Bush-Abramoff photos 'scrubbed'

A couple weeks back Josh Marshall purchased and published photos of Jack Abramoff with ex-Christian Coalition and current GOP boy wonder Ralph Reed (image left courtesy TPM).

When Marshall returned to the website of Reflections Photography he found that the Bush-Abramoff photo had been removed. He also noticed that the sequence of photos from the event at which these photos had been taken was broken where he'd remembered the Bush-Abramoff photo (go HERE for a criticism of the whole hunt for Bush-Abramoff photos...).

When he asked a Reflections clerk to check the CD from which the photos came, here's what happened:

"After a few minutes, she returned and proceeded to pull up the photo in question on the CD. Then, to her audible surprise, she told me the 'photo was deleted' from the CD."
"That, as you'd imagine, caught my attention. So I asked what that meant. The woman from Reflections told me that that this sometimes happened when the White House wanted to prevent the public from accessing certain photographs of the president."
When he later spoke to company president, Joanne Amos, here's what happened:
"Amos very straightforwardly told me that the photographs had been removed and that they had been removed because they showed Abramoff and the president in the same picture. The photos were, she told me, 'not relevant.'"
When I asked her who had instructed her to remove the photos, she told me she was the president of the company. She did it. It was 'her business decision' to remove the photographs. She told me she had done so within the last month.
As to whether the White House directed this little show, Marshall asks:
"Scott McClellan won't answer our questions. But this mystery would not be difficult to solve by a press outlet with sufficient juice to get a question answered by Scott McClellan. Has the White House or anyone working at the White House's behest instructed Reflections Photography to destroy or remove from its archives photographs of President Bush and Jack Abramoff?"
"Simple question. I doubt it has a simple answer."
Read about the whole investigation [HERE]... (TPM)

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