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Gregg Jarrett: Pelosi's Jan. 6 Committee Is a Charade That Smacks of a Cover-Up
"Greg. Jarrett welcome back to america first sebastian. Great to be we talking to you so you could have peace rather provocatively titled piece on your website posting it now on twitter. Facebook called pelosi's january. Six committee is charade that smacks of a cover up. Let me stop thusly. Somebody said to me on my show. And i thought it was a wonderful way of thinking about it In this city of rank and and ego there is a man outside of the power of the mayor of dc's office Who may not be called mayor but really nancy. Pelosi is the mayor of the capital as such. Shouldn't she be investigated with concerns to january six. Oh absolutely what was her role. She was in charge of security. Look she and you're right about what she does. She rules washington. Dc like a tyrant she abides. No dissent tolerates any body who has a different opinion and most importantly. She's contemptuous of the truth. Only her truth. Her narrative will be allowed. And if you present contrary evidence and there's plenty of it that's going to be suppressed by her and covered up and thus the title of my column pelosi has no interest in the full story. What happened on january sex. All you have to do is read the scathing inspector general report of the capitol police and he cited an an absolute lack of leadership intelligence breakdowns dysfunction within the capitol security system. Well guess who's in charge of capitol security pelosi plays a vital role in overseeing the capital beliefs and she is partially responsible for maintaining adequate security. So the question is you know where was pelosi. And all of this and the events leading up to january. Sixth was she aware of all of these alarming threat assessments by the fbi homeland security and the Capitol police itself. It said this was going to surely evolve into violence. Congress is the target. That's a quote
Trump Ally Tom Barrack Charged With Acting as UAE Agent
"Another. Close trump associate arrested and charged with crimes of corruption. And his name is tom. Barrack is a billionaire businessman. He is accused of illegally lobbying. Donald trump on behalf of the united arab emirates prosecutors in the eastern district york today. Unsealing a huge seven count. Forty six page. Indictment go through it. We've got a reporter. Who's reporting on this. But this is a very important development a bunch of reasons not the least of which because when we last met here at this desk last night we were talking about the fate of the rule of law in the air of donald trump and particularly in the period where the justice department changed hands from attorney general in bar and then the final days of the trump administration. The lackey jeff rosen to joe. Biden's new attorney. General merrick garland last night. Here on this program. We were critical of the fact that justice department had according to reporting declined to prosecute trump's secretary of commerce wilbur. Ross that was according to reporting from both the associated press and government executive. Now that decision not to prosecute a came after the commerce department's own inspector general found at loss had lied to congress about a citizenship question that he wanted to add to the twenty twenty cents. We have an important update to that story. The government executive have both issued corrections. Clarifying that in fact it was the trump justice department that made the decision not to prosecute. Ross not the biden administration which is of course a very very big difference
Watchdog: FBI Greatly Mishandled Nassar-USA Gymnastics Case
"The justice department's inspector general says the FBI made numerous serious errors in investigating allegations against former USA gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar the I. G. also determine the FBI didn't treat the case with the quote utmost seriousness the long awaited watchdog report raises serious questions about how the justice department and the FBI handled the case the investigation was spurred by allegations that the FBI failed to promptly address complaints made in two thousand fifteen against Nassar I'm Dave very
FDA Calls for Investigation Into Alzheimer's Drug Approval Process
"The approval of a controversial new Alzheimer's drug. In a letter sent to the health and Human Services Inspector General Janet Woodcock asks for an independent review into the interactions between drugmaker Biogen representatives at the FDA Woodcock alleging that there may have been communication between the FDA and Biogen during the review process that goes against FDA policy. Biogen's new Alzheimer's drug received FDA approval in early June despite an advisory committee previously questioning its efficacy. ABC News is next get more out of
Nursing Home Medicare Patient Deaths Soared 32% in 2020 Amid COVID
"Watchdog says there was a surge of deaths among Medicare patients in nursing homes last year. A new report from the inspector general of Health and Human Services is aimed at being the most comprehensive one yet. On some of the most vulnerable victims in the U. S. During the Covid pandemic, it says deaths for Medicare patients and nursing homes jumped by 32% over the year before death rates were higher in every month last year than in 2019. The report also says four in 10 Medicare patients in nursing homes head or likely had covid last year in
Liberals like Biden Can Only Play Boogeyman Politics
"Our policies are a disaster on the sucks scale, you know, like a 98 and 100 on the scale of how bad a policy that sucked So what they do is they get you to try, you know, to vote or try to get you to vote for them by saying the other guy sucks worse. That's it. That's the whole liberal agenda. They rarely run on their agenda in swing districts. You know Nancy Pelosi's district, they can run on whatever they want. But in swing districts you almost never hear liberals say things like higher taxes are wonderful. Government controlled health care is fantastic. We're going to confiscate all your guns. It only works in San Francisco. They don't do it because sane Americans and swing districts don't give a crap about any of that stuff. I think it's all crazy. So their whole agenda is well, The other guy sucks a lot worse. So I call the boogeyman politics, But liberals are phone ease. And it's all AstroTurf in all made up here is a perfect example of boogeyman politics. Right here. Here's a clip from O and one American News It's about. Let's see 35 2nd song. Joe Biden needs a flash card to remind him he thinks everything is Trump's fault. Check this out. Joe Biden fiddles with a flash card of anti Trump talking points during a press conference in England. Biden branching the card label DOJ talking points while speaking Sunday in Cornwall. The cards include a number of preplanned answers. That's including a claim that Trump quote, abused power. And that is Justice Department was out of control. This is the DOJ inspector general has recently opened a review into the Trump era seizure of some House Democrats and staff data during a 2018 investigation. Into leaks about the Russia probe. Can't believe this guy is in charge. Sometimes I really can't. They said in a speech the other night down in, uh, West Palm Beach. I can't get around the fact that this guy is the president is just stunning his level of incompetence. He has a This is the President United States He has a flash card number one.
'You Are Being Evasive': Questioning of FBI Director Gets Contentious
"A house hearing today. Carson raja krishnamoorthi asked fbi director christopher ray about the subpoenas of the phone records of congressman. Adam schiff and congressman. Eric swale well by the trump justice department. The league hunt began when the fbi sent a subpoena to apple in february twenty eighteen. You don't dispute that report correct. I really can't discuss civic investigation. don't want to get out in front. The justice department on this in a really best director and the fbi interviewed witnesses and connection with this leak investigation. Correct again sir. i. I really can't discuss any specific investigation. I'm not asking you to discuss any specifics of the investigation. But the fbi was involved with these investigations. Correct when there are leak investigations. Typically the fbi is the investigative age good. That's the that's what we thought. The fbi was involved with this investigation. Now sir and this is during the time that you are the fbi director. Did you ever discuss the apple. Subpoenas with jeff sessions congressman. I understand the question. I really don't wanna get out of the justice department on this as you know the you're just being asked a simple. Yes or no question. Did you discuss the leak. Investigation with jeff sessions congressman again respectfully. I'm not trying to be difficult here but the inspector general has been asked to look into this. I have a very good being evasive keyser. Yes or no questions or you're under oath either. Yes or no simple questions that we need to get to the bottom of
Rep. Adam Schiff and Other Democrats Leaking Away Classified Information
"So he's got a big investigation going on arrogant. No attorney general Huge investigation here from Axios at Garland's discretion. The DOJ inspector general has opened an investigation into the Trump era. DOJ is use of secret subpoenas. To obtain data belonging to House Democrats again. They only cared when it happened to Democrats. Says. Here's the big picture. At least a dozen people link the House Intelligence Committee. The House Intelligence Committee, including Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both fierce critics of former President Trump won, by the way had a little relationship with Fang Face still hasn't told us about that had their records sees between 2017 in early 2018 is part of the leak investigation. Democrats in Congress have launched their own investigation they demanded, former Attorney General Bill Barr and Jeff Sessions testified. Not only this shift and small while and others leak away to the media, giving away potentially classified at minimum for official use information because they don't care. I mean, these are obviously partisan hacks committed to the destruction of their political opponents. All any and all people and obstacles get in the way they'll barge right through law regulations. Decency. They don't care that Democrats, not one bit Nobody said a peep one. The same thing happened in
Congress, Justice Dept. probing Trump seizures of Dems' data
"The justice department's internal watchdog is now looking into what top Democrats call a shocking abuse of power by the trump administration the department's inspector general is investigating after revelations that the trump era justice department secretly seized phone records from at least two house Democrats in the leaks probe intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff and panel member Eric Swalwell say apple told them last month the department subpoenaed their metadata and received it three years ago as the committee investigating trump's Russia ties subpoenaing lawmakers private information is extraordinarily rare the Senate's top two Democrats are demanding former trump attorneys general bill Barr and Jeff sessions testified Sager mag ani Washington
Everything the Media Said About Trump in Lafayette Park Was a Lie
"At the opening of the show. I read to you from the inspector general the interior department's report not a news article on it but from it everything they said about trump and lafayette park was alive everything. The media reported was alive. Then i read to you. Some tweets selected tweets from the media from democrats and from generals liars. But they wanted to believe there self self-serving they wanted you to believe things about trump that we're not true. They wanted you to believe things about his character that we're not true and they hate your guts to by the way. Oh yes they do. What do you think all this white supremacy craps all about and i'm not just talking about white people. Anybody who disagrees with their marxist agenda.
