Tom DeLay is in trouble.
I'm not talking about the indictment last month, I'm talking about what will happen Monday, November 21.
The New York Times reports here that Michael Scanlon, former top aide to Congressman DeLay, is cooperating with federal prosecutors and will plead guilty to conspiring to defraud Indian tribes of millions of dollars as part of a lobbying and corruption scheme.
The allegations are that Scanlon and indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff sought to "corruptly offer and provide things of value, including money, meals, trips and entertainment to federal public officials in return for agreements to perform official acts."
I know, you're shocked, shocked to hear that this goes on.
According to the Times: "The deal reveals a broadening corruption investigation involving top members of Congress." (By the way, every member of Congress is up for election next year. Better start practicing that baby kissing.)
I wonder how many lunch cancellations DeLay has had in the last month. "Uh, can't make it, gotta, uh, got something else Tom, sorry."
Scanlon is a former spokesman for DeLay. I bet he's speaking about DeLay more than he ever has when he was working for him.
According to the Times: "News of his cooperation with law enforcement officials sent a jolt through the Republican majority in Congress."
That's one way to put it.
It will be interesting to see how far this goes.
The conservative right may have to stomach new found relationships with the criminal defense bar, who will attempt to save their careers so they can continue to pummel our clients with bad legislation.
Brian Tannebaum is a criminal defense attorney in Miami, Florida practicing in state and federal court. To learn more about Brian and his firm, Tannebaum Weiss, please click the link: http://www.tannebaumweiss.com/our_lawyers.php
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