The openness administration is curbing the ability of agency inspectors general to investigate Obama officials, writes the right wing, rabidly anti-Obama, pro-Ted Cruz New York Times.
According to the Times:
“The bottom line is that we’re no longer independent,” Michael E. Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general, said in an interview.
The restrictions reflect a broader effort by the Obama administration to prevent unauthorized disclosures of sensitive information — at the expense, some watchdogs insist, of government oversight.
Justice Department lawyers concluded in a legal opinion this summer that some protected records, like grand jury transcripts, wiretap intercepts and financial credit reports, could be kept off limits to government investigators. The administration insists there is no intention of curtailing investigations, but both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have expressed alarm and are promising to restore full access to the watchdogs.
I’m sure the press will be just as outraged as it would have been had the nefarious George W. Bush done the same thing.