Obama nominated Michael Horowitz in July of 2011 to fill a vacancy left open by the resignation of Glenn Fine in February. Mr. Horowitz was confirmed in March the following year, and sworn in on April 16th, 2012.

 

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It was a nomination Obama would come to regret.

Obama’s Most Dangerous ‘Enemies’ are Being Targeted

There is a pattern emerging in the Obama Presidency. He is at war with reality; his greatest enemies are facts. And he has been targeting for years a small group of people whose duty is to expose the truth. Their loyalty runs to the citizenry and not to Barack Obama. They are not Republicans and they are certainly not journalists. And Obama has been trying to muzzle them. One man stands in the way.

Inspectors General (IG) are government employees who are responsible for ferreting out mismanagement, fraud and corruption in the federal government. The Barack Obama presidency has provided them with a target-rich environment. They are responsible for uncovering a wide range of Obama failures. [2]

Horowitz inherited a position that was effectively neutered in 2011 by Eric Holder’s interpretation of § 6 of The Inspector General Act of 1978. (Authority of Inspector General)

Holder and his legal team determined that the Inspector General (IG) had to request information. This allowed Holder (and other agency heads) to bog down IG requests in bureaucratic red tape, and in some cases, deny them outright. [3]

What caused Holder to make such a drastic move to block the IG in 2011?

Fast and Furious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Horowitz was a lame duck on day one. What did he do? He methodically went to war. One might call it a war of independence, because that is exactly what it was.

Shots fired!

March 5th, 2013 The Inspectors General prepared a report for Congress titled Open and Unimplemented IG Recommendations. This report drew attention to the stonewalling by focusing on the money being wasted. But it was much more than that.

 

Michael Horowitz laid the Obama Administration bare before Congress. These two charts from the report illustrate an administration that was wasting money at an alarming rate by…….. ignoring the IG.

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Horowitz was laying the groundwork for an alliance with Congress, an alliance that would pay off in his quest for independence. He would supply them with information and appear at hearings to publicly make his case. An inside/outside approach. The balance of 2013, the DOJ IG bid his time and did the best he could under the circumstances. He would strike again on April 3rd, 2014, at the end of the DOJ budget hearing. As he is called to testify Holder walks by him without acknowledgement. He is a proverbial thorn in the side. [5]

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His opening statement is five minutes. He spends the first three of it discussing his organization before getting down to brass tacks.

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What ensues is a series of questions that are budgetary in nature with the exception of the line of questioning pursued by Senator Shelby. Shelby is in the minority as Obama has not yet lost the Senate. Shelby’s time is limited. Watch how both he and Horowitz work together. Foreshadowing: Horowitz and Shelby reveal the legislative end game – Unfettered access. [5]

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In watching that hearing I found it interesting how the room cleared out and Horowitz was alone with just his team. A man on an island. August 5th, 2014: Reinforcements Arrive – In an unprecedented letter to Congress, 47 Inspectors Generals blasted the Obama admin for “serious limitations on access to records” that impedes their investigations. Note: other agencies were adopting Holder’s position [6]

September 4th, 2014 : The Turning Point – On September 4th, Horowitz finally secured a Congressional oversight hearing for the Inspectors General. Issa called the hearing and is the chair (Republican’s have the House) Here is his opening statement. [7]

Obstructing Oversight: Concerns from the Inspectors General The legal document of record (105 pages) where Michael Horowitz expertly lays out his case against the Obama administration. Note the execution. [8] Where it all began: Fast and Furious – IG Horowitz details the obstruction of Holder that began with his investigation into Fast and Furious. Independence Compromised by the Obama Administration  – Horowitz correctly attaches his fight for independence to the will of Congress being subverted.

Less that two weeks later the inside game begins to pay off when Issa introduces H.R.5492 – Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2014 as the 113th Congress winds down. A major victory for Mr. Horowitz in his war against the Obama Administration.

In November Obama loses the Senate and the 114th Congress convenes. Shortly thereafter on February 26th, 2015 Chuck Grassley introduces S.579 – Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2015. Horowitz alliance with both houses of Congress is now firmly cemented.

The Last Gasp of the Obama Administration On July 20th, 2015, the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) issued a ruling against the IG position. The OLC provided Holder and the Obama Admin with their initial legal argument. (68 pages of legal mumbo jumbo) [9]

Going for the kill. August 3rd, 2015 Michael Horowitz brings the full weight of the Inspectors General into the fray, blowing out the 68 pages of mumbo jumbo with just 2.5 pages of legal argument. Full doc is 5 pages 2.5 of which are signatures. [10]

Michael Horowitz Radio Interview August 12th, 2015 A confident Inspector General Michael Horowitz takes to the airwaves to publicly discuss the OLC ruling. (The outside game) [11]

Victory! December 7th 2016 Jason Chaffetz introduces H.R.6450 – Inspector General Empowerment Act of 2016. Democrats in both houses concede and the bill swiftly passes on voice votes forcing a defeated lame duck President Obama to sign it into law on December 16th, 2015.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz waged a war of attrition and independence against a corrupt tyrannical Obama Administration from day one. He forged an alliance with Congress, and using an inside/outside game went from an empty hearing room at a budget meeting to freedom.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz is a reformer and a fighter. I cannot spare this man.

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Other Articles by TrumpSoldier on OIG:

US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) – About Queries and Warrants (or the lack thereof) 

Inspector General Report Preview : Investigating the FBI White Hats FOIA

Devin Nunes Letter to Rod Rosenstein – the Steele Dossier

The Scope of the OIG Report – The Inevitable March to Special Council to Investigate the DoJ

OIG Structure and Investigatory Power

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz – Part 1 – His War with Obama Administration

The Forthcoming DOJ Inspector General Report – Part 2 – The Sword and The Shield

References:

[1] Congress.gov

[2] American Thinker

[3] Cornell University Law School

[4] House.Oversight.gov

[5] C-Span

[6] Grassley.senate.gov

[7] Youtube

[8] OIG.Justice.gov

[9] Justice.gov

[10] OIG Justice

[11] Youtube