Will the Corruption at the Department of Justice Never End?
“Attorney General Eric Holder today welcomed the confirmation of… Michael E. Horowitz as Inspector General for the Justice Department,” a Friday Office of Public Affairs release announces.
“…Horowitz [was] confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate,” it reports.
The nominee was confirmed by a voice vote, per the Library of Congress THOMAS legislative database.
As Ronald Kolb at American Thinker reported on October 7, 2011:
And Mr. Obama and Mr. Holder are apparently leaving nothing to chance. On July 29, Obama nominated Michael Horowitz (who had previously worked at the Justice Department) to become the full-time inspector general. It turns out that in 2009, when Lanny Breuer was facing confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Horowitz had sent them a personal recommendation on Breuer’s behalf.
Breuer’s “Project Gunwalker” culpability has been the subject of scrutiny both at the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog and Gun Rights Examiner since early February, 2011. During that time period, just a few months after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, it has subsequently been learned that Breuer was still suggesting “fighting arms trafficking by using the tactic of intentionally letting guns flow into Mexico via criminals.”
The Office of Inspector General, which Horowitz will now head, has also been the subject of scrutiny under the stewardship of acting Inspector General, long-time Eric Holder loyalist Cynthia A. Schedar, whose office was reported to have shown deliberate indifference from the outset on Gunwalker whistleblower complaints resulting in a “no confidence” assessment from ranking Senate Judiciary Committee member Chuck Grassley. Also of concern: the length of time it’s taken to complete the investigation, and allegations of inappropriate information leaks in both Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious investigations.
With all the apparent issues and concerns at stake, and with the Department of Justice stonewalling Congressional oversight every step of the way, why is it appropriate to approve the administration’s strategically-picked nominee–the guy Obama and Holder want be in charge of future “Gunwalker” investigation efforts–without creating a record of “the names or numbers of senators voting on each side”?
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