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White House Abramoff Stonewall, Day 14

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White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan was first asked about meetings between Jack Abramoff and White House staff on January 4. On January 5, McClellan said he would have a “thorough report” on staff level contacts “very soon.”

Fourteen days later, the stonewalling continues:

QUESTION: Scott, just quickly, back to Abramoff, can you give any more specificity on those meetings? When they were, years, times?

MCCLELLAN: No. This is sticking with our past policy. We’re not going to engage in a fishing expedition.

QUESTION: Not even years?

MCCLELLAN: Well, the Hanukkah receptions were back in 2001 and 2002.

QUESTION: OK. You talked about the Hanukkah receptions. Can you talk about the staff-level meetings and what years those were or months?

MCCLELLAN: No. I did a chat for you all to provide you that information, but we’re not going to engage in a fishing expedition. I know that there’s some that want to do that. But I don’t see any reason to do so.

QUESTION: Can you tell me why you wouldn’t want it out there?

MCCLELLAN: Well, this has been keeping with past practice in terms of in similar incidents.

What is the White House trying to hide?