Gov't Probe: Protest Not Broken up Because of Trump Photo Op
"A federal watchdog is out with a report on white racial justice protesters were forcibly cleared from an area near the White House last summer demonstrators protest the George Floyd's death were forced out of Lafayette park with pepper pellets and flash bangs a half hour before then president trump walked across the park for a photo op the interior department's inspector general says park police did not break up the protest because of trump but rather it's still a contractor could start installing new fencing the report says while the move was justified law enforcement agencies did not communicate well enough with each other wart with protesters about the crackdown which critics say was politically motivated Sager mag ani Washington
Watchdog: US forced deported parents to leave kids behind
"A government watchdog contradicts claims from the previous administration that migrant parents willingly left their children behind in the United States the department of homeland security inspector general's released a report that under the trump administration policy of separating migrant families at the border some parents were forced to leave the U. S. without their children even though they had asked for them back ended nearly three hundred fifty cases ice had no record showing migrants wanted to leave their children in the US that contradicts the claim that thousands of parents were choosing to leave their children behind while the parents were deported the American civil liberties union says it learned some parents were even told that their children would join them on the plane but then the flight took off without them so far the bite need ministrations only reunited the first four families this month I'm Jackie Quinn
Watchdog Says Capitol Police Deficient at Monitoring Threats
"Just out now that shows us the U. S. Capitol Police department's internal watchdog showing highlighting some very serious deficiencies. Bill Alexander has that story. The Capitol police force was hurt by inadequate intelligence gathering ahead of the January 6th seed at the U. S Capitol. That's according to a new review by the department's internal watchdog. Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton says the police Department has had problems because of the increase in threats against lawmakers over the last five years, Testifying before a House committee Monday Bolted, recommended that the force hire more agents who are dedicated to assessing threats. The Capitol police sports that Friday that there has been a 107% increase and threats against members of Congress this year compared to 2020. Bill
Watchdog Says Capitol Police Deficient at Monitoring Threats
"The capitol police department's watchdog says it was poorly organized equipped or trained to spot the looming threats ahead of the January six the salt capitol police inspector general Michael Bolton tells a congressional committee that the department needs to reorganize he cited one example in which three teams of officers were sent to check out pipe bombs leaving just one team just ahead of the January sixth attack Bolton adding there's a need for a standalone counter intelligence unit in support of protecting the congressional community would improve apartments ability don't find disrupt individuals or groups intent on engaging in illegal activity director at the Gresham community boards led straight a process Fulton says that the leadership was ill prepared for the onslaught is a mob of supporters of former president Donald Trump stormed the building Tim McGuire Washington
Trump Delayed $20 Billion in Aid to Puerto Rico
"Trump administration delayed more than twenty billion dollars in hurricane relief aid for puerto rico after hurricane maria according to a report by the housing department's office of the inspector general the efforts to deliver recovery funding to the island or unnecessarily delayed by bureaucratic obstacles. According to the forty six page report the hurricane which hit the island in twenty seventeen killed thousands of people and left thousands more without electricity or water for months. One of the main hurdles was the requirement imposed by the office of management and budget which established an inter agency review before grant approvals according to a report from the department of housing and urban development the process which was never before required for allocating disaster funds prevented hud from publishing its draft notice of funding by the target date however investigators did not have access to the former hud secretary ben carson and other political officials. The investigators will also denied or delayed access to hud information on several occasions in february twenty. Twenty the office of the inspector general received a request democratic senators asking the office to conduct an inquiry into whether delays in hud's release of the disaster recovery funds for puerto rico violated the impoundment control act of nineteen seventy four. Be agency stalled the release of the disaster relief aid in twenty nine teen and imposed additional restrictions on how the island could access the funds. The agency cited corruption and financial mismanagement concerns for the blocks hurricane. Maria had hundreds of thousands of homes on the twentieth of september. Twenty seventeen and many was still living under blue tops. Three years later
Pompeo Made Over 100 Personal Requests of State Department Employees
"Department's Office of Inspector General says former Secretary Mike Pompeo violated federal ethics rules. In a report released Friday, the watchdog determined Pompeii when his wife made over 100 personal request to department employees that were not work related. The requests included ordering gifts, picking up their dog booking salon appointments. And mailing Christmas cards. The U. S
Capitol Police Watchdog Says Force Needs A "Culture Change"
"The U. S. capitol police's watchdog is detail in broad failures in the force's response to the January riot and calling for big change inspector general Michael Bolton spent three months studying what went wrong everything from misty intelligence to old weapons to a lack of training it short he tells a house panel the department needs a culture change to see itself as more of a protective agency and not a traditional police department the police department is geared to being reactive for the most part whereas a protective agency is postured in her training and plans to be proactive to prevent events such as January six the department itself says it'll need more money and staff for improvements the houses looking at legislation to provide money for hiring and training officers and for hardening the capital itself Sager AMAG ani Washington
Capitol Police Inspector General to Testify at Congressional Hearing
"Inspector general for the U. S. Capitol. Police will testify at a congressional hearing today. NPR's Claudia Gonzalez reports he's issued an explosive report about the agency leaders failures to properly respond to the January 6th insurrection. Inspector General Michael Bolton is expected to tell Congress that Capitol police must shift from a reactionary role to a protective posture. Bolton is expected to share findings from his extensive report detailing how the agency's leadership decisions hampered their response. Here's Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan, whose committee oversees Capitol police mean these men and women were betrayed by their leadership. And and put in unwinnable situation. And now we're you know, dealing with the fall out of that. Bolton said The agency also failed to prioritize its own intelligence that the capital would be the target of
"inspector general" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"That wasn't really the the defense department's fault that was decisions that were made by the ben. Sergeant at arm were wrong. That would have made a big difference. I wanna look at the big picture here because our hope is rachel is being constructive. Did this on a bipartisan basis center. Peterson i as well as senator blunt and senator portman. So that's those were those were major issues. We have the structure of the capitol police board where multiple people have to make decisions and give the go ahead to the capitol. Police that has to change. Then you get to what. You're focused on rightfully so today. The day of where. We heard the stunning testimony today. From general walker. Where in fact. He said he was ready to go. He had a number of trained men and women of the national guard. Who by the way are guarding s. Today will be guarding tomorrow when we come in to do our work to the covid package done and they were ready to go and he waited any waited and he waited and yes. This raises many other questions. And there's many ways we can get those answers additional hearing we can have interviews. We can do written questions but clearly we were left with a big fat question mark. About what the motivations were the walkers the general walker's ahead of the dc national guard which was who is incredible. Today in his theory was that they were concerned. Somehow of how it would look They said that they were concerned. This his testimony are that it could have gotten the protesters going more but the point was no wait a minute. There was this moment where everyone in the world saw it on. Tv when they made that call. It was already on tv. The glass was breaking that they reached the lines. They were entering the capital as we now know with a bear spray and with stun guns and with applause that they used as weapons and to just lay at all is what shocked the head of the metropolitan police last week when he testified and this general said the very same thing they should have immediately immediately made that decision and by the way of people say well. It doesn't matter they'd already entered the capital. every second mattered. Every minute mattered as you. Look at the loss of life with officers Nick you look at the people that were severely injured in that interaction senator. It's been a little bit jarring today to see that testimony to look at what happened that day to get new information about what happened and also to see these warnings about another threat from the same types of folks Pin tomorrow in these conspiracy theories about march fourth I didn't. I haven't known how how much attention to pay to them. How much frankly to talk about them on television. I don't want to amplify them more than they deserved. Has been dramatic movement tonight. We're seeing the house deciding. Basically to not be in session. There changed their voting schedule. There late tonight so that they don't have to be there tomorrow. We've seen security advice that That that members of congress and senators should use underground tunnels and have staff teleworking tomorrow with possible. Just in case there is there is more trouble. What's your perspective on that. We are all listening to the police. Chief we also have The acting sergeant of arms and of course we have so much more security than we had. It's not even a comparison and so much more intelligence coming our way. There were issues as you. Now before the insurrection where ron was put out it didn't get in the right hands. We think there have been improvements there until the senate are really rachel. We've gotta get this kobe package. Done and Ron johnson senator. Johnson has decided as you rightfully pointed out on your show that is going to make. The parliamentarians are read at the entire bill into the record. Read it out loud. That he's gonna make the senate do that and that's his choice. Anyone could read the ballots out there actually for a while And i'm sure he could read it at home or he could read it himself out loud if he'd like but that's one of the things we have to do tomorrow. We have a vote in. That's going to happen and then we'll go into the week. We don't think the american people can wait. He wants to delay them getting their ah direct checks people who need the help or he wants to delay that money in the rest of the republicans wanted to lay the money going out there to pay for the vaccine distribution. We wanna get the shots in the arm and we wanna follow through on president. Biden's incredible news yesterday that there's going to be shots available for every adult by may while we've gotta make sure that distributions in place and we've got to help our schools and so we are staying in until it gets done senator amy klobuchar chair of the rules committee again right heart of all of these things happening at all at once right now. Senators good to see you. Thanks for making time. As i mentioned one of the things. The house is voting on. Tonight is the for the people act. H r one. Which is all these election reforms trying to um gerrymander the country. Trying to bolster voting rights When that goes over to the senate it'll be Senator klobuchar and her committee. That will be helming that As that heads toward a big filibuster standoff in the us senate our watching that vote tonight in the house. Vote on the george floyd policing act. Police reform act speak night. Lots going on. Stay with us..
"inspector general" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Now she is not the first trump cabinet official who this happened to. This is actually by my count. I think the fourth trump cabinet official that we know of who i inspector general investigators referred to the justice department for federal criminal prosecution on corruption charges after they looked into serious allegations against all these different trump cabinet members that said if you spread the corruption around thick enough seems like nobody ever gets in trouble for it. I mean under the trump administration. See if he can spot the pattern. Here robert will keep trump veterans affair secretary with investigated for corruption. The investigation resulted in a referral to the doj for federal criminal prosecution. Trump's doj declined to prosecute secretary wilkie also trump's interior secretary ryan zinke investigated for corruption. The result of the investigation was that it was found to be substantial substantive. And serious enough that. It was referred to the justice department for criminal prosecution. Trump's justice department declined to prosecute secretary zinke also labor secretary. Alex kosta investigated for corruption. The results of the investigation was that the allegations were found to be substantive and serious enough that he was referred to the department of justice for potential criminal prosecution. The trump justice department declined to prosecute him as well. Well now tonight. We know that it's four of them. At least we know that it was trump transportation. Secretary elaine chao as well also referred to the justice department for criminal prosecution and referred to the trump dj at a very interesting time. line Before they do decided that they would not prosecute her in this letter explaining the the actions of their office tonight. The inspector general's office says they started their corruption investigation into transportation secretary. Elaine chao in twenty nineteen based on that investigation. They decided that some of the allegations were serious and substantive enough that they required a criminal referral to the justice department. They made that criminal referral based on the findings of that investigation made the criminal referral on december sixteenth. Twenty twenty. that's when they referred her for potential prosecution to the us attorney's office in dc and the following day seventeenth they refer to the public integrity section. Which essentially the public corruption section at main justice for potential prosecution there as well so this is in the waning days of the trump administration during the transition just a month before biden. Sworn in as president. The trump justice department receives these criminal referrals to potentially prosecute transportation secretary and mitch. Mcconnell's wife elaine. Chao and they quietly decline those prosecutions what other president in one term was efficient enough effective. Enough laser focused enough to four. Different cabinet secretaries least referred for criminal prosecution for corruption. And this isn't like somebody writing a letter and say i hate this guy. You ought to look into this. Is like a real investigation was done by inspector general professional investigators and what they found was serious enough that This should probably be a court case. This should possibly be a criminal matter. We ought to refer this that happening. To one high-ranking government official of any kind is a big deal. He had four in the cabinet in four years. That's like that's that swell. It's tells you something about the trump justice department. I mean that's that's like an exhausting amount of work for the justice department alone. Khyber shing turning down all of those already investigated substantiated serious corruption prosecutions of all the highest ranking officials. Say the government must have been exhausting turning all of those away one after the other does merrick garland become attorney general. What's the plan for dealing with. Improper political influence in corruption inside the justice department during the trump beers heartbreak can fix that. They're gonna look into that. They're going to be consequences for that but mitch. Mcconnell is still the top republican in the senate so at least we know in this case if any ill gotten gains from. His wife's alleged corruption made their way back to the family. At least we know that was. Ill-gotten gains are staying close to the most powerful people in republican governance. Today just incredible. We will actually have have more on that story one of the reporters who broke some of the most lurid allegations against elaine chao for the new york times. It's coming up a little later on this hour. We had been expecting tonight. That the senate right now. We'd be taking its first action on the big covert relief. Bill that did not happen. Because of some procedural delays in the senate but we also know now that when they do start to debate and take votes on the covert relief. Bill mitch mcconnell in the senate republicans are going to string it out for as long as possible. They're going to sort of pull out all the procedural dirty tricks to muck it up as much as they can including things like forcing the clerks to read every word of the bill out loud to read out loud every word of every amendment and they can offer basically infinite amendments so that can take essentially infinite time. They're going to try to slow down. Covert relief as long as possible with twenty hour thirty hour marathon stunts on the senate floor. Because it's not like the american people are in any hurry for covert relief or anything. No need to rush like the funding for vaccine distribution or funding for reopening schools or relief checks to people who are unemployed right now. No need to rush. Let's see how long we can stretch this out. Maybe we can make it take weeks. Meanwhile on the other side of the capitol tonight there is a rush on a surprise late in the day announcement from the house today that they're going to be staying late and taking votes tonight on their big election reform bill. Hr won the for the people act as well as their big policing reform. Bill they decided to rush to do those both tonight. Essentially so that the house could not be in session tomorrow. The reason they decided late in the game that they do not want to be in session. Tomorrow is for security concerns. It is not yet two months since january sixth attack on the us capitol by the trump supporting mob but the capitol police and the house sergeant at arms and apparently also a joint bulletin from homeland security in the fbi have all now warned that the same kind of attackers might be coming back tomorrow. March fourth thursday march fourth. At least that's what. Militia groups and conspiracy theory adherence have discussed apparently trying to attack the capital again tomorrow on march fourth because they are fantasizing that somehow tomorrow will be the day that trump will come back to power. Now why did they pick march fourth. It's the day that new. Us presidents used to be inaugurated before they changed the date of the presidential inauguration to january. They did that. I think in the nineteen thirties for for for several weeks now before the capital insurrection. That that quirk in history has made march fourth another day of focus for the extremists and cloud-cuckoo-land can trump supporters and conspiracy theorist who know think he's an emperor or something that he secretly won the election. And mike flynn in the military are now somehow going to install him back in the white house and kill everybody else. It steadily also just want to note here that as random and weird and unsettling as these conspiracy..
