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Lying Under Oath, It’s A Democrat Thing

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2012/08/15

Former President Clinton perjured himself and suborned perjury while the sitting President. He wanted to keep the truth tucked neatly under his desk.

Eric Holder and other members of his “Department of Justice” lied under oath to Congress concerning Fast and Furious, what they knew, when they knew it, what they were doing, how far up the chain of command it went.

First, OF&F’s gunrunning has left hundreds of murder victims in its wake, including two US government agents, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata. It’s likely that the guns trafficked by the ATF in 2009 will claim more victims. Thus far, there is no indication that the Obama administration has done so much as demote anyone over the program. Administration officials lied to Congress about the nature of the program and their knowledge of it, which is the proximate cause for the contempt citation.

If Congress can’t access documents to investigate executive-branch malfeasance of this scope, especially with the added dollop of perjury and obstruction of justice vis-a-vis the House Oversight Committee, then Congress will have no real ability to conduct oversight of executive-branch activities at all. That plus the extremely shaky claim of executive privilege puts the Obama administration on course for a big loss, and a very large precedent on Congressional subpoenas that both parties will celebrate and have cause to regret in the future.

And Steven Chu, most recently, has been called out as he and other members of his Department of Energy lied under oath to Congress concerning all the “green energy” loans that were going out to political beneficiaries, the DoE’s attempts to hide the communications, in violation of more than one Federal Law, and other similar criminally corrupt activities.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-California) sent a letter to DOE Secretary Steven Chu on Tuesday, calling out him and his Department for apparently providing false testimony to Congress concerning the energy loan program.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, along with Subcommittee Chairmen Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy, asked Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to clarify apparently false testimony to Congress about efforts to conceal documents from investigators and White House involvement in the Department of Energy Loan Program that used taxpayer funds to support companies including Solyndra. The request comes after the Committee obtained documents from individual non-official e-mail accounts contradicting the testimony.

“Recently-obtained documents show DOE officials frequently used Yahoo! and Gmail to communicate about the loan guarantee program,” Issa, Jordan, and Gowdy wrote to Chu. “This use of non-government e-mail accounts for official business may have violated the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and the Federal Records Act (FRA). The documents also show that testimony given to the Committee by current and former DOE officials, including you, was inaccurate, and may have been intentionally false.”

While Clinton was doing his perjury thing about a soiled dress and a ruined cigar, the Obama administration is doing their perjury thing about corrupt Chicago-style “pay to play” billions of Federal Government dollars to Democrat insiders and thousands of guns that were intentionally run across the border and have been used to murder hundreds of people (with hundreds more murders sure to follow). And the Leftist “mainstream media” is working overtime to hide all that information to a sheep-like populace in their efforts to cover for the criminally corrupt and murderous Obama administration.

I expect this to play out even after Obama loses re-election, with many Democrat operatives doing the perp-walk for their many Federal crimes. There is a non-zero possibility that Obama could do a tall stack of 11th hour Presidential Pardons, but I don’t believe the likelihood is all that high.

1) Pardoning a pile of administration officials would put a permanent taint on Democrats in general, greatly harming their chances at majority or the Presidency for years to come. But I don’t believe Obama is at all concerned with other Democrats; only with himself. So this issue is a weak point against pardons.

2) Pardoning a pile of administration officials take the Fifth Amendment off the table. Nobody who has been immunized against his or her previous crimes can avoid testifying about his or her previous (now immunized) crimes, thus the conspiratorial nature of their crimes combined with unpardoned people (such as Obama himself, since he cannot pardon himself) is suddenly available to the Courts. This is the major reason why I believe Obama will not issue a raft of pardons for his administration team. He cannot afford to take the specter of a long prison sentence away from any member of his staff. It would spell doom for him. And, again, while wholly unimportant to Obama himself, it would crush Democrat political hopes for years to come.

So, yes, look for a nice long list of Obama administration types to do the perp walk for their many corruptions and Federal Felonies sometime in the future.

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Associated Press Calls Out Barack Obama

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/10/10

Barack Obama’s campaign tactic of a “jobs” bill and his continuous dishonest spinning of it is too much for even the Associated Press to carry his water. Ed Morrissey has the story.

Last week, the Associated Press’ fact check of a speech implied that Barack Obama might be losing touch with reality. Today, they make the argument more explicit in reporting on Obama’s push on his new jobs bill. Their headline reads “Obama’s jobs bill sales pitch disconnects rhetoric, reality,” and they take him to task for it (via Rob Port):

When Obama accuses Republicans of standing in the way of his nearly $450 billion plan, he ignores the fact that his own party has struggled to unite behind the proposal.

When the president says Republicans haven’t explained what they oppose in the plan, he skips over the fact that Republicans who control the House actually have done that in detail.

