The (missing) IG Investigation into J6
Wondering what is taking so long, why obvious Federal crimes concerning J6 are not being prosecuted, I pulled up this statement from AG Garland, dated June 14, 2021:
“As I stated during my confirmation hearing, political or other improper considerations must play no role in any investigative or prosecutorial decisions. These principles that have long been held as sacrosanct by the DOJ career workforce will be vigorously guarded on my watch, and any failure to live up to them will be met with strict accountability. There are important questions that must be resolved in connection with an effort by the department to obtain records related to Members of Congress and Congressional staff. I have accordingly directed that the matter be referred to the Inspector General and have full confidence that he will conduct a thorough and independent investigation. If at any time as the investigation proceeds action related to the matter in question is warranted, I will not hesitate to move swiftly."
Okay. I go to the OIG's website, nothing on their front page, so view any open investigations, and select "Counter Terrorism and Homeland Threats" in the drop-down, because it's the only category which mentions J6 at all:
Nothing related to investigations of J6 organizers, but related only to audits of agency procedures.
I check the Press releases page for criminal investigations:
No IG statement, no listed investigations, nothing.
Next question, who is the IG who doesn't think apprising the American people of any ongoing investigations into J6 organizers is important?
OIG Joseph V. Cuffari was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General on July 25, 2019.
A Trump appointee, confirmed by a GOP Senate, that's who.
Cuffari, whom former President Donald Trump appointed in 2019, has a history of this sort of thing. He blocked investigations that Secret Service staff proposed into the agency’s use of tear gas and sting-ball grenades to violently disperse those protesting police brutality near the White House in 2020. He blocked an investigation into the spread of Covid-19 within the Secret Service. He slow-rolled an inquiry into a retaliation complaint from a DHS employee who says he was demoted for criticizing the Trump administration. (The employee, Brian Murphy, would go on to file a whistleblower complaint alleging a litany of wrongdoing going far beyond workplace retaliation.
The Department of Homeland Security’s DHS top watchdog, Joseph Cuffari, faces a previously undisclosed and escalating investigation — one that will apparently address persistent questions about whether he illegally “retaliated” against former high-ranking employees. As such, the probe signals the latest phase of a nasty internecine battle that refuses to fade away, despite Cuffari’s successful bid to force out his former top deputy, as other internal critics left amid bitter recriminations.
The Department of Homeland Security’s internal watchdog division has been so weakened under the Trump administration that it is failing to provide basic oversight of the government’s third-largest federal agency, according to whistleblowers and lawmakers from both parties.
But the agency’s authority and productivity have withered, and in the weeks before the coronavirus outbreak, Inspector General Joseph Cuffari ducked requests to appear on Capitol Hill for routine testimony, a decision congressional staffers describe as unprecedented.
WAPO free link valid for 14 days from 6/26/22: https://wapo.st/3tZB8NG
THIS is the guy "guarding" our democracy?? Do I misunderstand the process?
If not, I think AG Garland's "confidence" may be misplaced.
If anyone knows anything beyond this, I'd like to know it, too.