And The Powerful Shaking In Their Boots

No telling where this is going to reach; remember, you heard it here first. OK, maybe you didn't, but this could hit real close to home. AP reports:

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud, clearing the way for him to cooperate in a massive government investigation of influence peddling involving members of Congress. "Words will not ever be able to express my sorrow and my profound regret for all my actions and mistakes," Abramoff said when he rose to address the judge. "I hope I can merit forgiveness from the Almighty and those I've wronged or caused to suffer."

He faces 30 years in prison if convicted of the charges.

The filing against Abramoff outlined lavish gifts and contributions that it said Abramoff gave an unnamed House member, identified elsewhere as Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Administration Committee, in return for Ney's agreement to use his office to aid Abramoff clients.

Ney's lawyer, Mark Tuohey, said Tuesday that the charges against Abramoff were "nothing new." He said they repeated information in the November plea agreement from Abramoff's lobbying partner, Michael Scanlon.

To each of the three charges, Abramoff said, "I plead guilty, your honor."

I have a feeling the Almighty will be most forgiving when he reveals who else has been peddling influence and influencing peddling. Buckle your seatbelts, folks.


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