Roll Call reports that Kevin Ring’s trial starts soon.
Among those expected to testify are Todd Boulanger, an aide to then-Sen. Bob Smith (R-N.H.) and later one of Abramoff’s deputies who pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy to defraud the government; Neil Volz, chief of staff to then-Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) who became a lobbyist and pleaded guilty in 2006 to helping Abramoff bribe Ney; John Albaugh, chief of staff to then-Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.), who pleaded guilty in 2008 to conspiracy to commit honest services fraud; and Anne Copland, a former aide to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) who pleaded guilty in March to honest services wire fraud.
In addition, numerous Members could be identified during the trial — including many who are not directly connected to charges in the case, but whose names are raised by the alleged co-conspirators in e-mail exchanges offered as evidence — including notable former lawmakers such as ex-Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas), Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Senate Minority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.).