And when he calls on Congress to “pass this bill now,” he slides past the point that Democrats control the Senate and were never prepared to move immediately, given other priorities. Senators are expected to vote Tuesday on opening debate on the bill, a month after the president unveiled it with a call for its immediate passage.

The AP concludes that Obama is campaigning, not governing, which has become painfully obvious ever since his speech to a joint session of Congress a month ago. The bill itself contains a number of poison pills that even his own party rejected in 2009, when Democrats had full control of Washington. In fact, Senate Democrats have had to change the rules to keep Obama’s bill from getting a vote at all, not because Republicans oppose it but because a number of Democrats oppose it as well, at least in the form Obama has been pushing the last four weeks.

When the Chicago Thug is so far out to sea that even the Associated Press refuses to carry water for him, you know he’s definitely gone. It’s getting to the point that the normally sycophantic mainstream media can no longer shill for him and maintain what they believe to be their integrity. What remains of his fawning masses are his ever-thinning ranks of delusional lemmings, which are becoming ever more delusional and ever more lemming as time passes. Obama has an absolutely huge problem of his own making. There is a litany of lies, corruption, collusion, obstruction of justice in his wake.

  • The “jobs” bill and the propaganda that even the press can’t carry.
  • Fast and Furious, involving ATF, DOJ, White House, FBI and others, consisting of over 2,000 guns allowed to be illegally bought (ATF actually illegally selling them to the illegal buyers), illegally walked across the border into Mexico, and over 200 dead bodies on both sides of the border.
  • Punishing the whistle blowers by demoting them, trying to engulf those with integrity with the dirty corruption, promoting those heavily involved in the criminal activity and bringing them closer to the DOJ command center to keep a better watch on them.
  • Lying to Congress, refusing to release documents, providing documents to Congress so heavily redacted as to be of no worth, refusing to allow other members of the departments to testify before Congress.
  • Solyndra, LightSquared, SolarReserve, First Solar, SunPower, the 5 billion dollars in Federal Loan guarantees going out on the very last day of operation, benefiting the Obama campaign contributors and bundlers. And we’re just scratching the surface with these.
  • All manner of other corrupt activity.

Soon, all that will be left of Obama’s delusional lemmings will be only the most delusional of all and the most lemming of all. No reasonable person will be able to carry Obama’s water and still maintain any sense of propriety.

UPDATE
Speaking of lemmings, Rebelpundit has video of Occupy Chicago. (HT Hot Air)

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Barack Obama: The Most Corrupt President Ever

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/09/15

A new scandal has broken out surrounding the Obama administration, and this could be big (just like all the others could be big). Ed Morrissey reports on a Daily Beast article breaking the story. From the Daily Beast article:

The four-star Air Force general who oversees U.S. Space Command walked into a highly secured room on Capitol Hill a week ago to give a classified briefing to lawmakers and staff, and dropped a surprise. Pressed by members, Gen. William Shelton said the White House tried to pressure him to change his testimony to make it more favorable to a company tied to a large Democratic donor.

The episode—confirmed by The Daily Beast in interviews with administration officials and the chairman of a congressional oversight committee—is the latest in a string of incidents that have given Republicans sudden fodder for questions about whether the Obama administration is politically interfering in routine government matters that affect donors or fundraisers. Already, the FBI and a House committee are investigating a federal loan guarantee to a now failed solar firm called Solyndra that is tied to a large Obama fundraiser.

Now the Pentagon has been raising concerns about a new wireless project by a satellite broadband company in Virginia called LightSquared, whose majority owner is an investment fund run by Democratic donor Philip Falcone. Gen. Shelton was originally scheduled to testify Aug. 3 to a House committee that the project would interfere with the military’s sensitive Global Positioning Satellite capabilities, which control automated driving directions and missile targeting, among other things.

Someone in the White House pressuring people to give intentionally misleading testimony under oath? Where have we heard that before? Oh, that’s right. There’s that whole Bill Clinton conviction thing. And the Obama administration strong-arming a US Air Force 4-star General to mislead Congress with his sworn testimony in a move to try to send kick-backs to a Democrat donor? In a move that could harm the US military in a major way? As Ed Morrissey said, this scandal is big enough to “make the disappearance of $535 million in taxpayer funds [with Solyndra] look like a paperwork glitch.”

And the Obama administration’s deep ties with Solyndra and the scandal surrounding that is Watergate level. The Obama administration has tried to tie the government loan to Bush, of course, since everything Obama does is Bush’s fault. But on January 9, 2009, the Bush administration rejected the loan application. And in August, 2009, the Obama administration was rushing the Office of Management and Budget to get on board with the Solyndra loan, even though OMB had very major reservations about Solyndra.

