A sworn deposition that Sen. John McCain gave in a lawsuit more than five years ago appears to contradict one part of a sweeping denial that his campaign issued this week to rebut a New York Times story about his ties to a Washington lobbyist.
On Wednesday night the Times published a story suggesting that McCain might have done legislative favors for the clients of the lobbyist, Vicki Iseman, who worked for the firm of Alcalde & Fay.
The McCain campaign issued a point-by-point response that ... insisted that McCain had never even spoken with anybody from Paxson or Alcalde & Fay about the matter.
The lie confirmed by McCain himself:
"I was contacted by Mr. Paxson on this issue," McCain said in the Sept. 25, 2002, deposition obtained by NEWSWEEK:
Transcript where McCain confirms the lie:
ABRAMS: Do you know were they got the information?
MCCAIN: No, but I would add, I was contacted by Mr. Paxson on this issue. […]
ABRAMS: Did you speak to the company’s lobbyist about these matters?
MCCAIN: I don’t recall if it was Mr. Paxson or the company’s lobbyist or both.
ABRAMS: But you did speak to him?
MCCAIN: I’m sure I spoke with him, yes.
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