"inspector general" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Personal financial stake in a company that does road building that stands to benefit financially from your actions as a public official. Which means you can take actions as a public official. That will put money in your own pocket. That's a second graders. Level understanding of corruption and oversimplified one right except for the fact that in real life in the trump administration. When elaine chao was appointed to be secretary of transportation she was told by ethics officials that she needed to divest to sell her stake in a company described by the wall street journal as the country's largest supplier of crushed sand and gravel used in road paving road-building. Right as as any second grader understands these things could tell you as transportation secretary you have a lot of say in say roads so you can't also own a company that does road paving and road-building elaine chao was advised by ethics officials. That of course she needed to divest from that company. You can't be transportation secretary of stalking road-building company come on. She was told she had to divest. She said she would wall street. Journal had the scoop in two thousand. Nineteen that elaine. Chao actually did not divest from that company she'd held onto the stock tons of it. In fact remember how the trump administration was always declaring that it was infrastructure week and that became a big punch line for them. I mean every time there was some new scandal. Some new indictment of trump friend. Some something something new worthy of yet another impeachment they declare infrastructure week even though the trump administration never actually did anything on infrastructure But american public media was first to report that one of the actual material consequences of them repeatedly declaring infrastructure week. Is that every time they announced again that it would be infrastructure week again. The stock price would go up at that crushed sand and gravel company. That elaine chao state invested in even while she was serving as secretary of transportation. Nice gig if you can get it right but in your article second grader. Projects explaining to your second grade colleagues. What corruption is even beyond the holding in the roadbuilding company. Thing if you if you don't have that much faith in your second grader colleagues grasp grasping even that simple you might even simpler example a paragon idea of what it means to be a crooked public official. You might imagine. Say that in your job as a public official in your job. As transportation secretary of the united states you took official action. You arrange official travel. You arranged official government meetings and photo ops to benefit your family business. Is that an even simpler idea of the basic idea of corruption because in twenty nine hundred nine. The new york times was first. I report on a series of actions taken by trump transportation secretary. Elaine chao in which she brought or tried to bring her father and other family members involved in her family's massive china based transportation business on official. Us government trips and to official us government events into what we're supposed to be official us government. Meetings she brought her family members wanted to bring her family members who run the family business. On what would have been her first trip to china. As trump's transportation she's there on behalf of the united states of america as a high ranking government official. She tried to get the us embassy in beijing to help her. Arrange meetings with high ranking chinese government officials four hundred relatives who were going to travel with her on the trip her relatives who run her family business that have extensive business in china and want additional business from the chinese government. She wanted the. Us embassy the state department to help set up those meetings for her family members as part of her trip there as a us government official and the embassy personnel. The us embassy personnel china. Who got asked to do that for her family. Freak out about how blatantly ethical that was they squawked about it ultimately secretary chao called off the trip altogether but i mean come on a the trump administration on a lot of corruption scandals. This is the kind that you can write in capital letters and fit on a bumper sticker. Elaine chao of course is now no longer transportation secretary. She quit the cabinet right after the capital attack in january. Elaine chao famously is married to the top republican in the senate mitch. Mcconnell the widespread and and and quite towering allegations of corruption against secretary chao whilst served as transportation secretary they were. You may remember twenty nineteen. These scandals were reported one after another during her time in office. At one point in two thousand nineteen there were five separate corruption scandals all raging around her all at the same time most of which dwarfed the other concurrent trump cabinet member corruption scandals and. That's really saying something given the level of corruption at the highest levels of the trump administration. But it's interesting seven hundred mcconnell and his wife secretary chao never really seemed all that worried about any of these scandals about any of this public reporting. They never seem to sweat any of it. Mcconnell in fact frequently joked about this as if it was no problem whatsoever and they didn't have a care in the world about it will now we know. Why tonight spector general at her department. The transportation department has just released a public report on the matter on the investigation. That was done by the inspector general's office at the transportation department into these multiple allegations of corruption. Against elaine chao. The public report the letter tonight released to the public discloses that investigators looking at these corruption allegations against elaine chao actually found the allegations to be substantiated enough and serious enough that she was referred to the us justice department for potential criminal prosecution. Now she is not the first trump cabinet official who this happened to. This is actually by my count. I think the fourth trump cabinet official that we.
"inspector general" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
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"inspector general" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"There are little mechanisms like that to to chop away at this but ultimately not really been. I mean the president in fire this person and Absent massive vacancies Acura form. I don't think these were small. Small Reforms Yeah. I want to foot stomp fat at the end of the day if the president cares about it a lot and congress cares about it not as much. The President Wins Right. Yes especially if the president is utterly oblivious to any sort of reaction right and and thereby actively discourages the reaction. I mean that's one of the things that I think. Trump has done so effectively in the norms violation department. Which is if you if you simply convey with enough stridency that you don't care about the political reaction you actually diminish the political reaction. I agree. It's it's it's brilliant. It's brilliant in kind of devious ways since It it basically hacked the system in that regard like so many others Margaret. Do you have any? I imagine a post trump world say in January. Do you have any reason to believe that? There is a plausible return to normalcy. With respect to Ige's that Congress will suddenly rediscover that it actually really uses them for all the reasons that you described or should we look forward to political polarization Ruling the day in which Democrats tolerate Democratic Presidents Firing I? Ig's and Republicans are outraged and Republicans tolerate Republican presidents firing. Id's Democrats are out outraged. How much of this is trump deviation from the mean and how much of this is just a vision of our polarized future so I will give you my unvarnished view which as Saffron Capitol Hill is what I was paid to give. Which is that. I think if there's a Democratic president in the White House in January Republican concern for the independence and the strength of the role of inspectors general in the agencies will come roaring back to life and it will be extremely important again and I think that the reaction from Democrats on the hill will be basically kind of shrug and they will join them because Look Democrats are making a lot of statements right now about the role and importance of of Jeez including language in partisan legislation about that They will not be able to walk those statements back and so I think actually there will be revival of of support for Jeeze if there is a Democratic president and the the reason politically as obvious the it is it is in Republicans on the hill their interest to Support defend ideas when there's a Democratic president and as we're sort of seeing apparently not not as important when there's a republican president yet. Why is this not going to be like judicial nominations in which nobody is inhibited at all about going back on the stoutly stated points of principle that they had during the last administration about handling nominations? I mean surely very few members of Congress are detained by the need to be consistent with what they believed last year. Why are you confident that Democrats will not discover that you know they're Republican brethren? Were right and that actually removing I. Jesus is a solemn prerogative of the president. Well I think it will depend on. What the New Democratic president does right and so if Joe Biden comes in and decides he's GonNa fire all the I it's like us that's one situation. I don't think that that's going to happen. I think he's GonNa political pressure basically on him to not do that. Because trump will just have done that so I don't think I just don't have the sense that this is sort of a the door swings both ways kind of thing you know. I think Democrats will will not act the same way I think from what I know of Joe Biden a lot of time in the Senate. I don't think he's GonNa come in and do that either. And he will be. Creaky would be criticized for that And so would democrats. They will be criticized for it and they would feel the criticism they would there could be political blowback for them for doing that type of thing and so. I'm just telling you icy and a cemetry here. I don't see a perfect symmetry where it just kind of swings back and our in a in a the same situation is just now Democrats are are doing what. Republicans used to do. I don't see that happening on this issue. Mike. I'm GonNa give you the last word if Joe Biden wins in the fall and he calls you up and he says Mike I got this problem I I. I WANNA play by the rules on the stuff. I Wanna do everything that Margaret just said but if I do that then we get all these trump loyalists. It's not like they're you know like Republican Mike Bromwich types. You know political loyalists. I'M WE'RE GONNA lead. Just leave them in place so that they can write nasty reports about about our people That seems crazy to me. What do I do do I clean house and a point a bunch of genuinely nonpartisan people do I clean house and stack it with all my own people and thereby neuter the institution for the next few years or do I leave these people in place and let trump have the benefit of the of the aggressiveness that he showed. So here's the advice I would give. I think we have to face the reality President Biden Trump has burned down the I G house. But you shouldn't do the same thing what I suggest you do. As for the holdover. Ig's were replaced seemingly for political reasons by trump. You should leave them in place. Although this is a separate conversation Mr President. I think you ought to seriously consider term limits for Jay's but what I would suggest that you have your transition teams go into the various agencies in have as one of their tasks to talk to the career. Staffers in the I G offices where these very political appointments have been made and to find out from the career staff whether the trump appointees have acted in a nonpartisan. I G type way or whether they in fact have been political. Have been doing investigations in reviews or not doing investigations in reviews for political reasons. And if that's the intelligence you get from your transition teams. That are collecting this evidence Mr President. I would suggest that you replace those ideas but do not. Fire them in mass. That will further discouraged discourage demoralized. The I g community but that doesn't mean that in every case you have to accept the IG's were appointed those that have not been behaving in the way that Jeez are supposed to behave. We're GONNA leave it there. Michael Bromwich Jack Goldsmith Margaret Taylor. Thank you all so much for joining us. My pleasure thank you but law fair. Podcast is produced in cooperation with the Brookings Institution. I WANNA thank everybody who has taken the time over the last few weeks in response to my exportations to rate a law fair podcast and share it on Social Media. If you have already.
