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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 03:39 PM
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Marianas Gov. Cooperating in Lobby Probe
Source: Associated Press

Marianas Gov. Cooperating in Lobby Probe
By ERICA WERNER 07.19.07, 4:05 PM ET

WASHINGTON -

The governor of the Northern Mariana Islands said Thursday he's
cooperating with the Justice Department's corruption investigation
around jailed GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The tiny U.S. commonwealth is also still trying to retrieve some of
the millions it paid Abramoff's firms, said Gov. Benigno R. Fitial.

Fitial referred questions about the Justice Department's inquiry to
his Los Angeles attorney, Tom Pollack, who didn't immediately
return calls for comment.

But Fitial, a one-time Abramoff ally who in past years pushed to
extend Abramoff's contract to represent the Marianas, refused to
distance himself from the disgraced lobbyist.

-snip-

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2007/07/19/ap3932825.htm...
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Blaze Diem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 03:50 PM
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1. Deeper & deeper into this snake pit ..
One snake named Jack Abromoff could not have built this cavernous pit by himself..

k&r
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 04:01 PM
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2. and since prostitution among politicians is in the news
perhaps that part of the Abramoff/Marianas scandal will also come to light and bring down a few more Republicans.

K&R
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Manifestor_of_Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 04:46 PM
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3. Yeah I remember all the crap Tom Delay spouted on that trip....
We remember it well in Texass.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 06:21 PM
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4. You can kiss Don Young's big fat ass goodbye if they keep digging
in this pooh pile. :evilgrin: Did I say hallelujah yet?
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DrBlix Donating Member (148 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-19-07 10:21 PM
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5. And then there was This.....involving Bush
Abramoff spread this lobby money right to the TOP
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In 2002, President _G.W. Bush's_ Administration __abruptly__ removed the Acting U.S. Attorney in Guam, U.S. Attorney Frederick A. Black from his post.
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Black had been the Acting U.S. Attorney for Guam since 1991 when he was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, the current President's father.
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Black was in the midst of investigating what might have touched on the lobbyist Jack Abramoff's influence peddling with government officials.
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Evidence exists that suggest that just prior to Black's demotion, Jack Abramoff, who was ultimately convicted of defrauding of American Indian tribes and corruption of public officials, was actively seeking Black's replacement.
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From The Nation, Attorneygate in Guam:
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"I don't care if they appoint bozo the clown, we need to get rid of Fred Black," Abramoff wrote to colleagues in March 2002
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-20-07 03:57 PM
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6. Good
Then he can get rid of the sweatshops those jerks were covering for.
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