Michael Brownie Brown turns

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Michael “Brownie” Brown turns on the president?

It seems rather an abuse of executive privilege to insist that the Congress can’t review communications between the president and his chief disaster relief coordinator. But that being as it may, Brown is now saying that he wants to turn over his correspondence with the president to congressional investigators unless the president specifically tells him not to and agrees to cover his legal fees.

“Unless there is specific direction otherwise from the president,” writes Brown’s lawyer, “including an assurance the president will provide a legal defense to Mr. Brown if he refuses to testify as to these matters, Mr. Brown will testify if asked about particular communications.”

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