First Abramoff/Bush photo published

The photo is of Bush, Abramoff, and Chief Raul Garza of the Kickapoo tribe

From Think Progress

[The picture] “leaves unanswered questions about how Mr. Abramoff and the tribal leader, whom he was trying to sign as a client, gained access to a meeting with the president on the White House grounds that was ostensibly for a group of state legislators who were supporting Mr. Bush’s 2001 tax cut plan.”

The photo of Abramoff with Bush at a private meeting undermines White House claims that any meetings between the two occured at “widely attended” holiday parties. The White House has confirmed the picture’s authenticity.

Time has a color photo, which includes Rove. They note –

This meeting was a relatively small gathering attended by some two dozen people, including Garza and another Indian tribal leader who was Abramoff’s client. At least two tribes, the Coushatta of Louisiana and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw, contributed $25,000 each to the anti-tax group Americans for Tax Reform, which is headed by Grover Norquist, a well-known conservative ally of the White House. Garza is under federal indictment for allegedly embezzling more than $300,000 from his tribe.

A den of thieves indeed. Grover Norquist must be getting quite nervous about now wondering if he will be indicted. Good. And this is just more proof of Bush/Abramoff links, no matter how much highly paid neocon liars try to spin it.

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