It is not only Democrats, the Press and 76% of Americans who think the White
House should come clean on Abramoff. Republican lawmakers are also included in
that bunch now:
Republican lawmakers urged President George W. Bush on Sunday to release
records of White House contacts with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the
center of a mushrooming probe into influence peddling.
But the White House stood firm that the records, including photographs of
Bush with Abramoff, are irrelevant, and that federal prosecutors have not
even asked for them.
In making the case for disclosure, Sen. Chuck Hagel (news, bio, voting
record), a Nebraska Republican, said, "Get it out."
"Why give -- if you want to talk about it in strict political terms --
why give the Democrats an opportunity, or the press to keep this story
going?" Hagel told ABC's television show "This Week."
"Absolutely," Mike Pence, an Indiana Republican, told "Fox News Sunday"
when asked if records should be released.
"I think this president is a man of unimpeachable integrity. The American
people have profound confidence in him, Pence said."
The White House is definitely hiding something in these documents which is
why they refuse to turn them over. Perhaps prosecutors aren't asking for them
because Bush is nice enough to appoint them to federal courts.