An eye on Abramoff? Secret Service to release logs

McClellan stonewalled, but a lawsuit prompts the Secret Service to reveal documents showing the lobbyist's White House visits.

Published May 2, 2006 1:40PM (EDT)

If you're one of the 3,500 Americans about whom the FBI sought personal information last year, you can take a little comfort today in knowing that George W. Bush may soon feel your pain. In the wake of a lot of stonewalling from Scott McClellan and a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch, the Secret Service has finally agreed to turn over logs that will show how often Jack Abramoff visited the White House and whom he went to meet there.

Reporters have been asking the White House for information on Abramoff's visits since at least the first of the year. McClellan said in January that he was checking, then promised to return to reporters with a "very thorough report" on the issue, then declined to do so, saying that he'd already revealed everything he was going to reveal: that Abramoff had gone to a few White House holiday parties and attended some "staff-level meetings."

The Secret Service is supposed to provide its logs to Judicial Watch by May 10. Chris Farrell, the group's director of investigations, said the logs will do what McClellan wouldn't: "Speak loud and clear on what Abramoff was doing in and out of the White House."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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