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A week after withdrawing his nomination for the No. 2 post at the Justice Department, Timothy Flanigan is talking — well, sort of. In an interview last week, Flanigan said that it was delays in the confirmation process, not questions about his dealings with indicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, that led him to ask President George W. Bush to drop his nomination. The senior lawyer with Tyco International also said that no one in the Bush administration or at Tyco pressured him to step aside. “It was entirely my decision,” Flanigan told Legal Times. “I felt that this delay was something I couldn’t live with.” He declined to discuss the matter further. His supporters, however, had no problem venting their frustration over insinuations from Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats that Flanigan had shady connections to Abramoff, who performed lobbying work for Tyco and allegedly defrauded the company of $1.5 million during Flanigan’s watch. “Nothing I’ve seen suggests Tim did anything wrong,” says former U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr, now general counsel at Verizon Communications. “Democrats smelled blood, and they were going to use Tim’s nomination to milk the Abramoff thing as much as they could.”
Vanessa Blum can be contacted at [email protected].

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