Jack Abramoff, who left Washington several years ago en route to prison for his activities inside the lobbying system the city supports, has returned and says he’s simply showing people that he’s not “Satan.”
“I’m trying to show people … that I don’t have a tail and horns,” he said at an event hosted for him by Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller.
He noted how much things have changed for him since he was convicted of various counts stemming from his attempts to gain influence over members of Congress on behalf of his clients.
“My life has taken a turn,” he said. “I used to be a right-wing guy who disdained the New York Times, ’60 Minutes’ and Michael Moore. Now, I’m happy to be on ’60 Minutes,’ I love the pieces in the New York Times and Michael Moore is my new best friend.”
WND recently reported when Moore and Abramoff met in the media green room at MSNBC.
The portly director offered Abramoff a handshake and praised his book, “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist.”
Here are the comments from Carlson and Abramoff:
Abramoff, on a tour to publicize his new book, says he wants to use his experiences to at least begin a discussion about changes in the way Washington works.
He said he has hope that changes, ultimately, will happen.
“I guess even I and Michael Moore can agree on certain things and hope that there’ll be some changes or at least some discussion about some of the things that are in the book,” he said.
Carlson said he held the event for Abramoff because he’s generally a nice person and has an aura of goodness around him, which is unusual in Washington.
For a time, Abramoff was the most powerful lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Congressmen lined up to do his bidding, executives heeded his advice and heads of governments hung on his every word. But scandal brought him down, ultimately casting him into prison.
As the Abramoff name became synonymous with government corruption, the drastic fall from grace was his wake-up call. He now admits he did wrong. He lost sight of the “line,” and he had plenty of time to reflect during his 43-month prison sentence. He has paid the price, and now he is ready and willing to discuss details as well as his unique insight into the systemic reforms needed to prevent others from falling.
Now a free man, “Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth about Washington Corruption from America’s Most Notorious Lobbyist,” is Jack Abramoff’s autobiographical exposé unveiling the mysterious and corrupt world of federal politics.
In his book, Abramoff “outs” senators and members of Congress and sets out the details of insider deals previously unknown to most.
But he also sets forth a Capitol Hill reform plan that would rock the fraternal inside-the-Beltway culture.
The scandals triggered by Abramoff led to the convictions of 20 people for payoffs in exchange for political favors, including Republican Rep. Bob Ney of Ohio. Abramoff was released in June after nearly fours years in federal prison.
Published by WND Books, “Capitol Punishment” also reveals that Abramoff is “a smart, funny, charming, clear-eyed narrator who confounds every expectation of the media’s villainous portrait.”
Adds the publisher: “While he is the villain in the black fedora hat to most of the world, this narrative unearths Abramoff, the human being – tortured, troubled, guilt-ridden, broken, sorrowful, penitent. There are lessons in this book for all – a compelling and redemptive story.”