Activate shocked faces: White House buried prostitution scandal, IG report

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Yep. Ho-hum. Another day, another Obama scandal. Corruptocracy: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I'd say Obama's going to be livid when he reads the papers tomorrow, but it appears he knew about it over two years ago. #Cartagena

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 9, 2014

Breaking from @CarolLeonnig @DavidNakamura: Aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena prostitution scandal

— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 9, 2014

That was fast. RT @TrendsDC: 'cartagena' is now trending in #DC

— Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) October 9, 2014

In case you were wondering why #cartagena was trending, here’s why. From the WaPo report:

The Secret Service shared its findings twice in the weeks after the scandal with top White House officials, including then-White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. Each time, she and other presidential aides conducted an interview with the advance-team member and concluded that he had done nothing wrong.

Meanwhile, the new details also show that a separate set of investigators in the inspector general’s office of the Department of Homeland Security — tasked by a Senate committee with digging more deeply into misconduct on the trip — found additional evidence from records and eyewitnesses who had accompanied the team member in Colombia.

The lead investigator later told Senate staffers that he felt pressure from his superiors in the office of Charles K. Edwards, who was then the acting inspector general, to withhold evidence — and that, in the heat of an election year, decisions were being made with political considerations in mind.

“We were directed at the time . . . to delay the report of the investigation until after the 2012 election,” David Nieland, the lead investigator on the Colombia case for the DHS inspector general’s office, told Senate staffers, according to three people with knowledge of his statement.

Cover up at the White House via @CarolLeonnig

— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) October 9, 2014

Can't make this up: the WH aide pulled rank as a…Hilton Honors Member in order to get the hotel's overnight hooker fee waived.

— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 9, 2014

I wonder if the Hilton in Cartagena has elevator cameras…

— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) October 9, 2014

Patterns, anyone?

The #Cartagena investigator said he was told to delay the report until after the 2012 election. IRS report came out May 2013… wonder why.

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 9, 2014

Luv that lib journos are finally waking up to Obama #cultureofcorruption & admin's bullying of inspectors general. Good morning! #Cartagena

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 9, 2014

Relevant flashback re. corruption of admin's inspectors general: Obama's dirty watchdogs ==> #Cartagena

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) October 9, 2014

White House interfered w/ an IG investigation? Threatened people? This isn't new, this is their habit. Spans across Obama's administration.

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 9, 2014

Dear press, if WH did full court press cover-up on this prostitution story, what else might they've been willing to lie about to your faces?

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 9, 2014

So WH covers up 25 year-old volunteer with a hooker because of the election, but wouldn't lie about Benghazi despite electoral fallout?

— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) October 9, 2014

Slooooowly, but surely, the lib media rouses.

problem here is the WH’s efforts to cover it up and, potentially, influence the investigation

— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) October 9, 2014

Winner, winner, chicken dinner!


delaying a report until after an election seems so unlike this administration, and to suggest otherwise isn't patriotic.

— GregGutfeld (@greggutfeld) October 9, 2014

So is Kathryn Ruemmler out of a job?

Aaaand Kathryn Rummler's shot at becoming AG goes out the window …

— David Martosko (@dmartosko) October 9, 2014

Well, we wouldn’t be so sure. We can think of plenty of high-level Obama officials who clinched their nominations and kept their jobs despite dirty scandals tainting their records.

Nobody knew nuthin’. Transparency flashback!

FLASHBACK: Jay Carney declares "no indication of any misconduct" by the White House team in SS prostitution scandal

— WhiteHousePressCorps (@whpresscorps) October 9, 2014

Shorter WH: We manipulated an investigation over an *advance-team member* for political reasons, but are 100% truthful about everything else

— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 9, 2014

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