White Plains, NY (Ass Mess): Internet bookmakers Aitgottaprayer.com was reeling today after a FBI raid on its offices that dismantled a $2 million-a-week betting ring.
The bets, on political figures connected to the Bush Administration, had limits as high as $100,000 and were said to have been funneled by computer to a "wire room" in Karl Rove's office, said Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore.
"You name it, they were betting on it, and Rove was analysing it ahead of the 2008 White House race," said Steven Vandervelden, head of DiFiore's criminal enterprise division.
According to TV news reports the DA exhibited an array of guns, steroid-filled syringes, marijuana, computers, printers, and nearly $1 million in cash at the press conference this morning.
The confiscated items from the Aintgottaprayer.com raid were gleaned from a total of 44 search warrants at 30 locations.
And in breaking news the FBI has just announced that the 30 eavesdropping devices that helped in obtain the search warrants may have also been located in Rove's office in the White House.
"The display even included a small pile of the suspects' gold and silver plated handguns, taken by police on the grounds they had been bought with illegal betting profits," the SA's office said.
The silence from Special Prosecutor Patricl FitzGerald's office has been deafening.