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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-27-07 07:22 PM
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3. Sources: Wikipedia, SourceWatch "involved in efforts to help two of Abramoff’s clients"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Steven_Griles
James Steven "Steve" Griles (born December 13, 1947) was a coal lobbyist and the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Interior from July 12, 2001, until his resignation on Dec. 7, 2004. Second in rank only to then-Secretary Gale Norton, Griles "effectively was Interior's chief operating officer ... and its top representative on Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force.<1> On March 23, 2007 he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in the Senate investigation of the Abramoff scandal, the top Bush administration official to do so.<2>, and on June 26 was sentenced to a fine and 10 months imprisonment. ....

Griles was also asked to testify before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in the 2005 investigation of the Abramoff scandal. Abramoff's private emails indicated that Griles had pledged to use his authority to block a casino which Abramoff was lobbying against. Abramoff also indicated that he was interested in hiring Griles.

Furthermore, Griles was involved with donations made to Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, run by his then girlfriend Italia Federici. Donations were made to CREA by both Abramoff's tribal clients and by energy-sector companies with connections to Griles. ....

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http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=J._Steven_Gr...

Testimony: Abramoff-Reed Indian Gambling Scandal

Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) "has called on the former No. 2 official at the Interior Department to testify before a Senate panel investigating lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his involvement with Indian gambling tribes," The Hill's Josephine Hearn reported. This "marks the fourth and final in the Indian Affairs Committee’s investigation of Abramoff." McCain is now chairman of the panel.

Griles "was involved in efforts to help two of Abramoff’s clients — the Louisiana Coushatta tribe and the Saginaw Chippewa tribe of Michigan — fend off casino proposals from rival tribes and may have done so while engaged in employment negotiations with Abramoff, recent news reports have said. Griles has said through spokespeople that he did not play a major role in endeavors to aid the tribes," Hearn wrote.

"The development marks the first time McCain has taken direct aim at the administration during the Indian Affairs Committee’s year-and-a-half-long investigation of Abramoff, his associate Michael Scanlon and their efforts to extract more than $80 million in lobbying and public-relations fees from Indian tribes," Hearn said.

"Griles is expected to appear alongside Italia Federici at the hearing ... Federici, who was an aide to Interior Secretary Gale A. Norton during her 1996 Senate bid, reportedly served as a go-between linking Griles and Abramoff. Federici is president of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy, a group founded by Norton and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist."

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  -ABRAMOFF Scandal: J. Steven Griles Ordered to Prison, Highest-Ranked Bush Administration Convict L. Coyote  Jun-27-07 06:42 PM   #0 
  - 10 months  redqueen   Jun-27-07 06:43 PM   #1 
  - INDEED. Good news is one more person cooperating with the investigations.  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 06:53 PM   #2 
     - Glad he brought up her name. She seems every bit as cheesy as her collegues.  Judi Lynn   Jun-29-07 02:23 PM   #22 
     - Abramoff-Scanlon School of Sleaze: Griles, Federici, Safavian, Flanigan, Norton, McCain  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 03:49 PM   #28 
  - Sources: Wikipedia, SourceWatch "involved in efforts to help two of Abramoff’s clients"  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 07:22 PM   #3 
  - Has this been anywhere on network TV or  malaise   Jun-27-07 07:23 PM   #4 
  - Yesterday's article is propagating well in print media online  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 07:56 PM   #5 
  - Here is a YouTube post of the National News  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 12:27 AM   #12 
     - Thanks n/t  malaise   Jun-28-07 12:04 PM   #15 
  - WA POST: 10 months PLUS Griles fined $30,000, three years probation  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 08:33 PM   #6 
  - Griles sought lessor sentence " of working for anti-environmental group"  L. Coyote   Jun-29-07 03:29 PM   #23 
  - FRIENDS OF THE EARTH: The Case against J. Steven Griles  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 08:45 PM   #7 
  - LAW.com: Lobbying Firm Cuts Ties to Name Partner  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 08:49 PM   #8 
  - TPM Muckraker: Sex, Lies, and Energy Interests  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 09:45 PM   #9 
  - Earth Shakers: The Counter-Enviro Power List - J. Steven Griles: Lobbyist  L. Coyote   Jun-27-07 11:42 PM   #10 
  - WA POST: Griles Pleads Guilty To Lying to Senate = March 24, 2007  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 12:08 AM   #11 
  - I wonder if there will be further info from Griles as a heavy conscience  upi402   Jun-28-07 01:01 AM   #13 
  - Watch the rotating door. I bet he's back in action soon, doing the same work.  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 10:24 AM   #14 
  - Abramoff Cited Aid Of Griles - Conflict-of-Interest Probe Is Underway  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 03:07 PM   #27 
  - K&R  ck4829   Jun-28-07 12:05 PM   #16 
  - consequences  bigtree   Jun-28-07 12:07 PM   #17 
  - Abramoff described Interior Deputy Secretary Steve Griles as "a friend .....  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 01:34 PM   #18 
  - Let's hope he doesn't hold the record long. nt  eppur_se_muova   Jun-28-07 02:40 PM   #19 
  - You refer to highest-ranked Administration official, I presume? INDEED.  L. Coyote   Jun-28-07 10:14 PM   #20 
  - Gale A. Norton: Griles merits leniency  L. Coyote   Jun-29-07 02:08 PM   #21 
  - Norton Ex-Aides Clash on Lobbyist's Influence = Accused Griles of Aiding Abramoff  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 01:20 PM   #24 
  - Inspector General Report: J. Steven Griles Investigation, March 2004  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 01:26 PM   #25 
  - Griles quickly inserted himself into Individual Indian Money (IIM) trust = 2001  L. Coyote   Jun-30-07 03:03 PM   #26 
 

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