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Second Obama cabinet official faces contempt of Congress charge
Washington Examiner -- Beltway Confidential ^ | 7-7-12 | Joel Gehrke

Posted on 07/07/2012 9:37:17 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

Could a second Obama cabinet member be found in contempt of Congress? The possibility arose on Friday when House investigators escalated their efforts to make Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comply with a subpoena pertaining to the drilling moratorium that he imposed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

After the spill, Salazar had released a report recommending a moratorium — a report protested by the very group of experts that it cited, who said their opinions were misrepresented in order to justify the moratorium.

“For more than three months, the [Interior] Department has flouted a duly authorized and issued Congressional subpoena for documents that would shed light on these actions, which led to thousands of lost jobs and decreased American energy production in the Gulf of Mexico,” House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., wrote in a letter to Salazar on Friday. “The Department’s failure to respond to the request to schedule interviews calls into question the sincerity of its recent statements about wanting to reach a mutually agreeable accommodation of the Committee’s oversight interest into this matter.”

Hastings said Salazar must arrange for several Interior Department officials who worked on the report to interview with the Natural Resources Committee by the week of July 16. Failing that, Hastings told Salazar that his committee “is left with no choice other than to continue to pursue compliance with the subpoena, as well as seek necessary information directly from the officials who were most involved in interacting with the peer reviewers and drafting and editing the Drilling Moratorium Report.”

A contempt of Congress charge for Salazar is not “off the table” if he does not comply, committee spokesman Spencer Pederson told USA Today. Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder became the first cabinet member in American history to be cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to produce documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious.

Salazar provoked a contempt finding by a federal district court in 2010, for imposing the drilling moratorium despite a federal judge’s preliminary injunction against it. “Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the re-imposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium, and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government’s contempt,” U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman ruled.

The committee’s investigation stems from seven experts who protested the Drilling Moratorium Report released by Salazar, in coordination with the White House, that made it appear that the experts had peer-reviewed and supported the moratorium (which they had not actually reviewed).

“What was in the report at the time it was reviewed was quite a bit different in its impact to what there is now,” oil expert Ken Arnold told Fox News in 2010. “So we wanted to distance ourselves from that recommendation.”

An internal investigation found that the changes came in the final editing process, after the Interior Department sent a draft of the report to the White House.

“The version that the White House returned to DOI had revised and re-ordered the language in the Executive Summary, placing the peer review language immediately following the moratorium recommendation,” Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall concluded in a November 2010 report. “This caused the distinction between the Secretary’s moratorium recommendation – which had not been peer reviewed – and the safety recommendations contained in the 30-Day Report – which had been peer reviewed – to become effectively lost.”

The inspector general concluded that Salazar had not “definitively violated” the Information Quality Act, noting approvingly that he had “adequately remedied” the error by apologizing to the experts and explaining the mistake to the media.

But Hastings told Salazar that he had found “serious inadequacies” in Kendall’s investigation. “This includes the recent revelations that Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall participated in meetings with these same Department officials about the development of the Drilling Moratorium Report,” Hastings wrote. He also noted that Kendall had told Congress that she had not participated in the “the process of developing that report” in a June 2010 appearance before his committee.

“These revelations, coupled with allegations that the IG’s lead investigators were unable – or instructed not – to seek all relevant documents from senior Department officials, call into question the independence, impartiality, and thoroughness of the IG’s investigation into the editing of the Drilling Moratorium Report and highlight the need for these interviews,” Hastings said.

Interior Department spokesman Adam Fletcher criticized Hastings’ investigation, saying that it is “made up of an ever-changing and unsettled set of requests” and noting that DOI has given Hastings 2,000 pages of documents already. Hastings argues that the Interior Department has refused to provide the most relevant information. “The limited number of documents that have been made available largely concern communications with the peer reviewers, but not the internal deliberations within the Department or the White House that would shed light on the moratorium decision or how the Drilling Moratorium Report was edited to mischaracterize the peer reviewers’ work,” he wrote in the letter.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: contemptofcongress; fraud; interior; kensalazar; moratorium; oil; salazar; spill

1 posted on 07/07/2012 9:37:27 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Do it. Shine a light on the most opaque administration ever.


2 posted on 07/07/2012 9:43:21 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Not exactly surprising, is it! Lifelong Democrat, former senator, dedicated leftist hack. Hell, he’s an Obama dream come true!


3 posted on 07/07/2012 9:44:42 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: afraidfortherepublic

The most ethical and transparent administration in our nations history.


4 posted on 07/07/2012 9:44:55 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

What exactly is the consequence of being held in contempt of congress?


5 posted on 07/07/2012 9:47:58 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

....will be the most transparent presidential administration in US history..../s =.=


6 posted on 07/07/2012 9:53:20 AM PDT by cranked
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To: chris37

I believe they can impeach and remove cabinet officials, but I don’t think it’s ever come to that. Generally the fact that cabinet officials are under that kind of fire drags the president down with them until ultimately they are ‘let go.’


7 posted on 07/07/2012 9:54:59 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: chris37
What exactly is the consequence of being held in contempt of congress?

It goes into your permanent personnel file in Human Resources Dept., and it follows you around forever! Oh noes!
8 posted on 07/07/2012 10:04:04 AM PDT by crosshairs
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To: ichabod1

I see.

