The Justice Department has advised that its request arises from the belief that Senator Bond himself was an innocent victim on potentially improper conduct by lobbyists and former staff, the memo states.
Blackann, now a lobbyist for the Dairy Farmers of America, is the 15th individual named by the Justice Department in the long-running investigation surrounding Abramoff, and each of those named has either pleaded guilty or is currently awaiting trial.
Blackann, who worked for Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) before moving to the Senate, is married to Laura Blackann, a one-time spokeswoman to Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif.), who has also been haunted by his relationship with Abramoff and will retire at the close of the 110th Congress.
FBI agents raided Doolittles Virginia home in April 2007, and he and his aides have testified before a grand jury. One former top aide who joined Abramoffs lobbying team was indicted in September for providing gifts to Members of Congress in exchange for actions they took to benefit Abramoff clients.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.