POLITICS
12/05/2012 09:59 pm ET

Jack Abramoff, Tom DeLay Meet For Lunch In DC

Two former Washington power players taken down by scandal were reunited on Wednesday for a lunch meeting between old friends.

Jack Abramoff, the disgraced former lobbyist who spent over three years in prison on corruption charges, was spotted with former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) at a sushi restaurant in DC's Dupont Circle, according to the Washington Post. DeLay resigned from Congress in 2005 after felony money laundering charges surfaced during a campaign finance investigation. The former congressman was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to three years in prison; he is currently in the process of appealing that sentence.

Yahoo News confirmed the lunch date with an Abramoff spokesman, who said the meeting was not business-related.

"Abramoff and DeLay are old friends and had not seen each other in years," Abramoff representative Tim Bueler told Yahoo. "They were delighted to have a chance to catch up on personal and family matters, and that was it."

Abramoff and DeLay have long been friends, and while their respective downfalls were unrelated, the money trail connecting the two men raised eyebrows during the federal probe into Abramoff's lobbying practices. Most infamously, DeLay joined Abramoff on trips to Scotland and the northern Mariana islands. However, DeLay was cleared of charges during the Abramoff investigation.

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