State Department Official Removes Himself From Blackwater Investigation

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The State Department's embattled inspector general suddenly removed himself Wednesday from investigations into security contractor Blackwater Worldwide, after belatedly acknowledging his brother sits on a Blackwater advisory board.

The revelation came at a House hearing that cited allegations from current and former State Department employees -- and the Justice Department -- that Inspector General Howard Krongard had impeded investigations into Blackwater and the construction of the $740 million U.S. Embassy complex in Iraq.

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