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Timothy Flanigan

AKA Timothy Elliott Flanigan

Born: 16-May-1953
Birthplace: Fort Belvoir, VA

Gender: Male
Religion: Mormon
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Nominated 24 May 2005 to be Deputy U.S. Attorney General, nomination withdrawn 7 October 2005.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
    Bush-Cheney '04
    Federalist Society
    National Republican Senatorial Committee
    Romney for President
    Florida 2000 Recount

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