When Jack Came A-Calling

From Holden:

Judicial Watch sues a nonresponsive Secret Service for records of Jack Abramoff’s visits to the Whtie House.

A public-interest group has sued the Secret Service for access to White House visitor logs that the group says would show how often lobbyist Jack Abramoff met with President Bush and his staff.

Judicial Watch filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington under the federal Freedom of Information Act, claiming that the Secret Service failed to meet a Feb. 21 deadline for releasing the records or indicating how much more time it would need


Lobbying records obtained by the AP show his lobbying team met nearly 200 times with administration officials during the first 10 months of Bush’s presidency on behalf of one of his clients, the Northern Mariana Islands.

The contacts between Abramoff’s team and the administration included meetings with Attorney General John Ashcroft and policy advisers to Vice President Dick Cheney, the AP reported last year.

Three former Abramoff associates also have told The Associated Press that the lobbyist frequently told them he had strong ties to the White House thr