Earlier today, State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard told the House Oversight Committee that he was “not aware of any financial interest or position” his brother A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard had as “a member of the advisory board.” During a break in the hearing, Krongard called his brother and returned to tell the panel that his brother “had been at the advisory board meeting yesterday.” Krongard said he didn’t know this when he spoke to his brother “six weeks ago.” In an interview with TPMmuckraker today, “Buzzy” Krongard contradicted his brother:
In an exclusive interview with TPMmuckraker, Buzzy Krongard says that in that phone conversation, he specifically told Cookie Krongard he had agreed to join Blackwater’s advisory board. “I had told my brother I was going on the advisory board,” Buzzy Krongard says. “My brother says that is not the case. I stand by what I told my brother.”
Buzzy Krongard says the phone conversation was more recent than Cookie Krongard indicated to the committee. Cookie said it took place about five or six weeks ago. Buzzy says it was about two or three weeks ago.
“Buzzy” told TPM that the two brothers don’t speak regularly, adding that after this episode, he expects that it will be even “less often.”