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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-09-08 01:13 PM
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Waxman: Abramoff Influenced White House, Met with Bush Six Times
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Edited on Mon Jun-09-08 01:16 PM by Hissyspit
Source: House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

June 09, 2008

Waxman: Abramoff influenced White House, met with Bush six times

Imprisoned former GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff "influenced some White House actions," and the Bush administration "conducted an inadequate and incomplete internal review before making public representations minimizing Mr. Abramoff's access to White House officials," says a new report released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). Abramoff had his photograph taken with President Bush on six different occasions, with four of those taking place at political receptions and the other two coming at an annual White House Hanukkah party and an event in the Old Executive Office Building.

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"In addition, the documents provided to the Committee by the White House document over 70 new contacts between Mr. Abramoff and his associates and White House officials," the report states. A Sept. 2006 report by the same committee said Abramoff and his lobbying associates had 485 contacts with White House officials, a figure the White House challenged as inaccurate.

According to Waxman's panel, in addition to the "over 70 new contracts," internal White House documents confirm "over 80 of the contacts" detailed in e-mails and documents turned over to committee investigators by Abramoff's former firm, Greenberg Traurig. "The White House documents and e-mails do not corroborate 401 of the lobbying contacts described in the Greenberg Traurig documents," the report concludes. Abramoff and his fellow lobbyists "persuaded White House officials to intervene to remove from office a State Department official, who advocated reforms in the Northern Marianas Islands that Mr. Abramoff opposed." The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands was one of Abramoff's most lucrative lobbying clients, paying his firm millions of dollars in fees.

The committee's "proposed report" states that the evidence it examined "contradicts White House claims that with respect to his White House contacts, Mr. Abramoff 'got nothing out of it. Not only did Mr. Abramoff achieve some positive results from his White House lobbying, but White House officials sought out the views of Mr. Abramoff and his colleagues on matters of official business."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/blogs/thecrypt/0608/Waxman_Abra...



Darn, I broke my rule about never linking to Politico. Here is the original source of the report at the committee's site: http://oversight.house.gov/story.asp?ID=1996

"Chairman Waxman and Ranking Member Davis issued a proposed Committee report on White House contacts with Jack Abramoff that concludes that Mr. Abramoff had personal contact with President Bush, that high-level White House officials held Mr. Abramoff and his associates in high regard and solicited recommendations from them on policy matters, that Mr. Abramoff and his associates influenced some White House actions, and that Mr. Abramoff and his associates offered White House officials expensive tickets and meals."

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