The Obama snub is the first sign of how the administration will respond to demands for documents and testimony by key officials ... now that the GOP holds the power of congressional subpoena... [Committee Chairman Darrell Issa stated that] “I asked DHS to produce this information by Jan. 29 – two weeks from the date of my second letter ... The department gave no indication that it would not be able to comply with the deadline.”
Further, Issa charges that top DHS officials actually instructed career employees not to search for the documents he is requesting... “I was disappointed to learn that on or about Jan. 20, 2011, DHS’s Office of General Counsel instructed career staff in the Privacy Office not to search for documents responsive to my request,” Issa says in the Feb. 1 letter.
Issa is requesting documents from DHS about political interference with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the agency... In July, the Associated Press reported top DHS officials told career employees to steer sensitive FOIA requests to Obama’s political advisers for unusual scrutiny... FOIA requests by lawmakers, watchdog groups and journalists were subjected to the special political reviews...
In other words, Freedom of Information requests were routed to Obama's political advisers -- delightful fellows like David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel -- to help suppress disclosure of information that could prove damaging to the president's image.
One wag suggested that Congress may get faster results making requests through WikiLeaks. But this is no joke: it represents the kind of cover-up that led to the fall of Richard Nixon.
ObamaCare Enjoined -- Will the Administration Abide?
Judge Roger Vinson's ruling that Obamacare's individual mandate is unconstitutional did more than declare the law null and avoid -- the judge "stated in his decision that a declaratory judgment is the functional equivalent of an injunction," Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "This means that, for Wisconsin, the federal health care law is dead..."
Now that a federal judge has issued a de facto injunction against implementation of the health care takeover, I'll give you three guesses as to how the White House is reacting. And if all three of your guess were: 'They'll ignore the judge, insult him, and continue anyhow -- kind of like a Banana Republic', you'd be right.
Consider "White House vows to implement health care reform, despite judge’s ruling":
Senior administration officials vowed on Monday to continue with the full implementation of President Obama’s health-care reform law despite a federal judge’s decision declaring the law unconstitutional and void in its entirety... ...Administration officials and supporters of the health-care reform law immediately criticized Vinson’s ruling. “This case will be viewed as an outlier,” one administration official said.
CNBC's John Carney accurately dissects the issues by asking "Is The Obama Administration Throwing Us Into a Constitutional Crisis Over Health Care?":
'...the law is void and cannot be implemented from this point forward. The Administration’s legal remedy is to seek a stay of the ruling pending appeal. It cannot just defy a federal court ruling. If it tries, the plaintiffs should go to court for the injunction and/or seek an order of contempt against the administration. Pretending that the ruling doesn’t change anything when it unequivocally does, would be both a petulant and extra-legal approach to governance...'
So has the Obama administration halted the implementation of the law? The answer is: No.
The website of the White House is unambiguous about this: “Implementation will continue.”
Indeed: the state attorneys general should immediately ask the judge to hold the administration in contempt.
A Constitutional Crisis?
Speaking of contempt, that's a good word to describe the esteem in which the White House holds the Constitution. Its hatred for the law appears palpable.
Defying the will of Congress and the direct order of a federal judge means that the Obama administration is touching off a Constitutional crisis far worse than that which led to Richard Nixon's resignation.
Only in this case, the media doesn't care because the president's a left-leaning zealot, just like most of them.
This administration is acting as though it's running Venezuela or Nicaragua, which -- come to think of it -- would be far better suited to a man of Obama's talents.
This is the United States of America, not a third world dictatorship. If the president refuses to cooperate with Congress and the courts, he should be impeached. No ifs, ands or buts.
Update/correction: Ace indicates that Issa's formal request was not a subpoena, though that's probably next on the agenda.
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