• Holder and Mueller Spent $7.8 Million Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Travel

    April 17, 2014

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Post-Constitution America




    With income tax season in the U.S. in full swing, all thoughts turn to cheating.

    It has been said that perhaps some Americans are not fully honest on their tax reporting. Some may “forget” to report cash payments here and there, and more than a few will likely exaggerate business and other expenses to score a deduction. It’s a kind of tradition, one that lessens how much tax money the government gets from us Citizens.


    Payback

    So I guess in that context Attorney General and head of the Department of Justice Eric Holder, and former FBI Director Robert Mueller taking advantage of a loophole to not report lots of personal travel at taxpayer expense is just some payback on all you cheaters.

    The Government Accounting Office (GAO) works directly for the Congress. In a recent report to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the GAO reminds that federal agencies are usually required to report trips taken by senior officials on government aircraft unless the trips are classified. The point of this reporting is to make sure officials are not using taxpayer money to fly government planes for personal travel (“non-mission purposes.”)

    Exemptions

    But wouldn’t you know it, the General Services Administration, the executive branch’s kind of one-stop administrative and office manager, created a handy reporting exemption that covers intelligence agencies, even in cases of unclassified personal travel. A CIA official, even if using a government airplane to visit her son at college, would not have to report that misuse to the supposed watchdog agency because of that exemption. The exemption as written by the executive branch never defined what constitutes an “intelligence agency” for this purpose.

    The GAO learned that Holder and Mueller decided on their own, again without oversight, that the intelligence agency exemption also applied to them. They never reported their personal use of government aircraft. GAO investigators, however, pried loose enough information to show Holder, Mueller and other Justice Department executives took 395 unclassified, non-mission flights between fiscal years 2009 and 2010, at a cost to taxpayers $7.8 million. Maybe that’s chump change dollar-wise in the overall flood of government waste and fraud, but it certainly does not set a good example when two of the nation’s top law enforcement officials cheat over chump change.

    Worse yet, the GAO found Holder’s use of FBI aircraft, which are supposed to be reserved for the agency’s own operations, could hinder the agency’s operations. Since the FBI always has to have a plane on standby for emergency purposes, the agency has had to lease another aircraft while theirs was being used to ferry Justice Department officials.

    It’s OK

    Anyway, after having been caught red-handed abetting stealing from the public trough, the General Services Administration promised to eliminate the intelligence exemption applying to non-mission, unclassified travel sometime soon. The Department of Justice made no comments on the matter.

    BONUS: Secretary of State John F. Kerry, headed to the Ukraine for some effective diplomacy in early March, had his government aircraft detour on his way, stopping in New York so he could meet his just-born granddaughter. State Department officials later characterized the detour as a “refueling stop.” It is unclear what State Department officials called the taxpayer motorcade from the airport to the hospital as.

    BONUS BONUS: Senior executives at the Internal Revenue Service were spending hundreds of thousands of tax dollars commuting to Washington from their homes across the country, instead of living in D.C. Many then skirted the law by not paying income tax on their hefty travel reimbursements, as ordinary Americans are required to do. An IRS source told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the most frequent travelers were officials who work in Washington but live in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta, and have been flying to work on the taxpayers’ dime for years.



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    • pitchfork said...

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      quote”But wouldn’t you know it, the General Services Administration, the executive branch’s kind of one-stop administrative and office manager, created a handy reporting exemption that covers intelligence agencies, even in cases of unclassified personal travel.”unquote

      Naaaw. Really? They wouldn’t do that now..would they?

      right.

      Meanwhile, the IRS will hound you into suicide should you get on their shit list. If not incarcerate you for 30 years should you try to prove the Law that never was, notwithstanding murder you should you stand your ground.
      Living proof……..
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Xb3pKzWikk

      Don’t get me started. Corruption. Bottom line. I’ll say it again. The USG is nothing but a Criminal Cartel. You know it. I know it. They know it. Unfortunately, there isn’t a fucking goddammed thing “we” can do about it. Not that the DCOTP gives a flying fuck. The mere fact that people keep filling out their 1040′s is living testimony to the Big Bang of stupidity.

      Now, where were we? Oh..yeah..Holder..Mueller..cheating.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! whudda thunk.

      04/17/14 1:07 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...

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      pitchfork said… 1

      Thank You from someone audit 5 years in a roll by the irs and never lost but I did close my small business because of the time it took away from trying to get it off the ground.

      04/17/14 3:25 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      Feeling in a rather Dada-ist mood, this Indian public service cartoon about the problem of public defecation – titled “Take the Poo to the Loo” – seems 100 percent relevant:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_peUxE_BKcU

      04/17/14 4:31 PM | Comment Link

    • meloveconsullongtime said...

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      Bonus Bonus BONUS:

      An audit of all of the accounts of “Stelfer Steel” and/or of Jurgen Schlate, for the past twelve years or so! Including from 2003 when Jurgen Schlate bought a new residence for his Russian mistress (or so Jurgen’s ex-wife told me).

      Just asking – well, considering how in 2002 Jurgen Schlate of “Stelfer Steel” began a secret adulterous affair with a Russian woman who was referred to him by the US Consulate in Yekaterinburg to be his “translator”, and then the two of them travelled around the world while they apparently enjoyed special relationships with the US State Department.

      And is it the business of the US State Department to violate the law so that they can enable an American-based businessman to hire his Russian mistress as his “translator” so that he can bring her to America to break up his marriage of over 20 years?

      Jurgen Schlate. Stelfer Steel. Adultery and Passport Fraud, all for the sake of a Russian woman now living in America because she has friends in the US State Department…

      …kind of like THIS – EXCEPT that when Jurgen Schlate of Stelfer Steel became besotted by a Russian woman, he was not an “American Boy”, he was a 62 year old German-born Canadian who betrayed his wife and children for his Russian mistress:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9UbeG8wCqQ

      04/17/14 8:02 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Pitch: Not that the DCOTP gives a flying fuck. The mere fact that people keep filling out their 1040′s is living testimony to the Big Bang of stupidity.”

      Pitch,

      The DCOTP has to make “hard choices” in 2016 when the choices are a living testimony to the Big Bang of Stupidity. “Hillary!(bang,bang door) Hillary! (bang,bang door) Hillary! (bang,bang door)

      http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/hillary-clinton-book-title-105813.html

      If only Peter Van Buren could debate this conniving clown.

      04/18/14 12:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Let’s not forget Dirty (bang,bang) Deedy:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-kollin-elderts

      04/18/14 7:16 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Bonus: Do the taxpayers get back Dirty Deedy’s admin pay when he’s convicted?

      04/18/14 7:20 PM | Comment Link

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