Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Abramoff's Lawyer Rattles Chains - Who's He Trying to Scare?

Abramobb's lawyers have been routinely requesting delays in his sentencing and this is the response after learning the request for a rather lengthy delay had been denied:
Abramoff attorney Abbe Lowell warned that the defense would disclose information about the ongoing corruption investigation to demonstrate the level of Abramoff's cooperation, something that could affect Abramoff's sentence in the fraud case.

"We will name names," Lowell said by telephone at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck. "That is not a good thing for law enforcement."

MSNBC's Obermann thinks the threat is about Abramobb's connection with Karl Rove:
First it was the emails sent to “Washingtonian Magazine” by the disgraced lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, saying he met with the president nearly a dozen times and not just for photo ops. Then came the results of one of those photo ops, the first of a series of images of Mr. Bush and Mr. Abramoff in the same place at the same time, finally published.

Now perhaps inevitably, evidence of Abramoff‘s possible influence with the president, the link here, Karl Rove. The near 2002, the interested party, the government of Malaysia. Its goal, meeting between the president and its prime minister at the time, Mahathir Muhammad. No easy task, since that prime minister had already been chastised by the Clinton administration for anti-Semitic comments and for having jailed political opponents.

So the Malaysians hired Jack Abramoff and Mr. Abramoff contacted presidential adviser Rove at least four times in an effort to arrange that meeting.
Isn't John Doolittle also tied to Abramobb's Malaysian clients? Something about a trip...

• Two groups, the Korea-U.S. Exchange Council and the Malaysia Exchange Association, set up to promote trade with Asia in part by organizing trips for lawmakers, have ties to the Alexander Strategy Group, a lobbying firm founded by Rep. Tom DeLay's former chief of staff, Ed Buckham. The groups financed $224,000 in travel for a dozen House members since 2001.

The lobbying firm set up the Korea group in 2001 with the goal of making Korean businessman Seung Youn Kim, chairman of one of Korea's largest conglomerates, the Hanwha Group, "the leading business statesman in U.S.-Korean relations," according to a strategy memo. But because the group registered as an agent of a foreign interest, it could not legally sponsor congressional travel.

The Malaysia organization, which did not register as a foreign agent, sent three House members - Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. and John Doolittle, R-Calif. - to Kuala Lumpur in February "to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Malaysia," according to Pomeroy's trip disclosure.

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