May 8, 2006

"Who Me..?"

Volz Points Finger at Rep. Ney (R-OH)

"In this, the fourth (Michael Scanlon, Jack Abramoff, Tony Rudy, and now Neil Volz) guilty plea to implicate Rep. Bob "Representative #1" Ney (R-OH), we get more details about what Ney did to earn Jack Abramoff's goodies.

Volz, Ney's former chief of staff, admits to receiving all sorts of bribes while he was still with Ney, and then turning around and taking part in the bribing once he moved over to work with Abramoff.

And we learn about a new, particularly shameless perk: Abramoff helped pay for a two-night vacation of Ney's, without even bothering to funnel the money through one of his nonprofits. "In or about August 2003," the plea reads, "defendant VOLZ paid for part of a two-night trip to the Sagamore Resort at Lake George, New York, for Representative #1 and members of his staff. Defendant VOLZ assured Representative #1 that defendant VOLZ would be reimbursed for his payments by Abramoff." Apparently Ney didn't want his old chief of staff laying out the bribe - he preffered to get it from a familiar source.

Neil Volz, as Ney's former chief of staff, was the one to go between Ney and Abramoff. As a result, there are new details about Ney's shilling.

We learned from prior plea agreements that Ney agreed to insert a line into the Help America Vote Act that would lift the Texas gaming ban on an Abramoff client, the Tigua tribe. Volz implicates Ney for that too, but adds that on two different occasions, Ney was given talking points for his discussions with the Tigua.

According to the plea, on August 14, 2002, Volz told "Representative #1 what Abramoff wanted him to say in a meeting with representatives of [the Tigua tribe of Texas] about his agreement to insert an amendment lifting the gaming ban affecting the tribe." That happened again on October 8, 2002.

Volz also convinced Ney to go to bat for Foxcom Wireless, an Abramoff client that wanted a contract to improve cell phone reception in the House.

And then there is the now-familiar long list of bribes (trips to the Marianas, Scotland, tickets to the MCI Center, meals at Signatures, etc.) that Volz received while working for Ney, and then gave out after he'd left to work for Abramoff.

Volz faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He'll get a softer sentence, of course, depending on "how helpful" he is to prosecutors."
Someone please tell Bob toupees are NOT allowed in prison. ;)

11 Comments:

Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

This is like merry-go-round.. Certainly, the one-armed bandit defense... Votz points the finger at Ney and Ney points the finger at Votz and on and on... And Ney needs to cut loose the rug on head. It started to look like horse yak hair!!! Ney, say no to graft and that rug!!!!

11:16 AM  
Blogger S-Q said...

That toupee is hideous! He probably thought he looked younger...those guys are so vain!

The corruption in this admin is beyond belief! What a book and movie this will make, "The G.W. Bush Years"...

11:17 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

So the plan unfolds and now another on bites the dust. These guys were living large back in the day. Fitz how does it feel for you and your support team at the DOJ to be part of American history. This corruption of our govenment will be in history books for the future generations to read. It's not a proud moment for America but a lesson of greed and power out of control. Ney like the others thought he'd never get caught but as usual he did.

11:19 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

drip, drip, drip....goes the faucet of criminal Republican corruption!

Thank God for the DOJ.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening folks!

Happy Monday!

Since Fitz gave his Monday news full of bad toupees, graft, Gilligan defense, and missing Krispy Kreme donuts, what a way of starting off Monday!

In other news:

More info on the Gerbil's nominee, Hayden:

EXCLUSIVE: CIA Nominee Hayden Linked to MZM
By Justin Rood - May 8, 2006, 11:33 AM

"While director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Michael V. Hayden contracted the services of a top executive at the company at the center of the Cunningham bribery scandal, according to two former employees of the company."

"Hayden, President Bush's pick to replace Porter Goss as head of the CIA, contracted with MZM Inc. for the services of Lt. Gen. James C. King, then a senior vice president of the company, the sources say. MZM was owned and operated by Mitchell Wade, who has admitted to bribing former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham with $1.4 million in money and gifts. Wade has also reportedly told investigators he helped arrange for prostitutes to entertain the disgraced lawmaker, and he continues to cooperate with a federal inquiry into the matter."

http://www.tpmmuckraker.com/archives/000581.php
Man, all of those idiots are interwined with other crooks!!!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Second news. This is interesting interview in which Tim Russett did with Joe Wilson some time ago that really sums up what the leak caseis really about:

"Russert Reading From Book]: After my appearance on CNN in early March 2003, when I first asserted that the U.S. government knew more about the Niger uranium matter than it was letting on, I am told by a source close to the House Judiciary Committee that the Office of the Vice President--either the vice president himself or, more likely, his chief of staff, Lewis ('Scooter') Libby, chaired a meeting at which a decision was made to a 'workup' on me. As I understand it, this meant they were going to take a closer look at who I was and what my agenda might be. The immediate effect of the workup, I am told by a member of the press, citing White House sources, was a long harangue against the two of us within the White House walls. Over a period of several months, Libby evidently seized opportunities to rail openly against me as an '[expletive] playboy' who went on a boondoggle 'arranged by his CIA wife'--and was a Democratic Gore supporter to boot."
RUSSERT: You're saying that in March the White House started talking about you and your "CIA wife"?
AMB. WILSON: That's my understanding from not just that one particular source but corroborated by other sources and offered actually by other sources from different walks of life, that after I appeared on CNN and said I thought the government knew more about this Niger business than was letting on, there was this meeting at which it was decided to run an intelligence collection operation against me, which led to the learning of my wife's identity and her employment."

http://www.theleftcoaster.com/archives/007593.php

11:38 AM  
Blogger basheert said...

The only good thing about all of this is that they are such sleaze bags they busily point the finger at all the other dirtbags they're involved with.

I had thought initially that Libby would "roll over" for his "buddies" but obviously he's decided he's not going to fall on a sword for them.

Since none of them have ethics, they obviously do not intend to go to jail alone! They're taking everyone with them.

For god's sake, does he think that dead raccoon on his head looks REAL????

12:07 PM  
Anonymous e said...

"Someone please tell Bob toupees are NOT allowed in prison. ;)"

nither is booze... looks like a big drinker to me...

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These corrupt "leaders" were following each other like sheep thinking they were safe. Sad to think about the bad example they were setting on the younger generation which they might have influenced.
D

12:19 PM  
Blogger S-Q said...

Freeze!! And throw down that rug!!

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think there is a squirrel from LaFayette Park (with his mini-cam) hiding under that rug.

6:45 PM  

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