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How they got caught: After lobbyist broke up, ex-fiancee told of illicit dealings to FBI
from a liberal site | Jan 3, 2006 | Jason Leopold

Posted on 01/03/2006 8:18:28 PM PST by summer


Emily J. Miller, former Communications Director for Tom Delay -- Scanlon ditched her to marry another woman; she then talked to the FBI

Michael Scanlon found himself at the center of one of the biggest political scandals in Washington history as a result of cheating and lying—but not the type involving the numerous clients he was paid to lobby Congress for, former coworkers and friends of his ex-fiancee say.

Scanlon was implicated in the Abramoff scandal by his former thirtysomething fiancee, Emily J. Miller, whom he met in the late 1990s while working as communications director for former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), three former associates who worked with Scanlon at DeLay’s office said. Colleagues say Miller went to the FBI after Scanlon broke off their engagement and announced his intention to marry another woman.

Miller did not return a call seeking comment. Scanlon’s attorney, Stephen Braga, did not respond to phone calls or emails seeking comment. Former coworkers of Scanlon and Miller at DeLay’s office and of Miller at the State Department would speak only under condition of anonymity, saying they did not want to be called as witnesses in a trial.

Miller was DeLay’s young press secretary and as communications director, Scanlon was her boss. The two began a secretive office romance and Scanlon eventually proposed marriage, associates say.

In 2003, Miller left DeLay’s office to work at the State Department. Scanlon departed too, partnering with now-indicted conservative lobbyist Jack Abramoff in lobbying for an array of Indian tribes. As Scanlon’s star rose, troubles between the couple mushroomed.


In May 2004, Miller found herself at the center of attention when—while live on air—she ordered a cameraman for NBC’s Meet the Press to stop filming Colin Powell. A copy of the transcript shows Miller, who also used to work as an NBC staffer, as a brusque press aide. Powell eventually ordered that the interview continue and asked Miller to step aside.

What many people didn’t realize at the time, however, is that during the Powell interview Miller was upset because her fiancee, Michael Scanlon, had broken off their engagement, two of Miller’s former State Department co-workers said. While still engaged to Miller, Scanlon had started an affair with a manicurist and broke up with Miller because he planned to marry the other woman, three of Scanlon’s former associates at DeLay’s office said. They added that the two had numerous public arguments.

But Miller had something on Scanlon. He confided in her all of his dealings with Abramoff, former colleagues said. She saw his emails and knew the intimate details of his lobbying work—work which is now the center of a criminal fraud investigation. After the breakup, Miller went to the FBI and told them everything about Scanlon’s dealings with Abramoff, her coworkers added.

In turning him in, she became the agency’s star witness against her former lover. Scanlon pled guilty in November and is cooperating with prosecutors; Abramoff reached a plea agreement today.

Scanlon's former colleagues did not speak warmly of him, saying he was not a very likable person because of the way he treated others, and that he later became flamboyant with his newfound wealth.

Aside from the Powell interview, Miller also attracted attention after berating a Washington Post Magazine reporter. In 2001, while Miller was working as press secretary to DeLay she told a reporter who was writing a profile about DeLay. "You lied! . . . You betrayed him! You twisted his words! . . . We don't know you. You don't exist. . . . You are dead to us."

A DeLay spokesman told the Post at the time, "Tom thinks Emily did a fine job for him."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: 109th; abramoff; beltway; chaelscanlon; corruption; delay; emilymiller; hellhathnofury; immunitydeal; likeawomanscorned; lobbyists; moneywhores; pillowtalk; revenge; scandal; scanlon; stoolpigeon
Well, this entire story is based on "anonymous" sources who worked with Miller.

Do you think any of it true? Did a woman go to the FBI -- and that started everything? Or is the liberal site just making this up?
1 posted on 01/03/2006 8:18:30 PM PST by summer
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To: All


All I know is I saw C-SPAN tonight and that testimony again Scanlon & Abramoff was an eye-opener.


