Wednesday, May 10, 2006


The AP reports (in between earth-shaking articles about Britney's pregnancy--see, that's what you get, you right-to-lifers, more spawn of idiot pop stars--and a surprise with the American Idol voting--seems the person who should have won lost, but it turns out his agent was Bob Shrum):

Secret Service records made public Wednesday show that convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff went to the White House twice in the past five years, omitting three other occasions that have been acknowledged by the Bush administration.

The visits occurred on Jan. 20, 2004, the day President Bush delivered his State of the Union address, and on March 6, 2001. Abramoff stayed a total of 63 minutes, 29 seconds, but the records do not indicate where he went in the complex or who he met.

The documents are, by the White House's acknowledgment, an incomplete accounting of Abramoff's meetings with administration officials.

Copies of the Secret Service logs were released in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which had been seeking the records to determine the frequency of Abramoff's contacts with President Bush and others in his administration.

Judicial Watch said the records appear to be incomplete, noting that similar logs released during the Clinton administration included more details.

The White House replied, "Once again we see how the world is worse because of the Bill Clinton presidency."

Later Dick Cheney stopped complaining about Russia in that wistful way that made it clear he felt the Cold War was so much easier than this war on terror thing to say, "Look, they call themselves the Secret Service for a reason. If they told you everything, they'd just be the service. There's absolutely no truth to the rumor Abramoff was ever here at the same time as Jeff Gannon, either. For we have no records about Gannon at all. And it's totally a coincidence that Abramoff was here for the same State of the Union speech that Chalabi attended. Even Art Bell, if he wasn't semi-retired, couldn't make anything of that. If you want to know when that damn Helen Thomas has been here, we've got that for you. We even added that appearance in the Colbert video, just to be safe."


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