White House officials have long maintained that they barely knew Jack Abramoff, the disgraced Washington, D.C., lobbyist convicted of influence-peddling. But a congressional report has detailed almost 500 lobbyist contacts by Abramoff and associates with the White House over a three-year period, including 10 visits with key presidential adviser Karl Rove.
Last week, a top Rove aide, Susan Ralston, resigned amid reports of her numerous contacts with Abramoff, who arranged pricey sports tickets, concerts and other favors for her.
Did Abramoff’s White House schmoozing produce favorable results for his clients? Apparently not, in most cases. Still, Abramoff undeniably had access and was hardly a stranger. Expect more questions about just how familiar he was with the Bush inner circle.
Posted by Randy Scholfield
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