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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

a can of BIG worms....

Jack Abrahamoff may have the ability to shift the balance of power in Congress with the deal he's cutting with Justice.

"In a deal that clears the way for the next phase of a widespread Capitol Hill corruption probe, lobbyist Jack Abramoff has agreed to tell prosecutors and the FBI about alleged bribes to lawmakers and their aides on issues ranging from Internet gambling to wireless phone service in the House.

The full extent of the investigation is not yet known, but Justice Department officials said Tuesday they intended to make use of the trove of e-mails and other material in Abramoff's possession as part of a probe that is believed to be focusing on as many as 20 members of Congress and aides.

"The corruption scheme with Mr. Abramoff is very extensive and we will continue to follow it wherever it leads," said Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, head of the Justice Department's criminal division."

Now, supposedly he was dealing with members from both parties. However, Nostradamnthem predicts that it will be more on the Republican side than on the Democrat side. Given that neither Bush nor Gonzales step in to kill off the prosecution efforts, there could be enough indictments and resignations coming to alter the balance of power in Congress or the Senate. Even replacing a senior repug with a newbie would alter the power balance because committee positions are usually related to seniority.

This could be a much better deal for America than it appears to be at the surface.

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