2 posted on 01/03/2006 8:18:47 PM PST by summer
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To: All
BTW, the actual headline for this article was too long for the FR headline caption. Here is what's posted on the liberal site:

How they got caught: After lobbyist broke off engagement, ex-fiancee told of illicit dealings to FBI
3 posted on 01/03/2006 8:19:41 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
It wouldn't surprise me.

There was a horrific murder in Atlanta that went completely unsolved for years - apparently the "perfect crime" - until the perp beat up his girlfriend and she went to the police.

If you're going to commit crimes, you had better make darned sure you stay on good terms with anybody who knows about it.

4 posted on 01/03/2006 8:22:01 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: summer
Scanlon ditched her to marry another woman; she then talked to the FBI

That's what he gets for crossing a woman. What a dope.

5 posted on 01/03/2006 8:23:03 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (The search for someone to blame is always successful. - Robert Half)
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To: summer

A woman scorned. Sounds like a movie plot...let's count down together...10...9...8...applicants for female lead? male lead? Wait. Who IS the male lead? (sarc)


6 posted on 01/03/2006 8:23:27 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: summer

So she hid what she knew until he broke up with her?

Wouldn't that make HER an accomplice after the fact?

(O/T, but I bet it really frosted her that he dumped HER for a manicurist!)


7 posted on 01/03/2006 8:23:46 PM PST by Howlin (Defeatism may have its partisan uses, but it is not justified by the facts. - GWB, 12/18/05)
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To: summer

The dems have a long history of trashing women.

Doesn't pass the smell test.


8 posted on 01/03/2006 8:23:47 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: AnAmericanMother

I'll you, there's no way this scandal would have been exposed by Abramoff's tax preparer who testified, whom I saw on C-SPAN tonight. Senator McCain kept asking her if she saw anything unusual in Abramoff's tax returns, and she kept saying no.


9 posted on 01/03/2006 8:24:21 PM PST by summer
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To: Howlin

VERY good points!


10 posted on 01/03/2006 8:24:53 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
Well, the tax preparer only sees what she's given.

If he had two sets of books, she would only see ONE.

11 posted on 01/03/2006 8:25:12 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: ladyjane

I don't know. Sometimes the blogosphere is first with real news.


12 posted on 01/03/2006 8:25:16 PM PST by summer
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To: summer

A woman scorned....


13 posted on 01/03/2006 8:25:55 PM PST by Hoodlum91 (DU is a reminder that half the population has below average intelligence.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

That's true. But, McCain kept asking her if she thought it unusual that a guy working out of his home gets $13.5 million in one year from one company's "referral fees" paid to him. She had no idea because she said she didn't know anything about his line of work, listed as "political consultant." McCain wanted her to agree it was an unusually high figure, but she didn't know and so, didn't think so. (Obviously, she was not doing a lot of tax returns for "political consultants" working out their homes.) However, it was clear no amount of money would have made her raise an eyebrow. To McCain, it was unbelievable that such an amount would not have made her suspicious. in any event -- she was not the one who would be turning him in!


14 posted on 01/03/2006 8:27:55 PM PST by summer
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To: Howlin

immunity deal


15 posted on 01/03/2006 8:29:09 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Howlin

My thinking exactly.


16 posted on 01/03/2006 8:30:17 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: InvisibleChurch
That's what he gets for crossing a woman. What a dope.

Serves him right. Hell hath no fury...

My mom worked for a family friend of ours, and if he knew a man was a cheater, he wouldn't do business with him. His thought was that if he cheated on his wife, he would cheat in other ways, too.

17 posted on 01/03/2006 8:30:58 PM PST by conservative cat
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To: summer

Hmmm... the plot thickens.

What a bunch of egotistical sharks.


18 posted on 01/03/2006 8:31:47 PM PST by Poundstone
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To: summer

And the "moral" of this story - if one can use the word "moral" in a story about any of these folks, Miller herself included:

"F*ck not, lest ye get f*cked!"


