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I like to follow the follies of John because he's my Senator, alas! Sam Stein just posted this over at Huff Post, where they've gotten ahold of an email that McCain withheld in the whole Abramoff ethics investigation.

Here's a juicy bit:

In the 2006 Senate report concerning Abramoff's activities, which McCain spearheaded, the Arizona Republican conspicuously left out information detailing how Alabama Gov. Bob Riley was targeted by Abramoff's influence peddling scheme. Riley, a Republican, won election in November 2002, and was reelected in 2006.

More below...

Wow. What's that, Oliver? You want some more?

In a December 2002 email obtained by the Huffington Post -- which McCain and his staff had access to prior to the issuance of his report -- Abramoff explains to an aide what he would like to see Riley do in return for the "help" he received from Abramoff's tribal clients.

Go check out the story for the whole sordid deal, but we're seeing a pattern here, are we not? McCain loves him some lobbyists. And he loves him some Republicans who loves some lobbyists.

Soldiers, though? They can stay in Iraq for another hundred years.

Originally posted to Finn MacCool on Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 06:17 PM PST.

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  •  Tip jar n/t (7+ / 0-)

    "Ah. Now we see the violence inherent in the system! Help! Help! I'm being repressed!"

    by Finn MacCool on Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 06:17:50 PM PST

    •  Sordid, schmordid. (1+ / 0-)
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      Now that the NYT has boned the beginning of this story soooo badly, we could find an unconscious McCain, passed out across a dead hooker with lines of blow still on her ass, clutching in 8 ball in the Lincoln Bedroom with a naked Jack Abramoff and the crazy, crazy wingnuts would still rally in his defense.

      "Oh, TV. Is there anything you can't do?" -- Homer Simpson

      by Melody Townsel on Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 06:22:36 PM PST

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  •  Good Catch! (2+ / 0-)
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    Melody Townsel, tarheelblue

    Siegelman's got legs...

  •  I would add Abramoff to your title (9+ / 0-)

    Yet another problem on McCain's Curveball Express

    As I said the other day, Jack Abramoff is John McCain’s other Lobbyist problem:

    McCain actively controlled the story and he put the investigation into slow motion. He ensured that the Abramoff Scandal was a not a factor in the 2004 election. Then he worked to ensured that voters would not know about how closely Abramoff, Rove and Bush worked together. Then McCain worked to actively limited the damage the Abramoff scandal had on the GOP in the 2006 election. And then he used his access to Jack’s little black book to discourage serious competition and build support for his 2008 run for the White House.

    And in the process truth, honor and justice have become the victims of McCain’s ambition. An ambition that has led him to hide the most damning details of the Abramoff scandal:

    * Jack’s role as a 25-year bagman for the GOP: hidden.

    * Jack’s close working relationship with the Bush White House: hidden.

    * Jack’s close working relationship with the Republican Congressional Leadership: hidden.

    * Jack’s role in dirty tricks and off-the-books money for the GOP: hidden.

    * Jack’s role in Medicare reform: hidden.

    * Jack’s role energy policy: hidden.

    John McCain needs to be called on this.

    We need to demand the release of the Abramoff papers.

    Think of a carton of paper.

    Each box hold 5,000 sheets.

    Now, visualize 150 boxes filled with Abramoff’s emails, memos, billing records, schedules, appointments and many, many more related documents. McCain had everything.

    Now, take away a box and a half of documents.

    Set them in a pile.

    This is what the McCain investigation, I meant cover-up released. And most every Abramoff scandal news story and indictment to date has grown from these initial releases of documents.

    Mountains of scandals and thousands of real crimes have been hidden and protected by Senator John McCain.

    How many documents has John McCain hidden?

    Well, if you stacked them into a single stack, it would be about the fifth of the height of the Washington Monument, around 123.5 feet tall!

    Here is what the McCain//Abramoff Cover-up looks like:

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    This scandal should be hung around McCain’s neck. There is no way we should let him get away with bragging about doing the dirty work to minimize the impact of the scandal on George W. Bush’s 2004 race and to keep most of his caucus out of a well deserved jail cell.

    John McCain is intensely corrupt.

    He is especially unfit to be President of the United States of America.

    I just thought I would pass that along.


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    by dengre on Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 06:24:46 PM PST

  •  McCain's Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearings (1+ / 0-)
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    Finn MacCool

    I'm certain that McCain and the other members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee knew Steven J. Griles and Italia Federici were lying when they testified in front of his committee in November 2005.

    I suspect a decision was made beforehand not to bring up the long-term affair between Griles and Federici and I think the reason was to keep Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton out of the Abramoff scandal.  

    In her testimony, Federici alluded to the committee's knowledge of the affair. From the 11/17/05 Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing transcript:

    Senator Dorgan: Ms. Federici, you are under oath and the chairman has asked you a question. You are suggesting that somehow someone was trying to smear you, and you have indicated----

    Ms. Federici: I was told that there was a narrative of a very personal nature that was being put forward from committee staff. You know, it sort of fits with----

    Federici, of course, was referring to her romantic relationship with Griles which began in 1998, according to the 3/21/07 United States District Court - District of Columbia record of the Griles conviction.

    The notion that the committee investigators did not know about the Griles-Federici affair is preposterous. The two lead GOP investigators, Pablo E. Carillo and Bryan D. Parker, had been on the case since January 2005.

    Steve Griles and Italia Federici were single and had no reason to hide their romance. As Deputy Secretary of the Interior, Griles had a high DC profile. I'm sure he and Federici attended many public events. Half of Washington must have known about the Griles-Federici romance when they testified.

    Senator Dorgan does not need the Republicans to approve the release of the committee's documents to verify that McCain covered up the Griles-Fedrici affair. Dorgan, I'm sure, knows the answer as do the other committee members and staff.

    Come on, Senator Dorgan, give it up for the team.  

    "I feared the worst when I saw that butterscotch incident."

    by Mrs Panstreppon on Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 08:06:53 PM PST

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