To a growing number of Americans, it appears that not a day goes by without another example of suspected malfeasance within the Obama administration coming to light. The latest such occurrence was reported by officials with the Health and Human Resources Department in a letter claiming a number of subpoenaed documents regarding the Obamacare rollout are now missing, according to a statement by a top lawmaker on Thursday.
The still-controversial Department of Health and Human Services admitted in a memorandum that one its top management staff members, Marilyn Tavenner, "may have" deleted some of the emails which were listed in a congressional subpoena ten months ago regarding the embarrassing unveiling of the Affordbale Care Act's website Healthcare.gov.
The initial response to the abysmal performance by those in-charge of the Obamacare project was that of condemnation and calls for investigations by lawmakers.
Following a similar occurrence in his probe of the Internal Revenue Service scandal -- in which the IRS claimed the subpoenaed documents were missing -- the HHS's admission resulted in a biting response from the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa .R-Calif., who characterized the destruction of these emails a “violation of federal law,” every bit as serious as the missing IRS emails of Lois Lernet.
“Today’s news that a senior HHS executive destroyed emails relevant to a congressional investigation means that the Obama Administration has lost or destroyed emails for more than 20 witnesses, and in each case, the loss wasn’t disclosed to the National Archives or Congress for months or years, in violation of federal law,” Issa said in a statement on Thursday.
“It defies logic that so many senior Administration officials were found to have ignored federal record keeping requirements only after Congress asked to see their emails,” he added.
“Just this week, my staff followed up with HHS, who has failed to comply with a subpoena from ten months ago. Even at that point, the administration did not inform us that there was a problem with Ms. Tavenner’s email history. Yet again, we discover that this Administration will not be forthright with the American people unless cornered,” said the angry Issa.
"It's about time for the GOP to demand a special prosecutor be appointed to investigate all of these Obama 'phony scandals' that continue to popup almost weekly. You can bet that the Attorney General [Eric Holder] wouldn't accept such stonewalling of his investigations of states' and cities' governments or private sector corporations. So then why are we accepting it?" noted former police detective and corruption/abuse investigator William Fitzgerald.