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Gov. George W. Bush’s sworn denial that he had no conversation with any Service Corporation International officials, agents or representatives concerning a state investigation into the funeral company giant is being tested by comments an SCI lawyer made to a Newsweek reporter.

Johnnie B. Rogers, an Austin lawyer who represents SCI, told Michael Isikoff that he and SCI chief executive Robert Waltrip were at the governor’s office April 15, 1998 to drop off a letter to the chairman of the Texas Funeral Services Commission demanding a halt to the investigation of embalming practices at SCI funeral homes.

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