The Justice Department filed a criminal information today on [Mark] Zachares, laying out the facts to which he'll be pleading guilty. You can read it here. A plea hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow[today].After last week's raid on Renzi and the raid on Doolittle the week before, we are left to wonder whether we will continue to see this pattern of a raid on one Republican congressman a week?
According to the document, Zachares and Abramoff had what they called their "two year plan": Zacheres would work for Abramoff on the inside [in the office of Representative Don Young], taking advantage of his congressional position to throw business Abramoff's way, and eventually, when Zachares left Congress, Abramoff would reward him. As the information reads: Abramoff "would 'credit' Zachares with the 'business' Zachares... referred or developed for Abramoff's firm, and would ultimately employ Zachares as a lobbyist credited 'with business,' warranting a high annual salary."
In addition to the usual stream of junkets, meals, and sports tickets, Abramoff also funneled $10,000 to Zachares through one of his phony charities. In return, Zachares referred clients and provided a number of favors for Abramoff's various clients.
The document does not implicate Rep. Young, but it does mention that in 2002, Abramoff "assisted Zachares in obtaining his position as a staffer on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee," which Young chaired. And Young has come up often in the course of the Abramoff scandal.
Update: Maybe Tom Feeney is next.