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November 8th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Jack Abramoff says the system on Capitol Hill is "toxic"

Jack Abramoff sat down with Piers Morgan to talk about how his life fell apart, his time in prison and how he is looking towards the future. In the interview Abramoff talks about the corruption that he believes engulfs Capitol Hill. "This is a system that I took advantage of," Abramoff says. "This system is toxic for the united states. It has to be changed." Though he says he won't ever be a lobbyist again he says he can return "in the sense of educating people and showing them what's going on."

The interview is scheduled to air later this week.
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  1. Doug Feingold

    Piers, you really missed your chance for some juicy answers from Jack Abramoff. I really like your normally probing interviews, but this time you came up short. You show Pres. Bush denying any relationship with Abramoff. Then you let your subject off the hook by ending the topic after he said Bush was the leader of the free world.

    How about asking Abramoff how many times he met Bush? Did he ever meet him behind closed doors? Did he have any meetings with other White House honchos like VP Cheney? What did he talk to them about?

    What about other serious questions like:
    Are there any members of Congress who he believes should have been indicted in the probe who were not?
    What specific

    November 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Carter McNamara

    I think Piers is one of the best interviewers on television, but his interview of Jack Abramoff was the most hollow.

    Rather than get a repentant "expert's" advice about how to address the undue influence of lobbyists, Piers turned the interview into a human interest story, e.g., "Jack, how did you feel when you knew the game was up?" Duh.

    Jack's answers to questions were as if he was being deposed by a lawyer - Jack spoke only in broad generalities, and as a listener, I kept wondering, "Where's the beef? Come on, Piers!"

    November 13, 2011 at 1:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
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