After eight years of Obama amassing an inexcusable amount of blunders and presiding over a scandal-ridden administration, most Americans were fed up and happily ushered in a new President of the United States in Donald Trump. As a non-politician Trump hired some qualified and some non-qualified individuals as cabinet secretaries, some who were politicians and some who were not. Some worked out, some didn’t. Some are long gone, but a few are still around. One who is still around is Department of Justice Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who at the beginning of President Trump’s term seemed promising as one who would clean up the mess the previous DOJ made and prosecute those who needed to be brought up on charges. Oddly, this did not happen the way Americans wanted. Instead Sessions recused himself from being involved in an investigation about a suspicion some DOJ officials had about Russian involvement in the 2016 election.
Now after several intimidating and ridiculing tweets from President Trump about AG Sessions’ inability and/or neglect to do his job, it appears that he may be on his way out. If so, here are five things a new AG should immediately investigate.
Operation Fast and Furious
You might think that a covert operation as serious as Fast and Furious, where firearms were trafficked to drug cartels in a misguided scheme to then track them so they can disrupt drug traffickers operating in the U.S., would spark a huge outrage when it turned into a fiasco and went unpunished. The previous administration was knee-deep in the corruption, then Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama clearly possessing knowledge of the operation.
Prevailing wisdom should suggest that the next legitimate administration would properly investigate and get to the bottom of this since it failed to get too far past Obama. Now that there’s a new Attorney General, it’s disheartening that justice still has not prevailed.
If not for the American people, who have a right to know what the Obama/Holder DOJ was up to, if not for the integrity of our nation’s security and trust in the American people, at least do it for the family of Border Patrol Agent Bryan Terry, who was shot and killed by a cartel member using one of the firearms involved in the Fast and Furious firearms sale.
Embassy Attack in Benghazi
On September 11, 2012 our embassy in Benghazi, Libya was attacked and led to the brutal murders of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other State Department officials by Libyan rebels. It all happened on Obama’s and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s watch, although they do not wish to hold themselves responsible for it.
Prior to the attack, Ambassador Stevens had warned Clinton of the impending danger and requested support. Sec. Clinton refused to send the adequate support that was desperately needed. To make matters worse, special agents in the area were told to stand down and not take action. To make matters even worse, the Obama administration went into damage control mode, manufacturing a story that the attack was a spontaneous outbreak arising from the anger they had about an anti-Muslim YouTube video some young kid in America made. This was obviously false but the State Department still went with it and the mainstream media ran with it. On the Sunday morning news programs following the attack, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice fed the lie to the American public.
It’s time for Clinton and others to be held responsible.
IRS Targeting of Americans for their Political Beliefs
When Obama entered office in 2009 many were not happy about it but were willing to give him a chance to prove he was up to the task of running the most powerful country in the world. It wasn’t long before people regretted their decisions. It became clear that Obama was going to push for universal health care, raise taxes and distribute the earnings of hard-working Americans to non-working Americans. As a result, more people became welfare recipients, more people depended on food stamps and America’s debt grew by several trillions of dollars.
As soon as American citizens noticed the doom our country was headed for, conservatives and others formed groups and organizations, largely attached to the movement known as the TEA party, to protest and try to stop Obama’s liberal agenda. Under the adopted acronym Taxed Enough Already, the TEA Party was an outpouring of justifiable anger and frustration at what Obama and his administration were beginning to do.
The Obama administration realized their agenda was wildly unpopular with most of the American public, but they were undeterred. They ignored the will of the people and as punishment for their discontent, Obama apparently ordered the Internal Revenue Service to go after various Tea Party, freedom-loving and Pro-America groups, making it difficult for them to achieve tax-exempt status as non-profit organizations and thereby hindering the groups from launching successful campaigns against leftist candidates running for office.
This was clearly an abuse of power by a non-elected bureaucracy and nothing short of tyranny. Former IRS Director Lois Lerner went before the House of Representatives in a hearing but refused to answer questions, asserting her Fifth Amendment right. She and others have not been held accountable for their outrageous actions and need to be.
It’s hard to classify or rate in order of importance the many scandals of the Obama administration. Indeed, each is uniquely egregious. But one that is especially bothersome is Uranium One and involves the illegitimate deal made by the Obama administration with the involvement of then Secretary Hillary Clinton and husband former President Bill Clinton.
In short, the deal included a Russia state-controlled nuclear energy firm acquiring 20 percent of the United States’ uranium in exchange for several millions of dollars funneled to the Clinton’s. A side deal included a speech in Moscow given by Bill Clinton for the measly price of $500,000.
But the fact that so much of America’s uranium was bartered off to a hostile regime is at the height of scandalous. It compromises America’s national security interests. The non-chalantness of the Obama administration should concern us all. With so much evidence, how is it that this case has not been prosecuted?
The adage is not overused in that if a Republican had been involved in such a covert action, high ranking and low ranking Democrats would be calling for their heads. The hyperbole would be spewed and it would be rightly warranted. But this happened on Obama’s watch and has gone nearly unnoticed by any Democrat, especially the mainstream media. If the MSM was the conscience of the people it claims to be, why won’t they report on this? A few of us know why.
Hillary Clinton Email Scandal
Violating the Espionage Act of 1913 is a serious offense. Hillary Clinton likely did just that by allowing national defense information to be “lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed through gross negligence.” But Hillary Clinton, for all her crimes, seems to have been given a pass at every turn. It is high time the American public sees her in cuffs and shackles doing a perp walk to her cell in a federal penitentiary if she is found guilty. She is not above the law. Indeed, many people have been convicted and are serving hard time for far less.
Upon becoming Secretary of State, a position she was not qualified for, Clinton and aide Huma Abedin had a private server set up in a secret room in a Clinton office in Manhattan in order to keep certain facts hidden and untraceable. She must not have realized that in today’s high-tech environment there are people who can hack into a personal server like no one’s business.
There are several more things a new Attorney General should investigate but these five are an important first start. It’s unfortunate that Jeff Sessions, a decent human being, can’t or won’t perform his duties, especially when so many people had high hopes for him to do so. So many people need to be called to answer for their involvement in Obama administration scandals from Hillary Clinton to Susan Rice to Eric Holder to Lois Lerner to James Comey to Jim Clapper to John Brennan and even Barack Obama. With a new Attorney General, perhaps some justice will finally be served.
Tom Folden is a political strategist, conservative thinker, and Editor of RightWingWriter.com, a website for conservative viewpoints. A human rights activist, he is a firm believer in the Constitution and the rule of law. He is also a singer/songwriter and recording artist. For interviews and/or appearances, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.