Burns Staffer Leaves Amid Abramoff Allegations:


Roll Call reports that Sen. Conrad Burns’ (R-MT) top staffer on the Appropriations subcommittee on the Interior is leaving amid allegations that he aided clients of Jack Abramoff. Ryan Thomas was on the now-infamous plane trip to the Super Bowl in 2001. He was accompanied by staffers to Tom DeLay (R-TX), the chief of staff to Bob Ney (R-OH) Neil Volz, and then-chief of staff to Burns Will Brooke. All staffers have been implicated or are being looked at in connection to the federal bribery scandal involving Abramoff.