Monday, February 20, 2006

"Ties" to Jack Abramoff

WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales brushed aside requests on Thursday that he remove himself from the investigation of Jack Abramoff and the lobbyist's ties to Bush administration officials and members of Congress...

Thirty-one Senate Democrats said in a letter to Gonzales that he was too close to the president and top administration officials who have had dealings with Abramoff and immediately should step aside from the investigation...

"Considering 28 of the 31 Democrats have received Abramoff-affiliated funds themselves, it appears their hypocrisy has exceeded even their partisanship," said Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.

The 28 Democrats have not yet recused themselves from the ongoing Senate investigations. They also didn't use the "ties" rationale to recuse themselves from considering the Clinton impeachment.

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