Monday, May 23, 2005
Is Grover Destined For Club Fed?
Looks like the Jack Abramoff scandal may be sucking another Republican mover-and-shaker down into the tar pit:|
WASHINGTON, May 18 - In Republican Washington, Jack Abramoff and Grover Norquist worked all the angles.Looks like the rat is deserting his friends' sinking ship. Maybe he'll get sucked down in the turbulence.
While Mr. Abramoff has been under scrutiny for more than a year, Mr. Norquist has attracted unwelcome attention in recent weeks. A Congressional committee investigating whether Mr. Abramoff defrauded Indian tribes has subpoenaed records from Mr. Norquist's group, Americans for Tax Reform, after he refused for six months to turn them over voluntarily.
The Justice Department is reviewing records of an advocacy group Mr. Norquist started with Gale A. Norton, now secretary of the interior, after reports that Mr. Abramoff instructed Indian tribes to give it $250,000. And Mr. Norquist's name appears over and over in newly disclosed documents outlining Mr. Abramoff's work in the Northern Mariana Islands, an American protectorate in the Pacific, which Democrats are agitating to investigate.
As Mr. Abramoff's problems touched Mr. DeLay - the majority leader may face an ethics inquiry over trips arranged by Mr. Abramoff - Mr. Norquist was their most vocal defender. But in recent weeks he has distanced himself from the two men whose success has been so intertwined with his own.
(Source: New York Times Link to Lobbyist Brings Scrutiny to G.O.P. Figure, May 23, 2005. [Emphasis added.]