Home Affairs is about to get very interesting
Kristina Keneally isn’t great at politics, but what she lacks in skill she makes up with viciousness.
I’m just wondering if @ScottMorrisonMP, who criticises @billshortenmp for running in public view, has read Matthew 6:5-6: “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites. They love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and pray so people will see them.” #auspol pic.twitter.com/ZISj5VwRq5
— Kristina Keneally (@KKeneally) April 29, 2019
Yep, this is going to be fun.
But first, Keneally has to do some rewriting.
And so does Niki Savva and Malcolm Turnbull.
Obama was not scandal free
Former US President Barack Obama told an audience in Brazilthat his two-term White House administration showed power does not necessarily have to corrupt those who wield it, alluding to Lord Acton’s famous quote: “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
“Nobody was jailed. We made mistakes. We were not perfect. But we maintained integrity and we were able to show that it is possible to achieve great power without corruption,” Obama said of his own administration, reported the Brazilian edition of El Pais.
This is a lie.
Here’s a short sample and we haven’t even uncovered the full horrors of the spying scandal yet:
State Department email. In an effort to evade federal open-records laws, Mr. Obama’s first secretary of state set up a private server, which she used exclusively to conduct official business, including communications with the president and the transmission of classified material. A federal criminal investigation produced no charges, but FBI Director James Comey reported that the secretary and her colleagues “were extremely careless” in handling national secrets.
Operation Fast and Furious. The Obama Justice Department lost track of thousands of guns it had allowed to pass into the hands of suspected smugglers, in the hope of tracing them to Mexican drug cartels. One of the guns was used in the fatal 2010 shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Congress held then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt when he refused to turn over documents about the operation.
IRS abuses. Mr. Obama’s Internal Revenue Service did something Richard Nixon only dreamed of doing: It successfully targeted political opponents. The Justice Department then refused to enforce Congress’s contempt citation against the IRS’s Lois Lerner, who refused to answer questions about her agency’s misconduct.
Benghazi. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed in the attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya. With less than two months to go before the 2012 election, the State Department falsely claimed the attack was not a terrorist attack but a reaction to an anti-Muslim film. Emails from the secretary later showed that she knew the attack was terrorism. Justice Department prosecutors even convinced a magistrate judge to jail the filmmaker.
Hacking. Mr. Obama presided over the biggest data breach in the federal government’s history, at the Office of Personnel Management. The hack exposed the personnel files of millions of federal employees and may end up being used for everything from identity theft to blackmail and espionage. OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, the president’s former political director, had been warned repeatedly about security deficiencies but took no steps to fix them.
Examples like thiswill come back to haunt the Obama Administration.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reports that the FBI’s mid-August 2016 counterintelligence “defensive briefing” for the Trump campaign did not notify campaign officials that Mike Flynn and George Papadopoulos were under investigation. Fox News reports:
Strzok, who was later removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team for sending anti-Trump texts, was a central coordinator for the FBI on the defensive briefing, which included multiple agencies. Three weeks earlier, Strzok opened an FBI counterintelligence investigation into campaign aide George Papadopoulos.
A source familiar with sensitive records documenting the August briefing told Fox News that Strzok was in a unique — and apparently conflicted — position. Strzok opened the FBI investigation into Russian outreach to Trump campaign aides, while at the same time he was supposed to be warning the Trump campaign about Russian activities.
Rand Paul defends rump against a reversal of the onus of proof
Not enough people have drawn attention to the fact that when Robert Mueller gave his press conference last week about his report, he reversed the onus of proof on Donald Trump. Unless Trump could prove he didn’t obstruct justice, Mueller wouldn’t say that he didn’t.
A point picked up by libertarian Rand Paul. Well worth watching.