"inspector general" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"I do have the sense and again. This is the distinction between the norm. The normative component and the legal component my understanding of the rules with respect to. Ige's was that you don't fire I g without cause right and that the thirty day notice requirement with a statement of reasons was in fact meant to be a sort of four 'cause firing without running into the kind of independent counsel law removal issues. That the court confronted in Morris and veal's and you know. I don't have any reason to doubt anything that Jack just said. But I'm curious what your sense when you were i. G was about the rules under which you operated. Did you walk around feeling like you had to do something really bad to get fired or that? If you know if Bill Clinton decided one day that he didn't have confidence in you he could just write a letter to Newt Gingrich and you were out the door in thirty days. Well first of all. I agree with Jack's legal analysis. The president has the right to fire An I G per needs to provide thirty days notice and give a reason. I think when I was the I g twenty plus years ago. I certainly thought that there was implicit. A four 'cause requirement the thirty day advance notice didn't exist at the time but the need to give a reason did and in fact My predecessor was removed but the reason that was given is that my predecessor. was not a lawyer and he had never spent any time in the Department of Justice and Janet Reno and her then Deputy Phil Hyman Thought it was important to have a lawyer with some experience in the department heading the Jeez Office. It was quite well known That the George. H W Bush administration was not a fan of the expansion of the IT Statute to the Justice Department In nineteen eighty eight and a lot of people thought that the way they decided to handle it was to appoint someone who many people thought didn't have the background to do the job because in a department of lawyers you really do need a lawyer in the IG's position. So I certainly thought that there was a virtually a four 'cause requirement and that I would have to have engaged in pretty agreed GIS misconduct In order for the president to fire me. I'm quite confident that that's the way other. Ig's over the years Have felt about the security of their jobs now. You can argue that. Some of them felt a little bit too comfortable and confident and may have abused the fact that there's really no one overseeing them but that's just one of the features of our system. You can't have people overseeing the overseas sears. And then have multiple layers of redundancy and feedback loops out making a mess of the situation. So I really did. Feel invulnerable is probably not the right word but I felt safe so long as I did. My job and didn't engage in misconduct. I agree with everything that Michael Concern. There was definitely an expectation of heightened standard for removing but just to underscore something. He agreed with that definitely was not the legal requirement and in the two thousand eight statute that amended the most recent amendments. They I think is one in which they put in the thirty day with reasons. Notice requirement in any event they expressly considered a four contra -partment nee- inspectors general supported the.
"inspector general" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Which at the time I think was the first firing of an inspector general under the amended act in the first one since the Reagan Barnes in Michael referred to so in some. It's pretty clear that what the trump administration is doing is copying. The playbook of the Obama Administration did regard to the Inspector General in two thousand nine. Now that's at the formal level under political pressure. The Obama Administration after the termination notice from the president gave reasons substantive reasons for the firing and there may have been good reasons. They're I doubt we're going to see any more reasons from the trump administration but again from the legal perspective. I don't think it's a hard case in slanted. How an Asian American troublemaker took on the Supreme Court. Simon Tam recounts a unique behind the scenes story about one of the most influential supreme court cases of two thousand seventeen. If you enjoy the personal stories behind Major American legal battles you'll appreciate how this memoir deals with significant and complex legal issues using everyday language with and humor strangely the case discussed and slanted as one of the few that United People from all across the political spectrum from the ACLU to the Cato Institute to discuss the values that all Americans share. Simon story is one of hope and overcoming adversity even when the opponent is the US government. Tom Reveals a deeply personal account. That will take readers from anime conventions to the Supreme Court all in the name of Justice and of course rock and roll. It's funny it's enlightening. It's a page Turner and it's uplifting slanted as the perfect gift for the law. Students stuck at home for the summer. The lawyer or the aspiring advocate in your life or really anyone who's interested in justice public policy and the power of music. I thoroughly enjoyed this book at a time when so many of us are looking for hope. distraction from the darkness. All around and the walls of our house that don't you know change every day. You're stuck in an apartment and you're just looking for a little thing. That spark and Simon towns memoir gave it to me. It's a witting uplifting lifting break from the current circumstances and.
"inspector general" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"There was one difference one big difference number one he may have been guilty and number two. He had tapes all over the place right. He was definitely guilty. Trump did not actually learn from Richard. Nixon don't fire people know he learned something more important. He learned to make sure to space out the fire and the people so starting in the beginning of April trump has been firing. The very people meant to hold his administration accountable. These inspectors general. It's his own Saturday. Night massacre only. The firings usually come on Friday night after everyone has kind of checked out for the weekend on Friday April third trump fired. The Inspector General of the intelligence community. That guy was important. His name is Michael Atkinson because he is the one who handled the Ukraine whistleblower complaint and found it to have merit few days later. He got rid of the Defense Department's g known for his independence. Who was overseeing corona virus? Relief spending investigations on Friday. May first he said he was replacing the health and Human Services Inspector General who had just exposed shortages of testing and personal protective equipment and hospitals. Then this past Friday night trump fired State Department inspector general Steve Linic at the urging of Secretary of state. Mike pompeo according to the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel. The Office of the Inspector General had opened an investigation into pompeo before pompeo. Lennick be fired. Here's the thing. Firing Inspector General's outside ship trump is going at one of the foundational post Watergate reforms that was erected with bipartisan support over decades precisely to restrain Nixon to point out State Department firing maybe the most provocative and perhaps clearly lawless yet. We're talking about that right after. This president.
"inspector general" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"And the nets until you do something about it. So latest ad from Republican anti-trump Super Pac which literally just recites what is expected to happen. In America's the pandemic continues the reality of the current situation where we find ourselves right now. It's the most brutal argument against Donald trump politically. There have been a ton of articles or the last few weeks about how desperate trump the White House are to change that bedrock reality with just increasingly insane attacks and wild gambits to get attention but the political gravity right now. In the country's the incumbent president is running for reelection in the midst of the worst cataclysm to befall the country in generations. The question of the election is a referendum on the president and more than that a referendum on whether reality in the end the circumstances of a country are what matter here with me now dig into that question Cornell Belcher Democratic strategist and pollster. You and I've had this conversation a few times cornell and I think we`ve. We've slightly different cakes. Although I think we agree on something so I think the thing that we agree on is there is a high floor for the president's support. You're not going to ever see a world in which he's at twenty five percent approval which I agree with but I also do think I tend to think that the the reality really does matter for an incumbent president and this reality will matter and I think you're more in the camp that like it's essentially entirely detached from his political fortunes. Do you still feel that way? Yes Chris I think for any Ordinary president way the Bush or or or or Obama is not detached But you know if you look at Some delays outlast weekly CNN About last in the last week. Donald Trump's at forty six percent Look should be familiar with a lot of Americans and and then I look back at okay. You know where he was last spring nineteen able to a nineteen in the CNN's polling forty. Five percent. Chris so it it is detached from reality. He his base is locked in. And that's why I think there's been a a you know battle back and forth with inside the Democratic Party about sort of do you go out the trump supporters or do not go out to trump supporters. I think it's I think it's I think it's it's I think you're wasting time trying to trump. Supporters is isn't just a waste of time that forty six forty five forty seven percent is locked in. He's going to get that no matter what happens. He's going to get that. So here's so here's some I think I mean I don't I don't quite agree at forty five forty six but I will say this that a huge part of that is locked in right but there's one place that I thought this was interesting so it seems to me that it's a little reckless politically to go around saying to senior citizens who are most at risk from this virus internal tally like your warriors. Get OUT THERE. Suck it up. That seems to be a message. That would be a not a great political message. If you were like advising a candidate I don't think you would tell and there does seem to be some data suggesting this is having an effect if you look at. His fivethirtyeight ran the numbers. On older voters. His margin two thousand sixteen was like about for sixty five plus was plus thirteen percent. He's down like he's underwater with those groups now in a bunch of polls do you think basically do you think that's real is is it a bumper is it long term You know the dynamics of this race have yet to to to on on fold week we are really to a certain still early stages. I mean heck. The candidates been out and about campaigning And which what I do know is that is that Donald Trump and Republicans will throw everything. They can't at Joe by and I think if you if you if you had the Republicans handwrite now. You know your the way you win. This is if you if you make up Biden not a soft place for for for these voters these floors land and look at Hillary. Twenty sixteen had the problem that her unfavorable were just as high as Donald Trump's on favorables. And if you look at some of the polling right now Biden is just barely above water in his favorable to unfavorable. But but but but but it's beginning to shrink so look for them to come at all the stuff that we think are sort of crazy. Internet Biden Throw more abetted by them because they understand they got to make him not an acceptable place for these voters for some of his voters. Lan So there's this thing I go back and forth on from a pure sort of political tactics question which is like is it better. Basically if you're running against Donald trump is a better. He's the lead story that night on the news or that you are and come back and forth on this this idea that he's sort of dominates attention and that's like a sort of super power and that's been a huge part of the the politics of this era but then the other is a Lotta Times. He potential it's not the majority of people don't like it and that's what he's like a forty five percent approval rating guy fifty five percent. I don't like that you're you know you're a jerk. And so this question about Biden like if you were advising the Biden campaign is your advice like it's a good day of Joe Biden is not the news and Donald Trump is war is it is not a bad day that you need to get out there and be more President Chris. I think this is tough because one of the things In politics that goes back a long time his look if your opponent is is shooting themselves in the foot don't get no way of your opponents shooting themselves in the foot you stare back. The problem is Donald Trump and shooting himself in the foot. Four couple of years now And number in his numbers don't move and I think part of the problem. Oh twenty sixteen was he did suck all the air. You didn't suck all the air and all in all the time and all the attention I think ultimately if you're the Democrat you have to make a case for yourself. I don't think we're GonNa win this again by just being against Donald Trump. I think we're going to have to be four. Something GonNa have to make that case for for for yourself if we have time. I WanNa make one quick point about the Obama thing if we had time is he's crazy like a Fox right racial version and angst about changing America is in fact the predicate and sort of driving that racial version and drive in that division eggs in that case Brock Obama although he did win back to back majorities if that's your predicate in fact running against brock. Obama is a veteran tags for you than running against Joe Biden. Answer Interesting Cornell Belt. Thank you as always. We'll talk again soon. Thank.
