Tag: Inspectors General

Trump and Aides Drove Family Separation at Border, Documents Say

WASHINGTON — President Trump and top aides in the White House aggressively pushed the get-tough policy that led migrant families to be separated at the border with Mexico, according to a top Justice Department official in a new report from the department’s inspector general, and other internal documents. In the report, formally released on Thursday, […]

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Fire Robert Wilkie

All major American veterans’ organizations have called for the ouster of Robert Wilkie as secretary of veterans affairs over the shameless treatment by him and his senior staff of a veteran who says she was sexually assaulted. When men and women who served in uniform speak almost with one voice, it is not politics, as […]

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Inspector General Criticizes V.A.’s Handling of Sexual Assault Complaint

WASHINGTON — An inspector general inquiry has criticized Robert L. Wilkie, the secretary of veterans affairs, for a response that was “at a minimum unprofessional” after a female Navy veteran reported a sexual assault at a department hospital in Washington. But the inquiry, according to a copy of the report made available on Thursday, did […]

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Justice Dept. Is Said to Quietly Quash Inquiry Into Tamir Rice Killing

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department decided more than a year ago to effectively shut down its civil-rights investigation into the high-profile killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy carrying a pellet gun who was shot by a Cleveland police officer in 2014, according to people familiar with the matter. Career prosecutors had asked in […]

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‘We Need to Take Away Children,’ Jeff Sessions Said

WASHINGTON — The five U.S. attorneys along the border with Mexico, including three appointed by President Trump, recoiled in May 2018 against an order to prosecute all illegal immigrants even if it meant separating children from their parents. They told top Justice Department officials they were “deeply concerned” about the children’s welfare. But the attorney […]

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1 Million Primary Ballots Were Mailed Late, Postal Service Watchdog Says

WASHINGTON — More than one million mail-in ballots were sent late to voters during the 2020 primary elections, an internal Postal Service audit found, underscoring deep concerns about whether the agency has the ability to process what is expected to be a major increase in mail-in votes for the presidential election in November. In a […]

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Spotting $62 Million in Alleged P.P.P. Fraud Was the Easy Part

The criminal complaints read like catalogs of luxury bling: a diamond-laden $52,000 Rolex, a gambling spree at the Bellagio, two Lamborghinis, a pair of Cadillac Escalades, a Rolls-Royce. All that and more, law enforcement officials said, was financed through schemes to defraud the federal government’s signature coronavirus relief program for small businesses. The Justice Department […]

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Justice Dept. Questions Former C.I.A. Director for 8 Hours

WASHINGTON — The former C.I.A. director John O. Brennan was told during eight hours of questioning on Friday that he was not the target of any criminal inquiry as part of a divisive Justice Department examination into the Russia investigation’s origins. During the interview, at C.I.A. headquarters, Mr. Brennan was informed he was “only a […]

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Military Surveillance Planes Didn’t Spy on Protesters, Pentagon Report Finds

WASHINGTON — Deploying a little-known National Guard reconnaissance plane in four American cities to monitor protests this spring did not violate rules against the military collecting intelligence on citizens, a Pentagon report has concluded. But the report by the Air Force inspector general found that National Guard officials failed to obtain prior approval from Defense […]

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Woody Johnson Asked State Dept. Auditors to Delete Claims of Offensive Remarks from Report

WASHINGTON — The American ambassador to Britain, Robert Wood Johnson IV, urged State Department investigators against publicly reporting allegations that he made sexually or racially inappropriate comments to embassy staff, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report, the product of a routine inspection of the U.S. diplomatic mission to the United Kingdom conducted […]

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Watchdog Says State Dept. Failed to Limit Civilian Deaths From Saudi Arms Sales

WASHINGTON — The State Department inspector general issued a report on Tuesday criticizing the agency as failing to take proper measures to reduce civilian deaths from American-made bombs used by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the catastrophic Yemen war. The report, released 14 months after Congress asked the inspector general to start […]

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State Dept. Says Report Defends Pompeo on Arms Sales. But It Finds Fault Over Mass Deaths.

WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Monday that its inspector general had found Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took the proper procedures in declaring an “emergency” last year to push through $8.1 billon of arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. But a statement issued by the department hailing that determination […]

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Another Inspector General Resigns, Raising Questions About Pompeo

WASHINGTON — The State Department’s acting watchdog has resigned his post less than three months after replacing the previous inspector general, whom President Trump fired in May, the department said Wednesday. The departure of Stephen J. Akard came as Congress continued to look into the firing of his predecessor, Steve A. Linick, who was pursuing investigations […]

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Report Slams Doctor at V.A. for Dismissing Suicide Risk of Patient Who Later Killed Himself

WASHINGTON — The internal watchdog for the Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that a veteran who came through the department’s medical center in Washington last year seeking psychiatric treatment died by suicide a few days later, after a doctor there ordered him forcibly removed and was heard saying that she did “not care” if […]

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E.P.A. Inspector General to Investigate Trump’s Biggest Climate Rollback

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency’s internal watchdog said Monday it had opened an investigation into the agency’s weakening of Obama-era regulations that would have limited automobile emissions by significantly raising fuel economy standards. The inspector general demanded that top E.P.A. officials turn over briefing materials and other documents pertaining to the regulation, which was […]

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Top State Dept. Officials Enabled Misconduct by Pompeo, Whistle-Blower Said

WASHINGTON — A State Department employee who reported witnessing misconduct by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as well as hearing “numerous firsthand accounts” of such behavior was blocked from further addressing the issue by top department officials who were protecting Mr. Pompeo, according to a newly public copy of the employee’s whistle-blower complaint. The heavily […]

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