The Unintended Transparency Of Obama’s DOJ

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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!

Bre­it­bart has the whole story includ­ing the let­ter sent by Dar­rell Issa to Eric Holder.

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.

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AP DillonA.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 LadyLib​er​ty1885​.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 Stop​Com​mon​CoreNC​.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.

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!

Breitbart has the whole story including the letter sent by Darrell Issa to Eric Holder.

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.

 

If you enjoyed this article, you should really check out other pieces written by Da Tech Guy’s Magnificent Seven writers and maybe hit that tip jar!

AP DillonA.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.