Seven weeks after coming under fire for giving a 2002 speech to a group associated with white supremacists, the House’s No. 3 Republican, Steve Scalise, R-La., is meeting with key members of the Congressional Black Caucus, conferring with civil rights leaders and trying to forge relationship with reporters, according to a report by Politico.com.

Scalise allies insist he is not mounting a formal mea culpa. He expressed regret after the scandal initially broke in late December, but now allies say the House majority whip is just working to build new bonds on Capitol Hill and granting meetings with those who ask.

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