WASHINGTON – Secret Service records made public Wednesday show just two White House visits in the past five years by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. He stayed a total of 63 minutes, 29 seconds.
The documents are, by the White House's acknowledgment, an incomplete accounting of Abramoff's meetings with administration officials. They were released in connection with a lawsuit by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which had been seeking the records to determine the frequency of Abramoff's contacts with President Bush and others in his administration.
Abramoff spent just over a quarter hour at the White House on March 6, 2001, and almost 45 minutes there on Jan. 20, 2004, the Secret Service logs indicate.
A letter accompanying the logs indicates that the two meetings were all that could be found after a computer-generated search.
Presidential spokesman Scott McClellan has said that Abramoff attended Hanukkah receptions at the White House in 2001 and 2002, and some additional staff-level meetings.
A May 9, 2001, photo also shows Bush shaking hands with a leader of an American Indian tribe, with Abramoff in the background. There was no immediate explanation why the other visits were not in the Secret Service records.
Abramoff pleaded guilty in January in Washington to federal charges stemming from an investigation into his ties with members of Congress and the Bush administration. He also pleaded guilty to fraud charges in Miami concerning a multimillion-dollar purchase of SunCruz Casinos gambling fleet in 2000.