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Josh Marshall

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Yesterday we mentioned how CREW brought an IRS complaint against Grover Norquist's Americans for Tax Reform. Here's a bit more from Paul Kiel on Norquist's money-laundering tax, at least the one he charged Abramoff for the service of making the gambling money spick and span so it could be passed on to Ralph Reed. Take a look. There're some great email quotes.

"Grover kept another $ 25K!," says an exasperated Abramoff at one point.

A question to consider. Duke Cunningham is in the federal prison system. Last I heard he was in a federal processing center in Oklahoma. Mitch Wade has pled to various felonies and is awaiting sentencing. There are three other Cunningham conspirators listed in Duke's plea -- Brent Wilkes, Tommy Kontogiannis and Kontogiannia's nephew.

Now, normally, when indictments take a long time to come down, I figure it's just that the prosecutors don't feel they're in a hurry and are taking their time to put together the most rock-solid case they can.

But maybe not.

What's the state of the Wilkes investigation? And what about Kontogiannis? He's a major NY real estate developer tied to one of the biggest congressional bribery scandals ever. Have you seen any follow-up reporting on that investigation? Anything in the Times or the Daily News? Is there even really an investigation?

I really don't quite understand who Kontogiannis is in all this or just what his role was, though his background looks fairly spooky. But Wilkes is the real player at the heart of this scandal, not Wade.

There are real reasons to be suspicious that the CIA is applying pressure to limit the scope of this investigation or knock it down altogether.

Tax cheats who get big government contracts and the members of Congress who love them. That and other news of the day in today's Daily Muck.

Well, there you have it. We've officially entered the "seasoned Republican veteran" phase of the president's downward spiral. At CNN, Dana Bash is reporting that, "a move is afoot among some friends and confidantes of President Bush to persuade him to bring in at least one seasoned Republican veteran to help his struggling staff."

Happens to all of them really. Happened to Clinton very early, and was probably good to get out of the way. It was why Sen. Howard Baker was brought in as Chief of Staff after Iran-Contra. And there are many other examples.

More than anything though this is what happens when the resident establishment in DC rises up to geld a weakened president.

Couldn't happen to a nicer guy of course.

April is the cruelest month? Maybe for the White House. Two top White House officials go on trial next month.

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