"inspector general" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"Performance matter November plus our president who brags you learned a lot from Richard. Nixon is systematically dismantling the safeguards put in place after Watergate and the stealth fail out big oil is benefiting from the Treasury's massive rescue fund. And what is being done about oversight? All it starts right now. Good evening from New York. I'm Chris Hayes. Corona virus pandemic is long with climate. Change inescapably global challenge right. I mean we've already seen in the months of this. How little the virus cares about things like borders. How it's altered daily life around the globe developed and developing countries alike the global south across north any solution to the virus. The problems caused by the virus. We'll also have to be global vaccination treatment best practices all that today. We learned president. Donald Trump declined an invitation to address the World Health Organization. While China's President Xi Jinping accepted joining other world leaders like Germany's Germany's Angela. Merkel and France's Emmanuel macron. I mean every world leader is facing some variation of the same challenge. And there's probably a lot to learn from the exchange between countries particularly countries like Germany to name just one example that has successfully contained the virus and minimize fatalities. But here's the thing. The president refuses the counsel and advice of his own government. Never mind other ones back. On April sixteenth. The trump administration released guidelines produced by the to reopen the economy in three phases. We keep going back to this document because it's the most often document in America. The president unveiled it. They posted them in the White House. Website they're still there you can go read them and they're they're they're sensible but president trump on patient and could not wait for states to meet his own guidelines the one that he introduced from his CD he started beating up on governors and berating them emerging states to Norton. The very first day tweeting about liberating this state in that and so on April twentieth. Georgia Governor Brian Coun- announced he was opening up the state starting with a central services which also to include massage studios and bowling alleys governor. Kemp was was out front. He branded himself as a first reopener. Not abiding by the guidelines but things have not gone great for him. I mean they haven't been catastrophic either so we should explain. I can't got hung out to dry because he thought he was listening to the president by opening early right. The president's tweeting liberated Michigan Liberty. Virginia and Brian. I'm with you Mago Maga. And then the president cuts them off at the knees a few days later saying he disagreed with cams decision since then. Georgia appears to be well cooking the books to show. The data was better than it really is or at least making a bunch of errors that have that humid effect. Here's a chart they released. Okay look at how. The new confirmed cases appear to go down. Nice smooth slope right. You look at that chart you think getting better but when you look closely you raise the detail in the right order. Here's May seventh right before April twenty-sixth. That's not the way that charge at work that type of screw up That has been an error in that direction has happened at least three times. The governor's office says they were not trying to be misleading. But I don't know maybe as a result of these over-optimistic messages some Georgian seemed to be embracing reopening at and sort of thinking the risk. Isn't there anymore. It's gone. Basically the washing post a great piece about people shopping in a mall in suburban Atlanta quote outside urban outfitters Jennifer. Kiernan was having a glass of wine or daughter shock inside. Oh my God. This feels great. I love it. She said explain that. She assumed that everyone around her was healthy. I think people would not be out if they had been exposed to anyone with corona. Now I am sympathetic to the feeling of greatness. I am sympathetic to the temptation of just like having a normal day and having a glass of wanted a place that does sound awesome. But there's no relationship between how good that feels and what the risk is and it's not this individuals job to assess the risk. That the government's job now. There are other states like Georgia. That have been quick to reopen their state again at the president's behest even if his own guidelines say not to starting today for Governor Rhonda Santa's allowed restaurants and retail stores in gyms to reach fifty percent capacity which again not fully back. But they're starting to open. That's even as Palm Beach. County identified as a Corona Virus Hotspot Homeland Security Document. And then there's Texas Governor Greg Abbott. Who ANNOUNCED TODAY? That daycares can open immediately which again. That's a vital thing for getting people back to work but it happens just days after the state reported a record number of corona virus deaths in one day. So here's where things stand right now as we look to this as we think about our own future all of us across the country and across the world we do know some very clear things about the virus at this point right if you change absolutely nothing in your society and your behavior and the way things happen you continue life as usual the virus will ravage you and it will run rampant. We know that we saw this. We saw outbreaks around the world. We have been seeing it here in meat packing plants across the country. We've seen it in veterans homes nursing right that much we do know what we've legitimately just don't really know though is what happens now with the virus like what does it do with a modified version of normal in the big question is with modified physical distancing and mask wearing and policies in place that can we keep the virus oppressed even if we do not implement some kind of aggressive program of testing and tracing and contact tracing and quarantine and all that stuff moves virologists. I have talked to you and I talked to a number that most public health officials think. No probably not that. We're going to see the the virus come back. We'll see outbreaks in places like Georgia Texas and Florida and man. That does look appealing to say like normal life in the sunshine in spring is that they are taking on a very high level of risk with a very uncertain future. And here's the other thing. It may work out. I mean we honestly don't know I hope literally hope it does but if there are two things that we have learned in this era two lessons we cannot unlearn. Forget one you can elevate the risk of highly unlikely events highly unlikely catastrophes tail risks and you can get away with it for a while until you don't all these actions to reopen aggressively in violation. Often what the says they're high risk but not only are Republicans in the White House and in state capitals ignoring the CDC guidelines. They're even openly going out and attacking. The here's White House Trade Advisor Peter Navarro yesterday on meet the press early on in this crisis the CDC which which really had the most trusted ran around the world in this space really. Let the country down with with the testing. Not only did they. Keep the testing within the bureaucracy. They had a bad test and that did set us back. That is a fascinating clip. Because he's he's correct the CDC screwed up enormously Donald Trumps. The trump admit like some foreign satellite that landed in like took over the response. It's in the trump administration. We do not know exactly what the new normal looks like but then there is a chance of something bad happening. Say It's one in one hundred and you increase it to one in ten. That's really dangerous. But there's still a likelihood you can avoid at one in ten chance. And that's basically the risk of society wide collapse. During the trump era from the day that he was inaugurated right. We managed to get by almost four years with out something catastrophic at this scale right this incalculable scale there have been catastrophes. Hurricane Maria and other places at the border but something of this scale we escape three and a half years but it doesn't mean the risk was not there the whole time and look at where we are now so the other thing we've learned right which we absolutely cannot forget. Is that when the head of a government sends a signal that they quote like the numbers where they are that they think they're going down when they pegged their own political fortune and what they perceive as economic fortune to the virus? Not being that bad to being on the precipice of going away that has tangible effects for the way that actors within the government. Behave the real risk right. Now that maybe showed up in that good faith error in Georgia. Right we don't know. Was it intentional or not? Is that when you governor sending the message throughout the governor to the people in their bureaucracies that we're open for business governors who do not want to hear about another outbreak right. That's contrary to the message that is dangerous as dangerous message to send to people joined now by Pulitzer Prize winning science journalist and Health Policy Analyst. Laurie Garrett and I wanted to start on that point. Because it's something you've written about and thought about about this sort of ways in which governments heads of state send messages formerly and informally about the virus and the dangers of sending the message. Like we're open for business. This is behind us now. Let's sort of look on the bright side. I don't WanNa hear any. Debbie Downer is about this and what that could do actual policy. Well you know this weekend. I had the rude awakening of riding my bike around Brooklyn I of course wearing my mask and gloves and seeing a city that was starting to really say A. We don't want to go with lockdown anymore. It was like Mardi Gras kids out in the streets in huge numbers. No masks getting drunk and it was a giant party scene and I I had the opposite reaction as you were just describing about seeing opening I felt fearful and I think that one of the things we're seeing is that the talk about opening up seems to negate even mentioning masks. Do you open up but still wear a mask. Do you throw the mask away. Similarly do keep washing your hands all the time or are you just say at a heck with it. It's all over. The virus is not all over in fact if you look at national data right now and you take out of the data set New York City. The immediate tristate area Detroit and New Orleans. What you're left with is a graph. It looks like this straight up skyrocketing no slowdown whatsoever. This downward Kerr they keep showing is really the downward curve of New York and since New York is such a huge percentage of the total number of national cases. It skews the data. So I mean I guess the response to that when we think about places like Texas Florida in Georgia right. I mean the the big question is what what where's that curve going is that there has been a lot more testing right so even in places where cases are going up we are seeing percentage positive. Be Sort of driven down. Even in places like Texas and Florida. Which are the cause of some concern? I wonder if you're skeptical of that. Maybe as a metric I mean you. You sound concerned about the trajectory of this virus. Outside the places that have been hot spots in places like Texas Georgia Florida etc. I am concerned. There's some new cellphone. Data that shows that demonstrators have went to protest against lockdowns In some cases cross state lines went as much as two hundred miles in order to attend without masks in tight. Conditions these protests. And now we're starting to see the ability to actually track which viral subtypes individuals are infected with and do the epidemiological tracing it if John was say Dallas protesting and then drove back to Lafayette Louisiana. we can tell if John Becomes infected. Did he get a strain? That's now in circulation? Lafayette or did he get a strain. He picked up and Dallas and brought home with him. And all this kind of work can now be done if there's a will to do it if there's a will to pay for the Science and fund this kind of research and I think it's fundamental. This is what we call contact tracing. And it's another way of doing contact tracing by tracking the genomic sequences around it's like a fingerprint of the virus itself and what fingerprint is in me may not reflect Whitson Brooklyn. Maybe this is the fingerprint of Miami and I just got off a plane from Florida so one of the one of the things that strikes me about this moment and we were talking about Brooklyn and the scenes. That people sort of out in the street is that I think it's maintaining this sort of social sense that we're all engaged in this struggle for a long-term is a hard thing to do but the danger of that that binary thing that you're identifying and I think that came through the Georgia article too and I don't think this is a specific thing that specific to people with some kind of politics in some region of the country. I think this is fairly universal which is like. Oh phew that's over like we're out of locked and if we do that then we're screwed. I mean that's the dangerous thing right like we can get some version of normal if we carry with us all these Hagia things but if we sort of say like that was a long ten weeks or that was a long two months like we're back. That's the most dangerous thing. Well look at China. I mean they've done. They did the most extensive locked down on the planet. They declared victory and now they've got three outbreaks and they've put another eleven million people in testing a many millions. More in back in lockdown and I think every single country is starting to realize this is coming in waves. You got to build up a system an infrastructure that can see each wave as deriving do the proper contact tracing to figure out who needs to be in quarantine or locked down. So you don't have to do the entire society you target it. You do smart testing smart targeting and you wait it out and then when that ceases spreading you can all go back to normal for a while but you gotta know there's GonNa be another round and another round and another round. We are in for a very long haul. And just last week. The chiefs scientist-in-charge epidemic response at World Health Organization. Said something that I've been saying for now three months which is that. There's a very high probability that this virus is going to end up going endemic meaning meaning. It will be a permanent feature in the human landscape just like HIV. An if we get to that stage we must adapt all our behavior accordingly. We can't I don't think..
