Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thank you Sean Roaney.

Lisa Jackson has indicated that she is stepping down as the head of the EPA. I don't blame her, seeing how she has been seriously undercut by the administration on several instances. Obama's record has been weakest at Interior and EPA, at least in my opinion, with the Justice Department and his record on civil liberties a close third. I plan on writing a post on the subject very soon.

There was an article regarding her resignation at the Los Angeles Times this morning, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to step down.

One of the commenters, a Sean Roaney, who I believe is a frequent commenter and Los Angeles area attorney, wrote the following comments, which I think are worth considering. Think about how many people were indicted during the Bush administration. In comparison, Obama's record of appointments have been pretty squeaky clean!

Oh, goodie!  The baggers are gleeful that an Obama administration is resigning.  At least it's not under a cloud of looming criminal charges.  Now, lemme think, who else previously left a presidential administration under criminal charges?  Oh yeah...
·       Scooter Libby
Chief of Staff to Dick Cheney.  Convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice.   Dubya commuted the sentence.
·        David Safavian
GSA Chief of Staff, guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice and sentenced to 18 months.
·        Roger Stillwell  
Staffer in the Department of the Interior under George W. Bush.   Pleaded guilty and received two years suspended sentence.
·        Susan B. Ralston
Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to Karl Rove, resigned October 6, 2006 after it became known that she accepted gifts and passed information to her former boss Jack Abramoff.
·        J. Steven Griles
Former Deputy to the Secretary of the Interior.  Pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.  Sentenced to 10 months.
·        Italia Federici
Staffer for the Secretary of Interior, and President of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy.  Pleaded guilty to tax evasion and obstruction of justice.   Sentenced to four years probation.
 ·        Jared Carpenter
Vice-President of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy.  Pleaded guilty to income tax evasion.   Sentenced to 45 days, plus 4 years probation.
 ·        Mark Zachares
Staffer in the Department of Labor, bribed by Abramoff, guilty of conspiracy to defraud.
 ·        Robert E. Coughlin
Deputy Chief of Staff, Criminal Division of the Justice Department.  Pleaded guilty to conflict of interest after accepting bribes from Jack Abramoff. 
 ·        Lester Crawford
Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, resigned after 2 months. Pleaded guilty to conflict of interest and received 3 years suspended sentence and fined $90,000.  
 ·        Claude Allen
Advisor to President Bush on Domestic Policy, Allen was arrested for a series of felony thefts in retail stores such as Target.  He was convicted on one count and resigned soon after.
 ·         Bernard Kerik
His nomination in 2004 as Secretary of Homeland Security was derailed by past employment of an illegal alien as a nanny and other improprieties. On Nov 4, 2009 he pled quilty to two counts of tax fraud and five counts of lying to the federal government and was sentenced to fours years in prison.
 ·        Brian J. Doyle 
Deputy Press Secretary in the United States Department of Homeland Security. Indicted for seducing a 14-year-old girl on the internet who was actually a sheriff's deputy. On November 17, 2006, he was sentenced to 5 years in prison, 10 years of probation and was registered as a sex offender.

And unlike baggers, I cite my sources:

1.      Michael J. Sniffen and Matt Apuzzo (Associated Press),"Libby Found Guilty in CIA Leak Trial: Ex-Cheney Aide Libby Found Guilty of Obstruction, Perjury, Lying to the FBI in CIA Leak Case", ABC News, March 6, 2007
3.      Birnbaum, Jeffrey H. (June 21, 2006). "Ex-Aide To Bush Found Guilty". The Washington Post.
5., October 7, 2006, "Rove Aid Linked to Abramoff Resigns" by Peter Baker and James V. Grimaldi
6., March 24, 2007, "Former Aide Pleads Guilty to Lying" by Edmund L. Andrews
7.      Matt Apuzzo (June 6, 2007). "New Charges Filed in Abramoff Probe". Associated Press.
8.     Mark Heilprin (June 8, 2007). "GOP fundraiser pleads guilty in probe". Associated Press.
9.     Susan Schmidt (December 15, 2007). "Republican With Links to Abramoff Is Sentenced".  Washington Post.
10.   Mike Soraghan (July 14, 2007). "Abramoff investigation leads to another guilty plea". The Hill.
11.   "Ex-FDA Chief Gets Probation, Fine for Lying About Stocks". The Associated Press. February 28, 2007.
12.    Washington Post - March 10, 2006
13.   New york Times, December 12, 2006 "Report Details Archives Theft by Ex-Adviser" by Eric Lichtblau
14.   New York Times, November 5, 2009, "Kerick Pleads Quilty in Corruption Case" by Sam Dolnick
15.   "Homeland Security official arrested in child sex sting". CNN. April 5, 2006.

Pfft!  'Stinky fish', I'm so sure.

Damn!  You guys just don't know when to cork it!  You keep giving me stuff to talk about.
Secret emails?  Hmm...reminds me of the Republican Senate Judiciary Committee staffers who illegally hacked into the Democratic staffer's computers and obtained privileged information:

"Infiltration of files seen as extensiveSenate panel's GOP staff pried on Democrats
By Charlie Savage, Globe Staff  |  January 22, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe.
"From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight -- and with what tactics.
The office of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms William Pickle has already launched an investigation into how excerpts from 15 Democratic memos showed up in the pages of the conservative-leaning newspapers and were posted to a website last November.
With the help of forensic computer experts from General Dynamics and the US Secret Service, his office has interviewed about 120 people to date and seized more than half a dozen computers -- including four Judiciary servers, one server from the office of Senate majority leader Bill Frist of Tennessee, and several desktop hard drives"
Sean Roaney

Sean unfortunately was only scratching the surface. Look at how many Bush administration officials were either indicted or resigned under pressure here.

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