Obama Administration Scandals

Why the Freedom of Information Act Is Virtually Worthless

Featured image Conservatives often express frustration that so little, seemingly, can be done about the corruption of the Obama administration. Part of the problem is that when a party is determined to stonewall, our legal system is generally too slow to provide an effective remedy within the time frame of a presidential administration. The case of Austan Goolsbee is instructive. In August 2010, Goolsbee, who directed Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and »

Emails confirm 2010 Lois Lerner meeting with DOJ elections prosecutor

Featured image Emails obtained by Judicial Watch through litigation confirm that Lois Lerner was in contact with DOJ officials about the possible criminal prosecution of tax-exempt entities two full years before what the IRS conceded was its “absolutely inappropriate” 2012 targeting of the organizations. On September 29, 2010, a DOJ official (whose name is redacted) emailed a staff assistant at the IRS (whose name is also redacted) as follows: As we discussed »

Dr. Gruber regrets

Featured image Listening to MIT Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber testify before the House Oversight Committee yesterday, we were treated to the full panoply of the Watergate variations. The text of Gruber’s opening statement is posted here, C-SPAN video of the entire hearing is posted with automated transcript here. Gruber groveled. Gruber regretted. Gruber apologized. Gruber was sorry. Gruber pleaded guilty — to vacuous offenses against taste, such as inexcusable arrogance and inappropriate »

Executive Amnesty Order? What Order?

Featured image So much is happening on the immigration front that it is hard to keep up, but this story is worth at least a mention: it turns out that President Obama hasn’t issued an executive amnesty order after all: Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., a leading opponent of President Obama’s move to provide amnesty for up to 5 million illegal immigrants, expressed astonishment Monday and ridiculed the administration for not carrying out »

My first impressions of the Weekly Standard’s take on the Benghazi report

Featured image Steve Hayes and Tom Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard have attacked the House Intelligence Committee’s report on Benghazi. I’ve known Tom for years and have the greatest respect for his work. I’ve also long admired Hayes’ reporting. However, I find portions of their attack unpersuasive. To be clear, I consider the Intelligence Committee’s report flawed in some important respects. However, I attribute the mains flaws to the desire to produce »

The IRS Scandal Rears Its Head

Featured image The Obama Administration’s IRS scandal is multi-faceted. In addition to the persecution of conservative non-profits by Lois Lerner et al., the question has been percolating for some years whether Obama’s IRS has transferred confidential taxpayer information to Obama’s White House in violation of federal criminal laws. The issue first arose when Austin Goolsbee of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers told reporters that he had information about Koch Industries that »

More on “more than fair”

Featured image Yesterday, I wrote about the report on Benghazi issued by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. The report found essentially no fault on the part of the CIA or the military in its response the attack in Benghazi — findings that I consider sound. The report also finds that the administration’s subsequent narrative about the attack was the product of a “flawed” process. What’s more it finds that aspects »

The House Intelligence Committee’s Benghazi Report — more than fair

Featured image The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has issued its report on the Benghazi attack. You can find it here. The Committee concludes, among things, that CIA personnel on the ground in Benghazi during the attack behaved bravely and made reasonable tactical decisions that saved lives, and that the CIA received all military support that was available. It further concludes that after the attack, the administration’s initial public narrative (via »

What Is DOJ Hiding About Its Targeting of Sharyl Attkisson?

Featured image I wrote last night about Judicial Watch’s bombshell revelation that Eric Holder’s office collaborated with the White House to try to force Sharyl Attkisson off the Fast and Furious investigation. (If you haven’t read that post, you should start there.) We know this because of this email thread, which was among the documents that DOJ produced to Judicial Watch. The thread is a conversation between Tracy Schmaler, Eric Holder’s press »

Obamnesty, what to do

Featured image There are as many ways to express disgust with President Obama’s unlawful amnesty as there are talented conservative pundits prepared to write about it. The real question is what, if anything, can be done to negate the amnesty. Impeachment is not the answer. The votes don’t exist to remove Obama from office. Nor should Republicans attempt impeachment. Doing so would probably hurt Republican standing in the run-up to the crucial »

Should Republicans Embrace the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine?

Featured image The Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine holds that a president is not required to implement or enforce laws passed by Congress with which he disagrees. Obama’s use of the doctrine sets an interesting precedent for the next chief executive, who likely will be a Republican. For example, a Republican could adopt the Obama Non-Enforcement Doctrine with regard to corporate income taxes by directing the IRS to cease all efforts to enforce those »

Some consequences of Obama’s unlawful amnesty

Featured image There are no silver linings to President Obama’s unconstitutional nullification of our immigration laws. The affront to our system is too great. But there are collateral effects, and not all of them are bad. The political impact of Obama’s move is uncertain. However, it is likely, on balance, to be adverse to the Democrats for the reasons set forth by Jennifer Rubin. Moreover, as Rubin also argues, Obama’s grant of »

On Obama’s Illegal Usurpation, Jeff Sessions Speaks For Us

Featured image We will have more to say about President Obama’s unconstitutional nullification of the nation’s immigration laws in the days to come; likely, before the night is over. But for now, let’s quote Senator Jeff Sessions, who has been the hero on this issue for a long time. Better than anyone else, Sessions has drawn the connection between the open borders movement that is supported by business magnates and those who »

Bombshell: Attorney General Targeted Attkisson [Updated]

Featured image Judicial Watch has slowly been prying Fast and Furious documents out of the desperate grip of the Obama administration. The Department of Justice has now produced around 40,000 pages of documents–a tiny amount–which Judicial Watch has posted on its web site. So far, the most explosive document to emerge is an email thread between Tracy Schmaler, who headed Eric Holder’s Office of Public Affairs, and White House Deputy Press Sectary »

Day of infamy

Featured image FDR famously characterized December 7, 1941, as a date that would live in infamy because of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor that day. By the same token, Barack Obama’s willful attack on the Constitution marks today as a date that will live in infamy because of the president’s willful violation of the limits on his power. (“Infamy” is the word that Peter Wehner attaches to Obama’s forthcoming action.) A certain »

Obama Decides Being Emperor Is a Good Gig

Featured image As we and many others have pointed out, one of President Obama’s problems, as he prepares to issue an executive amnesty tomorrow, is that he has long been on record as saying that such an action would be illegal–in his words, the act of an “emperor.” Obama himself just brazens it out, saying “Well, actually, my position hasn’t changed.” But of course it has. Yesterday ABC’s Jon Karl tried to »

Democrats Plot Illegal Amnesty

Featured image Ed O’Keefe, Congressional reporter for the Washington Post, tweets that the White House chief of staff will meet with Senate Democrats on Thursday: SCOOP: Senate Democrats to huddle on Thursday with WH Chief of Staff Denis R. McDonough… — Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) November 18, 2014 Most in Washington think that this presages President Obama’s long-awaited announcement that he is repealing the nation’s immigration laws by executive fiat, one of the »