This would be funny if it weren’t true. This is yet another Bush Administration scandal. This is the story of Cookie and Buzzy – brothers. Cookie Krongard is the Inspector General at the State Department. Buzzy is the brother who sits on an advisory board of Blackwater. It just so happens that the Inspector General’s office is investigating Blackwater.
Cookie was in front of a House committee and didn’t even know, so he said, that his brother was being paid by the very same guys who he is investigating. Yep, I don’t believe him either. Look for Henry Waxman to throw a contempt citation on Cookie.
Update: Buzzy Krongard has resigned.
Update II: Buzzy Krongand was the #3 official at the CIA during 9/11. He was instrumental in helping Blackwater get its first contract witht he CIA in the 2002 according to the book, Blackwater. It turns out that Buzzy and Erik Prince the CEO of Blackwater are good buddies. Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater, wrote a nice article in The Nation about this recent House committee hearing –
Now this story has taken yet another dramatic twist. On Wednesday the State Department Inspector General, Howard “Cookie” Krongard, was in the hot seat on Capitol Hill, where he found himself being grilled by Representative Henry Waxman’s Oversight and Government Affairs Committee. Krongard is the top State Department official charged with investigating allegations of waste, fraud and abuse. In addition to all of the questionable actions by the State Department in the Blackwater investigation, Krongard has faced charges that he impeded a Justice Department investigation into Blackwater over allegations the company was illegally smuggling weapons into Iraq. But the bombshell at the hearing was the revelation that Krongard’s brother, Alvin “Buzzy” Krongard, recently accepted a position as a paid consultant for Blackwater, where he serves on the company’s advisory board. Until his resignation in 2004, Buzzy was the number-three man at the Central Intelligence Agency (more on that later). Waxman’s committee broke the news of Buzzy’s Blackwater position as part of what can only be described as a masterful ambush of the Inspector General. (more…)
We’re that much closer to a perjury investigation. Buzzy Krongard has told House oversight committee staff what he told TPMmuckraker on Wednesday: that he told his brother, State Department Inspector General Howard “Cookie” Krongard, about his decision to join the advisory board of State Department contractor Blackwater. Cookie Krongard told the committee on Wednesday his brother had told him no such thing.
Waxman says he’ll hold a hearing the week of December 3 to determine if Krongard lied to the committee under oath. Both Krongard brothers will be invited to testify. And you thought your last family reunion was awkward. But will Howard Krongard resign before then? (more…)