Thursday, November 15, 2007

All in the Family

The Krongard brothers, “Cookie” and “Buzzy,” need to get their stories straight.

Howard “Cookie” Krongard might have just perjured himself before the House Oversight Committee.

Earlier today, the State Department inspector general repeatedly told the panel that he was unaware his brother, A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, had joined the advisory board of State Department security contractor Blackwater. Krongard said he had a single phone conversation with his brother about the issue, in October, in which Buzzy didn’t tell Cookie he was joining the board.

Only Buzzy says that’s not true.

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. Both men say there was just one phone conversation. How to reconcile the two accounts?

“I told him I was going on this board. He claims I didn’t tell him,” Buzzy Krongard says. “So what can I tell you?”

“Cookie” has now decided to recuse himself from the investigation into Blackwater.

A family acquaintance, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Krongard brothers for many years have had a tense relationship.

I’ll bet the Krongard family reunion is going to be a really fun event.