When the Shoe was on the Other Foot

There were several impeachment inquiries during the Obama administration. The hint or whiff of crimes that began shortly after he assumed office were surely vetted by congressional committees (pick one) and processed by witnesses who would be friendly to the Republican party. The votes would have surely been sufficient to move charges of high crimes and misdemeanors to the Senate for a formal trial to determine if he should be removed from office.

We all must have missed eight years of the news. 

The following short list of the worst abuse of power, bribery, contempt of congress, and obstruction of justice committed by Obama and/or through his administration.  Negligence and incompetence are also highlighted here as well though the bar for an impeachment inquiry would not have been based on these.  This was provided to us by Hans A. Spakovsky July 16, 2017 of the The Heritage Foundation (article originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal):

    • State Department email. In an effort to evade federal open-records laws, Mr. Obama’s first secretary of state set up a private server, which she used exclusively to conduct official business, including communications with the president and the transmission of classified material. A federal criminal investigation produced no charges, but FBI Director James Comey reported that the secretary and her colleagues “were extremely careless” in handling national secrets.  (Obstruction of justice)
    • Operation Fast and Furious.The Obama Justice Department lost track of thousands of guns it had allowed to pass into the hands of suspected smugglers, in the hope of tracing them to Mexican drug cartels. One of the guns was used in the fatal 2010 shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Congress held then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt when he refused to turn over documents about the operation.  (Contempt of congress and obstruction of justice)
    • IRS abuses.Mr. Obama’s Internal Revenue Service did something Richard Nixon only dreamed of doing: It successfully targeted political opponents. The Justice Department then refused to enforce Congress’s contempt citation against the IRS’s Lois Lerner, who refused to answer questions about her agency’s misconduct.  (Abuse of power)
    • Benghazi.Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed in the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya. With less than two months to go before the 2012 election, the State Department falsely claimed the attack was not a terrorist attack but a reaction to an anti-Muslim film. Emails from the secretary later showed that she knew the attack was terrorism. Justice Department prosecutors even convinced a magistrate judge to jail the filmmaker.  (Abuse of power)
    • Hacking.Mr. Obama presided over the biggest data breach in the federal government’s history, at the Office of Personnel Management. The hack exposed the personnel files of millions of federal employees and may end up being used for everything from identity theft to blackmail and espionage. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, the president’s former political director, had been warned repeatedly about security deficiencies but took no steps to fix them.  (Negligence and incompetence)
    • Veterans Affairs. At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at a Phoenix VA facility, many of whom had been on a secret waiting list—part of an effort to conceal that between 1,400 and 1,600 veterans were forced to wait months for appointments. A 2014 internal VA audit found “57,436 newly enrolled veterans facing a minimum 90-day wait for medical care; 63,869 veterans who enrolled over the past decade requesting an appointment that never happened.” Even Mr. Obama admitted, in a November 2016 press conference, that “it was scandalous what happened”—though minutes earlier he boasted that “we will—knock on wood—leave this administration without significant scandal.  (Negligence and incompetence)

All of these scandals were accompanied by a lack of transparency so severe that 47 of Mr. Obama’s 73 inspectors general signed an open letter in 2014 decrying the administration’s stonewalling of their investigations.

One reason for Mr. Obama’s penchant for secrecy is his habit of breaking rules—from not informing Congress of the dubious prisoner swap involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and the Taliban, to violating restrictions on cash transfers to Iran as part of a hostage-release deal.”  (Bribery, abuse of power, contempt of congress)

We didn’t tune in to televised hearings where witness after witness answered under oath to tell the truth and nothing but the truth.  We wouldn’t have heard any of them preface their answers with, “I heard, I presumed, or I assumed.” 

The facts were clear and dark, dangerous and true.  The investigations as to how the then President may have been involved or had words about the IRS for example were never explored.  Having a United States border agent murdered had minimum dive by our so called main stream media at almost the same time as many Americans came to know them as more DNC employees than employees of a news organization. 

The projecting Democrat party should give it a rest.  President Trump won the election and is working on behalf of the American people and not for government bureaucracies.  He is doing the most difficult job that can be imagined without an actual armed revolution. The bureaucratic rats are viscous with long knives and sharp teeth.  These career posers will stop at practically nothing to stop the new Sheriff in town.  

Andrew Huddleston
November 23, 2019 

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