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Waxman Demands More White House Documents on Abramoff Contacts

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is demanding hundreds of pages of documents from the White House that he says indicate the depths of contacts between Bush administration officials and disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

In an Oct. 31 letter to White House counsel Fred Fielding, Waxman said the White House has released to the committee 3,700 pages of documents detailing Abramoff’s contacts with the White House, but has refused to release about 600 pages that, according to the White House, “contain internal deliberations among White House employees, or that otherwise implicate Executive Branch prerogatives.”

Waxman said the committee’s investigation thus far indicates that “some senior White House officials had regular contact with Mr. Abramoff,” and his letter demands production of the documents by Nov. 6.

— Paul Singer