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September 10, 2014

IG: Justice Department Impeding Our Investigations

The executive branch department responsible for enforcing the law is instead preventing the law from being enforced? Incroyable!

The Inspector General Act of 1978 grants IGs "access to all records, reports, audits, reviews, documents, papers, recommendations or other material" within a federal department or agency.

Horowitz said he appreciated efforts by Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole to intervene on behalf of IG requests.

But Horowitz said having to rely upon DOJ's senior leaders to gain access to documents Congress clearly intends to be given to IGs on request is inconsistent with the law.

In addition, such dependence "compromises our independence. The IG Act expressly provides that an independent inspector general should decide whether documents are relevant to an IG's work; however, the current process at the department instead places that decision and authority in the leadership of the agency that is being subjected to our oversight."

Well dang. If the press corps isn't going to be independent, we see no real reason why the IG corps should expect to be.

Posted by Cassandra at September 10, 2014 09:48 AM

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You know it's somehow Bush's fault. I'm not sure by what dynamics he is responsible. But responsible he is.

Posted by: Joatmoaf at September 10, 2014 11:49 AM

This whole thing is especially ridiculous in light of the whole Bush era controversy over a "politicized" DoJ.

Next to these folks, the Bush DoJ were rank amateurs.

Posted by: Cassandra at September 10, 2014 12:38 PM

Well, he was just a shrub.

Posted by: DL Sly at September 10, 2014 01:11 PM