Wednesday, June 27, 2007

I hope others are beginning to break out in a sweat

Because the phrase 'just following orders' is so 1940ish and 'everybody else was doing it' doesn't work after you're 12.

Welcome to the real world, you wonderful workers of Karl Rove's thousand year reich!:

Washington, D.C. (AHN)-A former Bush administration official was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months in prison for obstructing a corruption probe into now-jailed Washington Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Deputy Interior Secretary Steven Griles, 59, was also ordered by U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to pay a $30,000 fine and serve three years of supervised release after his imprisonment.

On March 23, Griles was convicted after pleading guilty to obstructing a 2005 Senate investigation into pay-for-play politics in the Department of the Interior, where Griles was the No. 2 official.

Abramoff, who began a nearly six-year prison sentence in November, pleaded guilty to a long list of federal charges, including conspiracy, mail fraud and tax evasion.

Former Rep. Bob Ney (R-OH) was sentenced in January to 2 1/2 years in prison, after taking bribes from Abramoff, who was trying to help Indian tribes.

In October, David Safavian, the Bush administration's former top procurement official, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of trying to cover up his association with Abramoff.

Among the many Washington insiders still under investigation is Italia Federici, co-founder of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy.

She pleaded guilty to tax evasion and obstruction of a Senate investigation into Abramoff's relationship with Interior Department officials.

Also, there is Congressman Ney's former chief of staff, William Heaton, who has also pleaded guilty to conspiracy. He allegedly accepted lavish trips, meals and gifts as payoffs for helping Abramoff's clients gain congressional favor.

How's the making of your own reality working out for you now?

Update 6/27: Atrios at Eschaton has more.

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