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Watchdog group seeks Hatch Act probe into acting attorney general Matt Whitaker
NBC "News" ^ | November 21, 2018 | By Dartunorro Clark

Posted on 11/21/2018 10:21:47 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

Watchdog group American Oversight filed three complaints against Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker on Wednesday, alleging that he may have violated the Hatch Act, which restricts political activities by federal employees.

The group, founded by a former Obama State Department attorney, claims that Whitaker's recently released financial disclosure forms reveal undisclosed conflicts of interest.

“The nation’s highest law enforcement officer should be above reproach, but Acting Attorney General Whitaker’s financial disclosures raise potential concerns of both dishonesty and covert partisan conflicts of interest,” said Austin Evers, the group's executive director.

The group filed their complaint alleging Hatch Act violations to the Office of Special Counsel, and filed the others to the Office of Government Ethics and the Department of Justice's ethics office, alleging a failure to disclose.

"Until we get answers about Whitaker’s conflicts of interest and honesty, the public will suffer from a crisis of confidence about the rule of law under this administration," Evers, American Oversight's executive director, said in a statement.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: deepstate; obama; progressives; whitaker
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1 posted on 11/21/2018 10:21:47 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Whatever.


2 posted on 11/21/2018 10:22:50 AM PST by dp0622 (The Left should know if.. Trump is kicked out of office, it is WAR!)
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Whitaker-Dillon
3 posted on 11/21/2018 10:23:15 AM PST by FrankR ( You've got to stand for SOMETHING, or you'll fall for ANYTHING.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Libtards will go anywhere, say anything, do whatever, with a total lack of self awareness. This position he takes here means that Attorneys General are simply not alowed to quit or die. They must serve because Democrats say so. LMAO


4 posted on 11/21/2018 10:25:03 AM PST by major-pelham
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Another group of seditious traitors. It’s sickening to see every single thing Trump tries to do or every person he tries to appoint is immediately attacked by these ‘tards. They are quite actively working AGAINST the people of the United States. I’d call it domestic terrorism—from Brenda Snipes trying to influence elections to the Kavanaugh brouhaha to Ivanka’s emails (but never Hillary’s), and stuff like this.


5 posted on 11/21/2018 10:25:59 AM PST by EinNYC
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“The nation’s highest law enforcement officer should be above reproach,"

Right, like....Eric Holder. Now THERE was an apolitical AG.

6 posted on 11/21/2018 10:27:20 AM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: EinNYC

They still have to deal with 65 million of us that will support him to the hilt


7 posted on 11/21/2018 10:28:12 AM PST by Renegade
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I wish these fag “watchdog groups” would stick to probing each other and let the adults do the government sh*t.


8 posted on 11/21/2018 10:30:23 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (#NotARussianBot)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Whitaker’s recently released financial disclosure forms reveal undisclosed conflicts of interest”


9 posted on 11/21/2018 10:31:51 AM PST by Brian Griffin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

The group, founded by a former Obama State Department attorney
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Can you say Deep State?


10 posted on 11/21/2018 10:32:12 AM PST by Lurkinanloomin (Natural Born Citizen Means Born Here of Citizen Parents__Know Islam, No Peace - No Islam, Know Peace)
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“The nation’s highest law enforcement officer should be above reproach”

How about the “Special Counsel” whose current title holder has multiple conflicts of interest, recorded judgements against him that resulted in rebukes and reversals, and is credibly accusable at this moment in history of engaging in a campaign of sedition?


11 posted on 11/21/2018 10:32:34 AM PST by Regulator
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To: major-pelham

So, don’t stand in the way of confirmation of a candidate to be Attorney General when Trump nominates one.

But NOOOO, the renegades in the Senate want the issue so much more than they would ever want a resolution.

I’m talking to YOU, Chuck Schumer. If you won’t be part of the solution, you inevitably become part of the problem.


12 posted on 11/21/2018 10:34:35 AM PST by alloysteel (To try and fail, that is glorious. To never try at all, that is ignominy, far worse than failure.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Quite the team and board.. Left as ya can get..

https://www.americanoversight.org/about

https://www.americanoversight.org/board


13 posted on 11/21/2018 10:35:49 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Monthly Donors Rock!!!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Not seeing any complaints related to the Hatch Act.


14 posted on 11/21/2018 10:37:25 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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"Attorney General Whitaker’s financial disclosures raise potential concerns of both dishonesty and covert partisan conflicts of interest,”

If they were dishonest or covert, he wouldn't have included them in his financial disclosures.

15 posted on 11/21/2018 10:37:46 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Taking money [~$300,000 personally & $8,800 to a campaign committee] and doing nothing doesn’t seem to me to be a violation of the Hatch Act.


16 posted on 11/21/2018 10:38:26 AM PST by Brian Griffin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Since DJTrump was announced as the winner of the 2016 Presidential Election, they go after this president every second of every minute of every day.


17 posted on 11/21/2018 10:39:02 AM PST by stylin19a (Best.Election.Of.All.Times.Ever.In.The.History.Of.Ever)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They’ll make noise and Trump will win. Either Whitaker or a permanent AG they’ll hate even more.


18 posted on 11/21/2018 10:40:53 AM PST by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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“American Oversight is a non-partisan, nonprofit ethics watchdog and is the top Freedom of Information Act litigator investigating the Trump administration.”

https://www.americanoversight.org/about


19 posted on 11/21/2018 10:42:46 AM PST by Brian Griffin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

This is rich considering no such complaint was filed against Mueller, Comy, Rosenstein etc etc by this group. Description of the group should be “partisan group” not watchdog group.


20 posted on 11/21/2018 11:12:18 AM PST by falcon99
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