Obama restricts investigative powers of Inspector Generals

In light of recent revelations about IRS targeting of donors to conservative organizations and a possible direct link to Obama himself, not to mention two IG requests to criminally investigate Hillary Clinton's use of an unofficial email server for classified material, Obama has taken steps to prevent Inspector Generals from, well, investigating things:

Washington TimesThe Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information — an action that severely limits the watchdogs’ oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud.

Agency heads are political appointees, and answer directly to Obama. If the IGs will need to ask permission from a political appointee before convening a grand jury or conducting a wiretap as part of their investigation, that agency head will have a de-facto veto over any investigative activity getting too close to things Obama wants to keep hidden.

I'm sure the thought of Inspector Generals with wiretap authority investigating the deletion of Lois Lerner's emails and ongoing coverup of the IRS targeting scandal is making Obama very, very nervous. So far he's managed to keep things under wraps and stay a few steps ahead of the investigation, but doing that has required an active coverup effort rather than a passive one. (The Lerner backup tapes, as just one example, were degaussed after the investigation was well underway and just before documents describing their location were provided to the IRS Inspector General).

This entry was published Thu Jul 30 10:03:45 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-07-30 10:03:45.0. [Tweet]

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