Rep. Henry Waxman announced that the House Oversight Committee will hold a hearing to examine whether Inspector General Howard Krongard lied to Congress. In a recent hearing, Krongard testified to the committee that his brother, Alvin “Buzzy” Krongard, had never told him about his involvement on Blackwater’s board of advisers. Buzzy, however, has contradicted his brother’s statement: “He asked me whether I had any financial interest or any ties to Blackwater, and so I told him ‘I’m going on their Board.’” Krongard is facing allegations that he blocked a House investigation into whether weapons illegally smuggled into Iraq by Blackwater employees were then “sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization.” Krongard’s lawyer has now written to Waxman and asked him to cancel the hearing, and Buzzy has resigned from Blackwater’s board. Krongard has also stepped down from the State Department’s two main internal investigations in Iraq.
How many of these people have sold their souls? I’ve lost count.