Obama’s Dirty Watchdogs

The Obama administration doesn’t have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies.

The president’s Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one. So the latest report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee on corruptocrat Charles K. Edwards, the former Department of Homeland Security inspector general, isn’t a revelation. It’s confirmation.

Investigators found that Edwards compromised the independence of his office by socializing and sucking up to senior DHS officials. “There are many blessings to be thankful for this year,” the sycophantic Edwards wrote to the DHS acting counsel on Thanksgiving 2011, “but one of the best is having a friend like you.” Geez, get them a room.

Whistleblowers outlined how Edwards cozied up to multiple DHS execs and legal staffers, who directed him to alter reports on immigration enforcement, TSA screening and the Secret Service’s dalliances with prostitutes in Argentina. Edwards failed to obtain independent legal analysis of ethics issues. The IG counsel was cut out of the loop. Edwards ordered reports to be doctored or delayed. He failed to recuse himself from audits and inspections that had conflicts of interest related to his wife’s employment.

The probe among DHS employees also discovered that Edwards’ apparent retaliatory actions against staff dissenters “contributed to an office environment characterized by low morale, fear and general dissatisfaction with Mr. Edwards’ leadership.”

The Obama White House was quite happy, however. The administration installed this 20-year career bureaucrat as acting DOJ senior watchdog despite the fact that he had zero experience conducting audits, investigations and inspections — the three fundamental duties of an inspector general. They got exactly what they needed: A do-nothing, know-nothing, toothless lackey.

Edwards’ main non-accomplishment was carrying water for the Obama corruptocracy as he dithered on the internal investigation of Alejandro Mayorkas, who was confirmed late last year as the No. 2 official at Homeland Security. As I’ve previously reported, veteran internal whistleblowers told Capitol Hill about fraud, reckless rubber-stamping and lax enforcement under Mayorkas’ tenure as head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Put on your shocked faces: The DOJ’s IG probe into Mayorkas’ role on fast-tracking visas for wealthy Chinese investors on behalf of GreenTech — the crony company with ties to Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton’s other brother, Anthony — has yet to be completed after more than a year.

Former DHS crook-in-chief Janet Napolitano continues to deny any wrongdoing. Conveniently, Napolitano’s longtime aide and crony pal Suzanne Barr, former chief of staff to former DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement head John Morton, left office just after whistleblower allegations about Barr’s lewd conduct and sexual harassment of underlings surfaced. Guess who was “in charge” as the scandal broke open? Whitewash puppy Charles K. Edwards.

As always, the fish rots from the head down. Remember: Team Hope and Change sacked former Amtrak Inspector General Fred Weiderhold and former Americorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin for exposing financial improprieties and calling out Obama officials’ interference with their probes.

And the current kennel of Obama cover-up enablers masquerading as watchdogs includes Interior Department acting IG Mary Kendall. She remains under investigation for allegations that she potentially helped White House officials cover up their doctoring of scientific documents that led to the fraudulent, job-killing drilling moratorium of 2010.

Then there was former DOJ acting inspector Cynthia Schnedar, a longtime employee and colleague of now-Attorney General Eric Holder, who recklessly released secret Operation Fast and Furious audiotapes to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix before reviewing them. She resigned in 2012 to avoid the heat.

When the Senate panel called Charles K. Edwards to testify last December about his own hot ethics mess, the White House promptly whisked Edwards out of the job and transferred him to the “science and technology” division of DOJ.

Funny how the “most transparent administration in American history” loves to play hide and seek with its dirty watchdogs. Heels, the whole lot of them.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  • 4deuce

    It disgusts and sickens me how the DOJ intitiates some sort of investigation and then sits on any real action – all so when members of the DOJ are asked questions on some aspect of the investigation – including whether it is even justified – and they hide behind the trite, sell-out “We cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.” How better to engage in scurrilous duty than engaging in it, then launching an internal investigation of that scurrilous Agency activity and then not having to remark on it in any whay whatsoever … for as long as that investigation is kept in limbo land by the very agency conducting an internal investigation of its own wrongodoings !

  • potemkin_village_usa

    OBAMA’S LAP-DOGS AND CAT’S-PAWS!
    ___Obama’s lapdogs like Lois Lerner at IRS and Eric Holder at DOJ, and Hillary Clinton at the Dept. of State.
    ___Obama’s Cat’s-Paws like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in the congress and senate along with his fawning personal extensions in the media like Bill Maher, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow with film star groupies like Alec Baldwin, and George Clooney.
    ___We need to elect some aggressive animal control candidates to public office in 2014 who will stand firm against these mutts at the president’s beckon-call!

  • gold7406

    No surprises, everyone selected by the administration has been carefully vetted to be a “team” player. Just like the iconic figures of the “see no, hear no, speak no.” In this world that equates to,” I didn’t see nothing, I didn’t hear nothing, I didn’t say nothing, I just found out about it.”