The Abramoff saga won’t flare up into a massive conflagration, at least not yet, and it won’t stop making under-the-fold news. Here’s the latest poop:
* Mike Scanlon decided to cop a plea and testify about his years scamming Indian clients, and so much more. Along with the Indian extortion activity, Scanlon played a key role in that famous trip to Scotland that promises to cause so much trouble for Tom DeLay and Bob Ney.
The general outline here is that Scanlon and Abramoff funneled massive amounts of extortion money from Native American gambling interests into a slush fund that benefitted GOP interests, as well as stranger things like an academy in Brooklyn and a sniper school in Israel. Expect to see a lot of Michael Scanlon if the investigations into sundry bad actors and members of Congress eventually go to trial. As things stand I’d put him on top of the ‘tragic accident‘ watch list.
* Italia Federici, the head of a sham GOP enviro outfit, made a decent effort to cover her tracks in testimony before Congress, but her own records and testimony from Michael Scanlon (see above) will probably carry the day.
* The Associated Press outlines how Abramoff channeled donations from one tribe to lawmakers who helped block a comepting tribe’s casino. It’s not good news for the congersscritters involved that the AP draws a parallel to the ‘Keating five.’ Stories mention ‘dozens’ of congresscritters, including Harry Reid and southwestern PA’s own Melissa Hart.
* Red State comments . I’m glad to see that everybody who has commented so far sees this scandal for the dry rot that it is.