Brownie-Mail: Ex-FEMA Chief Threatens to Rat Out Bush

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.


  • lj
    February 10, 2006 - 11:17 am | Permalink

    Brown Blames DHS for Poor Hurricane Katrina Response,2933,184446,00.html

  • February 10, 2006 - 6:13 pm | Permalink


  • weathervane
    February 11, 2006 - 8:17 pm | Permalink

    Jeez, another RAT, another OUT of some Bush sin…None of the other, far more serious outings have done Bush any harm, so why should this one?

    Besides, it’s clear that Broiwn was incompetent, maybe still is, and he’s trying to blame the boss for his own shortcomings.


  • Stephen Kriz
    February 12, 2006 - 6:09 am | Permalink

    50% of Americans are too stupid or lazy to care about anything Bush does or doesn’t do. He could be murdering children and stacking them up like cordwood outside the White House and some of these knuckledraggers still wouldn’t care.

    Sorry to be so cynical, but I just don’t think that anything will sway some people about this incompetent criminal in the White House…

  • Bluestocking
    February 12, 2006 - 10:41 am | Permalink

    To my way of thinking, this just proves what sort of pathetic and self-absorbed individual Michael Brown is. He knew when he was first considered for the FEMA job through his pal Allbaugh that he was not sufficiently qualified for the position — yet he showed no compunction in accepting it when a person of true conscience would have declined in favor of a more qualified individual, bearing in mind that this position is one which has the potential for great impact on the lives and welfare of many Americans. Then, when Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, “Brownie” quickly realized that he was in over his head but tried to deflect responsibility by feigning ignorance. Finally, after being forced out of his position in disgrace, he’s still attempting to deflect blame by attempting to blackmail the Bush administration! Utterly despicable — does this man have *no* shame whatsoever? I wish him the best of luck in finding a new position, because he’ll need it.

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