Sunday, December 4, 2016

Inspector General

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Hillary

This time last year, there wasn’t a Democrat in America who thought anyone but Hillary would be president this year, but she is starting to lose it.

In fact, Bernie Sanders has a golden opportunity in the Golden State next week. Bernie is leading in some polls in California and the race is incredibly tight. He was down double digits a couple of months ago and could pull off the major upset.

It is possible that Bernie can finish with more delegates than Hillary Clinton, but her super delegates will push her over the finish line.

The problem with winning by super delegates is that Bernie has railed against the “system” by calling it rigged for Hillary.

Bernie has openly objected to the Democratic Party leader, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and if he wins more states and goes to the convention and loses there will be riots.

Hillary is in panic mode now and is shifting the focus of her campaign to California, a state she thought she had locked up.

If she loses California, then she will have a hard time telling Bernie fans that she deserves to be president because she won the south back in February and March. She will have a hard time pulling the Democratic Party back together. She will have a hard time just getting the nomination.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is continuously attacking Hillary and Bill in ways that is hurting her in national polls. It also doesn’t help that the Sate Department Inspector General came out last week and condemned Hillary for her use of her private email server.

The damaging report last week said that Hillary did not ask permission to use her server and that she knowingly destroyed thousands of emails when they were the property of the United States government.

The Inspector General’s report opened the door to allow the FBI to indict the former secretary of state. The Department of Justice and FBI all work for the president and he appointed both heads.

Indicting Hillary would be bad for the Democratic Party, right? Maybe not. If Bernie wins California, one of the only ways to officially unite the party is to indict Hillary and force her to leave the race. This would allow Bernie to get the nomination.

There is a wild possibility that because Hillary can’t put away Bernie the FBI could save the Democratic Party by indicting Hillary and she could be the fall guy. One year ago she was the presumptive nominee and it is possible that she will be in prison by the end of the year, only to be pardoned by Obama before he leaves office.

What do you think? Are we witnessing the final downfall of Hillary Clinton?

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justice-department

Watchdogs assigned to root out fraud and corruption inside federal government agencies encounter so many barriers during their investigations that they’re calling on Congress to pass legislation that will guarantee the access they’re already supposed to have.

The cry comes on the heels of a new Justice Department restriction on information that its inspector general (IG) can access during agency probes. Remember that President Obama promised to run the most transparent administration in history yet the Department of Justice (DOJ), an extension of the executive office, is limiting what its watchdog can see during what’s supposed to be an independent investigation. This goes contrary to a 1978 law requiring that inspectors general act autonomously when they conduct probes of the federal agencies they’re assigned to keep in check.

This is hardly the case. In fact, Judicial Watch has reported for years about the obstacles that inspectors general have faced as they do their job to crack down on waste, fraud and corruption in government. There are 73 IGs and, although they report to Congress, each is appointed by the president. For years current and former employees at IG offices have alleged that the watchdogs work too closely with the leaders of the agencies they investigate and that many have succumbed to political pressure, in both Republican and Democrat administrations.

In fact, a few years ago a number of IGs came under fire and faced retaliation and scrutiny after exposing wrongdoing at the agencies they were charged with investigating. This led Congress to contemplate legislation to protect the watchdogs by, among other things, requiring the president to notify Congress 30 days before firing an inspector general to guard against terminations for political reasons. As is often the case in Washington, no action was taken to solve the matter so the problem persists.

Now IGs are calling on begging Congress to do its job and help. In a letter to lawmakers this month, the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, which represents the nation’s IGs, asks that legislation be passed to guarantee their independence when conducting probes at federal agencies. “Without timely and unfettered access to all necessary information, Inspectors General cannot ensure that all government programs and operations are subject to exacting and independent scrutiny,” the letter states. “Refusing, restricting, or delaying an Inspector General’s independent access may lead to incomplete, inaccurate, or significantly delayed findings and recommendations, which in turn may prevent the agency from promptly correcting serious problems and pursuing recoveries that benefit taxpayers, and deprive Congress of timely information regarding the agency’s activities. It also may impede or otherwise inhibit investigations and prosecutions related to agency programs and operations.”

The move comes after the DOJ’s legal counsel issued a ruling creating new limits on information that its watchdog can access during investigations of the agency, which has been embroiled in a number of scandals during the Obama administration. Under the new guidelines the DOJ’s IG can only obtain what may be considered “sensitive” information if DOJ officials in charge of the cases being probed give permission. In some instances permission could be granted but in others the information could be completely kept from the IG under the new rules, which were initially proposed by Obama’s first Attorney General, Eric Holder.

The Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency refers to the DOJ’s new policy in its letter to Congress, writing that it “sharply curtails the authority of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice (DOJ-IG) to independently access all records necessary to carry out its oversight responsibilities.” Furthermore, the IGs point out, it “represents a serious threat to the independent authority of not only the DOJ-IG but to all Inspectors General.” These watchdogs must have access, without delay, to all information and data in an agency’s possession that is deemed necessary to conduct oversight functions, the letter states.

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