More White House Links to Abramoff Revealed

Lobbist had closer ties to administration than its report admitted
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 3:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – The White House didn't go far enough in probing its links with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to a new report from a House committee. The report reveals 70 more contacts between Abramoff's team and White House figures than had been previously acknowledged—including four extra meetings with President Bush, according to the Hill. The report also discovered more instances of officials accepting luxury meals and expensive tickets to events.

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The administration, while claiming it was conducting a full investigation into the matter, failed to question five of the jailed lobbyist's key contacts, AP reports. A White House spokesman said there wasn't anything new in the committee report, calling it "warmed-up leftovers." (Read more House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform stories.)

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