At this point Jack Abramoff might be choosing whether he’d rather be broke or dead.
That’s just my guess, of course. But today’s New York Times reports that he’s telling associates “that he is broke, making the prospect of an extended jury trial even less appealing.” Sounds like two levels of plea bargaining going on, one with the prosecutors, the other for hush money.
Prominent [Republican] party officials, including the former House majority leader, Representative Tom DeLay of Texas, are under scrutiny involving trips and other gifts from Mr. Abramoff and his clients. The case has shaken the Republican establishment, with the threat of testimony from Mr. Abramoff, once a ubiquitous and well-connected Republican star, sowing anxiety throughout the party ranks.
Since the Miami part of Abramoff’s trials involves a murder charge, we’re already in serious water here. But I’m figuring that, given the general methods of pursuing political goals adopted by Texas politicians in the past, Abramoff had better be watching his skin as well as his wallet. He doesn’t want, I would think, to end up in prison, where he can’t get away, after ratting out the top several Congressional Republicans. And we all know he can do it. I’m figuring contributions to his legal defense fund will exceed those for Libby’s.