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L. Coyote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-30-07 04:07 PM
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27. Abramoff Cited Aid Of Griles - Conflict-of-Interest Probe Is Underway
Abramoff Cited Aid Of Interior Official
Conflict-of-Interest Probe Is Underway
By Susan Schmidt - Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 28, 2005; A01
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...


Indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff claimed in e-mails sent in 2002 that the deputy secretary of the interior had pledged to block an Indian casino ... Abramoff later told two associates that he was trying to hire the official.

A federal task force investigating Abramoff's activities has conducted interviews and obtained documents from Interior Department officials and Abramoff associates to determine whether conflict-of-interest laws were violated, according to people with knowledge of the probe. It can be a federal crime for government officials to negotiate for a job while being involved in decisions affecting the potential employer.

The two former Abramoff associates, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are under scrutiny in the investigation, said Abramoff told them in late 2003 that he was trying to arrange for his firm, Greenberg Traurig LLP, to hire J. Steven Griles, then deputy interior secretary. Federal investigators are interested in those discussions and in job negotiations Abramoff may have had with a second department official, according to sources.

Abramoff told associates that he believed Griles was "committed" to blocking an effort by the Gun Lake Indian tribe to build a casino near Grand Rapids, Mich., according to the content of e-mail messages reviewed by The Washington Post. .....
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