More Election Oversight Slated for Termination

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On June 28 a House Appropriation Bill for 2018 proposes to eliminate funding for the Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The bill will give the EAC 60 days to terminate itself, while giving the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) the task of administering and completing EAC outstanding contracts and agreements. EAC functions as a nonpartisan government commission that monitors elections, works to increase voter participation, helps state and local officials administer elections, conducts audits of elections, tests equipment for hacking and more.

EAC was established after the 2000 presidential election when a high level of “abnormalities” occurred handing the election to George Bush. Democrats are furious with this decision. Many think it’s a step back for the country. In fact many Democrats see it as another way for Republicans to control elections by eliminating the certification of voting systems, election audits, get out to vote campaigns and more. Republicans say the agency was meant to be temporary.

With the advent of possible electronic election tampering in the 2016 Presidential Election some say the agency is needed now more than ever before. However, H.R. 634 “Election Assistance Commission Termination Act” is likely to pass as Democrats have little power to stop it. Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer calls the proposed termination reckless and irresponsible. While Republican Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey says “if we rig elections our party will be positioned to give taxpayers what they want, more Republican and Corporate agendas”.      

More can be found at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/634/text and at https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap-fy2018-fservices-financialservicesandgeneralgovernment.pdf and at https://frelinghuysen.house.gov/appropriations-news/appropriations-committee-releases-fiscal-year-2018-financial-services-bill/ and at https://www.democraticwhip.gov/content/hoyer-brady-statement-appropriations-committee-s-proposal-terminate-election-assistance-co-0?mini=calendar%2F2017-05

Tensions Rise as the Oversight & Government Reform Committee document requests are denied by the White House

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April 27, 2017 Ranking member of the Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah E. Cummings produces additional documentation highlighting former National Security Advisor Lt. General Michael Flynn’s disregard for the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

Produced evidence shows Flynn accepted payment from U.S. adversaries Russia & Turkey without disclosing the receipts as required by the Emoluments Clause. When applying for security clearance Flynn was obligated to disclose foreign government recent contacts and payments. Despite various U.S. intelligence warnings Flynn has broken the law and could be subjected to 5 years imprisonment and more for these and other transgressions.     

In a noted letter (2014) the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) warned Flynn about his obligations regarding the Emoluments Clause. They also emphasized if laws were broken and he was sent to prison they couldn’t protect him from Bubba if he were to drop the soap.

Flynn is protected from investigations as the White House won’t release requested documentation to the Oversight Committee. In a secretly recorded message Flynn disclosed himself and the President have received funds from foreign agents, he further went on to say if the Clintons can do it, why can’t I? More can be found at https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/cummings-releases-three-new-docs-on-Flynn