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coloradodem2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-05 12:34 AM
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The DeLay Domino effect.
Investigations about Eid may involve whether he is involved in the same sort of Indian gaming scandals that Abramoff is getting hammered on. However, there is no word at this point that Eid is being suspected or accused of anything himself. Weve reported on Eids hang-up in his U.S. Attorney confirmation before at Colorado Pols, but it sounds as if fears might be spreading at the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, where Eid is a partner (and Abramoff is a former partner) as to whether the spinning wheel of scandal will stop on Eid.

With the DeLay scandal growing larger by the week, and Abramoffs apparent threats to take everyone down with him, the FBIs investigative net is growing. Some of this stuff originally came up as part of Eids background check for U.S. Attorney, but with Abramoff yap, yap, yapping away, the investigation has expanded and now more questions are being asked about what Eid, the former counsel to Governor Owens, might also have had to do with Indian gaming deals.

This affects Colorado because Eid should have been named U.S. Attorney by now, and sources in the know say that the appointment wouldnt have taken this long were there not some sort of problem. We hear that the background checks on the other two candidates submitted by Senator Wayne Allard are done, and that U.S. Attorney Alberto Gonzales wasnt terribly impressed by either Jim Peters or Stu VanMeveren, both former district attorneys in Arapahoe and Larimer counties, respectively (In December, Allard submitted three names for the U.S. Attorney appointment: Eid, Peters, and VanMeveren, and Senator Ken Salazar signed off on all of them).

The U.S. Attorney gig was Eids job to lose, but if the hang-ups in his background check didnt scuttle the whole thing, the bigger DeLay/Abramoff scandal may put an end to it once and for all. Eid is expected to be interviewed about the Abramoff stuff, if he hasnt been already, and the stench alone of a possible connection could hurt him.
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