Then there’s the New Black Panther Party voter intimidation that had a summary judgment of guilty but Department of Injustice Secretary Holder decided to drop everything and throw it out because they were black. He was backing “his people” meaning blacks, and he said so explicitly. The American people weren’t Holder’s “people”. Only the black people. That’s another major scandal for the Obama administration.

But the King of Scandals is the Fast and Furious/Gunwalker/Gunrunner scandal. It makes Watergate seem like the Holiday Inn. The Obama administration intentionally allowed illegal gun sales and intentionally allowed those guns to cross the border into Mexico. And many people spoke up about it before anything happened, but to no avail. And then, with the Obama administration’s willful enabling of Mexican drug cartels’ acquisition of American guns, the Mexican drug cartels did what they do with guns. They used those guns to murder innocent Mexican civilians, Mexican law enforcement, Mexican politicians, Mexican military and innocent American civilians, American law enforcement officers. And the guns keep trickling in at murder scenes on both sides of the border.

And there are Obama’s deep ties with unrepentant terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrne, with SEIU purple people beaters, with ACORN and its systemic nationwide voter registration fraud and other systemic nationwide crimes.

Had any one of these scandals hit with a Republican President, the nation would be rocked, the White House would be rocked, and there would be three distinct groups of people in the administration:
1) Those fleeing the sinking ship.
2) Those circling the wagons (and looking for an opportunity to jump into the third group).
3) Those rushing to the stage like it’s open mic night at a country bar so they could tell their story about corruption and how they weren’t involved except to try to stop it.

But Obama is a radical Leftist Democrat, and the Liberal sycophantic mainstream media covers for Democrats; far more for Obama than previous Democrats. So none of Obama’s very major scandals are getting much airplay or print space in the legacy media. With all the cover-up the mainstream media did in the run-up to the 2008 election and continue to do, they can ill afford to stop now because they know if Obama goes down in a major scandal of such huge criminally corrupt proportions, he takes them down with him. And the Democrat Party becomes a 40-year minority party — if it survives all the scandals. So the lamestream media has to continue to cover up all the thuggish activities, all the obstruction of justice, all the kickbacks, all the pay-to-play, all the corruption that is the Obama administration.

But I suspect many political ads will come out, shedding light on these scandals come next year, even if all the many investigations don’t get anywhere (what, with the Eric Holder Department of Justice doing its level best to prevent anyone from testifying). In the end, though, I suspect Obama will skate on all his corruption and still lose reelection. History books 20 years from now will not be nearly so kind. This kind of filth doesn’t stay covered up forever.

UPDATE
The Obama administration ignored multiple warnings regarding Solyndra. Allahpundit quotes the Associated Press:

A 2009 report by the Energy Department’s inspector general warned that the DOE lacked the necessary quality control for the loan guarantee program, which was created in 2005 to support clean-energy projects that could not obtain conventional bank loans due to high risks.

In July 2010, the Government Accountability Office said the Energy Department had bypassed required steps for funding awards to five of 10 applicants that received conditional loan guarantees.

The report did not publicly identify the companies that were not properly vetted, but congressional investigators say one of them was Solyndra. The company was the first to receive a loan guarantee after the program was expanded under the 2009 stimulus law.

In March, DOE Inspector General Gregory Friedman again faulted the loan program for poor record keeping. A report by Friedman said the program “could not always readily demonstrate, through systematically organized records … how it resolved or mitigated relevant risks prior to granting loan guarantees.” According to the report, the department kept limited or no electronic data on 15 of 18 loan guarantees examined.

The Bush administration rejected Solyndra’s loan application. The Obama administration, armed with looser Porkulus Bill regulations and a Department of Energy which was woefully incapable of handling the applications themselves and compounded it by bypassing their own requirements to pass loan guarantees and chose not to keep proper records or any records at all, accepted Solyndra’s loan application. The Department of Energy Inspector General warned the Obama administration about Solyndra and others and the problems within the DOE. The General Accounting Office sent up red flares. And then Obama’s DOE reworked the loan to put the government in a worse position when it was obvious Solyndra was going under — after all the warnings.

Solyndra spokesman David Miller also did his share of glad-handing with the White House aides handling Obama’s trip.

“If you tire of the White House life and ever decide you want to move out with your best friends in [California] let me know,” Miller emailed to White House special assistant Johanna Maska the day after the visit. He added that “we could find you a great corporate gig very quickly.”

Political Cronyism, kickbacks, violating regulations to give sweetheart deals to Obama supporters. In a proper world, large numbers up and down the Obama administration would be getting hauled off to prison, very likely going all the way to the top. But this isn’t a proper world. The Left owns the media, so radical Leftist Barack Obama and his administration get cover and concealment for all their corruption.

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