This interview is interesting and what is most striking is that Abromoff still does not understand (apparently) the severity of his crimes and the
need to punish him.
Vanity Fair is set to publish an in-depth interview with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff sheds new light on his close relationships with
top conservatives, including some not typically associated with the Abramoff scandals like Ken Mehlman and Newt Gingrich. Some choice quotes:
On President Bush:
President Bush, who claims not to remember having his picture taken with Abramoff. According to Abramoff, at one time, the president joked with
Abramoff about his weight lifting past: “What are you benching, buff guy?”
On former Rove deputy Ken Mehlman:
According to documents obtained by Vanity Fair, Mehlman exchanged e-mail with Abramoff, and did him political favors (such as preventing Clinton
administration alumnus Allen Stayman from keeping a State Department job), had Sabbath dinner at Abramoff’s house, and offered to pick up
Abramoff’s tab at Signatures, Abramoff’s own restaurant.
On Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX):
Abramoff has “admired Tom DeLay and his family from the first meeting with him,” he tells Margolick. “We would sit and talk about the Bible.
We would sit and talk about opera. We would sit and talk about golf,” Abramoff recalls. “I mean, we talked about philosophy and politics.”
On Newt Gingrich:
Newt Gingrich, whose spokesman Rick Tyler tells Margolick that “Before [Abramoff’s] picture appeared on TV and in the newspapers, Newt
wouldn’t have known him if he fell across him. He hadn’t seen him in 10 years.” A rankled Abramoff says “I have more pictures of [Newt] than I
have of my wife.”
On Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT):
Abramoff says: “Every appropriation we wanted [from Burns’s committee] we got. Our staffs were as close as they could be. They practically
used Signatures as their cafeteria. I mean, it’s a little difficult for him to run from that record.”
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This scandal is only going to get more and more interesting as the (in the french) merde hits the fan. It is kind of like watching a train wreck in
slow motion. I have a distinct feeling that we will not know (or understand) the depth of the corruption inherent in this for years to come. It is
what happens when either party reaches for absolute control.
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[edit on 12-3-2006 by asala]