Safavian found guilty of lying about Abramoff

A jury yesterday found David Safavian, a former Bush administration official, guilty of lying about his dealings with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

The former General Services Administration official was convicted on four of five felony counts of lying and obstruction.

The trial revolved around testimony about Safavian’s assistance to Abramoff regarding government-owned property and a weeklong trip to a famed golfing course in Scotland and London.

Abramoff did not testify in Safavian’s case, but Neil Volz, an Abramoff associate and former chief of staff to embattled Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), testified against Safavian.

Safavian’s case was the first to go to trial in the influence-peddling case arising from the Abramoff scandal. A date for Safavian’s sentencing has yet to be set.