19 posted on 01/03/2006 8:32:42 PM PST by Redbob (looking for a giant muslim-size can of Raid...)
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To: Hoodlum91

Hell hath no fury...like one


20 posted on 01/03/2006 8:33:13 PM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit our sister.. but we knew what to do.. we gathered rocks and squashed her!)
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To: zerosix

Are we to assume that if he married her, all this was fine with her ane he wouldn't be in trouble?


21 posted on 01/03/2006 8:33:13 PM PST by Howlin (Defeatism may have its partisan uses, but it is not justified by the facts. - GWB, 12/18/05)
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To: Poundstone

You said it. Needless to say, there will be a movie about this someday...


22 posted on 01/03/2006 8:33:21 PM PST by summer
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To: summer

Sounds like they were both charming personalities. And to think, I was going to give them a nice blender, oh well...


23 posted on 01/03/2006 8:33:54 PM PST by Wiseghy ("You want to break this army? Then break your word to it.")
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To: Redbob

LOL...yeah, I guess that would have to pass for the moral in this matter, being political and all.


24 posted on 01/03/2006 8:34:32 PM PST by summer
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To: Redbob
Actually, I meant to write: political sleazes.
25 posted on 01/03/2006 8:36:17 PM PST by summer
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To: Redbob

Oh my Gawd! We're sunk.


26 posted on 01/03/2006 8:36:42 PM PST by ArtyFO (I love to smoke cigars when I adjust artillery fire.)
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To: summer

I think it is probably true.

My question was why was he stupid enough to confide in her about illicit activities?

There are a lot of legal jobs where you can't discuss your work at home. Its not that hard to just shut up.....

...oh....unless your ego is larger than your brain....


27 posted on 01/03/2006 8:37:33 PM PST by G Larry (Only strict constructionists on the Supreme Court!)
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To: ArtyFO

LOL...


28 posted on 01/03/2006 8:37:36 PM PST by summer
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To: G Larry
My question was why was he stupid enough to confide in her about illicit activities?

Probably because he was being macho and bragging to Emily Miller.

But, the affair with the manacurist maybe didn't involve these disclosures. And, perhaps that's why he realized: better to marry her instead of Miller; the manicurist doesn't care about all this political nonsense.
29 posted on 01/03/2006 8:40:01 PM PST by summer
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To: summer
Original WaPo article here.

Scroll down for extra cute tidbit on Kerry daughter. :)

30 posted on 01/03/2006 8:41:14 PM PST by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: summer

Sounds like an episode of the West Wing. This miller woman--how credible cane she be? She drifts from job to job and from man to man. In the photo up top, she looks like a heroin addict. (More likely coke).


31 posted on 01/03/2006 8:44:05 PM PST by Palladin (All the way with Alito!)
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To: sageb1
That was interesting; thanks. (I had read that before about Kerry's daughter's see-through dress.)

But, there was no connecting any dots in that WP article in terms of how these guys got caught. So, maybe the blogosphere is in fact breaking the news, if this turns out to be true.
32 posted on 01/03/2006 8:44:18 PM PST by summer
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How credible can she be?

Uh, today in court Abramoff pleaded guilty to criminal acts he admitted committing. So, your question is somewhat off base! :)
33 posted on 01/03/2006 8:46:14 PM PST by summer
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To: summer

Well, maybe. I'm not sure which charges he pled to, and if any of them had to do with Miller's info.

This is going to be a long, long saga, and many DC sleazes and their 'ho's will be outed.


34 posted on 01/03/2006 8:49:06 PM PST by Palladin (All the way with Alito!)
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To: Howlin

I'd say that if the only reason for her to report wrong doing was out of revenge, then she has even fewer morals than Scanlon.


35 posted on 01/03/2006 8:52:26 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: summer

People close to Tom DeLay - even though they may love his politics and see clearly that he's been railroaded by Ron Earle - are frankly very nervous over the Abramoff situation because they know that Tom has walked the razor's edge historically in terms of what is legal and is considered to be ethical in campaign fund raising.

