Abramoff Aide Expected to Plead Guilty

A spokesperson for Hirni told ABCNews.com that "he regrets one single instance as a first time lobbyist over five years ago when a mistake in judgment by agreeing to a client's request led to an unfortunate chain of events one evening. Jim has acknowledged his involvement and the involvement of those responsible for that incident. Jim however was not employed by Jack Abramoff at the time of the incident in question. Jim is now cooperating with the Department of Justice during their investigation. Additionally his future plans include developing a program to educated government staffers or others involved in lobbying about ethics potential mistakes. He very much wants to help others in the future."

A spokesperson for Cassidy & Associates said in a statement to ABCNews.com that the firm "accepted the departure of Todd Boulanger from the firm this afternoon. While accepting the departure, Founder and Executive Chairman Gerald S.J. Cassidy acknowledged this as a difficult time for Boulanger and expressed his appreciation for his diligent work on behalf of his clients while serving as a senior vice president at Cassidy & Associates."

Hirni spent about half a dozen years working on Capitol Hill for Sens. Bill Frist (R-TN), Jeff Session (R-AL) Tim Hutchinson (R-AR). When he left Hutchinson's office in early 2003, he went to the law firm of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal and joined Abramoff's firm by the end of the year. After the first public reports questioning Abramoff's lobbying practice in 2004, Hirni followed Boulanger to the Washington powerhouse lobbying shop Cassidy & Associates.

Boulanger, a former staffer for Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH), worked for Abramoff from 1999 to 2004 at both Preston Gates and Greenberg Traurig. He joined Cassidy After the first public reports questioning Abramoff's lobbying practice in 2004.

Neither Hirni or Boulanger returned calls for comment.

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