AKA Timothy Elliott Flanigan
Birthplace: Fort Belvoir, VA
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government, Business
Party Affiliation: Republican
Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Would-be Deputy US Attorney General
Nominated 24 May 2005 to be Deputy U.S. Attorney General, nomination withdrawn 7 October 2005. Flanigan reportedly hired Jack Abramoff to lobby for Tyco.
Formerly White House deputy counsel under Alberto Gonzales, and before that senior law clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger (1985-86).
Flanigan may well argue for the return of the days of an "Imperial Presidency." Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen cites a 1992 memorandum by Flanigan that was written while Acting Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice.
In that memorandum, Flanigan "described presidential non-enforcement authority in sweeping terms that would seem to allow the President to refuse to enforce any law that in his view is unconstitutional." In addition to blurring the traditional separation of powers, this radical philosophy leaves room for a dangerous arbitrariness in the enforcement of the law. It permits the ultimate authority in determining the constitutionality of a law not to lie with the judiciary, as the framers intended, but rather with the President -- and his Office of White House Counsel.
Wife: Katherine (14 children)
Daughter: Liz Davis
University: BA, Brigham Young University (1976)
University: Brigham Young University
Law School: JD, University of Virginia (1981)
Tyco General Counsel for Corporate and International Law (2002-)
White & Case Partner
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (1988-90)
Shearman & Sterling (1986-88)
US Justice Department Assistant Attorney General
Law Clerk for Chief Justice Warren Burger (1985-86)
America's Majority Trust
National Republican Senatorial Committee
Romney for President
Florida 2000 Recount
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