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Another Obama scandal: What's that smell?

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Published: Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

The exit of the acting inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security, accused by whistleblowers of being anything but independent, more than suggests the cover-up mindset of the Obama administration.

Charles K. Edwards, responsible for checking into the many divisions of Homeland Security, became the target of a Senate probe amid allegations that he altered and/or delayed investigations to curry favor with the White House — perhaps to become the permanent IG. Edwards denies the claims.

Lo and behold, just days before Mr. Edwards' scheduled Senate testimony, he requested a transfer and stepped down. This, after the White House announcement last month that it had nominated someone else to permanently fill the IG job, The Washington Post reports.

The changes follow accusations that Edwards tried to alter findings in reports and defer investigations. Among these was his office's probe into Secret Service agents' reported escapades with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, during an April 2012 presidential trip, according to The Post.

To no one's surprise, that Secret Service investigation found no widespread sexual misconduct.

So the Office of Inspector General, a supposed “check” on government, is accused of being in the tank for the Obama administration. And the key person in question simply shuffles off into obscurity.

If all this sounds more apropos of a banana republic, go to the head of the class.



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