When Will Dick Cheney Pop A Cap In Jack’s Ass?

From Holden:

Dick Cheney’s illegal quail hunt tragedy has sucked all the attention from the photo of George Bush shaking the hand of one alleged felon while the admitted felon Jack Abramoff looks on, during a meeting the White House had claimed Abramoff had not attended.

But today the AP is back on the story, this time focusing attention on Karl Rove’s ties to Abramoff.

The White House said Monday night that Rove remembers meeting Abramoff at a 1990s political meeting and considered the lobbyist a “casual acquaintance” since President Bush took office in 2001.

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Three former business associates of Abramoff, who worked with the lobbyist in various roles between 2001 and 2004, told The Associated Press that Abramoff routinely mentioned Rove when talking about his influence inside the White House.

One said he was present when Abramoff took a call from Rove’s office to confirm a White House meeting had been approved between Malaysia’s prime minister and Bush in May 2002. Abramoff was being paid by Malaysia for helping it in Washington, according to evidence the Senate has made public.

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Abramoff’s former assistant, Susan Ralston, went to work for Rove in 2001. Abramoff’s legal team declined comment Monday night.

According to one of the three former associates, frequently Abramoff’s cell phone would ring and the lobbyist would tell the associate that the White House was calling. To prove that he wasn’t making up what he was telling the associate, Abramoff occasionally would hold up the phone so that the associate could see the incoming call was indeed a White House phone number.

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Asked about the three former Abramoff associates’ account, the White House said Rove shared a common past with Abramoff as leaders of a young Republicans group decades ago.

“Mr. Rove remembers they had met at a political event in the 1990s,” White House spokeswoman Erin Healy said. “Since then, he would describe him as a casual acquaintance.”

Healy said Rove has “no recollection” of talking to Abramoff about the Malaysian prime minister’s meeting in May 2002. She said Bush first met the prime minister at a foreign summit in October 2001 and that the 2002 meeting in the Oval Office was “another opportunity to get together to discuss the war on terror.”