A congressional corruption probe may be picking up steam.
A person close to the investigation says lawyers for Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff are in talks with the Justice Department about his possible cooperation.
The person says Abramoff would plead guilty under an arrangement
that would settle a criminal case against him in Florida as well as potential corruption charges in Washington.
Abramoff and his partner, Michael Scanlon, collected over 80 (m) million dollars from Indian tribes to lobby Congress on casino gambling and other issues. The Justice Department is investigating whether trips, gifts and campaign donations arranged by Abramoff were in exchange for official acts by members of Congress, and whether the tribes were defrauded.
The investigation involves a number of members of Congress as well as staff. A former aide to one-time House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has already pleaded guilty.