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Abramoff associate may plead guilty in Florida wire-fraud case

Adam Kidan, a businessman who was indicted in Florida along with Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff on charges of wire fraud and conspiracy, may plead guilty next week, according to a court filing.

Should Kidan cooperate with investigators, that may increase pressure on Abramoff to also plead guilty and aid federal prosecutors in a probe of his lobbying business, which has ensnared members of Congress and a White House official, said Stephen Gillers, a law professor at New York University.

"The Justice Department is closing in on Abramoff with a tactic that could be called ‘no legal exit’." Gillers said. "The government’s strategy is clear: sign up enough cooperators so that Abramoff will have no place to hide and will help with cases against others." 

Those ‘others’ will almost certainly include members of Congress, prominent neocons, and members of the Bush Administration. It’ll make Watergate look like a tea party.

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