Wednesday, June 21, 2006

THE MORNING AFTER -- WaPo: "A federal jury found former White House aide David H. Safavian guilty yesterday of lying and obstructing justice, making him the highest-ranking government official to be convicted in the spreading scandal involving disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff."

NYT: "A former White House aide was convicted on Tuesday of lying to government investigators about his ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in the first trial to result from the influence-peddling inquiry centered on Mr. Abramoff."

WCCC Prof Blog: "Obviously, for Safavian the ramifications of this conviction are clear - he will likely be serving jail time. With sentencing set for October 12th, it gives him and the government time to reconsider their relationship. The question will be whether Safavian joins the "Abramoff Club," and becomes a new cooperating witness for the government. One also has to wonder whether this conviction will be a message to those who are under investigation to work something out with the government."

The conviction is probably most worrisome for Rep. Ney, who may be the next target.

And Abbe Lowell, Ambramoff's attorney, takes the opportunity to propose lobbying reform.