President Barack Obama claims that Republicans are busy probing ‘phony scandals.’ But the sheer number of scandals suggests that misbehavior, abuse of power, and possibly corruption are not something being dreamed up by the GOP, but a defining characteristic of the Obama administration.
Here is a full list of the administration’s most egregious scandals. The ones we know about, at least:
1. IRS targets Obama’s enemies
The IRS targeted conservative and pro-Israel groups prior to the 2012 election. Questions are being raised about why this occurred, who ordered it, whether there was any White House involvements and whether there was an initial effort to hide who knew about the targeting and when.
2. Benghazi: Three Scandals in one
The failure of the administration to protect the Benghazi mission.
The changes made to the talking points in order to suggest that the attack was motivated by an anti-Muslim video.
The refusal of the White House to say what President Obama did the night of the attack.
3. Watching the AP:
The Justice Department performed a massive cull of Associated Press reporters’ phone records as part of a leak investigation.
The Justice Department suggested that Fox News reported, James Rosen is a criminal for reporting classified information and subsequently monitored his phones and emails.
5. Potential Holder Perjury I:
Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that he had never been associated with ‘potential prosecution’ of a journalist for perjury when, in fact, he signed the affidavit that termed Rosen a potential criminal.
6. The ATF “Fast and Furious” Scheme:
Allowed weapons from the U.S. to ‘walk’ across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
7. Potential Holder Perjury II:
Holder told Congress in May 2011 that he had just recently heard about the Fast and Furious gun-walking scheme when there is evidence that he may have known much earlier.
8. Sebelius demands payment:
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sbelius solicited donations from companies HHS might regulate. The money would be used to help her sign up uninsured Americans for ObamaCare.
9. The Pigford Scandal:
An Agriculture Department effort that started out as an attempt to compensate African-American farmers who had been discriminated against by the agency but evolved into a gravy train delivering several billion dollars in cash to thousands of additional minority and female farmers who did not face discrimination.
10. GSA Gone Wild:
The General Services Administration (GSA) in 2010 held an $823,000 training conference in Las Vegas, featuring a clown as well as mind readers. This resulted in the resignation of the GSA administrator.
11. Veteran Affairs in Disney World:
The Agency wasted more than $6 million in two conferences in Orlando. This resulted in an assistant secretary being fired.
12. Sebulius violates the Hatch Act:
A United States special counsel determined that Sebelius violated the Hatch Act when she made ‘extemporaneous partisan remarks’ during a speech in her official capacity last year. During the remarks, Sebelius called for the election of the Democratic candidate for governor of North Carolina.
Republicans charged the Obama Administration funded and promoted its poster boy for green energy despite warning signs that the company was headed for bankruptcy. The administration also allegedly pressed Solyndra to delay layoff announcements until after the 2010 midterm elections.
14. AKA Lisa Jackson:
Former EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson used the name ‘Richard Windsor’ when corresponding by email with other government officials, drawing charges that she was trying to evade scrutiny.
15. The New Black Panthers:
The Justice Department was accused of using a racial double standard in failing to pursue a voter intimidation case against the Black Panthers who appeared to be menacing voters at a polling place in 2008 in Philadelphia.
16. Waging War all by himself:
Barack Obama violated the Constitution of the United States, and both the letter and the spirit of the War Powers Resolution by attacking Libya without Congressional approval.
17. Joe Biden bullies the Press:
Vice President, Joe Biden has repeatedly interfered with coverage – including forcing a reporter to wait in a closet, making a reporter delete photos, and editing pool reports.
18. AKPD not A-OK:
The Obama Administration paid millions of dollars to the former firm of then-White House adviser David Axelrod, AKPD Message and Media to promote passage of ObamaCare. Some questioned whether the firm was hired to help pay Axelrod $2 million that AK owed him.
19. Sestak, we will take care of you:
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used Bill Clinton as an intermediary to prove whether or not formed Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) would accept a prominent, unpaid White House advisory position in exchange for dropping out of the 2010 primary against former Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.).
20. I will pass my own laws:
Barack Obama has repeatedly been accused of making end runs around Congress by deciding which laws to enforce – including the decision not to deport illegal immigrants who may have been allowed to stay in the United States had Congress passed the ‘Dream Act.”
21. The hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer:
It is not clear who hacked the CBS reporter’s computer as she investigated the Benghazi scandal, but the Obama Administration and its allies had the motive and the means to do it in order to delete an unfavorable story of him. Hence showing that Obama disbelieves in one’s freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
22. An American Political Prisoner:
The sudden decision to arrest Bassely Nakoula on unrelated charges after protests in the Arab world over his anti-Muslim video is an extraordinarily suspicious coincidence. “We’re going to go out and we’re going to prosecute the person that made that video.” – Hillary Clinton allegedly told the father of one of the ex-SEALs killed in Benghazi.
23. Getting rid of inconvenient IGs:
Corporation for National and Community Service Inspector General, Gerald Walpin was fired in 2009 as he fought against wasteful spending and investigated a friend of Obama’s Sacramento Mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson. The White House said that Walpin was ‘incompetent.’ Let us also keep in mind that as of June 2016, Barack Obama has placed the United States in an overwhelming $19 trillion debt.
24. Influence peddling
An investigation is underway of Alejandro Mayorkas, the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, who has been nominated by Barack Obama for the number two post at the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas allegedlyused his position to unfairly obtain U.S. visas for foreign investors in a company run by Hillary Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham.