Wednesday, November 02, 2005 | Ex-official may testify on Abramoff


Wednesday, November 2, 2005

WASHINGTON -- The former top deputy to Interior Secretary Gale Norton, Steven Griles, is expected today to become the first former high-ranking Bush administration official to testify in the Senate investigation of indicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his dealings with Indian tribal gambling.

Griles aggressively pushed Norton and the Interior Department to help Abramoff's clients and block their rivals, according to documents and officials.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee is investigating whether Abramoff bilked Indian tribes out of millions of dollars.