9/24/2005

Daily Kos: [UPDATE] Holy S#!T! FLANIGAN and Rove and Abramoff sitting in a tree...

[UPDATE] Holy S#!T! FLANIGAN and Rove and Abramoff sitting in a tree...
by kant [Subscribe]
Thu Sep 22nd, 2005 at 22:13:00 CDT

Update [2005-9-23 13:7:48 by kant]: Courtesy of Josh Marshall we have a report that Flanigan HIRED ABRAMOFF TO LOBBY THE WHITE HOUSE and that before that he WORKED AT THE WHITE HOUSE... These guys are in DEEP!!! How can the Senate confirm this guy with these kinds of conflicts?!? See below for details...

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From Josh...
This Newsweek article from a few weeks ago notes that Flanigan worked at the White House before he went to Tyco. In fact, he was Deputy White House Counsel. And Abramoff didn't just report to Flanigan. Flanigan hired Abramoff.

Now, the Post piece treats it as an open question whether Abramoff was just puffing or blowing smoke, as lobbyists sometimes will, when he talked about his ties to Rove and his ability to get action from him.

But Flanigan had already been Deputy White House Counsel. That tells me he knew pretty well how the Bush White House operated and the juice Abramoff had there. The odds that Abramoff just bamboozled Flanigan seem surpassingly low...

Original Post Courtesy of tomorrow's Washington Post...

Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff bragged two years ago that he was in contact with White House political aide Karl Rove on behalf of a large, Bermuda-based corporation that wanted to avoid incurring some taxes and continue receiving federal contracts, according to a written statement by President Bush's nominee to be deputy attorney general.

Timothy E. Flanigan, general counsel for conglomerate Tyco International Ltd., said in a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Abramoff's lobbying firm initially boasted that Abramoff could help Tyco fend off a special liability tax because he "had good relationships with members of Congress," including House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.).

More below...Check this out...

A White House spokeswoman, Erin Healy, said Rove "has no recollection" of being contacted by Abramoff about Tyco's concerns.

He is on his way to another grand jury... and Gold Bars Luskin will be back in the press...

Folks, this is TESTIMONY UNDER OATH by one of Bush's closest buddies... the future deputy attorney general!

And Rove is denying it! What will Abramoff have to say about it? More counts of perjury and obstruction of justice... more subpoenas of White House phone records... To quote one of the great lines of Ghostbusters... "This bitch is toast!"

Moreover, the now infamous Susan Ralston is involved.

Rove's personal assistant at the time, Susan Ralston, formerly worked as Abramoff's secretary. It could not be learned yesterday whether she was among those contacted by any of the 14-person Greenberg team recorded as working on the Tyco account.

Ralston - his most loyal lieutenant - will be subpoenaed and will seek her own counsel... Flannigan has agreed to recuse himself from any aspect of the Abramoff inquiry while at DOJ... Rove can feel his protection melting away... After Katrina, Conservatives are jumping ship... Between Plame and Abramoff and Katrina... Rove is so screwed...

Daily Kos: [UPDATE] Holy S#!T! FLANIGAN and Rove and Abramoff sitting in a tree...

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