Friday, November 16, 2007

Krongard Recuses Himself Again

State Department Inspector General Howard "Cookie" Krongard has recused himself from a second investigation by his office.  After withdrawing from any investigations of security company Blackwater Worldwide's conduct in Iraq due to his brother's connections to the company, Krongard announced that he is also recusing himself from the investigation of allegations of corruption, fraud, and abuse in the construction of the massive new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been investigating the issue, and has put Krongard in the cross-hairs because of allegations that he squelched an inquiry into corruption at the Embassy.  With Krongard now having recused himself from the two most significant investigations involving his office, has it reached the point where the IG should hand over the reigns of the office to someone who can lead the investigations rather than just removing himself from them?  An AP story (here) discusses Krongard's latest recusal. (ph)

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