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    Congressional oversight of the executive branch is a mandated duty that Congress is bound to perform. And if you're not inclined to violate the law, then you have nothing to worry about...and Representative Clyburn is the perfect person to head the new committee.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartandhp

    President Donald Trump warned against "witch hunts" during the coronavirus pandemic after Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she will create a bipartisan House Select Committee to track the federal response to the outbreak.

    The committee, which will be chaired by Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., will have the power to issue subpoenas. The panel will focus on accountability, transparency, and oversight of the federal coronavirus response, hoping to also include supervision to the $2 trillion stimulus package.
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

  • #2
    Over site is a good idea . Hopefully they will keep the politics out of it.
    "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it" Beatrice Evelyn Hall
    Updated for the 21st century... except if you are criticizing islam, that scares the $hii+e out of me!

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    • #3
      What Pelosi's committee will actually do:

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      • #4
        Originally posted by 17thfabn View Post
        Over site is a good idea . Hopefully they will keep the politics out of it.
        That's a nice idea, but I believe that's the motivation behind it.
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        "Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight." -Proverbs 18:17

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        • #5
          Trump's inherent dishonesty and corruption are what is behind it.
          We are not now that strength which in old days
          Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
          Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
          To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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          • #6
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            "Any story sounds true until someone tells the other side and sets the record straight." -Proverbs 18:17

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            • #7
              If you fire all of the competent and honest public servants, what do you have left? What you get is yes-men and corruption.

              https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartandhp
              President Trump is firing the intelligence community inspector general whose insistence on telling lawmakers about a whistle-blower complaint about his dealings with Ukraine triggered impeachment proceedings last fall, the president told lawmakers in a letter late Friday.
              as the independent watchdog for $500 billion in corporate pandemic aid and notified Congress of other nominees to inspector general positions, including one that would effectively oust the newly named chairman of a panel
              to oversee how the government spends $2 trillion in coronavirus relief.

              The slew of late-night announcements, coming as the world’s attention is gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, raised the specter of a White House power play over the community of inspectors general, independent officials whose mission is to root out waste, fraud and abuse within the government.

              Mr. Trump is ousting the intelligence community inspector general, Michael K. Atkinson, because he lost confidence in him, the president wrote in a letter to leaders of the two congressional intelligence committees. He gave no further explanation.

              “As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as president, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general,” Mr. Trump wrote. “That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”

              The president has long discussed his desire to fire several inspectors general, and he has been talking to aides about his desire to oust Mr. Atkinson since last fall, tarring the inspector general as disloyal because he sought to share information with Congress about the president’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into delivering him personal political benefits.
              We are not now that strength which in old days
              Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
              Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
              To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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              • #8
                Another Friday night firing...

                https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartandhp
                Democrats on Friday reacted furiously to President Trump’s decision to fire the intelligence community inspector general who informed Congress about the Ukraine whistleblower complaint.

                "Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing," said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who chairs the House Intelligence Committee.

                Trump notified both the Senate and House intelligence committees in a letter that he was removing Atkinson, effective in 30 days.


                “As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as President, have power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General,” Trump said in the letter. “That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General.”

                Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Trump of firing people “for telling the truth.”

                “Michael Atkinson is a man of integrity who has served our nation for almost two decades. Being fired for having the courage to speak truth to power makes him a patriot,” Schumer said in a statement.

                Atkinson’s role in the Ukraine controversy, which quickly mushroomed into an impeachment inquiry and eventual Senate trial — resulting in Trump's acquittal — began in August.

                Atkinson received a complaint from the still unidentified whistleblower about Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In that call, Trump urged Zelensky to “look into” allegations about Ukrainian interference in 2016, as well as the actions of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter in the country.

                Democrats alleged that Trump’s actions represented a “quid pro quo” for political investigations in return for the unlocking of military aid — a charge Trump denied. The House would impeach him on two articles: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

                In letters to lawmakers after receiving the complaint in August, Atkinson said he believed the complaint was “urgent” and “credible.” But the acting director of national intelligence at the time, Joseph Maguire, said he did not believe it met the definition of “urgent.”
                We are not now that strength which in old days
                Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                • #9
                  And then we have this:

                  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartandhp
                  Representative Adam Schiff condemned Donald Trump's decision to fire the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson, warning that the president was "gutting the independence of the intelligence community."
                  We are not now that strength which in old days
                  Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                  Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                  To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                  • #10
                    More criticism of the firing of another IG:

                    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartandhp
                    Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis issued a rare public rebuke of President Trump Tuesday over his decision to fire Glenn Fine, the Pentagon inspector general charged with overseeing implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.

                    “Mr. Fine is a public servant in the finest tradition of honest, competent governance,” Mattis told Yahoo News in an email. “In my years of extensive engagement with him as our Department of Defense’s acting Inspector General, he proved to be a leader whose personal and managerial integrity were always of the highest order.”



                    The Department of Defense announced Trump’s latest salvo in an ongoing bid to reshape government oversight of his administration on Tuesday, saying that the president had removed Fine from the acting inspector general role he had held at the Pentagon for more than four years.

                    “Mr. Fine is no longer on the pandemic response accountability committee,” Department of Defense spokeswoman Dwrena Allen said in a written statement.

                    Prior to his role at the Pentagon, Fine served for 11 years as inspector general at the Justice Department. Allen said he would be replaced by Sean O’Donnell, who currently serves as inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency.
                    We are not now that strength which in old days
                    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                    • #11
                      More on the IG firing:

                      https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...cid=spartandhp
                      Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said on Wednesday he's assembled a bipartisan group of senators calling on President Donald Trump to provide a "a detailed written explanation" about the removal of the inspector general who flagged the Ukraine whistleblower complaint.

                      We are not now that strength which in old days
                      Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
                      Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
                      To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by 17thfabn View Post
                        Over site is a good idea . Hopefully they will keep the politics out of it.

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