Former VOA chief of staff pleads guilty to charge related to Abramoff gifts.

Posted: 07 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
"A former official with the Labor Department has pleaded guilty in a corrupt lobbyist case. Horace Cooper, also a one-time aide to former Republican Rep. Dick Armey when he was majority leader of the House, pleaded guilty to falsifying a document when he did not report receiving gifts from lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Neil Volz in 2003. ... The 44-year-old Cooper faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison, but could receive more time because authorities say he tried to stymie investigators by lying to FBI agents. ... The original indictment against Cooper charged he also used his position in a previous job at Voice of America, as well as the Labor position, to advance the interests of Abramoff and his clients." AP, 7 April 2010.
     "The bungling Justice Department Abramoff lobbying prosecution of an ex-Bushie and conservative pundit ended on a startling note today when federal lawyers agreed to drop its five-count felony indictment in exchange for a guilty plea by Horace Cooper to a simple misdemeanor." Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers, US News & World Report, 7 April 2010. See also Department of Justice press release, 7 April 2010. See previous post about same subject.
     As of today, Cooper was still posting to his Fight for Glenn Beck blog.