Former top DOJ officials emerge in Abramoff corruption scandal.

Two former top Justice Department officials, former Solicitor General Paul Clement and former Ashcroft chief-of-staff David Ayres, “emerged Wednesday as figures in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal,” the AP reports. Both Clement and Ayres were in e-mail correspondence with former Abramoff associate Kevin Ring, who is “facing trial on 10 counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, bribery and fraud.” Though there is “no public indication that either Clement or Ayres is implicated in wrongdoing,” one of the charges against Ring include an episode in which he tried to lobby Justice Department officials.