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The Washington Post reports that a senior Justice Department official bought a nearly $1 million vacation home with two others, including a ConocoPhillips lobbyist, months before approving consent decrees that would give the oil company more time to pay fines and clean up refineries. The third owner of the house is Steven Griles, a former deputy interior secretary, who is being investigated by the feds for his connection to Jack Abramoff. "What exactly is wrong with three close personal friends sharing a vacation/rental home?" said Griles's attorney.
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