In other words, don't be too sure that DeLay won't get nailed somehow in this particular ongoing investigation, even though he himself may be convinced that what he did was entirely legal. He is a lightening rod, and he is not exactly squeaky clean in the company he keeps. He is a risk taker, and risk takers sometimes lose in this game.


36 posted on 01/03/2006 8:57:06 PM PST by JustTheTruth
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To: summer
In May 2004, Miller found herself at the center of attention when—while live on air—she ordered a cameraman for NBC’s Meet the Press to stop filming Colin Powell. A copy of the transcript shows Miller, who also used to work as an NBC staffer, as a brusque press aide. Powell eventually ordered that the interview continue and asked Miller to step aside. link

Aside from the Powell interview, Miller also attracted attention after berating a Washington Post Magazine reporter. In 2001, while Miller was working as press secretary to DeLay she told a reporter who was writing a profile about DeLay. You lied! . . . You betrayed him! You twisted his words! . . . We don't know you. You don't exist. . . . You are dead to us."

37 posted on 01/03/2006 8:58:26 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: Palladin

"In the photo up top, she looks like a heroin addict. (More likely coke)."

Don't know about that but she sure looks like a mean bitch!


38 posted on 01/03/2006 9:05:51 PM PST by dalereed
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To: summer

And .. if this is true .. how does that prove DeLay was involved with Scanlon and Abramoff ..??


39 posted on 01/03/2006 9:16:21 PM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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To: ladyjane

Agreed. Suddenly, Lying and cheating on women is bad to liberals? WHat happened to, "Who cares about an affair?"


40 posted on 01/03/2006 9:18:37 PM PST by Sockdologer
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To: Howlin
"Are we to assume that if he married her, all this was fine with her ane he wouldn't be in trouble?"

Yep, and she was apparently prepared to marry the guy and personally benefit from what she knew to be corruption. She must have some sort of immunity deal going, because she's obviously as corrupt as the guy she dropped a dime on. Funny how a woman will destroy herself and anyone else standing in the way to get her revenge.

41 posted on 01/03/2006 9:32:24 PM PST by TheCrusader ("The frenzy of the mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" Pope Urban II ~ 1097A.D.)
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To: CyberAnt

Yeah, I thought it interesting that they HAD to include DeLay in this story.....


42 posted on 01/03/2006 9:47:47 PM PST by goodnesswins
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To: summer

Anybody who goes to trial on this should demand Bill&Hillary's testimony. Watch it all go bye bye, all forgotten. Ya cain't touch the untouchables.


43 posted on 01/03/2006 9:59:12 PM PST by Waco
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To: sageb1; lainie

well If you're looking for pure scorn and a bad-tempered female, how about Mo Dowd?


44 posted on 01/04/2006 12:57:35 AM PST by Cheapskate (America , -- -- -- -- Yeah!)
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To: dalereed
I don't know Ms. Miller looks pretty sharp to me.

But yeah, this is a woman you don't want to cross.

45 posted on 01/04/2006 1:05:34 AM PST by Cheapskate (America , -- -- -- -- Yeah!)
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To: Cheapskate

I'm not yet convinced Ms. Miller dropped the dime because of a 'failed' romance. The Dems have used this excuse to trash the credibility of their opponents for years.


46 posted on 01/04/2006 6:21:42 AM PST by ladyjane
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To: Howlin
(O/T, but I bet it really frosted her that he dumped HER for a manicurist!)

He obviously didn't like the way she did his nail, er nails. :-)

47 posted on 01/04/2006 6:30:02 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Howlin
Re your post #7 - I later realized this: if she had married him, she would not have to testify against him because of the wife/husband relationship. So, she either had to a) go public before marrying him (even though he allegedly ditched im), or b) live with it, since a spouse can not testify against their spouse. Or, I guess c) divorce him and then testify.

Maybe she was telling him to stop what he was doing and he wouldn't, and that was causing problems in the relationship, though I am just guessing here.
48 posted on 01/04/2006 8:00:42 AM PST by summer
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