliberations on using Abramoff’s connections to boost firm profits in less-than-savory ways (especially given that a number of the firm’s Abramoff pals were cast out in 2005 in the wake of the Abramoff revelations)? Or is this just the natural course of a slow-moving investigation team connecting enough dots to bring a grand jury indictment in the natural course of things? I’d sure love to know the details.
I’m sure you all recall the details of the kickback and pass-through payday scheme in which they all allegedly participated from John Anderson’s Follow the Money, don’t you? Does this mean that more indictments could be in the offing? Or that we’ll finally get to dig through all those thousands of pages of documents and e-mails regarding potential misconduct by Republicans that St. John McCain held back from public scrutiny to protect his donor base pals? Inquiring minds and all…
ABC has indictment details, and more background on the 2002 squelching of the Guam investigation. This all ties into the USAtty firings questions as well, so the fact that an indictment on this has been obtained is quite intriguing at this point. Popcorn, anyone?
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