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11. WA POST: Griles Pleads Guilty To Lying to Senate = March 24, 2007
Ex-Official At Interior Hid His Ties To Abramoff
Griles Pleads Guilty To Lying to Senate
By Susan Schmidt and James V. Grimaldi - March 24, 2007; Page A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...


The former No. 2 official in the Interior Department yesterday admitted lying to the Senate about his relationship with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who gained the official's intervention at the agency for his Indian tribal clients.

J. Steven Griles pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to a felony for making false statements in testimony before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in November 2005 and in an earlier interview with panel investigators. He is the 10th person -- and the second high-level Bush administration official -- to face criminal charges in the continuing Justice Department investigation into Abramoff's lobbying activities. ...

... Griles told the Senate panel and its investigators that his relationship with Abramoff was no different from that with any lobbyist. Griles's then-girlfriend, however, had introduced him to the lobbyist and then acted as a go-between. The woman, Italia Federici -- identified as "Person A" in court papers -- ran an advocacy group to which Abramoff and his clients donated $500,000. ...

... Assistant Attorney General Alice S. Fisher said this latest conviction in the Abramoff investigation "again demonstrates the commitment of the Department of Justice to the aggressive investigation and prosecution of public corruption at all levels of government."

The Griles plea comes at a time when the Justice Department is being criticized by congressional Democrats who have alleged that the Bush administration may have fired several U.S. attorneys because they pursued corruption investigations of Republicans ...
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