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Watchdogs demand Biden investigation after firing of nonbinary official Sam Brinton

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

December 15, 2022

Conservative watchdog groups are calling on President Joe Biden’s Energy Department to launch an internal investigation into its security clearance process after the agency fired Sam Brinton — the nonbinary nuclear waste official being charged with felony theft and grand larceny.

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate GOP Conference and the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said on Tuesday that the Energy Department should look into its “failed security clearance process” and how it vetted Brinton. Now, three watchdogs tell the Washington Examiner that such an investigation is warranted to safeguard public trust and provide information on who exactly is awarded security clearances.

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Watchdog Seeks Records on Biden Administration’s Inconsistent COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations

By Zachary Stieber (Epoch Times)

December 9, 2022

A watchdog is seeking records from the government on its inconsistent COVID-19 vaccine recommendation.

Biden administration officials have for months claimed that a COVID-19 vaccine has become a once-a-year routine. “For a large majority of people, an annual COVID shot should be all they need,” White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said in September. That same month, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci compared the cadence to the flu vaccine, which is administered once per year.

But Health Secretary Xavier Becerra, in multiple posts on Twitter, said that people should get a shot “if it’s been over 2 months since your last dose.”

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Top Biden DHS official faces ethics complaint over potentially illegal Twitter post

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

December 6, 2022

A top official in President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security is being hit with an ethics complaint over a social media post that a watchdog group says warrants a federal investigation.

Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency under the DHS, posted a Tweet on Nov. 27 that promoted a 2022 book called Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency by Wired reporter Andy Greenberg. Now, the DHS should investigate Easterly for possibly “violating” ethics rules since federal officials are barred from endorsing “any product, service, or enterprise” through their official “position or title,” alleged Protect the Public’s Trust in a Tuesday complaint to the agency that was obtained by the Washington Examiner.

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Report: Top Biden Official Might Have Violated Ethics Rule

By Luca Cacciatore (Newsmax)

November 30, 2022

Watchdog groups told the Washington Examiner that Department of Homeland Security official Jen Easterly could have violated federal law when she endorsed a reporter’s book.

Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, appeared to tweet out an endorsement of Wired reporter Andy Greenberg’s new book “Tracers in the Dark” on Tuesday before quickly deleting it.

“This book was SOOO good. Thanks @a_greenberg for another highly compelling, entertaining, and illuminating read!” Easterly tweeted with the tag “Hot take.”

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Top Biden administration official appears to have ‘violated’ federal law, watchdogs say

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

November 30, 2022

A top Biden administration official appears to have “violated” federal law by promoting a reporter’s book on social media, watchdogs told the Washington Examiner.

Jen Easterly, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency under the Department of Homeland Security, deleted a tweet on Tuesday that endorsed Wired reporter Andy Greenberg’s 2022 book Tracers in the Dark: The Global Hunt for the Crime Lords of Cryptocurrency. However, since federal officials are barred from using their “position or title” to “endorse any product, service or enterprise,” Easterly’s move may put her in violation of the law, watchdogs say.

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Biden Admin Sued Over Allegedly ‘Withholding’ FTC Records In Baby Formula Shortage Investigation

By Sarah Weaver (Daily Caller)

October 29, 2022

An ethics watchdog is suing the Biden Administration’s Federal Trade Commission for allegedly hiding information related to the investigation into the national baby formula shortage.

The FTC allegedly ignored an August FOIA request from The Functional Government Initiative for records about its investigation into the baby formula shortage, according to a complaint obtained by the Washington Examiner. The watchdog is now reportedly suing the FTC for “wrongfully withholding them.”

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What’s Biden hiding on the infant formula shortage?

By Monica Showalter (American Thinker)

October 30, 2022

The Biden administration made a mess with the infant formula shortage earlier this year, and the problem is still ongoing, remaining at crisis levels in some parts of the country.

But don’t ask them how things are going now. After launching a high-profile investigation on why it happened last May 24, the shortages are still there, and now there’s a coverup.

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Biden Admin Sued Over Withholding Baby Formula Shortage Information

By Sarah Arnold (Townhall)

October 30, 2022

The Biden Administration’s Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is being sued by an ethics watchdog for reportedly withholding key information on the baby formula shortage.

According to a complaint, the FTC ignored an August FOIA request from The Functional Government Initiative for records on its investigation into the shortage that affected families all over the country.

“FGI anticipates that officials and staff at FTC discussed and participated in making and implementing decisions about the investigation into the infant formula crisis… the public does not have an ability to easily evaluate the decision-making surrounding FTC’s investigation,” according to the lawsuit.

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Biden administration sued for allegedly hiding documents on baby formula investigation

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

October 29, 2022

President Joe Biden’s Federal Trade Commission is being sued for allegedly blocking the release of records related to its investigation of the nationwide baby formula shortage.

The Functional Government Initiative, an ethics watchdog, sent a Freedom of Information Act request in August to the FTC for the records, noting their release is in the “public interest.” But the watchdog has not received any records as of this writing and is now suing the FTC for “wrongfully withholding them,” according to a Wednesday complaint obtained by the Washington Examiner.

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Pelosi raised concerns over media merger after taking donations from mogul who is against deal

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

October 27, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) raised concerns over a proposed business merger on the heels of her campaign and two Pelosi-affiliated political action committees raking in hundreds of thousands in donations from a businessman who wants the deal quashed, records show.

Pelosi’s campaign, as well as her leadership PAC and joint fundraising committee, took over $271,000 combined between October and December 2021 from Byron Allen, the owner of several cable TV networks who is aiming to buy the broadcasting company Tegna, which is selling its 64 local TV stations. Allen raised $10 billion for his Tegna bid to compete with the investment firms Apollo Global Management and Standard General, Reuters reported in November 2021.

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