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April 1, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
A former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) pleaded guilty Friday in the influence-peddling scandal involving onetime lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- a sign that prosecutors are continuing to build a case that could ensnare lawmakers, including the former House majority leader. Tony Rudy, DeLay's former deputy chief of staff, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to one charge of conspiracy in connection with the scandal.
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March 30, 2006 | John-Thor Dahlburg, Times Staff Writer
Former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced Wednesday to five years and 10 months in federal prison for business fraud, but was allowed to remain free for three months so he could continue assisting in a wide-ranging probe of corruption and influence-peddling on Capitol Hill. Abramoff and a former business partner, Adam R. Kidan, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud in their purchase of SunCruz Casinos gambling boats in 2000.
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March 28, 2006 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
Whatever his shortcomings, Jack Abramoff still has connections -- more than 250 of them, to be precise -- including prominent lawyers, religious leaders and even a member of Congress. They are encouraging a federal judge to give the disgraced lobbyist a reduced sentence Wednesday in a Miami fraud case. They have written letters to U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck, saying that the picture of Abramoff that has emerged through the news media is a gross distortion, and that he deserves a break.
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March 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff says President Bush knew him well enough to joke with him about weightlifting. "What are you benching, buff guy?" Abramoff said Bush asked him. The president has said he doesn't know Abramoff. Abramoff said he found it hard to believe Bush didn't remember the 10 or so photos that he and members of his family had snapped with the president and first lady.
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March 7, 2006 | Vanessa Blum, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
A federal judge refused Monday to order a 90-day delay in the sentencing of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, even though prosecutors and his attorney said the move could jeopardize a federal corruption investigation involving Congress and the Bush administration. Abramoff attorney Abbe Lowell told U.S. District Judge Paul C. Huck that without the postponement the defense could be forced to reveal sensitive information at the sentencing hearing in Miami federal court. "We will name names.
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February 24, 2006 | Walter F. Roche Jr., Times Staff Writer
Two Senate Democrats are calling on Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate lobbyist Jack Abramoff's activities in two Pacific island territories. In a letter made public Thursday, Sens. Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Ken Salazar of Colorado also asked Gonzales to provide the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee with a secret Justice Department report on security risks in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands.
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February 15, 2006 | From Associated Press
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wrote at least four letters helpful to Indian tribes represented by Jack Abramoff, and the senator's staff regularly had contact with the disgraced lobbyist's partners about legislation affecting other clients. The activities -- detailed in billing records and correspondence obtained by Associated Press -- are more extensive than previously disclosed.
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February 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The White House acknowledged the authenticity of the first published photograph that shows President Bush and now-indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, emphasizing that the photo did not mean the two had a personal relationship. The photo, in the New York Times and Time magazine, shows Bush shaking hands with an Abramoff client -- the chairman of the Kickapoo Indian tribe in Texas, Raul Garza -- with Abramoff's bearded face in the background, small and slightly blurry.
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February 11, 2006 | Chuck Neubauer and Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writers
In his own way, disgraced super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff engaged in many charitable endeavors over the course of his decade-long career as a Washington insider. There was the time he laundered money through a religious group's accounts to try to bribe a congressional aide. He diverted funds from a youth athletic foundation to bankroll a golf junket for a congressman and to bolster the bank account of his Washington restaurant.
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February 10, 2006 | From Reuters
Jack Abramoff said in correspondence made public Thursday that President Bush met him "almost a dozen" times, disputing White House claims that Bush did not know the former lobbyist at the center of a corruption scandal. "The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows," Abramoff wrote in an e-mail to Kim Eisler, national editor for Washingtonian magazine.
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