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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Implausible Denial

Now that the word is out that Jack Abramoff was buying the White House staff as well, Scott McClellan is doing backflips to get our pResident away from Jack. But we knew, didn't we, last week when Bush was donating Abramoff funds to charity that Bush had taken the money. And he gave away - refresh my memory - something like $6k out of over $100k that he had received. Impressive, no? No.

The White House is refusing to reveal details of tainted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's visits with President Bush's staff.

Abramoff had "a few staff-level meetings" at the Bush White House, presidential spokesman Scott McClellan said Tuesday. But he would not say with whom Abramoff met, which interests he was representing or how he got access to the White House.

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McClellan said Tuesday that he checked on it at reporters' requests, but wouldn't discuss the private staff-level meetings. "We are not going to engage in a fishing expedition," he said.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, along with three other Democratic senators, wrote Bush a letter Tuesday asking for an accounting of Abramoff's personal contacts with Bush administration officials and acts that may have been undertaken at his request. "The American people need to be assured that the White House is not for sale," they wrote.

With respect Senator, I think you're too late.

McClellan said Bush does not know Abramoff personally, although it's possible the two met at the holiday receptions.


And that is EXACTLY what Bush said about Ken Lay of Enron fame, the single biggest contributor to his gubernatorial campaign in Texas. Same words, just change the name. Do you believe it? I don't.

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