"inspector general" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"I magnin Chakrabarti. We're talking this hour. About Attorney General Bill Bar and his leadership of the Department of Justice and his view view of the rule of law and his support for a strong executive branch of what effect. That's having on government right now. On the norms we have in government and the future of the Department of Justice. I'm joined today by Mary mcchord. She's she was acting assistant. Attorney General for National Security at the Justice Department from two thousand sixteen to two thousand seventeen gene and currently she's legal director at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and protection and a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center. David Rifkin joins us as as well he served under presidents Reagan and George H W Bush in the White House counsel's office and at the Department of Justice he's a member of the Federalist Society though does not speak for the organization today day and he is currently a partner at the law firm of Baker. hostetler So David is Mary. We'll we'll get sort of bars view on the constitution. I promise you in just a minute but but I wanted you to ask you one. Follow up question David because you talked about how You didn't see you didn't have any concerns with bars. criticism Or reaction to the Inspector General's report because as you quoted back when Michael Horowitz said that they found no bias or no testimonial documentary evidence of political bias. But that if you look at the pattern one could infer such. I just wonder why is it. That Bill Bar doesn't apply that same reasoning to the president of the United States. I mean it seems as if he has demonstrated a pattern of behavior vis-a-vis Russia or his interactions regarding Ukraine which is what's brought him brought the nation to this point of of almost impeachment. I meant why is bill bar not applying that same reasoning to the president because the circumstances a quite different The President has tremendous Mundus in my opinion opinion of many constitutional scholars. Haganah has tremendous discretionary powers particularly when it comes to foreign affairs. The President Awesome Incan Drive Foreign Affairs Visa Ukraine Russia. Pretty much as he sees fit said to be an attorney executive sort of jumping into because discussion. What were you like likes his policies or not This there's nothing unconstitutional about it. There's no crime and misdemeanor. As far as that is concerned. By contrast officials in the burden of justice. Bi have some discretion. Okay but nothing. In the context of law enforcement of prosecutor discretion but nothing approaching the president's discretion and there's a fundamental difference. I'm sure listeners would appreciate between somebody you know doing something wrong. In context of of an application to Fisk for an intelligent agents of alien scored or in the context of opening an investigation and the president changing our foreign policy towards Russia or China or North Korea. There's just just apples and oranges. So He's a question of inferences. The question of solving Dune for here we do know what president trump's views towards Russia towards Ukraine towards China China towards North Korea. But there's no criminality here. There's no discipline to meet it out. That ain't the same regard of heavy and DOJ officials does that make sense well Yes and I just WanNa see what Mary has to say about that. Well I don't I didn't really take that as a response to your question. Actually so if if what. David is wanting to get into a discussion about whether the President committed high crimes and misdemeanors which is being discussed on Capitol Hill. Right now as we speak we can move toward that. I didn't think that was an I'm happy to do that. you know I look at this as I guess a little bit along the lines of your question question. which is I think you can look not at not not only at The OH I G report on. What were the origins of the investigation? Where the property improperly predicated and his conclusion was yes they were you can then look at? What the Muller report itself came up with after it's a two year investigation Gatien which did show a pattern again The the the conclusion of Mr Muller was that there was no crime of conspiracy or coordination nation between the trump campaign and Russia but there was very much a welcoming of the trump campaign and trump himself to wards Russia's interference And then of course if you go to volume to you get into a lot of facts and evidence put forward by Mr Mueller that would support obstruction of justice offenses against the president. Were not not the current sitting president of the United States. That is why Things have moved into Congress's realm to review these things. And then of course in the midst of all that we had the whistle blower and the revelations about The president and and those around him seeking to have The president of Ukraine Do political politically motivated favors for the president in return for military aid and an Oval Office meeting. So if we look at patterns I think there are. There are many inferences that can be drawn from the patterns that we see coming out of the White House but looping produced but didn't understand so I wanted to be responsibly question. My only point is it is not the job over twenty general any subordinate executive branch officer to draw POLISENA. I've seen princes about provincial conduct's unless misconduct is unlawful. I'm strongly strongly disagree but it is none of job of in general Bahraini of Attorney General inferences is manifestly is job to draw inferences about misconduct possible misconduct by people workman Dj Bi. You're just apples and oranges. It's not the attorney general's job to draw inferences about the conduct of the president of the United States. Time unless it implicates some concerns about criminal law and my point is that it does not implicating his concerns. Look you can disagree with President. Trump is doing vis-a-vis China. There are a lot of people who think that we should not be engaged in trade wars. The job of general bar to draw inferences about it or may disagree with his views about Russian interference or Ukrainian interferences policy issues. For God's sake Well working for so we could To marry his point we could sort of drawer selves into a discussion about The particularities around around president trump. But I do. I'm sure that will come into the conversation again but I do want to keep digging into how we can best understand. Attorney General Bill Bar here because Mary let me just start with you on this. He does seem to be consistent in his career. I mean back when he was Attorney Army general under President George H W Bush in his stalwart support for The centrality of the executive isn't he is consistent in that. Yes I think that's right in terms of his own interpretation of the of the presidential authorities under the constitution. But I would note that many many of the things and to go back to David's point about drawing inferences The Attorney General has done this repeatedly when he on the morning of the actual release of the Mullahs report. It held a press conference. He said there's substantial evidence to show. The president was frustrated and angered by his sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency tendency and the and and he went onto make sort of excuses for The behaviors that were revealed in great detail in the Muller Muller reports so the suggestion that the attorney general's not drawing inferences about the president's you know conduct and maybe I guess maybe response I would be those who specifically with respect to whether criminal laws were broken and of course William Bar took it upon himself after Mr did not reach a conclusion about whether crimes it's been committed and he did that. Because of the office of Legal Counsel memo that says that a sitting president may not be indicted. Mr Bar took it upon himself to go ahead and reach a legal conclusion. Determined men that no crimes had been committed so he has definitely been drawing inferences about this president since he took office as the Attorney General And we've seen that repeatedly David Lee attorneys second but just also to the to Mary's point. I mean that frustrated straighted Robert Mueller himself to the to the point that he wrote that letter following a bill bars press conference complaining that The the report itself itself or the publicly available or the the sections of the report intended for public consumption should have spoken for for themselves. But but David Rifkin go ahead. Look I hate to spend a lot of time. Rehashing Muller Investigation the report. But I'm I'm sort of forced to first of all Would general. Barb promised Amish during his confirmation I think again his his among his other characteristics as again the view that particular context of things that attract public attention untimely disclosure is essential. He wanted to tell the American people. What's going on? Look I hate the slim muller but it's been well reported in both New York Times and Washington Post that Muller failed to indicate in his report time Midwinter Attorney General which portions of it could be released. which could not because because of IVA grand jury secrecy or classified information so I I hate to say but this credible evidence that Mars office? Let's say Muller's Muller's office now Molly himself did not make it easy or possible. Time new release of a whole report. So the general was in a situation where the American people people want to know what really went down. Congress wanted to know what really went down and general bar did his best to summarize and by the way he reached the conclusion that there was no obstruction. Mary not just because of all see learning if that was really the only by seeing brazen cannot be indicted because the vet were so that means that the sitting president cannot be criticized by moderates the point of having a mall investigation and conclusion that there was no obstructive conduct was not just general bar conclusion. He was Rod Rosenstein conclusion. Remember Rosenstein and everybody praised as as a Saint Louis Fellow as a conclusion in by head of office of Legal Counsel Angle from what I understand its conclusion shared by a dozen senior officials and Department of Justice including many career people so it was a joint conclusion conclusion okay. I'm frankly critical muller for not having the courage to reach that conclusion himself but he did work is subordinate option. Executive Executive Branch did work for Attorney General and once. He did not do that. The on that issue passed to bar and his colleagues and was unanimous decision within DJ. So let's give credit for it. Okay so I don't want to keep getting pulled away from from. Bill Barr himself but Mary. We'll give you a chance to to respond bond to that. I mean do you. What's your what's your reaction to David saying that that that quicks that quick press release and that Tiny summary of Muller's several hundred page report was the best that Barr could do given the urgency of the moment. Well you know almost immediately within just a couple of days of the attorney. General putting out his four-page supposed- summary of the principal conclusions of the report. Mr Mueller wrote a letter to bill bar saying that he hit enclosed closed the very day after that four-page summary he had he had sent onto Mr Bar the introduction and executive summaries for each volume of the report marked with redaction actions to remove any information that potentially could be protected by the federal rule of Criminal Procedure Six E. I'm reading the. I'm reading from the letter right now. so there was provided the two Mr Bar the information he would have needed and was ready made to just put out publicly yet was not put out publicly and so there were at least three three and a half more weeks weeks before the full report was put out where the narrative had already been created by Mr Bar with respect to the conclusions about obstruction I yes there Mr Bar said that he and Mr Rosenstein who. I've worked with for years because I was a career prosecutor for more than twenty years before I went over to main justice as part of the National Security Division and where I was for three years The that he did indicated that dad wait reach that conclusion together Hundreds and hundreds of former federal prosecutors accusers wrote an open letter that was published after that that when they reviewed the evidence that was Detailed in the volume two of the Miller report that they thought that it very well supported multiple counts of obstruction of justice. And I happen to agree with that conclusion having prosecuted these cases myself for decades. Okay so let's let's return turn really to the the the core of how Bill Bar sees the executive here and I'd like to do that by going back in time to when he was attorney. General under President George H W Bush because as both of you will of course remember we dealing with the aftermath of Iran Contra then and President George H W Bush decided to pardon many people who had been wrapped up in Iran-contra I'm thinking specifically specifically of Caspar Weinberger who had been indicted on five felony charges right including obstruction and lying to Congress. He goes ahead and Pardons Weinberger bill bar very much supported. That and what's interesting to me is I was remembering that when When Weinberger was pardoned judge Lawrence Walsh? who was the independent counsel who investigated or on Contra? He had this very strong statement. He said that President Bush's pardon undermines the principle that no man is above the law it demonstrates that a powerful people with powerful allies can commit serious crimes in high office deliberately abusing the Public Trust without without consequence. Now David Rifkin does bill bars support of the Iran Contra pardons give us insight into his view of or does he view almost almost limitless power in the executive and is that good for America. Where are the checks and balances? If that's the case of course. Not if I may briefly elaborate. Look I've been up opportunity to work with Bill Bar even before he was the guy who was as Mary. Head all officer Legal Counsel in Dag when Attorney General. So we're going back to Ron Contra look his view which he expressed Long before actually was pardons is that we have a situation gratien where the executive branches and their soul from Congress where there's widespread criminalization of foreign policy differences and that is Innovates what's the use..
