The Blotter reports that the Feds are going to pay Mr. Senate Majority Leader-Elect a visit:
As convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff reported to federal prison today, a source close to the investigation surrounding his activities told ABC News that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was one of the members of Congress Abramoff had allegedly implicated in his cooperation with federal prosecutors.
A spokesperson for Reid, elected yesterday as the Senate Majority Leader, said the senator had done nothing illegal or unethical.
“We have no idea what Abramoff is telling prosecutors to save his skin, but I do know that these kind of old allegations are completely ridiculous and untrue,” Sen. Reid’s spokesman Jim Manley told ABC News.
What’s there for Abramoff to save? He’s going to prison for God’s sake.
A source close to the investigation says Abramoff told prosecutors that more than $30,000 in campaign contributions to Reid from Abramoff’s clients “were no accident and were in fact requested by Reid.”
Abramoff has reportedly claimed the Nevada senator agreed to help him on matters related to Indian gambling.
And there was this from yesterday:
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff is scheduled to report to federal prison tomorrow, over the objections of federal prosecutors who say they still need his help to pursue leads on officials he allegedly bribed.
Sources close to the investigation say Abramoff has provided information on his dealings with and campaign contributions and gifts to “dozens of members of Congress and staff,” including what Abramoff has reportedly described as “six to eight seriously corrupt Democratic senators.”
Well, this is getting interesting. Let’s all take a guess as to why this didn’t get published before the elections.
Jay at Stop the ACLU:
Hey, I thought the Democrats were supposed to clean House! Thats what Pelosi said! Instead she’s doing her best to put corrupt Murtha into the Democratic leadership postition. And now look at this news! The Dems are not even in power yet and they are already falling apart! I heard people guessing Reid would be one of the focus points in this scandall earlier today. Congrats, you all were right.
Lorie adds: I want to be on record as questioning the timing.