For now, ex-lobbyist chooses to fight charges rather than cooperate with federal prosecutorsBy Pete Yost, AP
Friday, August 6, 2010
Lobbyist: What stories does he have to tell?
WASHINGTON — Justice Department prosecutors made it clear in private discussions in recent months that once-prominent lobbyist Paul Magliocchetti (mag-leeo-CHET-ee) could limit his legal exposure if he cooperated fully in a criminal investigation that could eventually spell trouble for members of Congress.
People close to Magliocchetti say he refused to cooperate, leading to his indictment Thursday for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions.
Magliocchetti’s decision to battle it out in court means that for the time being, the criminal probe isn’t likely to spill over onto Capitol Hill.