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Ex-DOJ Atty Scrutinized for Abramoff Dealings

Posted Apr 30, 2007 12:51 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Investigators are looking at contacts between a former Justice Department lawyer and a colleague of lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The investigation involves dealings between ex-DOJ lawyer Robert E. Coughlin II and Abramoff colleague Kevin A. Ring, the Washington Post reports.

The Post reported that Ring treated Coughlin to sporting events with tickets provided by his lobbying firm.

Coughlin cited personal reasons when he resigned on April 6 as deputy chief of staff in the department’s criminal division. A DOJ spokesman said Coughlin did not participate in the investigation of Abramoff, who pleaded guilty more than a year ago to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials.

The Post was unable to get a comment from attorneys for Coughlin and Ring.

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