I have to take it as a good thing that I didn’t holder my breath awaiting Eric the Black’s letting go...

Pun intended!


9 posted on 07/07/2012 10:06:45 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

I don’t know, but it is a waste of government resources to have that Congressional jail cell sitting there unused!


10 posted on 07/07/2012 10:08:24 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: chris37

Contempt citation...we don’t need no stinkin’ contempt citation!


11 posted on 07/07/2012 10:09:15 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: chris37
What exactly is the consequence of being held in contempt of congress?

About the same impact as the contempt held for Congress by most clear thinking Americans.

12 posted on 07/07/2012 10:12:06 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought into Solyndra)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"the sincerity of its recent statements about wanting to reach a mutually agreeable accommodation"

Sincerity is not a word that I would associate with any of Obozo's Gang of Thugs, but they are pursuing their agenda regardless of any costs.

13 posted on 07/07/2012 10:13:00 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Time out box?


14 posted on 07/07/2012 10:20:31 AM PDT by ichabod1 (Cheney/Rumsfeld 2012)
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To: chris37
What exactly is the consequence of being held in contempt of congress?

Arrest and jail. Boehner do that? Nah.

15 posted on 07/07/2012 10:30:15 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Delta 21

“The most ethical and transparent administration in our nations history.”

I think you mean the most transparently unethical administration in our history! ;-)


16 posted on 07/07/2012 11:01:41 AM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: chris37
What exactly is the consequence of being held in contempt of congress?

You get a seat at the head table during state dinners, a medal for blind allegiance to the dear leader, a pass to section Z of the white house parking lot and Ophra's phone number.

17 posted on 07/07/2012 11:02:15 AM PDT by varon
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To: chris37
What exactly is the consequence of being held in contempt of congress?

If you're a member of the Obama administration, a jocular addition to your White House scrapbook.

18 posted on 07/07/2012 11:05:51 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: Michael.SF.

I must admit that I have severe contempt for congress, especially the Cryer of the House.


19 posted on 07/07/2012 11:13:57 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
When the DOJ is corrupt and will not prosecute Administration officials, just what can Congress do? These contempt citations emphasize just how toothless the GOP is. Only if they send the
Capitol Police after the miscreants or deny funding to the agencies harboring the fugitives will this have any meaning.
20 posted on 07/07/2012 11:35:47 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Contempt for Congress....looking at the data a large part of the US citizens have contempt for congress and it's not their face the want to show them.

OTOH the entire Executive Branch believes they are above the law....Someone needs to wake them up soon!

21 posted on 07/07/2012 11:43:18 AM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then.)
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To: ichabod1
Naw, a very strongly worded letter to his parents maybe.
22 posted on 07/07/2012 11:43:41 AM PDT by parthian shot
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To: afraidfortherepublic

23 posted on 07/07/2012 11:52:04 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: All

24 posted on 07/07/2012 11:59:14 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
"Interior Department spokesman Adam Fletcher criticized Hastings’ investigation, saying that it is “made up of an ever-changing and unsettled set of requests” and noting that DOI has given Hastings 2,000 pages of documents already."

LOL. How many pages did Sarah Palin give up? 25,000+ if I recall correctly, and that was without a massive staff.

25 posted on 07/07/2012 12:08:18 PM PDT by cookcounty (Kagan and Sotomayor side with Joe Wilson: -------Obama DID lie!)
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To: chris37

Nothing while Obama is in office.


26 posted on 07/07/2012 1:16:52 PM PDT by wastedyears ("God? I didn't know he was signed onto the system.")
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To: chris37
What exactly is the consequence of being held in contempt of congress?

A teaching gig at an Ivy League School or a job on Wall Street.

27 posted on 07/07/2012 2:16:37 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We have a Congress and it does stuff?


28 posted on 07/07/2012 2:53:11 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: LucyT

ping


29 posted on 07/07/2012 5:03:45 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Fractal Trader; TheOldLady; WildHighlander57; netmilsmom; tomdavidd; Freeper; Gvl_M3; ...
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30 posted on 07/07/2012 5:14:36 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: afraidfortherepublic

As far as I can tell, every major action the Regime has taken has been designed to stand in the exact point that is unconstitutional. Every major appointment, every major bill, every initiative, every INaction.

Every. Single. One.


31 posted on 07/07/2012 5:23:31 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Twotone
Oh come now. Just look at this"

"My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."
This memorandum shall be published in the Federal Register.
--BARACK OBAMA--
Your King

I got it from HERE. Go ahead read the rest of it. (If you've got the stomach for it!)

32 posted on 07/07/2012 6:21:23 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: combat_boots
“Every. Single. One.”

Plus, every single promise has been broken or acted on in the exact opposite of his promise. He is a liar: a friggin liar. If he opens his mouth you know a lie will soon come.

33 posted on 07/07/2012 6:44:38 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (The response to 1984 is 1776.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

So he’s declared in contempt of Congress. So what?? His boss holds the U. S. Constitution in contempt, and day by day continues to trash it. Big Deal!


34 posted on 07/07/2012 9:54:53 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Delta 21; All


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35 posted on 07/07/2012 10:05:52 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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