Say what you will about Howard Dean, but in this transcript from an interview with Wolf Blitzer posted on CNN's website, he really sheds some light ino he whole Abramoff fiasco.
BLITZER: Should Democrats who took money from Jack
Abramoff, who has now
pleaded guilty to bribery charges, among other
charges, a Republican
Washington, should the Democrat who
took money from him give
that money to
charity or give it back?
DEAN: There are no
Democrats who took money from Jack
Abramoff, not one,
not one single
Democrat. Every person named in this
scandal is a Republican.
under investigation is a
Republican. Every person indicted is a
This is a Republican
finance scandal. There is no evidence that Jack
Abramoff ever gave any
Democrat any money. And we've looked through all of
FEC reports to
make sure that's true.
Abramoff-related organizations and outfits, a
take money that presumably originated with Jack
That's not true either. There's no evidence for
that either. There is
BLITZER: What about
DEAN: Senator Byron Dorgan and some others
from Indian tribes.
They're not agents of Jack Abramoff. There's
evidence that I've seen that
Jack Abramoff directed any contributions to
Democrats. I know the Republican
National Committee would like to get
Democrats involved in this. They're
scared. They should be scared.
haven't told the truth. They have misled the
American people. And
appears they're stealing from Indian tribes. The
BLITZER: Unfortunately Mr. Chairman, we
got to leave it