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Bush can't shield Abramoff records

October 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A federal judge has rejected the Bush administration's attempt to shield records that might shed light on the White House visits of now-imprisoned lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

In several orders this week, U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth sided with watchdog groups Judicial Watch and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which are suing the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security for access to the records.

The administration in 2006 agreed to produce all responsive records about the visits "without redactions or claims of exemption." But it soon said that certain "sensitive security records" could not be disclosed. Lamberth disagreed.

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