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February 21, 2008

Some History on McCain and Lobbyists

-- by Dave Johnson

Does anyone remember this story, about McCain's Abramoff hearings?

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has assured his colleagues that his expanding investigation into the activities of a former GOP lobbyist and a half-dozen of his tribal casino clients is not directed at revealing ethically questionable actions by Members of Congress.

. . .

"It's not our responsibility in any way to involve ourselves in the ethics process [of Senators]," McCain said Wednesday, explaining the comments he made to his fellow GOP Senators. "That was not the responsibility of the Indian Affairs Committee."

. . . Because of those stories - and several other news reports touching on Abramoff's relationship with Members - McCain said he wanted to let Senators know that he was not trying to air any of their dirty laundry.

He used the hearings to shield, not investigate, his fellow Republicans

Posted by Dave Johnson at February 21, 2008 9:08 AM

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