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Abramoff Bills Contradict DeLay’s ‘Clean Bill of Health’ Claim

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During his interview with Fox News today, Tom DeLay said his hands are clean of Abramoff’s malfeasance:

I’ve hired lawyers that look through everything that we’ve done, my relationship with Jack Abramoff, every contact we made with him, everything. And they’ve given me a complete bill — clean bill of health.

DeLay might want new lawyers. From an ABC News report published today:

When Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and his wife flew from Houston to a golf resort in Scotland in June 2000, the first-class airfare cost $14,001, a big-ticket item for a public servant. But someone else paid.

The American Express bills of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff show he footed the bill for the tickets, in an apparent violation of House ethics rules.