Bush Nominee Withdraws Because of Contacts with Abramoff

Tentacles: The scandal surrounding former GOP lobbyist – and friend of Tom Delay, Karl Rove and Grover Norquist – Jack Abramoff is really starting to heat up:

Timothy E. Flanigan on Friday withdrew his nomination to be deputy attorney general amid a delay in his confirmation because of his dealings with indicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Flanigan, a senior lawyer for Tyco International Ltd., wrote to President Bush that he was withdrawing because of “uncertainty concerning the timing of my confirmation…”

Flanigan was facing a second hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, requested by the panel’s Democrats, that was expected to focus on Abramoff’s lobbying on behalf of Tyco. Lawmakers also have raised questions about Flanigan’s role, when he was deputy White House counsel, in crafting administration policy allowing aggressive interrogation techniques to be used on detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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