No out­rage from law­less left

The left’s dis­cred­itable be­hav­ior gen­er­ates lit­tle na­tional con­dem­na­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Front Page - By Kelly Rid­dell Kelly Rid­dell is a columnist for The Wash­ing­ton Times.

In the last two weeks, the law­less­ness and cor­rup­tion of the left has largely been ig­nored by the main­stream me­dia in fa­vor of par­rot­ing the lat­est (real or con­trived) scan­dal of Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump.

Block­buster re­ports — rang­ing from an in­spec­tor gen­eral let­ter de­tail­ing how Barack Obama’s White House po­lit­i­cally tar­geted and pun­ished his en­e­mies, to a Gov­ern­ment Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice re­port that found the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s been il­le­gally fund­ing Oba­macare — never seemed to reach the fever pitch of Mr. Trump’s tax re­turns or per­ceived fat-sham­ing.

While felons were be­ing given the right to vote from their jail cells in California, new de­tails emerged on the sweet­heart deal the Depart­ment of Jus­tice gave to Hil­lary Clinton’s staff dur­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her email server. Those sto­ries never got broad­cast news’ nightly at­ten­tion.

Be­low is a list (by no means com­pre­hen­sive) of the left’s dis­cred­itable be­hav­ior in the last two weeks alone, that gen­er­ated lit­tle to no na­tional out­rage.

California gov­er­nor signs bill to al­low thou­sands of con­victed felons to vote (Sept. 28).

Gov. Jerry Brown, de­spite wide­spread op­po­si­tion from law en­force­ment, signed a bill into law that will al­low con­victed felons to vote in California elec­tions while still be­hind bars.

GAO finds White House il­le­gally fund­ing un­pop­u­lar and fail­ing Oba­macare (Sept. 29).

The gov­ern­ment’s non­par­ti­san watch­dog ruled the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s di­ver­sion of bil­lions of dol­lars from the U.S. Trea­sury to in­sur­ers sell­ing in­di­vid­ual poli­cies on its health­care ex­change was in vi­o­la­tion of fed­eral law, and specif­i­cally against the will of Congress. The agency’s con­clu­sion reaf­firmed an ear­lier rul­ing by the Con­gres­sional Re­search Ser­vice.

Gov­ern­ment Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion IG finds ad­min­is­tra­tion tar­gets po­lit­i­cal en­e­mies (Sept. 29).

Po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives within the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion wrongly pun­ished con­ser­va­tive le­gal group Ju­di­cial Watch, strip­ping it of “me­dia” sta­tus and tried to force it to pay higher fees for its open records re­quests, the GSA’s IG found.

The New York Times pub­lishes Mr. Trump’s tax re­turns with­out his con­sent (Oct. 1).

Fed­eral law clearly states it’s il­le­gal pub­lish some­one’s tax re­turns with­out au­tho­riza­tion, but that didn’t de­ter the Grey Lady. A mere two weeks ago, the pa­per’s ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor Dean Ba­quet stated he would risk jail time to ob­tain Mr. Trump’s tax records be­cause Mr. Trump’s “whole cam­paign is built on his suc­cess as a busi­ness­man and his wealth.”

The New York Daily News also unan­i­mously re­ceived Mr. Trump’s tax re­turns but de­cided not to run with the story.

The New York at­tor­ney gen­eral abuses pros­e­cu­to­rial au­thor­ity to at­tack Mr. Trump (Oct. 3).

Eric Sch­nei­der­man or­dered the Don­ald J. Trump Foun­da­tion a cease and de­sist or­der one month be­fore the gen­eral election. Mr. Sch­nei­der­man’s en­dorsed Mrs. Clinton and sits on her cam­paign’s New York lead­er­ship coun­cil. He’s given no in­di­ca­tion he’ll re­cuse him­self from the case, or even that there’s any con­flict-of-in­ter­est. Mr. Sch­nei­der­man hasn’t opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Clinton Foun­da­tion de­spite a Scripps News In­ves­ti­ga­tion find­ing it ig­nored state law re­lated to dis­clos­ing for­eign donors.

DOJ ‘side agree­ments’ al­lowed Clinton al­lies to de­stroy lap­tops (Oct. 3).

House Repub­li­cans de­manded to know why the DOJ en­tered into a pair of side-agree­ments with two of Mrs. Clinton’s top for­mer aides who went on to be­come her per­sonal at­tor­neys dur­ing the FBI’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her email server. The agree­ment al­lowed FBI agents to de­stroy the aides’ com­put­ers af­ter search­ing the hard drives for ev­i­dence. It’s be­wil­der­ing why the FBI — in an in­ves­ti­ga­tion about de­stroyed ev­i­dence — would then agree to de­stroy ev­i­dence, if it wasn’t try­ing to pro­tect Mrs. Clinton.

Mrs. Clinton cre­ated a “for­eign af­fairs” board while she was at the State Depart­ment and filled 60 per­cent of its spots with donors (Oct. 4).

A Wash­ing­ton Ex­am­iner re­port found Mrs. Clinton cre­ated and padded a so-called For­eign Af­fairs Ad­vi­sory Board dur­ing her time as sec­re­tary of State with spe­cial in­ter­ests. The board had 15 in­di­vid­u­als ap­pointed to it that had do­nated per­son­ally to the Clinton Foun­da­tion and her po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns, or were af­fil­i­ated with groups that had — fit­ting her pat­tern of pref­er­en­tial treat­ment for donors, the Ex­am­iner ex­plained.

Mr. Obama’s VA con­tin­ues to be plagued with in­ef­fi­cien­cies, 200 die wait­ing for care (Oct. 4).

The Phoenix Vet­er­ans Af­fairs of­fice is still im­pru­dently can­cel­ing vet­er­ans’ ap­point­ments, and has built up a new back­log of cases, two years af­ter the fa­cil­ity was at the cen­ter of a scan­dal for im­proper care. At least one vet­eran is likely dead be­cause of it, and more than 200 vet­er­ans died while wait­ing for ap­point­ments in 2015, the depart­ment’s IG said in a re­port.

A fed­eral judge re­fused to re­lease drafts of Mrs. Clinton’s White­wa­ter in­dict­ment (Oct. 4).

A fed­eral judge re­jected Ju­di­cial Watch’s law­suit call­ing for the re­lease of drafts of a crim­i­nal in­dict­ment of Mrs. Clinton that was pre­pared by pros­e­cu­tors but never is­sued dur­ing the White­wa­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the 1990s, rul­ing her “sub­stan­tial pri­vacy in­ter­est,” out­weighed the pub­lic in­ter­est in dis­clo­sure. Won­der if the judge would’ve felt the same way about Mr. Trump’s tax re­leases — I’m bet­ting not.

So the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s aid­ing and abet­ting for Mrs. Clinton con­tin­ues – it’s all in a week’s work.

IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY GREG GROESCH

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