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Abramoff says he met Bush "almost a dozen" times

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Just thought this article was interesting...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060209/pl_nm/crime_abramoff_dc

Abramoff says he met Bush "almost a dozen" times



WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jack Abramoff said in correspondence made public on Thursday that President Bush met him "almost a dozen" times, disputing White House claims Bush did not know the former lobbyist at the center of a corruption scandal.

"The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows," Abramoff wrote in an e-mail to Kim Eisler, national editor for the Washingtonian magazine.

Abramoff added that Bush also once invited him to his Texas ranch.

The messages were made public by the American Progress Action Fund, a liberal activist group. Eisler confirmed their accuracy to Reuters but said he did not intend them to become public.

"They reflect the feeling of frustration he has not just with Bush but with all these guys claiming they didn't know him," said Eisler, who knew Abramoff through a book he wrote about the Pequot Indian tribe.

Abramoff pleaded guilty to fraud charges in early January and is cooperating with prosecutors in a corruption probe that could implicate lawmakers and officials across Washington.

Bush has said he never had a discussion with Abramoff and does not remember having his picture taken with him.

The White House has said Abramoff attended three Hanukkah receptions at the White House.

Eisler said he had seen five photographs of Abramoff with Bush, none taken at Hanukkah parties.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said on Thursday that the revelations did not prove Bush knew him well.

"I think as the president also indicated, he's taken at least five photos with many people in this room at the annual holiday reception. And so I think you need to put this in context," McClellan said.

Abramoff spokesman Andrew Blum declined to comment.

Abramoff raised more than $100,000 for Bush's 2004 re-election campaign, a feat that won him an invitation to Bush's ranch in August 2003, the National Journal reported at the time.

"I was invited during the 2004 campaign," Abramoff told Eisler.

Abramoff said he did not make the trip because as an Orthodox Jew he cannot travel on Saturdays.

In the wake of Abramoff's indictment, the Bush-Cheney campaign said it would donate to charity $6,000 in contributions made by Abramoff or his clients, but not the money he helped raise.

The White House has acknowledged he participated in a few staff-level meetings at the White House.

Although the Abramoff scandal has mostly focused attention so far on prominent House Republicans, including former Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, at least two Bush administration officials have been implicated.

David Safavian, a former White House budget official, has been charged with lying and obstructing investigations into his 2002 golf outing to Scotland with Abramoff.

Stephen Griles, the former No. 2 official at the Interior Department, has come under scrutiny after allegations he tried to block a casino at Abramoff's request.
 
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I love these articles. The story says that he and BUsh were at a dozen events at the same time and the headline reads the "met" a dozen times. :roll:
 

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KCConservative said:
I love these articles. The story says that he and BUsh were at a dozen events at the same time and the headline reads the "met" a dozen times. :roll:
Oh, you must have missed this paragraph of the article:

The guy saw me in almost a dozen settings, and joked with me about a bunch of things, including details of my kids. Perhaps he has forgotten everything, who knows," Abramoff wrote in an e-mail to Kim Eisler, national editor for the Washingtonian magazine.
Sure. Joking about details about Abramoff's kids. You're right. He didn't know him at all. :roll:
 

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Che said:
Just thought this article was interesting...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060209/pl_nm/crime_abramoff_dc

Abramoff says he met Bush "almost a dozen" times
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aps said:
Oh, you must have missed this paragraph of the article:



Sure. Joking about details about Abramoff's kids. You're right. He didn't know him at all. :roll:
The President has aids whose duties are to cue him on such details when meeting people.
 

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Stinger said:
The President has aids whose duties are to cue him on such details when meeting people.
Apparently, Time magazine will be publishing a picture of Bush, Rove, Abramoff, and a head of an Indian Tribe. Bush is shaking the head of the Indian Tribe's hand while Rove and Abramoff stand behind him. This oughta be good. :lol:
 

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aps said:
Apparently, Time magazine will be publishing a picture of Bush, Rove, Abramoff, and a head of an Indian Tribe. Bush is shaking the head of the Indian Tribe's hand while Rove and Abramoff stand behind him. This oughta be good. :lol:
The official whitehouse line about that photo is that they do not know how abramoff made it onto Whitehouse property....
 

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The official whitehouse line about that photo is that they do not know how abramoff made it onto Whitehouse property....
Are you serious? Who do they think they are fooling?
 

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The photo doesn't show much. Bush shaking hands with the Indian tribe leader, Rove just to the right and Abramoff in the background.

The real show will begin when Abramoff testifies, starts naming names and pointing fingers. Since he is a Republican lobbyist, supporter and fundraiser, guess where the 'Culture of Corruption' will fall? :naughty
 
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BWG said:
The real show will begin when Abramoff testifies, starts naming names and pointing fingers. Since he is a Republican lobbyist, supporter and fundraiser, guess where the 'Culture of Corruption' will fall? :naughty
Oh, please tell us. Look into your crystal ball and enlighten us. This story is like a gnat in your ear. Just swat it away. Remember, Bush has more important things to do, like wiretap your phone, BWG. It's not the war he's trying to proscute. It's you.
 

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aps said:
Apparently, Time magazine will be publishing a picture of Bush, Rove, Abramoff, and a head of an Indian Tribe. Bush is shaking the head of the Indian Tribe's hand while Rove and Abramoff stand behind him. This oughta be good. :lol:
Yea, Time has the photo, and says that after the photo session, Abramoff and Bush joked around with each other for a while, along with the Governor of the Marianas Islands, who is one of Abramoff's clients. There is also some really good info about Abramoff's relationship with Grover Norquist and other Republican think tank members.

Article is here.
 

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LOL...No need for any kind of a ball, just patience until Abramoff starts singing like the trapped canary he is. As evidenced, any idiot can tap your phone, I'd just like to see it done legally. I have no fear of prosecution, it's the 'Culture of Corruption' that are the ones posturing for position (for top bunk?). Deny, deny, deny, it'll go away, NOT!! :2wave:
 

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danarhea said:
Yea, Time has the photo, and says that after the photo session, Abramoff and Bush joked around with each other for a while, along with the Governor of the Marianas Islands, who is one of Abramoff's clients. There is also some really good info about Abramoff's relationship with Grover Norquist and other Republican think tank members.

Article is here.
Okay, now that I have seen the picture, it doesn't look the way it sounded. I got the impression that Rove and Abramoff were both standing behind Bush in more of a team-effort pose. The distance Abamoff is in the picture is too far. This picture is not remotely incriminating if you ask me.

I knew that Abramoff was good friends with Grover Norquist (who's an a$$).
 

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aps said:
Are you serious? Who do they think they are fooling?
Obviously enough people to stay in office.:roll:

Just my opinion, but I can't conceive that that many people are actually "fooled" by Bush. I just think they don't care or they approve unconditionally to whatever he decides to do. Their loyalty is admirable albeit misplaced. I hope some day to see the population put our country first and their political party somewhere further down the list. That goes for all parties.

I often wonder what the man would have to actually do to get them to reconsider their blind loyalty. Personally, I don't think anything can open their eyes if they haven't opened them by now.

Oh well, we've been through worse. Patience is a virtue. It won't be much longer before Bush and his merry band of followers are in our reirview mirror. Hang in there America.
 
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It won't be much longer before Bush and his merry band of followers are in our reirview mirror. Hang in there America.
I wouldn't be so sure. Can you say JEB? :cool:
 
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