"inspector general" Discussed on The Lead with Jake Tapper
"The Justice Department. Now the highly anticipated inspector general report is now now out the independent watchdog examined early days of the Russia investigation. The I G found no evidence of political bias or improper motivation influencing wincing the FBI's decision to investigate potential ties between the trump campaign and the Russian government but the report did find major errors in the handling of surveillance warrants of trump campaign. Associate Carter Page were key. Facts were inaccurately stated omitted Attorney General William Bar. Unusually is disputing the findings leanings of the Inspector General report calling the investigation into the trump campaign intrusive. CNN's Evan Perez has been going through the findings of the report since it was released leased earlier this afternoon. Evan told me the top lines that you're pulling out right now. Well Jake the top line Does Not Fall in line with what the president and some of his allies have. I've been saying that the FBI had no reason to be doing this investigation. And frankly what bill bar. The Attorney General's seems to be suggesting I'll quote part of what the report says from Michael Horsey Inspector General. He says quote we did not find documentary or or testimony testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influence fluence decisions to open the four individual investigations. Now these were four investigations into four people connected with the trump campaign. We're talking about George Popadopoulos Carter page. wjr Michael Flynn who was a national security adviser and eventually became the national security advisor in the White House and Paul Manafort who served as the chairman of the campaign at one point. And what Horowitz found was that the FBI had enough evidence to open this investigation which was called a cross for her great hurricane. And so the what was done on at the beginning was proper. According to Horowitz but the report of course also outlines some very some significant errors made by FBI officials. That's right. There were seventeen total instances in which they were substantial inaccuracies or emissions. That were left out of these FIS Applications these are surveillance. Warrants targeting Carter page. Who as we mentioned was an adviser for the campaign? According to Horowitz. There were seventeen such instances senses in which things were left out or just was just plainly inaccurate and these were four different warrants. Jake that were were got approval from a court and in each case The FBI simply failed to update the information for for the judges. We're reviewing these warrants attorney general bill bar taking the unusual step of slamming the FBI disagreeing with the Inspector General's report at the same time. What is he saying exactly? That's right. He's challenging. What a key? Finding here from Horowitz is again that that there was no bias that there the FBI had enough reason to open this investigation. I'll read what his statement. That is very unusual that he issued you disappear noon. He says quote the Inspector General's report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a US presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions nations. That in my view were insufficient to justify the steps taken it also is also clear that from its inception the evidence produced by the investigation consistently exculpatory. Nevertheless the investigation and surveillance was pushed forward for the duration of the campaign and deep into President Trump's administration ministration. Now Jake as you know. The the attorney general and has hired or has appointed a prosecutor John Durham who also issued a statement saying that he he disagrees with some of the findings. In the Horowitz report. And I guess you can sum it up. This way that Horowitz seems to be giving the FBI at least on that part of the investigation sedation is saying that it's a clean bill. Essentially they had enough reason to do this investigation everybody who was interviewed indicate the FBI would have been negligent if they did not open and visits investigation. Bill Bar disagrees. You does indeed Evan Perez. Thank you so much joining our panel. Now we have with former FBI general counsel. Jim Baker You are not singled out for specific criticism but the report does make clear. That that Mr Horowitz the inspector general things at the FBI fail when it came to the the administering of these fiso warrants. That too much stuff was either left out or misleadingly presented to the courts. Do you accept the what the inspector general saying. I'm accepting opting what the inspector general is saying in the report I think are two big groups of conclusions. One is As as you're saying it was not a politically motivated investigation. And it was properly Predicated there were enough facts to support under the general guidelines US going forward with that investigation would have been as as others. I have said me no malpractice for us not to have opened this particular investigation. There was the the investigation was not a hoax. All these statements that the investigation instigation was a hoax are just are this whole time. The investigation was not a coup or a coup attempt. It was not sedition it was not treason. was none of that stuff that that people upset for a long time but having said that look he does point out many mistakes that were made with respect to errors omissions in the fighter process and those are unacceptable. And I'M NOT GONNA sit here and try to defend those those those have to have to be addressed. They should be addressed both with respect to the individuals involved and then as I understand the director of the FBI. Chris wray is taking hard look at changing policies and procedures. And that's a good thing because the the Feis court process is so critically important to the country that it needs to have the confidence of the American people at all times and if things need to be fixed the nation be fixed and if people need to be held accountable they should be held accountable. Interestingly a lot of civil libertarians and have been criticizing the FIS a process for years. Sure thing that FBI agents cook the books and only put in the worst information. Leave out stuff that That that might be counter-balancing it now. We have Perhaps a movement on that it does say the report that somebody might be invested For Possible Prosecution and FBI lawyer in. Yes that's right. That's my understanding from from the report. You haven't had a chance to read the whole report yet. It just came out a little while l. ago. But yeah that's my understanding that that he's been referred for criminal investigation and there's also a Bruce's whose wife Nellie worked for the opposition research firm fusion. GPS Bruce or an F. B. I. official It says it recommends the I G that he'd be referred to the Office of professional responsibility. Yeah what does that mean. That means that his conduct will be looked at as an attorney in the Department of Justice by the office that sort of an internal watchdog uh specifically focused on attorneys. And so they'll they'll make a decision with respect to any punishment or clarification that needs be made with respect to his situation. I also wanted to get your response to the fact that you have the attorney general kind of disagreeing with the inspector general saying criticizing the the fact that the investigation started in two associates of the of the trump campaign and very unusual the US attorney. John Durham who is currently leading attorney. General Bars Investigation investigation into the origins of the Russia. Investigation issued a statement in which he said that last month we advise the inspector general. We do not agree with some of the reports conclusions lesions as to how the FBI case was was open. What do you make of that? Well both of these statements are highly unusual. I think the Attorney General statement just in its in what he says is just wrong based on the information that we have from the I G in addition he's got the statement about it was If the investigation was opened on the thinnest predications are finished. Just a fact something along those lines. Well that's what the guidelines permit that's what his guidelines that he is in charge of actually permit and these guidelines were established by a Republican attorney. General Attorney General Casey back in two thousand eight under President Bush. Those are the best those are the guidelines at the FBI is operated on under. Since then. If they don't like them they can and change them. They're the attorney. He's the attorney. General doesn't like it but he should be careful about changing that because those guidelines were written in the post nine eleven era to allow. Wow the FBI to Oakland investigations on very thin information about what terrorists might be doing and so these investigate these guidelines apply both deter counterterrorism. Oh cases and counterintelligence he needs to be careful about what he wishes for. Mr Baker is behaving with characteristic restraint here. But but let's be clear about what happened today. For years and years Donald Trump has said that the FBI and the deep state was was involved in an illegal conspiracy to bring down his campaign that they relied on the steele dossier to as long as we launch this investigation and now after years of investigation. The the inspector general said not true didn't happen. There was nothing wrong with the origin of this investigation. So this conspiracy theory that the president of the United States has been pushing thing for years was a total lie. Then we learn that the attorney general is not happy with that that he wants to continue investigating regaining investigating and his hand picked investigator the US. Attorney Durham out of the blue. Out of nowhere comes out and says oh well we disagree like based on what where his fat. This surprising that he would do that. Mr Mr Durham. Considering the fact that he's not refuting it with any facts he's just saying we we disagree. I mean he could have just kept his mouth shut and when his report comes out we'll see what he has been highly unusual and making a statement like that in the middle of an investigation is is something that we got criticized at the FBI for doing with respect to Hillary Clinton and there was a whole investigation about that. So I I would. I would encourage the idea to take a look at Mr Durham state right. I mean it is his political it sounds or it seems highly political which is of course what everyone at the FBI was accused of. What the Attorney General? Well Mr Durham Durham. In particular. Who hasn't issued a report who hasn't shown us what he's got is saying? Well we disagree you do why. Why did you feel the need to do that? I mean it seems James set the administration which is the Attorney General who is clearly charging everyone else with being political seems to have some issues on his hands as well. It's very important. Horton though to consider the fact that they are very critical of part of the process. I think it's justifiable to say that. They are criticizing. The conspiracy. Conspiracy theory has been the everything was launched with the Christopher Steele dossier not true towards Popadopoulos is the true origin of this. Everything else followed from that however we have been saying through the better part a two to three years if the process is so important in it is but relying the court is only as good as the information it receives. They have to give a benefit of the doubt and trustworthy words the investigators who give information if any part or layer that is an accurate the core is at the mercy of them and they are. They are handcuffed than ability bigotry decision. The court report goes through at least seven different instances where there are key missions where the court is saying. Hold on a second where they steal. They've overstated its credibility. The back that he's been corroborated in the past is somebody they can trust that they're that these emissions were so clear that they should have done that and also a part of that. Is that the the briefing. They gave to a presidential candidate that being Donald Trump was also used for investigative purposes. Now all of these things are not against a rule. There's an absence rule in that respect. But it's important to point out a lot of what happened here. Does in fact support the president's narrative that there was people who were against them and not doing his bidding and that's okay if it's the the FBI but it wasn't political support in fact let me let me read from this. And then they'll come right back to. The president talks a lot about Lisa page. Peter Peter Struck. Who have those detects chain in? which they're saying many many unkind things about then candidate trump? The report says while Lisa page attended some some of the discussions regarding the opening of the investigation. She did not play a role in the decision to open crossfire. Hurricane or the four individual cases about Peter Struck it says while struck was directly involved in the decisions to open crossfire hurricane and the four individual cases. That's the four five awards I believe before investigations into additional people. Yeah Carter Page Etcetera. It was not the sole or even the highest level decision maker as to any of those matters so I wouldn't say this is like clearing Peter Struck and Lisa page in terms of what they wrote but but it certainly clears them of the idea that the investigation happened because of Lisa Page and Peter Struck being biased against them. The report says the exact opposite does and it should if that's the case the main part right here in the word that take away is scrupulously accurate that is the standard. But you had to have to have a warrant really be meritorious because of the omission the. IDC report is saying they. He did not go to such great lengths to have it be scrupulously accurate now there are ways to reform and there are things. I think you made a great point about the notion of if you were going to require people well to have all the information that's going to take tall intelligence community at this way but I think it was happening here from the words of bar. The idea that wafer-thin will hit it last week and they WANNA have a common theme of why everyone's against trump. Do you feel vindicated today. Mr Becker do you feel as though you've been cleared Not that you haven't necessarily a cloud above your head. But in terms of the aspersions that were being cast by president trump..
"inspector general" Discussed on The Brookings Cafeteria
"That was part of the Post Watergate. Forget reform era. I guess we can think of it that way. So it's only really been around a little bit over forty years and it seems to be an element of government that performs well. It's sort of a secret. Most people most citizens have no idea what offices inspector general are what they do and in fact they are very behind the scenes making improvements in the federal government that are extremely important. Inspector Generals are going to be that one office that knows where the weaknesses Mrs are and what needs to be fixed and any agency the Government Accountability Office. Gao every other year has a high risk series which they identify defy areas and might be contracting for example across the government. But no I G is ever going to be surprised. They're the ones that actually know where there are areas that need attention in any agency so they are an amazing resource coming in as a new secretary or a new director of an agency that would be the first person and I think they should consult. Tell me everything that I need to know about this agency. There are these islands of excellence in this so-called swamp that's Washington DC. Charlie did you want to add anything an important role that the I have assumed but it wasn't really anticipated in the originating legislation in nineteen. Seventy eight is that they're really critical to Congress as they perform their oversight function. Congress increasingly relies on the results of these reports that they file and information they develop for their oversight of the agencies by various committees so many essences for routine and sometimes for extraordinary occasions. The I G is one of the lead. Witnesses regarding congressional oversight hearing because Congressional staff has not grown as the government has grown there has been simply increased reliance on gs four information to fulfill their oversight responsibilities. You enter book by looking looking at the challenges facing inspectors general. Can you tell us some of the most important of those challenges. I think that going forward the city that I mentioned that council of if the inspectors general on integrity and efficiency is really the only group that could really support the community. The problem is they are severely severely under-resourced basically Congress does not give them an ongoing budget. They just get money that is provided from the various inspector generals. And obviously. That's a hard way to get a budget because no one wants to really give up more of their own money for something yet. They're in the unique position to to actually do better for example recruiting and vetting candidates for inspector general offices and so on and they are totally separate separate from either the executive or the congressional branch and so they're in that sweet spot and the ability to do a lot more for example they they could provide some sort of peer reviews for inspector generals. And please don't get me wrong. We have wonderful inspector generals that have been vetted but there. There's no means other than if they do something really wrong like illegal or something. It just looks unethical. Basically you don't remove them from office but nobody is watching Gina watchdogs. Literally unlike anybody listen to this. They don't have an annual performance review. Nobody sits down with them and says how you doing and so that that would be something. For example Sigi as totally independent group could organize some kind of a peer review. There are peer reviews of reports. But that's different threat to look at the quality of the reports. That's just to say. Are you adhering to the basics in the yellow book or the blue. Book of Government Auditing Standards. That's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about that. It just seems that anyone should have some kind of performance appraisal right some kind of oversight like that Charlie another challenge that faces the federal government limit and the community is how is the appointment of ID's increasingly. There's been a delay in the process for viewpoint of I for example two point now where it can take literally over a year to have for a presidential appointment to be made in a routine process and it has been increasing over time. There are various explanations for what is happening whether that intentionally slow by the president whether it's a slowdown in the Senate. Whether are there is a problem with when president of one party nominates. A person to Congress does control by another party. Some of those explanations may be true it depends on particular issue to be appointed but the process is slowed down and what that means is that autism inspector general may be headed by an acting IGA. Hey well the. Gao Office last year completed a study on about acting appointments and concluded that they may not make much of a difference our informal discussions with ide. Jeez with agency leaders suggested that an acting may be viewed as having the same level authority as fully appointed. You'd better so for example. An acting edgy might be wanting to become the I J and so there is the perception that they may be less aggressive. 'cause they don't WanNa do anything that might affect their chances of being appointed. There's that we actually. When we're formulating our recommendations thought seriously about recommending commending terms and term limits examples say a five year term renewable for one more however upon consulting with a variety of experts including actually? Gao had done little study about fourteen years ago. In which a lot of experts said no. No No. Don't do that because that could even be worse. Because if somebody is just right up for renewal again it might have chilling effect. And then you also have lame duck and so we ended up not recommending. The set terms but Turley Lee is right and I just wanted to point out that it's been both during the Obama Administration's and the trump administration and that we've had an alarming number of acting. I jeez because of the slowness of taking to get an idea pointed just not a good situation is the office of the Inspector General under threat in any way today. I'm thinking in the larger terms. How so so many of our institutions and norms of come under attack this January twenty seventeen and more dramatically with the beginnings of impeachment proceedings not encountered anyone who said we need to get rid of the office of Inspector General I think they are supported to varying degrees in different agencies. But I don't think anyone is out to constrain the I G or to impose more obligations Asians on them if there is a threat that they're being asked to do a lot of things and not getting the resources as Kathy points out to accomplish. SA's particular tasks only mentioned that an issue of the term limits is a bit constrained when you understand that the average presidential appointment. Hi Jay is only office for about four years. Some are longer so much longer some as few as two years and DMV appointee. I A The average time in office about five years so the idea of Terminal Karen effectively. Not there for a very long time and when they leave they the course. Leave a lot of organizational memory or the office misses the relational memory that the it may possess. It is noteworthy that you have assistant. Listen I Jeez. Four Inspections Assistant I G FOR FINANCIAL AUDITS ASSISTANT I G for investigations and so the people that are right below the top have longer ten years and so you don't have to worry as much about the fact that you have somebody from the top leave as you would for example if you didn't have some longer term senior senior executives in place Kathy Charlie. Thank you for this tour through the Inspector General System. I don't think I will be far away from the headlines.
