Thursday, March 16, 2006

Abramoff: Republicans Are Lying About Knowing Him

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff said in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine that he worked closely with many top Republicans, despite their claims to the contrary.

"Any important Republican who comes out and says they didn't know me is almost certainly lying," he said in the magazine's April edition.

Abramoff pleaded guilty Jan. 4 to charges that he and a former partner, Adam Kidan, concocted a fake wire transfer to make it appear they were putting a sizable stake of their own money into a multimillion-dollar purchase of SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet in 2000. Abramoff also pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a probe into his ties with members of Congress and the Bush administration. In his plea, he admitted that he showered golf trips, sports tickets and other gifts on lawmakers in return for actions that would help his clients.

In the article, Abramoff complains that many of those who used to work closely with him now claim that they never knew him.

E-mail and other subpoenaed records will eventually prove that he worked closely with them, he said.

The magazine features photographs of Abramoff with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former President Ronald Reagan, whom he met when he was president of the College Republicans.

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Does Abramoff know President Bush?

"I had my picture taken with him, evidently," Bush said of Abramoff on Jan. 26. "I've had my picture taken with a lot of people. I frankly don't even remember having my picture taken with the guy. I don't know him."

Abramoff said he found it hard to believe Bush didn't remember the 10 or so photos that he and members of his family had snapped with the president and first lady.

Soon after Bush's comments, Abramoff wrote to Washingtonian magazine that he had met briefly with the president almost a dozen times and that Bush knew him well enough to make joking references to Abramoff's family. Abramoff told Vanity Fair that he once was invited to Bush's Texas ranch, where he would have joined with other big Bush fundraisers. Abramoff, an Orthodox Jew, said he didn't go because the event fell on the Sabbath.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Mz Pip said...

Do tell, Jack!
Please please please write that tell all book ASAP. Inquiring minds want to know!

Mz Pip

11:14 AM  
Anonymous havocmom said...

Wouldn't phone records show he or his people called?

11:14 AM  
Anonymous rob of wilmington, del. said...

yep ... and all the liars will be found out.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous havocmom said...

OK, Let's take a leap and apply that to, oh, say WIRETAPS then don our tin foil and speculate about reasons for rubber stamp gop congress...

12:41 PM  
Anonymous savemefromdumbya said...

Jack is unfinished business
hope he waits til about 6 weeks before the 06 election and let rip!

12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know Rove was a close personal friend and business associate of Jack's. We know Abramhoff was one of Bush's biggest fundraisers. We know that Bush personally censored from the media White House photos of himself with Abramhoff.
There's about "Jack" chance Bush can rescue his poll numbers because soon there will be corruption added to incompetence.

2:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Precious, thanks for the post!!

Rats and sinking ships come to mind.

I wonder if Abramoff being Jewish had anything to do with this. I wonder if he'd been a good upstanding Christian would have changed anything.. Just curious.

Also, the 39% approval rating translates as a 61% DISapproval rating, but you never hear it put like that, do you? ;-)

5:21 PM  

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