True bribes

Ex-Malasian leader says he paid Abramoff

Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Monday that disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was paid $1.2 million to organize his 2002 meeting with President Bush, but denied the money came from the Malaysian government.

Mahathir told reporters he was aware a payment was made to Abramoff, but he didn’t know who made it. He said he had been persuaded by the U.S. think tank Heritage Foundation to meet with Bush at the time.

What was discussed at the meeting. Why was 1.2 million needed to set it up? Did the money then go from Abramoff to other hands? There’s lots of questions here.