Susan Bradford continues to ask questions from her new book LYNCHED:
The Shocking Story of How the Political Establishment Manufactured a Scandal to Have Republican Super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff Removed from Power.
Was McCain Beholden to Witness Who Testified Against Abramoff?
By Susan Bradford
A confidential memo written by a relative of Saginaw Chippewa SubChief Bernie Sprague, whom Sen. John McCain freely allowed to make false allegations against Republican super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff in the Senate Indian Affairs Committee indicates that the Senator may have been beholden to the lead witness.
A little over a week before the hearings got underway on September 29, 2004, the relative wrote to the membership of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan that “It’s been discovered that Bernie Sprague is secretly planning to avoid the members (sic) vote “NO” on Proposal B/Secretarial Election and any other future vote of the membership by traveling to Washington, DC on this day to meet with Senator McCain in an attempt to grandfather membership into the tribe by passing a bill into Congress.”
This statement seems to indicate that McCain may have been knowledgeable, if not complicit, in tribal membership fraud and that he might have been willing to take officials on behalf of a witness against Abramoff. Sprague has been a longstanding defender of efforts of a coalition of Saginaw Chippewa tribal members, whose Native credentials are in dispute, to dominate the tribe’s government and businesses.
“Evidently Bernie from his previous Council powers helped Senator McCain get into office and now Bernie feels Senator McCain owes him a huge personal favor,” the relative continued in her statement.
Among the favors McCain evidently doled out to Sprague was to interrogate Deputy Secretary Steven Griles, Abramoff’s chief contact at Interior, about any actions the agency might have taken to obstruct a casino for the Gun Lake tribe, which is chaired by Sprague’s uncle.
Susan Bradford is the author of Lynched: The Shocking Story of How the Political Establishment Manufactured a Scandal to Have Republican Super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff Removed from Power.
(Book is available here: https://www.createspace.com/3494997)