House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is demanding documents related to charges that senior aides to Secretary of State Clinton quashed Office of Inspector General probes into misbehavior by various State Department officials.
Issa wrote today to State Department Deputy Inspector General Howard Geisel:
“The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has jurisdiction over the community of federal inspectors general. One of the Committee’s primary responsibilities in that area is ensuring the independence and effectiveness of each OIG,” Issa wrote in a letter to Howard Geisel, the Deputy Inspector General at the State Department. “As such, the Committee must thoroughly investigate the implication that the Department influenced the integrity of an OIG investigation, and the actions ofthe OIG in question.”
State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the department is looking into things. Now that makes me feel better.
Yes, there’s another brand new scandal! It’s just been delivered, we’re still cleaning off the vernix. Listen . . . in a moment you should be able to hear it start to cry. Oh, let’s put it in the nursery with all the other adorable scandals.
No, not the telephone and Internet data scandal, gosh, that’s so yesterday.
The latest scandal comes to us courtesy of CBS News which, I gotta say, after years of being associated with the liberalism of Dan Rather, is plowing away with some serious nonpartisan investigative journalism and holding this administration accountable.
It seems the Diplomatic Security Service, which protects State Department officials overseas – including the Secretary – has been engaging in all kinds of hanky-panky while on assignment. And so of course an internal investigation was launched.
Except, except . . .
CBS News’ John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”
The memo also reveals details about an “underground drug ring” was operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department security contractors with drugs.
Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the State Department’s internal watchdog agency, the Inspector General, told Miller, “We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases.”
. . . Fedenisn, a DSS agent for 26 years, was a part of the team that prepared the draft report and is now a whistleblower who has taken her concerns to Congress.
Two hours after CBS News made inquiries to the State Department about these charges, investigators from the State Department’s Inspector General showed up at her door.
Amazing though, isn’t it, that all these scandals emerge just months after Obama is safely reelected? Where was the hunger for news before November?