To reduce his sentence, Scanlong gave them enough information to get Jack Abramoff.
Abramoff, in turn, gave the prosecutors enough to get, among others, Tony Rudy, Tom DeLay’s former deputy chief of staff.
Rudy now seems to have given them enough to get Edwin Buckham, previously identified as DeLay’s “spiritual adviser” and partner-in-crime.
Now Buckham has to give them DeLay, or plan to spend a long, long time in prison.
And that’s the way it works.
Footnote An exercise for the reader: Whom would DeLay have to give up avoid a long prison term? Remember that the name of the game is “working up the chain.”