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Congressional Report Outlines Abramoff-White House Links


A U.S. congressional report to be released Friday says disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff had far more contacts with the White House than the Bush administration has previously acknowledged.

But U.S. media that have seen the report say the number of contacts reflect only Abramoff's records of meetings, phone calls and e-mails. The report says that does not mean every attempted contact was successful. It notes Abramoff was able to secure several government contracts.

According to the media reports, the congressional committee found there were 485 contacts during a three-year period starting in 2001. Ten contacts were with senior Bush advisor Karl Rove.

The White House has challenged the credibility of the committee's report, arguing that Abramoff overstated his influence, and that his account of contacts should be discredited.

Abramoff has pleaded guilty to corruption and fraud and is now working with investigators in exchange for a reduced prison sentence.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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