Abramoff Case Update

The Nashville Post reports that James Hirni, a former Frist staffer, may plead guilty in the latest turn of the Abramoff case.

In a statement released to the AP through a spokesman regarding Hirni, an associate states “He regrets one single instance as a first-time lobbyist over five years ago when a mistake in judgment by agreeing to a client’s request led to an unfortunate chain of events on one evening. Jim has acknowledged his role and the involvement of those responsible for that incident.”

As a lobbyist, Hirni worked for Wal Mart corporation until last week and had lobbied for Fidelity Investments, Blue Cross Blue Shield, UST, U.S. Tobacco Company, Verizon, Bell South, Freddie Mac and the State of Texas to name a few.

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