Earlier today, former Interior Official Roger Stillwell pled guilty
to accepting gifts from Jack Abramoff and then lying about them to avoid scrutiny. It was unclear, however, whether this was explicitly a cooperation agreement. It is. The plea agreement, just released, reads:
The defendant agrees that he will cooperate fully, completely, and truthfully with all investigators and attorneys of the United States, by truthfully providing all information in his possession relating directly or indirectly to all criminal activity and related matters which concern the subject matter of this investigation and of which he has knowledge, or relating to other matters deemed relevant to the United States. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in a full debriefing by attorneys and investigators within the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Public Integrity Section and Fraud Section, the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of the Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to sentencing.
How deep and how high into the Department of Interior will the investigation will go? As we've noted before, the former number two at Interior, Steven Griles, already has much to worry about