11-05-2005, 11:50 AM
Lawmaker From Ohio Subpoenaed in Abramoff Case

By James V. Grimaldi and Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, November 5, 2005; A04

Rep. Robert W. Ney notified Congress yesterday that he had been subpoenaed by a federal grand jury examining the lobbying activities of Jack Abramoff, making the Ohio Republican the first lawmaker to receive such a demand in the expanding influence-peddling investigation.

The subpoena, delivered to Ney in recent days, seeks records and testimony from his office. His spokesman, Brian Walsh, said it is the first contact Ney has received from federal investigators looking at Abramoff, once one of Washington's most powerful lobbyists. Ney has denied any wrongdoing.

"I voluntarily provided information to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee last year and I have offered to make myself available to meet with the House Ethics Committee," Ney said in a statement yesterday. "I believe, however, that although the government's investigation of Mr. Abramoff has been well-publicized through other sources, it is inappropriate for my office to comment in any detail about an ongoing investigation."

Under House rules, members must announce subpoenas, and they are then reported in the Congressional Record. Ney received the subpoena earlier in the week, and it was announced to the House yesterday. Walsh said that "we do not believe that there would be any grounds" for Ney to be a target of the investigation.

Ney has received campaign contributions from Abramoff and has accepted favors, including dinners at the lobbyist's downtown restaurant, a fundraiser at the lobbyist's MCI Center box, and a golfing trip to Scotland in August 2002,p/b] according to public records, e-mails, interviews and documents obtained by The Washington Post.

As chairman of the powerful House Administration Committee, Ney pb]promised to add language to a bill to reopen a casino for a Texas Indian tribe that Abramoff represented. <font color="red"> A casino that abramoff helped close down! </font color> After Ney agreed to prepare the legislation, Abramoff directed tribal officials to make three contributions totaling $32,000 to Ney's campaign and political action committees. A Ney spokesman recently said that money has been donated to Ohio charities. <font color="blue"> LMAO </font color>

In 2000, Ney placed comments in the Congressional Record favorable to Abramoff's purchase of a Florida gambling company, SunCruz Casinos. <font color="blue"> The actual owner was assassinated! </font color> Ney has said he was not fully informed by the lobbyist. Abramoff and business partner Adam Kidan were indicted in August on fraud charges related to the purchase. <font color="blue"> It was fortunate that the owner was murdered because Abramoff and K owed the guy +/- $150 million at the time! </font color>

Federal prosecutors in Florida are investigating Ney's role in the SunCruz deal, according to people familiar with the probe who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The grand jury that subpoenaed Ney is based in the District.

Ney also approved a 2002 license for an Israeli telecommunications company to install cell-phone antennas for the House. <font color="blue"> Ha! Might as well have let the KGB do it! </font color> The company later paid Abramoff $280,000 for lobbying, according to lobbying disclosure forms. Records obtained by The Post show the firm also donated $50,000 to a charity that Abramoff sometimes used to secretly pay for lobbying activities. Walsh said that although Ney had the authority to make the antenna decision on his own he asked a group of wireless companies to select the contractor. Walsh said Ney's actions were not based on any connection to Abramoff.

Abramoff stated in an e-mail to tribal officials that "our friend" -- later identified in Senate testimony as Ney -- sought the Scotland trip after he agreed to help Abramoff's Texas Indian clients. Abramoff then arranged for the charity, the Capital Athletic Foundation, to pay for the trip. Ney said in a statement a year ago that Abramoff told him that going on the trip would help support a charitable organization through meetings the lobbyist organized through Scottish Parliament officials.

Another public official has come under scrutiny for the Scotland trip. David H. Safavian, then chief of staff at the General Services Administration, also went on the trip with Ney, Abramoff and former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed. Safavian, who went on to become the chief White House procurement officer, was indicted last month on charges that he lied to investigators looking into the Scotland trip when he said Abramoff had no business before his agency. <font color="blue"> The Christian Coalition!!!!!!!!!! </font color>

Ney's official report to Congress listed a purpose of the trip as "speech to Scottish Parliamentarians." However, there is no record of Ney's speech in the Scottish Parliament's register of official visits. In addition, at the time of Ney's trip, the Scottish Parliament was out for its August recess, spokeswoman Sally Coyne said. <font color="blue"> What a surprise.
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Although no other lawmakers have been subpoenaed in the Abramoff investigation, Julie Doolittle, wife of Rep. John T. Doolittle (R-Calif.), and a company controlled by the husband of Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.) have received subpoenas from the grand jury.

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Not really too much to shout about these days for the GOP/Reps on the board. Not much to say on Libby or Rove either ,eh guys/gals? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif Its pretty much one mistake/ scandal after another.
They claim they are for the ordinary man, 'American values and are 'faith' driven/based, but this week Libby gets indicted, DeLay [ already 3 times admonished- who also was behind the pulpit at one of those Super Sunday? events telling everyone how they can be good Americans/people?] manages to get the judge changed in HIS trail and it turns out that the US is maintaining 'secret prisons' in the west where they can send 'suspects' for torture! <font color="blue"> well out the reach of US law! </font color> Hows that for good PR??!!!!
Can it get any worse?

Well Jeb could run for President.............nah........ /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

11-05-2005, 12:18 PM
Gee, Q! Can't a politician make a dishonest buck of two without you getting upset? LOL, This is supposed to happen this way. You do something crocked and you get punsihed for it. Sounds like our democracy and laws working to me.

I do hope they hang the guys.