From Obama’s scandal mgmt playbook

Which Obama administration scandal is this? We can’t be expected to keep them straight at this point, and I wasn’t aware that this one extended into the administration itself. Carol Leonnig and David Nakamura report in today’s Washington Post:

The lead investigator later told Senate staffers that he felt pressure from his superiors in the office of Charles K. Edwards, who was then the acting inspector general, to withhold evidence — and that, in the heat of an election year, decisions were being made with political considerations in mind.

“We were directed at the time . . . to delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election,” David Nieland, the lead investigator on the Colombia case for the DHS inspector general’s office, told Senate staffers, according to three people with knowledge of his statement.

Nieland added that his superiors told him “to withhold and alter certain information in the report of investigation because it was potentially embarrassing to the administration.”

Whole thing here; Peter Suderman comments on the story here.

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