June 3, 2006 |
Former Bush administration official David Safavian denied Friday that he ever tried to conceal from ethics officials and investigators the advice he gave Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff about two federal properties. Taking the stand in his own defense in U.S. District Court, the former chief of staff of the General Services Administration also replied "no, no, no" when his lawyer asked if he'd ever given the disgraced lobbyist any inside information on bidding.
June 2, 2006 |
Bush administration executive David H. Safavian told a Senate investigator last year that he accepted free travel from lobbyist Jack Abramoff for a golf trip to Scotland but claimed later that he had paid his share of the chartered jet flight, the investigator testified Thursday. Bryan Parker, deputy chief investigative counsel for the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said Safavian told him in early March 2005 that "he had paid for his part on the ground but not including the airfare."
May 31, 2006 |
A convicted lobbyist described Tuesday how he obtained insider information and advice from Bush administration procurement chief David Safavian to advance two projects for Republican influence-peddler Jack Abramoff, who then took the official on a lavish golf trip to Scotland. Neil Volz, a partner of Abramoff's at the time, also outlined in U.S. District Court how the Abramoff team received assistance from several Republican congressmen or their aides, including Reps.
May 26, 2006 |
A Bush administration official was taking his cues from Jack Abramoff on redevelopment of the Old Post Office, a historic landmark in downtown Washington, prosecutors suggested Thursday. In the first trial emerging from the Abramoff influence- peddling scandal, the government introduced dozens of e-mails between the now-convicted Abramoff and longtime friend David Safavian, who was chief of staff to the administrator of the General Services Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2006 |
When reports came out that U.S. Rep. Richard W. Pombo had rented a luxury camper at government expense and taken his family on a "working vacation" to several national parks, the common reaction in this San Joaquin Valley town was: So what? "Most people thought, 'Well, at least he didn't take a Lear jet,' " said Ripon City Atty. Tom Terpstra, one of Pombo's many avid supporters in this almond- and walnut-growing center just north of Modesto. "The RV trip?
May 11, 2006 |
Lobbyist Jack Abramoff engaged in regular contact with a high-ranking White House official, asking for favors and pouring out his heart as lawmakers and the media began exposing details of his business dealings, according to copies of e-mails released Wednesday by the White House.
May 9, 2006 |
Court documents filed Monday by federal prosecutors said Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) repeatedly took official action either for or at the request of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff in return for trips, tickets, meals and other gratuities. The allegations were detailed as part of a guilty plea to corruption charges by Neil G. Volz, a former top aide to the Ohio lawmaker.
April 15, 2006 |
A batch of 278 e-mails between lobbyist Jack Abramoff and a Bush administration official show a highly inappropriate relationship where gifts and business interests mixed freely and frequently, federal prosecutors said Friday. The prosecutors hope to use the e-mails in the criminal case against David H. Safavian, who is accused of lying and obstruction of justice in connection with investigations of an Abramoff-sponsored golf outing to Scotland in August 2002.
April 4, 2006 |
Two eyewitnesses say that former lobbyist Jack Abramoff proposed to sell his services to the much-criticized government of Sudan to help improve its abysmal reputation in the United States, especially among Christian evangelicals who were campaigning against human rights violations in the troubled African nation.
April 1, 2006 |
A former aide to Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) pleaded guilty Friday in the influence-peddling scandal involving onetime lobbyist Jack Abramoff -- a sign that prosecutors are continuing to build a case that could ensnare lawmakers, including the former House majority leader. Tony Rudy, DeLay's former deputy chief of staff, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Washington to one charge of conspiracy in connection with the scandal.