According to the lead investigator members of the Department of Energy (DOE) instructed their subordinates not to cooperate with investigators. The investigation first began over allegations that the DOE was using illicit hiring practices. Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has released a letter later acquired by the Washington Free Beacon. The letter revealed that the deputy secretary of energy issued the gag order following a scathing inspector general report last week.
What was in that report? It showed that “Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a division of the Department of Energy (DOE), had violated DOE hiring guidelines in ways that disadvantaged military veterans.”
Issa went on to say that Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman “verbally instructed Elliot Mainzer, the individual [Poneman] chose to serve as acting administrator of BPA, that no BPA employees were to talk with anyone regarding these allegations, including congressional investigators.”
Issa suggested to do such was illegal.
“Obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime,” he noted. “Additionally, denying or interfering with employees’ rights to furnish information to Congress is against the law.”
The DOE investigation comes to the forefront after recent discrimination scandals by the IRS and the EPA where the selective targeting of conservatives occurred. Now there is no question why a poll found that 56% of American voters view the feds as a threat to individual rights.
One might ponder where is the DOJ? The DOJ is suing Florida over is poor practices toward disadvantaged kids, then why can’t the DOJ step in and prosecute the illegal gag order that was set up to hide the DOE’s poor practices toward disadvantaged vets? Perhaps Attorney General Holder doesn’t care that conservatives and veterans are being targeted or maybe hes to concerned with his investigation into Zimmerman to notice?