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Waxman Warns White House

Rep. Henry Waxman, Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has a bone to pick with the White House. Well ok, he's got more than one, but today's news is that Waxman has asked for records related to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, and the White House won't give them up. Because, as we've all seen, denial has served Abramoff's other associates so well.

When the lobby-ee becomes the lobby-er

CongressDailyPM reported the following today:

 

Abramoff Inquiry Knocks on White House Door

Jack Abramoff must be singing the song that never ends. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expanding its investigation of the relationship between the convicted lobbyist and the White House.

From his Pennsylvania prison cell, Abramoff has continued to assist federal investigators in hopes of leniency in his pending influence-peddling trial -- witness in particular the renewed attention to Rep. John Doolittle and his aide Kevin Ring.

Echoes of Abramoff

Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan group that promotes greater transparency in government, takes exception with Vice President Dick Cheney's decision to destroy logs of visitors to his residence in keeping with a general policy of secrecy that has obstructed inquiry into convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff's relationship with the White House.

We Need to Know More About Alphonso Jackson

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson is the focus of intense scrutiny after making remarks at a recent event indicating he denied a federal contract to a business whose head wasn't a supporter of President Bush.

 

Jackson asked, rhetorically, why in the world would he let a contract go through to someone who would "use funds to try to campaign against the president"?

 

White House Releases Abramoff Visit Records

The White House has released its visit records on lobbyist Jack Abramoff...but not really, as TPM Muckraker points out.

Jack's Visits White House to be Detailed...Plus He Gets a Vacation

The Secret Service is going to turn over White House visitor logs showing when Jack Abramoff went to the White House, and whom he met while he was there, reports the AP. The agreement was made as part of the lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch after the agency refused to respond to its request under the federal Freeom of Information Act.