Another Scandal May Get Ratched Up A Notch

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A federal judge has just ordered that the White House must turn over its visitor logs to public interest group Judicial Watch (who sought the documents under a FOIA request).  What this means is that we will soon learn when, how often, and whom, convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff visited within the White House. The logs are to be turned over … Read More

Bush Knew Abramoff, Spoke Knowingly About Abramoff’s Kids

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More White House lies exposed. Bush has said that he didn’t know Abramoff: "You know, I, frankly, don’t even remember having my picture taken with the guy. I don’t know him." But Think Progress has obtained emails from Abramoff himself (sent to Kim Eisler, an editor at Washingtonian magazine) which suggest an entirely different story. In the emails, Abramoff describes … Read More


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The lead prosecutor in the Abramoff scandal is leaving the case because he’s been appointed to a federal bench by Bush: The investigation of Jack Abramoff, the disgraced Republican lobbyist, took a surprising new turn on Thursday when the Justice Department said the chief prosecutor in the inquiry would step down next week because he had been nominated to a … Read More

The Unbiased Media

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I’ve been following the WaPo story with some interest, but haven’t commented on it.  And now, when I’m prepared to comment, Legal Fiction steals my thunder. For those not up on it, it started with the Post’s Ombudsman, Deborah Howell, writing that Jack Abramoff gave money to Republicans and Democrats alike.  This created a howl from the left blogosphere, simply … Read More

Bad Omens For Many

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“Mr. Abramoff says he has information that could implicate 60 lawmakers,” the WSJ reports (subecription required). Here’s some more news roundups on the impact of the Abramoff plea: The Washington Post: Abramoff represented the most flamboyant and extreme example of a brand of influence trading that flourished after the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives 11 years ago. Now, … Read More