Late this afternoon the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released six photographs
cited in today's report
that show President Bush meeting with jailed uber-lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
The pictures contradict the White House's previous statements that the President met with Abramoff only two times:
While the Committee obtained no evidence that Mr. Abramoff ever personally lobbied the President or that the President personally directed an action in response to a request by Mr. Abramoff, the Committee did receive evidence that Mr. Abramoff met the President and was photographed with him six times. Four of the six photographs occurred at political receptions.
In a statement today, the White House spokesman Tony Fratto responded to the House committee report "There's nothing new of any significance in it. it is warmed-up leftovers. It confirms what has become clear in all of this -- Abramoff was spectacularly unsuccessful in influencing administration policy."
The photos released by the committee actually look like black and white photo copies of the originals. They are very dark and grainy. We have lightened the picture below to make it more discernible. It is, according to the committee, a photo of Mr. Abramoff, Pam Abramoff, President Bush, and First Lady Laura Bush taken at a December 10, 2001, Hanukkah party at the White House.
The rest of the photos are below the fold:
A photo of Mr. Abramoff, one of his children, and President Bush at a August 29, 2002, political dinner in Little Rock, AR
A photo of Mr. Abramoff, one of his children, and President Bush taken at an October 2, 2002, political reception in Baltimore, MD.
A photo of four of Mr. Abramoff's children with a member of Congress and President Bush taken at a March 12, 2002, Keep Our Majority PAC reception in Washington, DC.
A photo of Mr. Abramoff shaking hands with President Bush taken at the President's May 9, 2001, meeting with state legislators and others in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
A photo of Mr. Abramoff, one of his children, and President Bush taken at a political reception in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2002.