"Payne admits selling access could be ‘perceived to be bribery,’ but insists it’s legal."
According to CNN, longtime associate of President Bush, Stephen Payne, is now admitting that his selling of access to Bush administration officials could be “perceived to be bribery.” Payne still insists, however, that there was no “quid pro quo” for the donations which he solicited. Instead, he said, the Sunday Times is “engaging in ‘gotcha journalism.'” Watch it:
The administration could clear up any “perceptions” of impropriety by allowing the public to view the White House visitor logs. Earlier today, however, the White House refused to release them, citing “lawsuits and things.”