A front page article in today's
Times shows that Jack Abramoff's dirty hands reached around the world.
According to the article, in 2003 Abramoff lobbied President Omar Bongo of
Gabon, a small African Nation, for $9 million in order to set up a meeting with
President Bush. Ten months later that meeting happened.
The contract that was drawn up for this deal shows the money going to a small
Maryland lobbying company, Grassroots Interactive, which Abramoff controlled.
This small company is also under investigation.
There is nothing in the public record to show that Abramoff had influence on
Bongo's meeting with George Bush, and the White House and State Department deny
that they do. True we know how easy it is for the White House to deny any wrong
Abramoff is under indictment in Florida for fraud, under two separate Senate
investigations, and one investigation by the Department of Justice. The
investigations so far have lead to the arrest of the former White House
procurement officer, David Safavian. There are other top figures involved in the
Abramoff scandal. Bob Ney, a Republican Congressman from Ohio, has been
subpoenaed for his dealings with Abramoff. Last Month, Timothy Flanigan, who was
nominated by bush to be the second in command at the Department of Justice,
withdrew his name from the nomination because of his dealings with Abramoff. Of
course there is still Tom Delay who had very close workings with Abramoff.