The Obama Administration Lawlessness Continues *Open Thread*

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Yes, the news this week has been staggering as more and more of the lawlessness of top level Cabinet members engage in behavior that is just mind-boggling. And I don’t just mean Hillary Clinton, though I will get to that below. And it all has to do with emails, curiously enough.

Nope, I mean Eric Holder and the Department of Justice. You will not BELIEVE what they did regarding the “missing” Lois Lerner emails. They weren’t “missing” – the DOJ just told them to stop retrieving them. Seriously. From the Daily Caller:

The Department of Justice blocked an attempt to force the Internal Revenue Service to search for Lois Lerner’s missing emails at off-site storage facilities, according to a lawyer pushing to obtain the emails.

The IRS never looked for Lerner’s backup email tapes at the West Virginia storage facility where they were being housed. Treasury deputy inspector general Timothy Camus told Congress that the IRS never asked IT professionals at the New Martinsville, W.V. storage site for the backup tapes. Camus only found the backup tape for Lerner’s missing 2011 emails about two weeks ago.

But the Obama administration knew that emails were stored at off-site facilities, and even shut down a legal request to send somebody to go look for them.

“We said in court that there are off-site servers where all IRS emails are stored,” lawyer Cleta Mitchell told The Daily Caller.

And she was right, too. Can you BELIEVE this?? That they instructed them to STOP looking for these emails?? This was not a REQUEST, this was a REQUIREMENT. Yet, the DOJ, the department that is charged with upholding the laws of the land, just decided that they were not going to comply with the directive from Congress to obtain Lerner’s emails.

Kinda makes you wonder why, huh? Yeah, I think we KNOW why.

But wait – it gets worse, as the Daily Caller continues:

[…] The Department of Justice lawyers objected to that and said I shouldn’t even be allowed to mention these off-site servers without sworn affidavits,” Mitchell told TheDC. “They meant that I was trying to testify to the judge without bringing in witnesses with sworn affidavits.”

Mitchell’s motion to get an independent forensic examiner was denied. The IRS’ internal investigation never headed to West Virginia, and the Treasury inspector general’s investigation managed to find a pertinent tape in West Virginia a mere two weeks before last Thursday’s House Oversight hearing. One of the IRS employees tasked with finding data on Lerner’s crashed hard drive was legally blind.

Mitchell’s statement about the off-site servers was clear as day, according to court transcripts obtained by TheDC.

“I’m advised that the IRS maintains servers that are in different states in different locations and that IRS employees are advised that their emails are never lost,” Mitchell said in court, according to the transcripts. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

So, not only do they stop looking for the emails, but the DOJ uses someone who is LEGALLY BLIND to find data on Lerner’s hard drive. You have just GOT to be kidding me with this crap.

But the DOJ isn’t the only department engaged in email shenanigans, oh, no. Now it is time to turn our attention to – wait for it – the Defense Department. Yep, there are some questions when it comes to Hagel and his email account, too. From the Daily Caller:

In the wake of the still-unraveling Hillary Clinton private email scandal (Emailgate? Bcc:ghazi?), it’s reemerged that late last year, the Defense Department revealed to a journalist that former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel also did not have an official email.

[…]

Leopold later posted the full email denying his Freedom of Information Act request, which indeed stated that “the Secretary of Defense does not maintain an official e-mail account.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Good grief, what the hell is going on with this Administration? After all, it was OBAMA who signed the updated Federal Records Act into law, so there is hardly an excuse for this. By now, most of us have heard the particulars from the New York Times report, but the bottom line is, then-Secretary of State used ONLY a personal email account for ALL of her work emails, which raises a whole HOST of issues, not just violating the law. You can click HERE to read the NY Times piece for all of the details.

This kind of lawlessness is nothing new, though. Townhall points out that this behavior extends beyond Clinton, and even beyond what I noted above:

[…] This isn’t the first time the Obama administration has been caught evading federal records laws by using personal email, which ultimately allows officials to escape scrutiny under the Freedom of Information Act and Congressional investigation. During Operation Fast and Furious, former Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer got caught fowarding and editing official information about the scandal to his personal email account. Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed she didn’t have an email account. IRS officials caught up in the targeting of conservatives, including Lois Lerner, used a personal email account to conduct official government business. Former DOJ Civil Rights attorney and current Labor Secretary Tom Perez used his personal email account during his time at DOJ for official business. Just yesterday, a federal judge ruled the EPA lied about transparency in response to FOIA requests, and in the past, EPA officials have been caught violating federal records laws by using personal email to conduct government business. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

It is ASTONISHING that these people have not been held to account for their illegal behavior.

