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Tag: Obama administration

House Committee Calls for Investigation of Secret Service Leak

secret service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A House committee wants the Obama administration to investigate Secret Service employees who circulated personnel information that showed the panel’s chairman was denied a job as an agent, The Washington Post reports. 

The committee that oversees the Secret Service discovered last week that unflattering information about Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, was circulated at the agency’s headquarters.

Chaffetz told the Post in an interview that he was denied a job for the Secret Service in a Wester field office around 2003.

Chaffetz said it was “disconcerting to say the least” that he was the butt of a joke.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson agreed an investigation is warranted.

“If and to the extent the matters reflected in this report are accurate, then the United States Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security owe the member of Congress an apology,” Johnson said. He added: “If true, those responsible should be held accountable.”

 

Obama Administration Plans to Nominate Sally Quillian Yates As Deputy AG

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sally Quillian Yates, a U.S. attorney from Georgia, is expected to be the Obama administration’s choice for deputy attorney general, the Washington Post reports, citing U.S. officials.

The deputy attorney general position is the second-highest-ranking post in the Justice Department and is in charge of day-to-day operations.

When Yates became the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia in 2010, she became the first woman to serve in that position.

If all goes as planned, Yates would replace outgoing Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, who is leaving the post in January for a job in the private sector.

Inspector General: Obama Administration Not Notified of Massive Release of Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 2,000 immigrants were released from jail because of budget concerns, but the Homeland Security secretary was never notified, according to a critical report from the inspector general.

The Associated Press reports that ICE also poorly planned for the influx of immigrant arrests at the Mexico border and failed to accurately track spending.

Information on the massive release was never shared in advance with political appointees or other White House officials of the implications of the budget cuts, according to the report.

The Obama administration initially denied an AP report about the release of more than 2,000 immigrants, but that’s because there was no knowledge of the situation, the report found.

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ATF Handles Far Fewer Cases Because of Policy Change Under President Obama

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of ATF cases recommended for prosecution dropped by a third since 2004, according to data compiled by Syracuse University, the Washington Times reports.

Federal investigators and gun law experts said the decline is attributed to a policy change in the Obama administration, which has changed its focus to regulatory-type cases.

“Within the later part of the Bush years, case selections within the ATF have gone from mostly violent crime cases – which is their forte – toward the regulatory, where they look at dealers, manufacturers and trafficking cases – and they take a lot more time to develop,” said Robert Sanders, a former ATF assistant director. “The agencies philosophy has shifted to guns are the problem, and access to guns are the problem, rather than the criminal being the direct indicator of crime.”

Under Obama, the agency merged its regulatory division with law enforcement.

The result was the loss of law-enforcement and an increased focus on regulation, the Washington Times wrote.

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Republican Congressman Accuses Obama Administration of ‘Nixonian’ Attempt to Control DEA Chief

Michele Leonhart/dea photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart has come under fire recently for being out of sync with the Obama administration over drug policies and sentencing requirements.

Now Rep. Frank Wolf, a Virginia Republican, is coming to Leonhart’s defense, saying the Obama administration should butt out following news that Attorney General Eric Holder spoke with the DEA chief about her critical comments about the president’s sentencing reforms, the Huffington Post reports.

What Wolf doesn’t say is that Leonhart is a politically appointed position.

“Having served in the Nixon Administration, I am well aware of how the political leadership of an administration can try to politicize the civil service, including law enforcement,” Wolf wrote. “This article suggests a similar ‘Nixonian’ effort to pressure a career law enforcement leader into changing her congressional testimony and public comments to fit the narrative of the administration. I am deeply concerned and hope you will correct the record if the information reported was inaccurate.”

Justice Department Readies for Unprecedented Campaign to Grant Clemency to Nonviolent Offenders

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is anticipating thousands of clemency requests from federal inmates imprisoned for drug offenses.

The Washington Post reports that the clemencies are part of an unprecedented campaign to create more equity in criminal sentencing by freeing some nonviolent offenders.

The initiative will last two years and will involve dozens of reassigned lawyers to the pardons office.

“The White House has indicated it wants to consider additional clemency applications, to restore a degree of justice, fairness and proportionality for deserving individuals who do not pose a threat to public safety,” Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday.

“The Justice Department is committed to recommending as many qualified applicants as possible for reduced sentences.”

Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to 3+ Years for Leaking Intelligence to AP

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent who leaked information to the Associated Press was sentenced Thursday to about three-and-a-half years in prison for possessing and disclosing secret information, the AP reports.

Donald Sachteren, 55, was accused of disclosing intelligence about the U.S. operation in Yemen in 2012.

The discovery prompted feds to seize phone records from the AP in search of the source.

“Clearly, you have betrayed your nation,” U.S. District Judge William T. Lawrence told 25-year veteran of the FBI, the AP wrote.

The prosecution is part of the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of intelligence leakers.

President Obama to Search for New Homeland Security Secretary to Replace Napolitano

 

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama soon will have to replace Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano after she announced Friday that she’s resigning to head the University of California system, the Washington Post reports.

Napolitano plans to resign in September, which gives Obama a little more than a month to find a replacement.

The White House gave no indication of a deadline or about who is in the running, The Post reported.

The next Homeland Security secretary is important because he or she will be responsible for overhauling the immigration system.