Demands Money and Political Cover to Keep Quiet
Ousted FEMA leader Michael Brown says he has emails from and to President Bush that were sent as New Orleans was being destroyed — and that if the Bushistas down’t pony up to cover his legal fees, he’s going to rat them out.
Too bad the Republicans in the Senate who are investigating the tragic bungling of the federal response to Katrina are powerless to get those emails otherwise. Oh, wait — this just in — they have subpoena power. (Not that Chairman Susan Collins will use it.)
From the Associated Press:
Former disaster agency chief Michael Brown is indicating he’s ready to reveal his correspondence with President Bush and other officials during Hurricane Katrina.
That’s unless the White House forbids it and offers legal support.
Brown’s stance, in a letter obtained yesterday by The Associated Press, follows senators’ complaints that the White House is refusing to answer questions or release documents about advice given to Bush concerning the August 29th storm…
In a February sixth letter to White House counsel Harriet Miers, Brown’s lawyer wrote that Brown continues to respect Bush and his “presidential prerogative” to get candid and confidential advice from top aides.
The letter from Andrew Lester also says Brown no longer can rely on being included in that protection because he’s a private citizen.