Obama Administration Scandals

Holder Releases 64,000 Documents That Weren’t Privileged After All

Featured image The Obama administration chose Election Day to give Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee more than 64,000 pages of documents relating to the Fast and Furious gun walking operation. These are documents that the House committee subpoenaed more than two years ago. The Obama administration alleged that they were subject to executive privilege and refused to produce them. The committee commenced a lawsuit to compel production, and on October 6 the »

The IRS scandal: A refresher

Featured image The House Oversight Committee has released the video below providing a short refresher in the IRS targeting scandal. One of the Obama administration’s greatest successes is the stonewalling, covering up and bald-faced prevaricating with which it has kept the lid on the scandal. The video isn’t really comprehensible unless you’ve been following the story, so it is of limited usefulness. But it is good enough to have set me back »

More on the Obama Administration Scandal That the Washington Press Corps Tried to Bury

Featured image We wrote last night that the story Scott–and no one else–has been reporting for the last week has been confirmed. The computers in the Executive Office of the President have been down for two weeks because they were hacked by a foreign power–the Obama administration now says Russia–and administration technical personnel are having trouble bringing them back on line. This is a huge story, obviously, and it is inconceivable that »

Is the Washington Press Corps Covering Up Another Obama Administration Fiasco? [Updated]

Featured image Last week, we got information from a source in the Executive Office of the President that the EOP’s computer system had been down for, at that time, a week. Federal IT personnel evidently were having trouble identifying and fixing the problem that had brought the computer system down (although email and internet access had been restored), and EOP employees were instructed to say nothing about it. Scott followed up with »

The Most Stunning News Story of 2014

Featured image Back in June 2013, we covered the hacking of at least one of reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computers by persons unknown. CBS, which, as we now know, was anything but supportive of Attkisson, verified that the intrusion(s) had taken place: A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. »

The Fast and Furious Cover-up, Hiding In Plain Sight

Featured image The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been trying to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal for years, but has been stymied by the Obama administration’s stonewalling. The House committee was willing to narrow its request for Department of Justice documents to an extraordinary degree; ultimately, the committee asked only that the Obama administration produce documents after February 4, 2011, relating to the false letter to Congress that bore »

Obama Administration’s Privilege Claims Are Even More Frivolous Than We Knew

Featured image Most people have concluded that the Obama administration is incompetent, but we must admit that it is supremely talented at one thing: stonewalling. Time after time, the administration has managed to run out the clock on scandals through sheer chutzpah. Fast and Furious, as the longest-running Obama scandal, is farthest along in this respect. Judicial Watch made a Freedom of Information Act request for a very limited number of documents »

Who Says the Obama White House Can’t Do Anything Right?

Featured image They’re really good at one thing: cover-ups! Hey, if you run a corrupt administration, it’s a necessary skill. Michael Ramirez comments hilariously. Click to enlarge: »

Leonnig: Sex, lies and the White House

Featured image The Washington Post has meticulously reported on the continuing cover-up of volunteer staffer Jonathan Dach in the Cartagena hooker scandal. The Washington Post story by Carol Leonnig and David Nakamura is posted here. They have the White House nailed dead to rights. Paul Mirengoff performed his own anatomy of the story here. The underlying scandal is relatively innocuous, but the White House obviously has its reasons for lying about it. »

Team Obama fails to justify its sham investigation of Cartagena allegations against aide

Featured image Scott has presented the facts, as uncovered by the Washington Post, surrounding the latest from the Obama administration scandal playbook — its handling of allegations that a presidential advance team member hosted a prostitute in his hotel room during the president’s visit to Cartagena, Colombia in 2012. Ten members of the Secret Service were fired based on similar allegations. By contrast, the advance team member, Jonathan Dach, son of a »

From Obama’s scandal mgmt playbook: The video

Featured image The long Washington Post story on the White House cover-up of its involvement in the Cartagena prostitution scandal is accompanied by the useful video below narrated by reporter Carol Leonnig. Three minutes long, it provides a useful short course in the scandal leading up to today’s revelations. Today’s story by Leonnig and David Nakamura exposes the White House cover-up of staff involvement in the use of prostitutes in Cartagena despite »

From Obama’s scandal mgmt playbook

Featured image 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 »

White House Admits It Put Off Amnesty to Frustrate the Will of Voters

Featured image White House spokesman Josh Earnest admitted today that President Obama put off a planned executive amnesty decree for political reasons, contrary to Obama’s earlier claims: The fact is — or I guess, the concern is — that had the president moved forward with his [plan] prior to Election Day, you would have seen Republican candidates do more to make the immigration issue central to their campaign. And in the event »

Panetta on Benghazi: I knew right away

Featured image In an interview yesterday on MSNBC Leon Panetta stated that he knew immediately the 9/11 incident in Benghazi was a terrorist attack (video below). How did he know? “I didn’t have any specific information, but the fact was: when you bring grenade launchers to a demonstration, there’s something else going on. And I just, from the very beginning, sensed that this was an attack — this was a terrorist attack »

Is Another Obama Administration Scandal About to Explode?

Featured image While strong cases can be made for both Benghazi and Fast and Furious, most voters consider Barack Obama’s misuse of the IRS to be his administration’s worst scandal so far. But, as we wrote last year, targeting of conservative non-profits for harassment is not the only dimension of the IRS scandal. In addition, there is strong reason to believe that one or more White House political appointees have illegally accessed »

Did Barack Obama Allow Ebola Into the U.S.?

Featured image That’s what Laura Ingraham thinks. Britain and France stopped flights from African countries afflicted by the disease some time ago, but the Obama administration declined to do the same. Now the first confirmed ebola case is in Dallas, having recently arrived from Liberia. Laura comments: President Obama said it was “unlikely” that ebola would break out in the United States, but he was wrong. So, where do we go from »

Why The Secret Service Fiasco Shouldn’t Surprise Us

Featured image So Julia Pierson, the first female head of the Secret Service, is falling on her service revolver today and resigning as a result of the recent fiasco at the White House, in which an intruder got much further into the presidential mansion than any sensible person would think possible. You can understand how the Secret Service got lazy at the sight of unlikely intruders; after all, Obama made it much »