This is a reposting of my weekly DaTechGuy Article: The Unintended Transparency Of Obama’s DOJ
By A.P. Dillon
“Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
– Barack Obama, January 21, 2009
This administration has proven to be the least transparent in history. It would seem that the only transparency we’re getting from this administration is unintended in nature.
On Friday, September 5th, the DOJ’s Office of Public affairs called Oversight Majority’s committee’s communications office by accident to ask for help spinning the IRS scandal and about leaking items to the press?! What… a… bombshell. And gee, not a smidgeon of corruption there!
Here’s the relevant bits:
The aide, Brian Fallon, is a former senior aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a well-known personality on Capitol Hill. The letter describes Fallon as “audibly shaken” when he realizes his request to leak documents to help get ahead of news stories about them was mistakenly made to the very office he was seeking to undermine. Issa believes the call was intended to be made to Democratic Rep. Elijah Cumming’s staff, the ranking member on the oversight panel, the letter said.
According to the letter, Fallon – who is not named in the letter but confirmed he made the call – asked if the aides could release the IRS scandal documents to “selected reporters” to give Fallon an “opportunity to comment publicly on it.”
Fallon explained to Issa aides that the Justice Department’s Office of Legislative Affairs had not permitted him to release the documents to the public and he wanted to get ahead of the story “before the Majority” – meaning Issa – could share it, according to the letter.
Issa aides – who had placed the call on speakerphone – were “caught off guard by the unusual nature of the call and the odd request” and asked Fallon to “e-mail the material for evaluation.”
“At this point,” Fallon “abruptly placed the call on hold for approximately three minutes.” When Fallon returned to the call, “he was audibly shaken. He immediately stated that there was a ‘change in plans’ and that there would be no effort” by DOJ to release the material early.
And further down Issa swipes at Elijah Cummings, BOOM:
Issa said he is “disturbed” by the “apparently longstanding collaboration between the Obama administration and Ranking Member Cummings’ staff to obfuscate and prejudice the Committee’s work through under-the-table coordination.”
This turn of events is evidence of how deeply corrupted this administration is and how hollow the words of President Obama really are. Then again, think about what Free Speech means to this President.
More media are former Obama administration employees than you can shake a stick at. I’m a little surprised that Fallon just didn’t call the media directly. Certainly, Jay Carney could have helped them.
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 10, 2014
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A.P. Dillon (Lady Liberty 1885), is a Conservative minded wife and mother living in the Triangle area of North Carolina. A.P. Dillon founded the blog LadyLiberty1885.com in 2009. After the 2012 election, she added an Instapundit style blog called The ConMom Blog. Mrs. Dillon recently participated in Glenn Beck’sWe Will Not Conform. Mrs. Dillon’s writing, in addition to Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent 7, can also be found at StopCommonCoreNC.org, WatchdogWireNC and WizBang. Non-political writing projects include science fiction novellas that are, as of yet, unpublished. Her current writing project is a children’s book series.