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Never rains but it pours ... DeLay indicted on one count of criminal conspiracy.

Timothy Flanigan is set to become Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He is the General Counsel of Tyco, one of the most scandal-plagued corporations in the country. He is directly connected to the Abramoff scandal. As GC at Tyco he hired Abramoff to protect Tyco's ability to avoid paying taxes through its relocation to Bermuda. He was also central to the legal White House decisions permitting quasi-torture to be used by the US military.

Attorney General Al Gonzales will almost certainly have to recuse himself from various aspects of the Abramoff case as it centers more and more on the White House. That leaves Flanigan, who is even more directly implicated in the case. He'll have to recuse himself too, whether he realizes it yet or not.

So, major corporate corruption, implicated in the Abramoff scandal, legal enabler of torture.

Is Al Gonzales really such a politically disinterested figure that he needs a pure party-liner as his number two?

Why is this guy's nomination not dead in the water?

Boulis/Kidan/Abramoff timeline from the Sun-Sentinel. Or, how many degrees of separation between your Majority Leader and a Gotti family contract killing.

For better or worse, Michael Brown can probably avail himself of the doofus exception to the laws on the books against perjurious testimony. But here's just another example of the guy's fibs on the hill yesterday.

And all out in the open <$NoAd$> (from the Post) ...

As fiscal hawks surrendered, would-be government contractors were meeting in the Hart Senate Office Building to figure out how to get a share of the money. A "Katrina Reconstruction Summit," hosted by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and sponsored by Halliburton, among others, brought some 200 lobbyists, corporate representatives and government staffers to a room overlooking the Capitol for a five-hour conference that included time for a "networking break" and advice on "opportunities for private sector involvement."

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) sent his budget director, Bill Hoagland, who cautioned that federal Katrina spending might not exceed $100 billion. But John Clerici, from a law firm that helped sponsor the event, told the group that spending would "probably be larger" than $200 billion. "It's going to be spent in a fast and furious way," Clerici said.

Straight up looting.

AP: "A Texas grand jury's recent interest in conspiracy charges could lead to last-minute criminal indictments _ possibly against House Majority Leader Tom DeLay _ as it wraps up its investigation Wednesday into DeLay's state political organization, according to lawyers with knowledge of the case. Conspiracy counts against two DeLay associates this month raised concerns with DeLay's lawyers, who fear the chances are greater that the majority leader could be charged with being part of the conspiracy. Before these counts, the investigation was more narrowly focused on the state election code."

The Post now has a nice piece up about the unfortunate coincidence that Abramoff's business partner, Adam Kidan, happened to pay a huge amount of money to the guys who the cops say whacked Abramoff's erstwhile business partner, Gus Boulis.

Late Update: This looks interesting too.

Michael Brown: "It's my belief that FEMA did a good job in the Gulf states."

Who's going to get a hold of the transcript of this guy's testimony and give it the fact check it deserves?

If anybody finds articles or <$NoAd$> blog posts with good fact-checks of this bozo's malarkey, send it in and I'll link.

I only got a few grafs into the Times run-down before I found this ...

He [Brown] said much of the criticism of FEMA has sprung from misunderstandings about its capabilities and true mission - "FEMA doesn't own fire trucks, we don't own ambulances, we don't own search-and-rescue equipment" - and that he had advised New Orleans residents on Sunday news shows, as the hurricane was closing in, to get out of town, even though the governor and mayor had not yet decided on evacuating the city.

Interesting. If you look at our Katrina Timeline, you'll see that that Mayor Nagin issued a voluntary evacuation order at 5 PM local time on Saturday. I think that means he'd decided to evacuate the city. He followed that up with a mandatory evacuation order at 10 AM local time on Sunday morning.

In other words, Nagin had issued a voluntary evacuation order more than a dozen hours before Brown hit the airwaves. And the mandatory order was pretty much simultaneous with Brown's alleged TV-fest.

In and of itself this fib may not be the be all and end all. But I think it's pretty clear Brown's Sunday show voice crying in the wildnerness line is bogus. And certainly it's just the tip of the iceberg with this militant oaf.

Found more lies? Let us know about them here.

Disgraced disaster goof and horse judge Brown: "I know what I'm doing, and I think I do a pretty darn good job of it." Says his biggest mistake was not making Nagin and Blanco get organized: "I very strongly personally regret that I was unable to persuade Gov. Blanco and Mayor Nagin to sit down, get over their differences, and work together," he told a congressional panel. 'I just couldn't pull that off.'"

Boy, would it be nice if someone asked this sorry fool a real question. See our Katrina Timeline for some possibilities.

Of course, it now seems the White House has realized he deserves the fate of proven incompetents: a new job. Medal of Honor next.