"Thune: White House Should Release Records of Contacts With Abramoff"
On Fox News Sunday, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said that the White House should release all records of contacts with Jack Abramoff:
WALLACE: Would you like to see the White House release records of all contacts, correspondence, phone calls, meetings, that Jack Abramoff had with people in the White House?
THUNE: Well, I’m one who believes that more is better, Chris, when it comes to disclosure and transparency. I’d be a big advocate for making records out there available.
Mike Pence (R-IN), appearing on Fox with Thune, agreed:
WALLACE: Congressman Pence, the same question I asked Senator Thune. Do you think that the White House should release all records? You talk about a crisis of confidence in Republican leadership. Should the White House release all records of contacts with Jack Abramoff?
PENCE: Absolutely. I think this president is a man of unimpeachable integrity. The American people have profound confidence in him, and as Abraham Lincoln said, give the people the facts.
Meanwhile, the White House describes people who want to these records released as “engage[d] in partisan attacks.” In fact, there is a growing, bipartisan consensus that this information should be released.
UPDATE: Crooks and Liars has the video.
UPDATE 2: On ABC’s This Week Sen Chuck Hagel (R-NE) added his name to the growing bipartisan call for disclosure.
HAGEL: [M]y personal opinion on these things is just get it out. If you’ve got pictures, get the pictures out. My guess is, George, those pictures are going to come out. Why give — if you want to talk about it in strict political terms, why give the Democrats an opportunity, or the press to keep this story going? There are pictures of the president, and so on, and so on. Just release it. Disclose…
STEPHANOPOULOS: And meetings. Not just the pictures.
HAGEL: Get it out. Get it out. Come on. I mean, disclosure is the real issue. Whether it’s campaign finance issues, whether it’s ethics issues, whether it’s lobbying issues, disclosure is the best and most effective way to deal with all of these things.