“One Of My Closest And Dearest Friends” Indicted.
Jack Abramoff, a key figure in the corruption investigation of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, has been indicted for fraud by a federal grand jury. The charges stem from a deal to buy casino boats in 2000. This adds to Abramoff’s troubles, as he is already under investigation on overcharging Indian tribes millions of dollars. The House Ethics Committee is reviewing the allegations that Abramoff paid for DeLay’s overseas travel expenses. Abramoff, whom DeLay called “one of my closest and dearest friends”, raised more than $100,000 for Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, Tom DeLay, and other Republican Congressmen.