Did Jack and George Shake Hands?

That's one of the questions circulating around the Beltway today: Did President Bush ever meet Jack Abramoff?

In the wake of the lobbyist's guilty plea, White House spokesman Scott McLellan said that he could not say whether they had ever met. Well, he could have just done a quick Nexis search and found a Bob Novak column from 1999, describing a June 22 fundraiser for then-candidate Bush at the Washington Hilton Hotel's grand ballroom.

Among the co-chairmen raising $25,000 for the event: Jack Abramoff.


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