Obama Administration Scandals

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 »

Report: “Queen” Clinton’s “henchmen” scrubbed Benghazi documents

Featured image Raymond Maxwell was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Maghreb (North Africa) Affairs at the State Department’s Bureau of Near East Affairs from 2011-2012. When Hillary Clinton removed him from this position and placed him on leave in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks, Maxwell wrote a poem called “Invitation” which we posted here. The “invitation” as the poem made clear, was to “lynching” and it came from the “henchmen” of »

Benghazi security personnel say they were told to “stand down”

Featured image Tonight at 10:00 Eastern Time, Fox News will present a program, hosted by Bret Baier, called “13 hours in Benghazi.” Baier’s report will be based on a book by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team that will be released next week. The book is 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi. Fox News has presented a preview of the program. Three security team members who »

Holder cuts left in on $17 billion Bank of America settlement

Featured image Radical Democrat activist groups stand to collect millions from Attorney General Eric Holder’s record $17 billion deal to settle alleged mortgage abuse charges against Bank of America, Investors’ Business Daily reports: Buried in the fine print of the deal, which includes $7 billion in soft-dollar consumer relief, are a raft of political payoffs to Obama constituency groups. In effect, the government has ordered the nation’s largest bank to create a »

Across the Country, the Federal Government Fights For Muslim Worship Spaces [Updated]

Featured image The government of the United States is suing the town of St. Anthony, Minnesota, a Twin Cities suburb with a population a little over 8,000, to force the town to allow development of an Islamic center in an area reserved for industrial development. It is a minor news story, but one that sheds light on broader legal and cultural trends. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: The federal government on Wednesday »

IRS ordered Lerner’s blackberry destroyed after her computer crashed

Featured image The New York Observer reports that, according to an IRS court filing, the IRS destroyed Lois Lerner’s Blackberry after it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway. An IRS official declared under the penalty of perjury that the destroyed Blackberry would have contained the same emails (both sent and received) as Lois Lerner’s hard drive. Lerner’s hard drive crashed in June 2011 and the »

Missing IRS Emails Exist After All, DOJ Says

Featured image Judicial Watch announced today that Department of Justice lawyers are now saying that all federal government emails are backed up, along with other data, which means that the “missing” emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS employees (as well as federal employees involved in other scandals) can be recovered: Department of Justice attorneys for the Internal Revenue Service told Judicial Watch on Friday that Lois Lerner’s emails, indeed all government »