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Legislative Aide Admits He Tried to Illegally Influence His Boss for Abramoff

Neil Volz, a one-time chief of staff to Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), admitted in court Monday that he tried illegally to influence his former boss on Jack Abramoff's behalf. Experts discuss the Abramoff trial and the impact of Volz's testimony.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Judy Woodruff has our Abramoff update.

  • Correspondent:

    JUDY WOODRUFF, NewsHour Special The list of former Jack Abramoff associates who have pleaded guilty to criminal corruption charges has now grown to four. The latest came yesterday when Neil Volz, a one-time chief of staff to Ohio Republican Congressman Bob Ney, admitted in court that he tried illegally to influence his former boss on Abramoff's behalf.

    Guilty pleas also have come from two former staffers of ex-Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.

    So where do those pleas, plus Abramoff's own admission of guilt back in January, take the federal investigation into the congressional lobbying scandal? For that, we are joined by James Grimaldi of the Washington Post, who, along with two of his colleagues, recently won a Pulitzer Prize for their investigative reporting on Jack Abramoff.

    We're also joined by Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report, who has been watching the election-year fallout from the Abramoff affair and other alleged congressional misdeeds.

    Amy Walter, James Grimaldi, thank you both.

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