Team Abramoff Visited the White House over 200 Times in Bush’s First 10 Months in Office

The Secret Service released logs showing the comings and goings of convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff and members of his staff at the White House that present a jaw-dropping level of access to the Bush Administration after the 2000 election:

Abramoff was a $100,000 fundraiser for Bush [in 2000] and lobbying records obtained by the AP show his lobbying team logged nearly 200 meetings with the administration during its first 10 months in office on behalf of one of his clients, the Northern Mariana Islands.

As Keith Olbermann pointed out last night, someone from Abramoff’s firm was at the White House every business day for 10 months through October 2001.

That’s a whole lotta access.

26 Comments

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  • May 3, 2006 - 7:27 pm | Permalink

    But it’s okay, because we don’t have too many of pictures of George Bush and Abramhoff together, so it’s like nothing ever happened. Don’t forget Mr. McLellan’s pointed waffling over what other logs of visits might exist elsewhere.

    Perhaps we will soon get the co-visitations of Team Abramoff and Mr. Guckert-Gannon, in the Oval Office, with the President, and a lead pipe! (Sorry, couldn’t resist the Clue reference)

  • May 3, 2006 - 7:32 pm | Permalink

    Not that it will make any difference that the record shows that once again they have lied. Mr. Bush and his whole administration can not tell the truth, even if it would do them some good. They open their mouths and nothing but crap comes out. I call it ButtTalk, (low brow) or Feculent Blather, (high brow). One can only hope that this will change a few more minds and will open some peoples eyes to the truth about the leaders of the Republican party.

  • Eugene
    May 3, 2006 - 7:52 pm | Permalink

    ((” Perhaps we will soon get the co-visitations of Team Abramoff and Mr. Guckert-Gannon, in the Oval Office, with the President, and a lead pipe! (Sorry, couldn’t resist the Clue reference)” –Comment by Big Time Patriot ))

    With those three it would have been a latex “pipe”.

  • Medic
    May 3, 2006 - 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Bush,personally, demoted the Fed Prosecuter, named Black, who had the audacity to convene a Grand Jury into Abramoff’s laundering list of judges and the Tan family trying to disavow and disallow any type of work standards for the slave labor of children etc.
    Article is in a past issue of St.Petersburg Fla. not Russia, in this particular instance, Delay and Abramoff dealt with all comers, newspaper.
    There is a special prosecuter assigned, looking into Obstruction of Justice on the part of King George.

  • Jess Wonderin
    May 3, 2006 - 8:22 pm | Permalink

    When will the American Press report some news and remember that “journalism” isn’t just having dinner and re-writting WH Press Releases . . . ????

    Guess we will have to depemd on Faux News and Rush Limpball for our “facts” . . .

  • yeranalyst
    May 3, 2006 - 8:25 pm | Permalink

    So, As I understand it having seen the facts, George Bush used Jack Abramoff or one Abramoffs employees to act as a go between to sell policy and favor to the highest bidder for campaign contributions and slush funds.

    Tell me if I’m wrong but doesn’t this behavior characterize graft and corruption? Isn’t it illegal? Where in the duties and responsibilities of highest representative of the people of the United States is this behavior mandated?

    Nevermind. I forgot, Mr. Gonzales has already told us that King George makes his own mandate, and doesn’t have to obey the law, when the king declares war, as in the other 750 laws he has broken and ignored since 9/11.

    Storm the Bastille!!!

  • Melissa
    May 3, 2006 - 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Is there anything that Bush can do that he will be held accountable for? He must be blackmailing the entire congress and senate. Old CIA dad probably has the goods on most of them.

  • Stephen Kriz
    May 4, 2006 - 2:52 am | Permalink

    That’s a whole lot of corruption, is what that is. Then you have Bush saying “I don’t really know him” in reference to Abramoff, which is exactly the same thing he said about Kenny Boy Lay, another partner in crime. The Dems should take out full page ads in USA Today, reminding the American people what a corrupt liar is living in the White House.

  • legalies
    May 4, 2006 - 2:54 am | Permalink

    I thought Bush had never met the man but then again he is a satanic rituaistic pedaphile who knows truth is a joke.If you want to know who Jeff Gannon really is check out his mother’s book : Why Johnny Cant Come Home by Noreen Gosch or a book called The Franklin Affair by John DeCamp.They have suicided so many and wellstoned the rest so good luck finding the books.

  • Lev Raphael
    May 4, 2006 - 4:01 am | Permalink

    Has anyone checked to see if Team Abramoff’s visits coincide at all with Jeff Gannon’s?

    :-)

  • Sus Picious
    May 4, 2006 - 4:46 am | Permalink

    Perhaps one should also check to see if Jeff Gannon and Porter Goss met regularly at the White House or elsewhere.

  • David Kaiser
    May 4, 2006 - 5:26 am | Permalink

    What is really interesting about this is that Abramoff and his staff spent more time at the White House than Bush did!

    historian

  • Audrey
    May 4, 2006 - 5:49 am | Permalink

    Why is this suddenly news? On May 6, 2005 Sharon Theimer had an article on abcnews.go.com on Abramoff and the Marianas. She reported that Abramoff, who was with Greenberg Traurig at the time wrote the following in a January 2001 letter to the government of
    the Islands: “Our standing with the new Administration promises to be solid as several friends of CNMI (islands) will be soon taking high-ranking positions in the Administration, including within the Interior Department.” She goes on to say that the lobbyists were met with “chilly” receptions by the Clinton Administration.

