'Rogue law enforcement agency' inside EPA the subject of testimony today

The House Oversight Committee under Darrell Issa is slated to hear testimony today on another Obama administration cover-up. Dina Cappiello of the AP reports:

 A unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress.

The assistant EPA inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, was expected to testify Wednesday before a House oversight committee about the activities of the EPA's little-known Office of Homeland Security.

The office of about 10 employees is overseen by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's office, and the inspector general's office is accusing it of impeding its independent investigations into employee misconduct, computer security and external threats, including compelling employees involved in cases to sign non-disclosure agreements.

"Under the heavy cloak of 'national security,' the Office of Homeland Security has repeatedly rebuffed and refused to cooperate with the OIG's ongoing requests for information or cooperation," Sullivan wrote in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press. "This block unquestionably has hamstrung the Office of Inspector General's ability to carry out its statutory mandate to investigate wrongdoing of EPA employees."

AT’s Ed Lasky has written extensively about the Obama administration’s well-established pattern of obstructing inspectors general, the people’s watchdogs.

Two weeks ago, the Homeland Security Department secretary put the agency's former inspector general on administrative leave after senators said he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate Obama's political appointees.

Last year, the Defense Department's inspector general removed material from a draft report that concluded then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had improperly disclosed classified information about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden to a producer for the movie "Zero Dark Thirty."

The inspector general, Arthur A. Elkins, Jr., was appointed to lead the office by Obama in 2010. However, it's an independent office within the agency expected to be outside of political influence.

"It's disturbing that even investigations by this administration's own nonpartisan watchdogs are being blocked by political appointees," said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

It is somewhere between “disturbing” and “incriminating.” If Obama were a Republican, the media would be calling for his impeachment over this widespread cover-up.

The House Oversight Committee under Darrell Issa is slated to hear testimony today on another Obama administration cover-up. Dina Cappiello of the AP reports:

 A unit run by President Barack Obama's political staff inside the Environmental Protection Agency operates illegally as a "rogue law enforcement agency" that has blocked independent investigations by the EPA's inspector general for years, a top investigator told Congress.

The assistant EPA inspector general for investigations, Patrick Sullivan, was expected to testify Wednesday before a House oversight committee about the activities of the EPA's little-known Office of Homeland Security.

The office of about 10 employees is overseen by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy's office, and the inspector general's office is accusing it of impeding its independent investigations into employee misconduct, computer security and external threats, including compelling employees involved in cases to sign non-disclosure agreements.

"Under the heavy cloak of 'national security,' the Office of Homeland Security has repeatedly rebuffed and refused to cooperate with the OIG's ongoing requests for information or cooperation," Sullivan wrote in prepared testimony obtained by The Associated Press. "This block unquestionably has hamstrung the Office of Inspector General's ability to carry out its statutory mandate to investigate wrongdoing of EPA employees."

AT’s Ed Lasky has written extensively about the Obama administration’s well-established pattern of obstructing inspectors general, the people’s watchdogs.

Two weeks ago, the Homeland Security Department secretary put the agency's former inspector general on administrative leave after senators said he was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate Obama's political appointees.

Last year, the Defense Department's inspector general removed material from a draft report that concluded then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had improperly disclosed classified information about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden to a producer for the movie "Zero Dark Thirty."

The inspector general, Arthur A. Elkins, Jr., was appointed to lead the office by Obama in 2010. However, it's an independent office within the agency expected to be outside of political influence.

"It's disturbing that even investigations by this administration's own nonpartisan watchdogs are being blocked by political appointees," said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

It is somewhere between “disturbing” and “incriminating.” If Obama were a Republican, the media would be calling for his impeachment over this widespread cover-up.

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