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Sebelius Told Contractors Not Talk To Congress

From Breitbart:

Issa to Sebelius: Telling Contractors to Stonewall Congress Is ‘Criminal Obstruction’

December 11, 2013

On Wednesday, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa sent a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, angrily telling her that HHS’ attempts to block contractors from giving information to Congress on Obamacare was a violation of law.

On December 6, HHS told Creative Computing Solutions, Inc. not to give information to the Oversight Committee, stating, “If you receive a request for this information from Congress, CMS will respond directly to the requestor[.]”

Given the Obama administration’s record of stonewalling Congress (Fast & Furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA), Ms. Sebelius could be forgiven for thinking such behavior is completely acceptable, if not actively encouraged.

Issa wrote, “The Department’s most recent effort to stonewall, however, has morphed from mere obstinacy into criminal obstruction of a congressional investigation.” He added,

“Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a crime. The federal obstruction laws reflect the fact that Congress’ right of access to information is constitutionally based and critical to the integrity and effectiveness of our oversight and investigative activities.  For that reason, it is widely understood that private citizens and companies cannot contract away their duty to comply with a congressional request for documents.”

Under the law, Issa pointed out, “any effort to enforce a contract that prevents a federal employee – or in this case, a contractor – from communicating [to] Congress is unlawful.”

Would it be too cynical to suggest that Ms. Sebelius’s decision yesterday to order the HHS’s Inspector General to investigate the Obama-Care roll-out is great timing?

Now Sebelius won’t have to order contractors and employees to stonewall Congress. She can just remind them they cannot comment on these matters while are under investigation by the IG.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Sebelius Told Contractors Not Talk To Congress”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    I’m sure the head of the Justice Department, Holder, who is still in contempt for obstructing a congressional investigation, will get right to prosecuting Ms. Sebelius for criminal obstruction. Any minute now.

    “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce …” contempt for the separation of powers is not a new thing, however, if it continues unabated it may just be the end of representative government in America.

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