The WaPo reports that Tom DeLay, who recently denied Jack Abramoff three times to Sue Schmidt, basically worked as head prep cook in Abramoff’s high-volume kitchen of sleaze. Josh Marshall outlined this controversy before anybody else, combining insider sources and reporter’s intuition to define a massive clandestine network that basically operated as a money-laundering nexus and slush fund for the modern Republican party, and he has the best commentary on the latest scoop.
Threatening to ramp up this story from a slow burn into a full-fledged forest fire, rumors about Abramoff announcing a plea agreement have fixed on Tuesday as the likely announcement date.
As I’ve pointed out before, this story threatens to become the consuming scandal of 2006. Numerous informed sources have said that this could become the biggest criminal case against Congress since and possibly including Abscam. Fasten your seatbelts.