"inspector general" Discussed on Marketplace Morning Report with David Brancaccio
"This marketplace podcast is supported by paychecks paychecks makes it simple for businesses of all sizes to pay and manage their employees. They make payroll easy automatic and they handle benefits programs rams with paychecks. They work with you the way you. WanNa work learn more at paychecks dot com slash marketplace and by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation John Criminally founder and CEO at airspace experienced technology says in Michigan Revolution is in the air find out what planet is doing to help businesses make that possible at platinum dot dot com. That's P. L. A. N. E. T. M. Dot Com to explain why some top federal government watchdog positions are vacant vacant at the moment. I'm David Brancaccio in New York behind closed doors today. In Washington the Inspector General of the National Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson Jason is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee Atkinson brought the whistleblower complaint to lawmakers which sparked the house impeachment inquiry inspectors. Specter's general are supposed to act as a watchdog but turns out inspector general posted. Some of the biggest federal agencies are now vacant marketplace's. Nancy Marshall Gonzo explains inspectors general are supposed to be independent watchdogs exposing waste fraud and abuse. They're embedded in federal agencies and right now nine of the top inspector general jobs and the federal government are empty without even a nominee for president trump. It's about a quarter of the inspector general positions needing Senate confirmation. Deputies are on the job but it's not the same thing for me. This is the substitute teacher phenomenon. Max Steiner heads the Partnership for public service a good the government group he says acting inspector generals just don't have the authority of someone confirmed by the Senate. It's hard to bluntly speak truth to power when you're not not really sure what kind of authority have vacancies are at some of the biggest spending federal agencies that Defense Department Department of Health and Human Services the Treasury Sorry Department some inspector general jobs like at the CIA have been empty for years. Those jobs are sometimes hard to fill Katherine Dunn. tempests is a senior senior fellow at the Brookings Institution that individual is basically within that department is a man in a island right or woman an island because you know they're seen as the watchdog ugh. Ten Pass also points out the trump. Administration's personnel office is overwhelmed because there are so many vacancies throughout the government right now and Paul Light Ada public policy professor at Nyu says the inspector general positions may not be the ones presidents are most eager to fill inspectors general can bypass past the president and go directly to Congress with concerns. They have dual reporting authority. They have a great deal of authority to ring the Bell. There were inspector general vacancies under President Obama too but according to the Partnership for Public Service Point in the Obama administration eleven had been confirmed armed compared to eight for president trump in Washington. I'm Nancy Marshall Genzer for marketplace. The Wall Street Journal has just reported that Ukrainian authorities parties are now reviewing past investigations of gas company linked to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden Son. The authorities haven't reopened the investigations nations yet but this is seen as a sign. Ukraine is abiding by President Trump's wishes to scrutinize this area further the Wall Street. Journal says the focus is not on Hunter Biden Biden but on tax irregularities with multiple signs of a possible economic slowdown emerging in the US today's the day we'll hear the government's assessment of the labour-market these September jobs report is doing just over an hour and a half one key signal will be wages average hourly pay has been rising helping to boost consumer sumer spending but in August that turned weaker and there's a wrinkle as marketplace's Mitchell Hartman reports the average wage workers make per hour has been rising pretty steadily up more than three percent year over year but the average wage per week isn't looking so good says nick bunker at the indeed hiring hiring lap how much they're taking home. Their paycheck weekly birth in that measure has been slowing down recently what it reflects is that employers are offering workers fewer hours on the clock and less overtime. That's not too surprising as business owners deal with slowing sales and pull back on expansion plans. Joe Galvin is head of research at Vista Ridge. A small business advisory firm manufacturing is arguably already in a slowdown slash recession construction suffering in and everybody who's involved international trade has been hurt and who's paying the tariffs. Most employers aren't cutting jobs at this point but cutting back on hours leaves many workers as with less take home pay which could be a drag on consumer spending going into the holidays. I'm Mitchell Hartman for marketplace. Let's check the markets. The one hundred indexed London is up three tenths percent. Germany's DAX index coming off a one day national holiday. There is up just slightly here. 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The decline of the mall is one reason cited for the news that we covered earlier this week forever twenty one the fast ask fashion chain falling into chapter eleven bankruptcy protection. Although online shopping is another challenge there earlier this year some other mall regulars gap Victoria's secret secret each announced that they would be shuttering some stores now a content warning. It's a dispatch from Australia about the economics of oversupply. It's a new plan plan to cull kangaroos. Drawing controversy. Call is a euphemism so if you don't like where this is going before warned here's the BBC's Australia correspondent Phil Mercer her drought in Australia is driving Kangaroos into conflict with farmers in search of water and foods. The marsupials have increasingly rated supplies is for livestock under a new scheme in the states of Victoria Fourteen. Thousand Animals can be short over the next three months for pet foods. Only the accredited hunters can take parts many farmers though complained that the Kangaroos they kill will simply be left on the land and help to feed foxes and wild how dogs these invasive species of caused untold carnage to both native and farming animals the Victorian state governments however believes leaves the scheme will protect thumbs from rampaging mobs of hungry and thirsty marsupials but animal welfare campaign is argued. There are no guarantees. He's the Kangaroos will be killed humanely. It's the BBC's Phil Mercer reporting from Sydney Victoria's the state in the far south east of Australia. This is the marketplace morning report from A._P._M. American public media..
"inspector general" Discussed on Bill O'Reilly's Free Podcast
"That say if you are a federal law enforcement age and you intentionally boot an investigation intentionally don't prosecute it till the full extent we're don't investigate it to the full extent that's crime right there's there's presently over thirty three thousand criminal regulations and i'm i'm to tell you that whether it was komai reviewing this you know they hillary clinton use of the emails and their servers or whether it's now looking at an agent and them working together to to thwart an investigation there's a federal statute out there that can be applied you can find one if you have the inclination that you believe that it was inappropriate and it was potentially criminal and i've never i used to give speeches to companies and i would say to them look give me any company out there and i can probably find something criminal that it's going on inside the company based on the breadth of statutes and the number of statutes that are that are available here it's not even a very big stretch you have conspiracy you have obstruction of justice if they're trying to support an investigation obstruction of justice would be the one that i would go after because if they warrant sincerely trying to find out what the truth was about mrs clinton's email server and whether there was classified information where the people have accessed overseas which we now know they did they weren't trying to find that out it's obstruction so i'm tom as usual you cleared up for me and everybody else we really appreciate you coming on and it's very of to help my audience and myself out thank you very much thanks ville okay.
"inspector general" Discussed on Bill O'Reilly's Free Podcast
"Certain and ways so we do investigation so be impeached now i took it a step further and maybe i'm being unfair but andrew mccabe was fired for lying to investigators that's why he was fire the inspector general says we don't know why andrew mccabe go out of his way to have a secret source and it was secret nobody knew lisa page of speed him information we don't know what i'm going i know why this is only one reason why my wrong well we'll think about this there are three people that know and that's mccabe struck and page you know struck knows as well she's the lead investigator on the lead investigator they have discussions about it and remember something else that that comes out in the email exchanges between struck and page when they when they they talk about trump they've talked about the voters they you know there's all those you know salacious texan emails but it's very very clear in one of them i believe it's page that makes reference to the upcoming interview of of hillary clinton and who's going to be there who's going to be present and they're trying to establish that there's going to be two investigators and to prosecutors in the room and they make a comment say and why are we going to leave it to to into because this just might be the next president of the united states so you have now in my in my opinion this is the kind of evidence you look for for conspiracy is individuals operating in secrecy with a common interest and what does that common interest it's for hillary clinton to become president and trump not okay it's complicated but there are statutes on the books.
"inspector general" Discussed on Bill O'Reilly's Free Podcast
"Let's bring in britain goto guy on all these matters he's in salt lake city is a former us attorney for the four utah that district of utah now let's get to the mccabe lisa page thing that just slapped me in the face that was reported last week have you seen it it's it's another stunning revelation but i think slapping you on the face is probably throughout this report i felt those same feelings i had an audible gasps on a couple of cajuns as i read through some of these things but when you learn that the number two official in the in the fbi is orchestrating and manipulating like pawn pieces even in his own agency to get direct information about the status of the investigation it's unheard of so as us attorney for me us attorney there is a chain of command in all investigations federal investigations where evidence is presented in a formal way to the upper echelons and then it's decided what action to take on the evidence or what they need to do to further the evidence that's the way it usually goes right well in fact it is the most chain of command organization i've ever really been a part of or or observed an and outside of the military but it gets a lot of its chain of command mentality through the same sort of issues that the military developed long ago and that is there needs to be protection in you know in in in how we make our decisions and in fact in in the department of justice there's a there's a plaque there in washington dc that says that the the hallmark of of justice is consistency and so you have that chain of command because you want to make the same decisions in you know in each time you have the same type of issue come up and it really is is is that here too because you don't want to be the one who didn't go through chain of command because you don't wanna be isolated and out there on an island and we'll justice under the law for everybody the do is.