  • kargoyle
    May 4, 2006 - 6:40 am | Permalink

    It’s no wonder the Buskvites had no time to pay attention to national security in the months leading up to 9/11…

  • May 4, 2006 - 6:47 am | Permalink

    Storm the Bastille!!! Now is the time for the Bush Administration to leave the White House. Of course, we will wait for Fitzgerald to give the ok.

  • henry
    May 4, 2006 - 6:59 am | Permalink

    Convicted lobbyist Abramoff visited the White House 200 times in 2002? But Pres. GWB does’nt know him? Does the file show who he he went to see those 200 times? It seems strange that A man who gave over 100,000 in campaign money is not remembered by someone at the white house.

  • Aleta Payne
    May 4, 2006 - 7:11 am | Permalink

    Bush could murder his parents, and the press would acclaim it as an innovative solution to the social security problem. Nothing this man says or does to hurt the American people will garner him negative press, no matter how heinous, unconstitutional or morally bankrupt.

  • May 4, 2006 - 7:54 am | Permalink

    That this administration lied is not news, but 200 visits is incredible! This means the guy was there almost every workday. It means he was there more than Mr. Bush his self!

  • Wake Up
    May 4, 2006 - 7:55 am | Permalink

    No one will storm the bastille. We will stay in our homes, eyes glued to the TV, while the corrupt power elite giggle into their cognac. Through TV they control our minds, and that’s all they need to do to control our government. We are no threat to them, and never will be again.

    The elections this year will be as phoney as the ones in 2004. A few “radical students” will go around picketing the corruption. They’ll be infiltrated, rounded up on drug possession charges, and sent into our prison system – where there are already 2,000,000 “cannabis abusers”.

    In reality the USA has become a totalitarian state with a puppet leader. After Bush will come some other puppet – it doesn’t matter to the people who pull the strings. Remember Kerry – the other Skull & Bones alumnus on the ballot, who wouldn’t talk about that organization because it was, quote, “too secret”? It’s all a nonsense and we are all no ones to them.

    Face it. Our democracy has ended, and ahead looms national depression and world war. The only way you can save yourself and your family is to leave the country, now, while you still can.

  • Madame Karnak
    May 4, 2006 - 7:55 am | Permalink

    I think that one of the previous commentators had it right: “the Bushes are blackmailing everybody.” Remember the Franklin Savings scandal? Well, you can buy the new John De Kamp book with an updated list of the people that he found connected to these little sexual soirees and there is a fairly decent version of the Discovery show about the Bushes that never aired (Conspiracy of Silence) that is very upsetting because what the kids describe as having been done to them is sadistic to say the least.

    Every single entity that the Bushes have been involved with, even in a minor way, they have corrupted from the UN through the CIA and DEA. I wonder where they are keeping all the photos, video and other “documentation” of their interactions.

    It’s time for the rest of us to declare amnesty for anyone who will turn country’s evidence on these bastards

  • Paul
    May 4, 2006 - 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Lets put this in perspective. 10 months = 208 working days minus holidays. Abramoff was effectively in the Whitehouse EVERY BUSINESS DAY.

  • Charles
    May 4, 2006 - 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Connect the dots.

    Bush = Abramoff
    Abramoff = Sun Cruz
    Sun Cruz = 9/11 Hijackers
    9/11 Hijackers = Bush

    JACK ABRAMOFF: SLEAZEBAG
    By Michelle Malkin
    August 11, 2005

    Jack Abramoff, a Republican lobbyist, and Adam Kidan, his partner in the $147.5 million buyout of SunCruz Casino five years ago.

    [Link]

    Hijackers linked to local cruise

    By Times staff and wire reports

    St. Petersburg Times, published September 27, 2001

    TREASURE ISLAND — Employees on a SunCruz gambling ship that sails from John’s Pass think some of the hijackers in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were gambling on the ship the week before the attacks.

    The FBI is investigating. SunCruz Casinos has turned over security videotapes and documents to FBI investigators.

    Two or three men linked to the hijackings may have been customers on the SunCruz ship that is based at John’s Pass, said Michael Hlavsa, chairman of the gambling cruise company.

    [Link]

    Man says 2 hijackers may have gambled aboard boat

    The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office has notified the FBI that a local man thinks he might have seen two of the terrorist hijackers last month on a Paradise of Port Richey gambling boat, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

    Stephen Babus, 46, of New Port Richey reported to deputies on Thursday that late last month he saw two Middle Eastern men betting $700 to $800 a hand on roulette aboard the Paradise ship, which docks in Port Richey.

    “I’m not saying it was those guys who did this,” Babus told the Times on Friday. “They just struck me as odd.”

    Employees on a SunCruz gambling boat that sails from John’s Pass in Pinellas County have reported that they believe some of the terrorists were on their boat the week before the Sept. 11 attacks. The FBI is investigating their claims.

    Paradise of Port Richey has not received any calls from the Sheriff’s Office or the FBI, company spokeswoman Beth Henson said.

    She said the boats get rid of their passenger manifests shortly after each trip, but video surveillance archives are available.

    [Link]

  • lib4
    May 5, 2006 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    200 times in 10 months…

    discounting weekends (since Bush doesnt “work” on weekends) ….

    that equates to 20 meetings per month

    or

    ONCE PER DAY FOR 10 MONTHS

    …Abramoff was a de-facto Cabinet member……

  • willymack
    May 5, 2006 - 9:05 pm | Permalink

    Was 9/11 staged? Was Abramoff somehow involved? Seems far out, but so does the official report of the attacks and collapse of 3 super-strong buildings, built to withstand such impacts-one of which (the 42-story one)wasn’t impacted by anything. Will a serious and HONEST investigation of this tragedy ever take place? I doubt it.

  • January 6, 2013 - 12:44 am | Permalink

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