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Crooked Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Released to Halfway House

“Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more.” Ray Charles, 1961.

Jack Ambramoff/ msnbc

Jack Ambramoff/ msnbc

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Crooked lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who epitomized all that was wrong with official Washington, is close to seeing daylight.

The Associated Press reported that Abramoff, 51, was released Tuesday from a minimum-security federal prison in Cumberland, Md, and sent to a halfway house in that state to finish off his sentence for fraud, corruption and conspiracy. He went off to prison in 2006.

He is set to be free on Dec. 4, AP reported.

Abramoff cooperated in a multi-year Justice Department investigation into public corruption that resulted in convictions of ex-Rep. Robert W. Ney (R-Ohio), ex-deputy interior Secretary J. Steven Griles and several Capitol Hill aides, AP reported.

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FBI Reports Provide Details on the Surging Threats to Congress Members

Sen. Debbie Stabenow/ sen. photo

Sen. Debbie Stabenow/ sen. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A surge of threats have been pouring into our nation’s lawmakers, and the FBI provided details to Politico.

One threat involved a voice mail message in February 2009 to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mi.) , according to Politico:

“We’re gonna [expletive] get you,” the man said. “We’re gonna get you with a lot of [expletive] bolt action. Like we did RFK; like we did MLK. We know who you are. We’ll get you.”

Politico reported that Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said threats against Capitol Hill lawmakers were up 300 percent in the first few months of 2010.

Politico received details of threats through a Freedom of Information Act Request to the FBI.

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