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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

New Obama Scandals Highlight the Problem of Oversight and Accountability

How can there be proper oversight if Obama Administration officials lie or suppress investigations?

It seems there's a new scandal every few days rocking the world of King Barack, the Corrupter in Chief. The two latest highlight the same issues we have seen throughout this season of scandal.

The latest is a State Department scandal where investigations of drug rings and prostitution were hushed up by top political appointees. In one of the worst cases, Howard Gutman, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium and a major Obama campaign donor was suspected of soliciting sex from minor children. The investigation was terminated by Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy. In yet another case, Hillary Clinton's Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills intervened to protect another of Obama's ambassadorial appointments from scrutiny.

Both Mills and Kennedy are prime figures in the Benghazi scandal. Is it any wonder that the investigations seeking answers in that scandal have gone nowhere?

Then there's the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who apparently told a falsehood in a senate hearing in March when he told the Senators that the government was not collecting data of any kind on Americans.

And who can forget Attorney General Eric Holder judge shopping an apparently false warrant against Fox News' James Rosen. Holder left an entirely misleading impression in a previous hearing under oath before Congress. But then, that's not the first time he's done that.

Same deal with the IRS with Commissioner Shulman falsely assuring Congress in 2012 that there was " absolutely no targeting" of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.

President Transparency or Corruption?

Obama, always good for a laugh, asserted  in February that “This is the most transparent administration in history.” Responding to the domestic spying scandal insisted last Friday that "Congress is continually briefed on how these are conducted. There are a whole range of safeguards involved." Yet, to paraphrase Senator Ron Wyden how can there be proper oversight by Congress to protect the American people from abuse when Administration officials either don't inform Congress or are deliberately misleading or dishonest?
Furthermore, how can the American people have faith that our government will not abuse our rights when officials like Attorney General Holder and the IRS have done just that?

At some point a Special Prosecutor(s) must be named to go into all these misdeeds and clean house. The corruption and incompetence of the Obama team is starting to stink up the place!

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