But maybe, just maybe, since this also affects the Benghazi Investigation, Rep. Trey Gowdy will make sure it does. Check out his response to this newsflash:

Oh, yeah – he is hot under the collar. And so should we ALL be. The reason for this law is because those emails belong to US, and we should be able to see them. Clinton, et al., have circumvented the law and thus robbed us of that opportunity.

WHEN will this Administration be held to the law? Any freakin’ day now…

This is an Open Thread.

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12 Responses to “The Obama Administration Lawlessness Continues *Open Thread*”

  1. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Even though Obama doesn’t DESERVE a response after his Whiner-In-Chief complaints yesterday, Netanyahu, an ADULT, gave him one anyway: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Netanyahu-responds-to-Obama-We-did-indeed-present-practical-alternative-to-Iran-deal-392873

  2. foxyladi14 Says:

    There is no law any more Amy,
    There is only the King Obama;s Dictat’s. 👿

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    The same fools that saw nothing but the color of Obama’s skin still see the same. Therefore he doesn’t have to follow the law. He doesn’t have to tell the truth. He doesn’t have to have coherent and strategic policies. All he has to do is whine and posture and play politics 24/7. He wouldn’t make a pimple on a real leader’s ass.

    And the “MSM” wouldn’t make pimples on real journalists’ asses.

    The voters who accept this behavior by Obama are as corrupt as he is. Being somewhat biased politically is one thing, being a totally corrupt POS is another thing entirely. They, and he, disgust me.

    Everyone who isn’t disgusted by his petty, little, whining behavior, not to mention his dishonesty, is as bad as he his IMHO!

    Sorry, I am just so damn tired of these scumbags!

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You have no need to apologize whatsoever, Marge. I am pretty sick of Obama and those sycophants who allow, even SUPPORT, his petty, vindictive, juvenile, and often, illegal behavior. It truly boggles the mind.

      And to see the outrage by so many Dems over the alleged “insult” of Boehner inviting Bibi is just ridiculous. One of my neighbors wrote a comment on my Facebook page abt how wrong it was for them to do that, and that Obama is trying “diplomacy” with Iran. I told her that is a fool’s errand since Iran will NEVER be an honest broker; Israel is at grave risk and danger from Iran, so yeah, Bibi has every right to be concerned abt any “deal” the US may strike; and oh, yeah – the LEGISLATIVE BRANCH is separate from the EXECUTIVE Branch, and can invite whomever they damn well please to speak to them.

      Such ginned up outrage just to prop up the Petulant Teenager In Chief.

  4. HELENK3 Says:

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/apologies-bibi/#GZYkA2E4QepyxxdH.97

    An apology from the citizens of the USA to Netanyahu and Israel

    worth reading. makes you stop and think

  5. foxyladi14 Says:

    I still say this is Wrong. 👿

    http://redirect.disqus.com/url?url=http%3A%2F%2Fweaselzippers.us%2F215984-irs-defends-allowing-illegal-aliens-to-get-retroactive-tax-breaks-under-obama-executive-actions%2F%3Ao2wMq6RzuZqIFJKfUOSqtX7whdI&imp=53pvcrq31k1v31&prev_imp=53pvgl5ktvp2e&forum_id=1597781&forum=weaselzippers&thread_id=3567331277&major_version=metadata&user_id=11305420&thread=3565363871&zone=thread&area=discovery

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      It is ABSOLUTELY wrong, and Congress needs to put a stop to it NOW. WE are the ones who are going to be shelling out all of this damn money for people who have no right to be here ANYWAY, despite claims from people like Rep. Gutierrez. NO ONE has the RIGHT to come into our country illegally – no one. And none of them have the right to DEMAND education, driver’s licenses, healthcare, Social Security, or tax refunds. This is an insult to all hard-working Americans, including those who migrated to this country LEGALLY, spending tons of money and time to do so.

      Grrrrr.

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    To continue the theme of lawlessness, Eric Holder has finally come out and admitted that the whole “Hands up, don’t shoot!” claim was a crock. It was a ginned up, made up, claim to prop up a meme this Administration wanted to foster. It is APPALLING that they not only pushed it, but waited SOOO long to acknowledge it was a LIE: http://dailycaller.com/2015/03/04/holder-admits-hands-up-dont-shoot-claim-was-bogus/

  7. HELENK3 Says:

    US Ambassador to South Korea attacked. Not sure of extent of injury.
    just announced on FOX

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