Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Fitial's West Wing

Latest at Raw Story: Multimillion dollar Abramoff client gave $50,000 to GOP after meeting with Bush, DeLay, Hastert and Lott.

Included is a better picture of Beningo Fitial, the current governor of the Northern Marianas Islands (and Speaker of the House back then), meeting with President Bush, and other photos with Senator Conrad Burns and then-Majority Whip Tom DeLay.

From the article by John Byrne (and me):

Fitial—who became Speaker of the Marianas House after a coup organized by Abramoff’s associates and former aides of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay—was treated like a king.

In January 2001, Fitial enjoyed the inauguration of President George W. Bush.

Three months later, in April, Fitial met Bush a second time. He also met Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS). Then he stopped in for visit with Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL).

Fitial with Tom DeLay and Conrad BurnsIn other words—Abramoff seems to have arranged for a non-head of state for a tiny island in the Pacific to meet with the three most powerful men in the United States of America

More at Raw Story.


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