Saturday, December 10, 2005

Is Rep. Ney Next?

A Washington Post story (here) about the plea agreement reached by Adam Kidan, a co-defendant of lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a fraud case, quotes Kidan's attorney stating that his client is ready to testify against both Abramoff and Ohio Rep. Bob Ney.  The Post story notes even more ominously that federal prosecutors have informed Rep. Ney that he is a target of the government's investigation of bribery. One of the items mentioned in the plea agreement of Abramoff partner Michael Scanlon was an item Rep. Ney placed in the Congressional Record in March 2000 that relates to the transaction in Florida for which Abramoff and Kidan were indicted.  While the government could face some Speech or Debate problems in a prosecution of a Congressman related to his official House duties, prosecutors may be able to make a case without ever referring to official business based on the testimony of participants in discussions and the timing of various payments and gifts.  Will Rep. Ney join now-former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham on the list of those accused of bribery? (ph)

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