The Corner

Abramoff Denies…

…that Newsweek story from the current issue, for what it’s worth. From The Forward:

“Lobbyist Denies Newsweek Story on DeLay

By E.J. Kessler

April 12, 2005

Embattled Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff is denying Newsweek’s story that he told a lunch companion that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay knew about the financing for several trips abroad that have raised ethical questions….

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`Those S.O.B.s,’ Newsweek quotes Abramoff as saying about DeLay and his staffers. `DeLay knew everything. He knew all the details.’

Newsweek sourced the remark to an unnamed companion with whom Abramoff

lunched last week.

Abramoff, however, is denying the story. `Mr. Abramoff strongly denies making the comments attributed to him in the April 18 issue of Newsweek,’ Abramoff spokesman Andrew Blum wrote in an e-mail to the Forward. `He is furious that in the media’s latest attempt to create a story where none exists, it now seeks to pit him against those that he has known and supported for years. Even Mr. Abramoff’s unidentified lunch companion referred to in the Newsweek article has flatly denied ever stating that Mr. Abramoff said these things….’”

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: comments.lowry@nationalreview.com. 

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