The system of government in the US is based on the combined premises of separation of powers and checks and balances. When either of those is abused, it is a threat to our system of government.
Throughout President Obama’s tenure in the White House we have seen a growing reliance on the use of executive orders.
That process is intended to allow the president to act quickly when needed. Obama has repeatedly used that executive privilege to bypass Congress.
New evidence is now being revealed into another strategy that the Obama administration has used to thwart the system of checks and balances we so enjoy.
The Obama administration has undertaken a policy of retaliation and intimidation to keep members of the executive branch from sharing certain information with Congress.
In a report released Tuesday, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, asserted that “senior Obama administration officials retaliated against a leading scientist and plotted ways to block a congressional inquiry surrounding key research into the impact of radiation.”
The report suggests that Department of Energy scientist was fired for “being too forthright with lawmakers.”
“Instead of providing the type of scientific information needed by Congress to legislate effectively, senior departmental officials sought to hide information, lobbied against legislation, and retaliated against a scientist for being forthcoming,” Smith said in a statement. “In this staff report based on lengthy record before the committee, much has been revealed about how senior level agency officials under the Obama administration retaliated against a scientist who did not follow the party line.”
Smith argued that federal employees and scientists should be able to provide Congress with the information they need to legislate and that they should be able to do so without fear of retribution or retaliation.
The report centers on a specific hearing that included testimony from Dr. Noelle Metting, the program manager for a radiation research project.
The report states that Metting was later fired from her position and that these “actions to remove Dr. Metting were, in part, retaliation against Dr. Metting because she refused to conform to the predetermined remarks and talking points designed by Management to undermine the advancement of” the 2014 radiation act.
Source: Washington Free Beacon