LETTER: Senators Question Gonzales On Abramoff Ties To Administration

Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) sent a letter yesterday to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, questioning him on what he knew about the ties between Jack Abramoff and Timothy Flanigan a former White House lawyer, who withdrew his nomination to be deputy attorney general last October.

The letter was in response to recent revelations that Safavian, Abramoff, and Flanigan traded insider information. David Safavian, the indicted former chief of staff of the General Service Administration (GSA), provided “confidential information to lobbyist Jack Abramoff about GSA’s decision to suspend Tyco International’s federal contracts.” Abramoff then passed this information on to Tyco and Flanigan (who was then at Tyco), contacted GSA, which “subsequently decided not to suspend Tyco’s federal contracts.”

Think Progress has posted a copy of the letter here.

    Durbin and Leahy pointedly ask Gonzales seven questions about what he and other administration officials knew about Flanigan’s ties to Abramoff. More interestingly, they ask why nothing has been done. Some of the questions:


    The letter raises the prospect that Gonzales and the Justice Department have been obstructing this portion of the Abramoff investigation because of their ties to Flanigan.

    More here on Abramoff, Flanigan, and Safavian.