“The government would have been able to successfully prosecute Ney without Heaton’s assistance, but not without Volz’s,” wrote prosecutors Mary Butler and Nathaniel Edmonds.
I'm sure Ms. Butler and Mr. Edmonds know what they're talking about.
The Hill newspaper has another article on this same topic. I'm a little puzzled by a certain sentence in this article. In order to give it maximum context, I'm including full paragraphs on either side of the sentence:
In the memo, prosecutors said Volz “has spent and continues to spend countless hours providing information about other matters under investigation by the Department of Justice, as well as insight into how staff members and lobbyists conduct business before Congress and the Executive Branch.”
They also said that Volz’s cooperation is ongoing, and could involve other separate DoJ investigations. His cooperation could help prosecutors snare other lawmakers under FBI investigation and those who prosecutors believe may be implicated in the Abramoff bribery scandal.
At one point, after the investigation became public, the memo says, Ney became suspicious that Volz was cooperating and left two “abusive” phone calls on his voicemail, which Volz turned over to prosecutors. The recordings would have been “powerful evidence of Ney’s consciousness of guilt had Ney elected to fight the charges against him and proceed to trial,” the document says.
Boy, I'd like to have the primary source here. It is clear to me that prosecutors asserted that Volz's cooperation is on-going and could help other separate DoJ investigations. But what about that mention of helping prosecutors "snare other lawmakers"? Is that in the substantial assistance memorandum? Or is that speculation by The Hill? I guess I won't know until (if?) I get to read the substantial assistance memorandum myself.
Let's assume Volz is helping prosecutors with their cases against other lawmakers. Any guesses on which lawmakers Volz may be able to provide testimony against? I have a couple of guesses. Mr. Volz is connected to Rep. John Doolittle (R-Calif) through colleague Kevin Ring. Mr. Volz is also connected to former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-here) through Russian energy executive Alexander Koulakovsky. Keep in mind that these are only guesses. I have no clue where the cooperation of Mr. Volz may lead.