Abramoff: During lobbying probe, McCain withheld and conceaed e-mails implicating his own cronies!

September 8, 2008 – New York (apj.us) – Newsrooms in Washington and New York are on alert this evening as a smattering of revelations from Gary S. Chafetz's forthcoming book, "The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Lobbyist Jack Abramoff". have been leaked to political news and progressive Web sites.

According to Politico.com's Eamon Javers:

… [T]he book alleges that McCain withheld the vast majority of emails he confiscated during the [2004] inquiry [into the money trail left by Abramoff's lobbying on behalf of Indian tribes], many of which could be exculpatory to the former lobbyist or damaging to McCain allies.

But Chafetz goes further than almost all of the few remaining Abramoff defenders, arguing that McCain deliberately twisted the results of his investigation to paint Abramoff in the worse possible light—and that McCain’s own actions to benefit his political contributors are similar to the very misdeeds he accused Abramoff of committing.

The book hits stores next Tuesday.

That sure sounds like the conduct of a mavericky maverick! Does anyone else out there think there's a good chance we won't be talking about Sarah Palin all that muchin the coming days and weeks? And how many days – or hours – will it take for one or another right-wing radio buffoon to claim the book is "a treasonous left-wing slander, an attack on the sterling reputation of a beloved POW war hero"?

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