Obama nominee for #2 at DHS target of IG probe

posted at 12:41 pm on July 24, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Yesterday we took a humorous look at an embarrassing but relatively innocuous example of the lack of vetting by the Obama administration. Later in the day, Reuters and other news agencies reported on a less-innocuous example.  Barack Obama promoted the current director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Alejandro Mayorkas, to be Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, which would put him in charge at DHS once confirmed until a replacement for Janet Napolitano is installed.  The White House apparently didn’t check with the Inspector General at DHS first, as Mayorkas is the target of an investigation into potential corruption regarding investor visas:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, who has been nominated to be the deputy secretary of Homeland Security – and who could soon run the department – is under investigation by the department’s inspector general. …

The inspector general’s office sent lawmakers an email this week informing them about allegations Mayorkas had engaged in a conflict of interest and misused his position, according to a source familiar with the investigation.

The source said investigators are looking into whether Mayorkas had assisted in securing an investor visa – which had previously been denied twice – on behalf of Gulf Coast Funds Management.

And this potential corruption has a very familiar name linked to it:

Gulf Coast Funds Management is run by Anthony Rodham, the brother of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The scandal also links to another Clinton ally, Terry McAuliffe, currently the Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia.  Gulf Coast Funds was a player in GreenTech Automotive, McAuliffe’s former firm, which already has come under scrutiny for allegations of a visa-for-cash scheme.  They filed a lawsuit against Watchdog.org for writing about the state of Virginia’s own investigation of the affair, and Watchdog connects the dots here:

Gulf Coast, which is headed by Anthony RodhamHillary Rodham Clinton’s younger brother, is a funding arm of GreenTech Automotive. Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was company chairman until April, when the company abruptly announced that he had resigned four months before. He is still an owner.

The financial and political links between the two ventures has been the subject of a series of investigative articles by Watchdog.org over the past eight months. In April, GreenTech filed an $85 million lawsuit against Watchdog.org, alleging libel and saying the news organization’s reporting jeopardized millions of dollars in investments.

An email obtained by the AP said the primary complaint against Mayorkas was that he helped Gulf Coast win approval for an investor visa after the application was denied and an appeal was rejected.

According to the email from the DHS Inspector General’s Office, the investigation of the investor visa program also includes allegations that other USCIS Office of General Counsel officials obstructed an audit of the visa program by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The email did not name any specific official from the general counsel’s office.

Looks like the IG picked up where the Virginia Economic Development Partnership left off. And it also appears that the White House is just as bad as ever in vetting its appointees.


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Oops.

Obama gonna hafta pivot agin.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2013 at 12:43 PM

2013 = The Year of the IG Probe

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM

ROFL

The revolving door of corruption just keeps producing the same faces over and over.

Whatever happened to draining the swamp and ushering in a new era, you demorat trash voters? Thanks for installing this clownshow of an administration for another four years, can’t thank you enough.

Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I’m shocked and dismayed.

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

How about if someone just probes Obama—with a branding iron.

hillsoftx on July 24, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Don’t ignore this creep, the deputy IG at the DHS.

He hired his wife at the DHS, nepotism being against the inspector general rules, and let her work for 7 months…from….India.

It’s just one item on how the taxpayers are scroomed and how PC is going to kill you all.

Schadenfreude on July 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Hell, why don’t we (as a Nation, yeah, I know, but
just go with it for now) just haul in EVERY DEMOCRAT
who currently holds elected office, and determine
what corruption they are involved with. Chances are
maybe 5 out of 5,000 are innocent.

ToddPA on July 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Whatever happened to draining the swamp and ushering in a new era, you demorat trash voters?
Bishop on July 24, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Ugh, we got rid of Bush. So, ya know, problem solved!
–Typical Democrat

Gatsu on July 24, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Chances are
maybe 5 out of 5,000 are innocent.

ToddPA on July 24, 2013 at 12:57 PM

O.K., so I was being overly optimistic…

1 out of 10,0000.

ToddPA on July 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM

O.K., so I was being overly optimistic…

1 out of 10,0000.

ToddPA on July 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Still way too high.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Vetting? Valarie Jarret is much too busy to vet those she nominates for key positions so stop the attacks please.

Pardonme on July 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Ed, you can’t see the forest for the trees. They’re not bad at vetting, they are arrogant and don’t care coupled with the fact that they know the media is on their side. There will not be any media howling on this one, just like all the others.

Aplombed on July 24, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Sounds to me like Mayorkas will compliment the Obama administration rather nicely! Birds of a feather, don’t you know.

Deano1952 on July 24, 2013 at 1:05 PM

And it also appears that the White House is just as bad as ever in vetting its appointees.

I disagree. This nom was done on purpose so all of this will be “old news” in 2016.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

Valerie Jarrett is unfit for the office she holds – POTUS.

This has got to stop – Obama is nothing but a stupid puppet. This is just more proof.

Key West Reader on July 24, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Just rewarding friends. Plus smoothing the way for kHillary’s coronation in 2016.

AH_C on July 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Wow, who could have seen this coming?

Chris of Rights on July 24, 2013 at 1:11 PM

If I were a cynic, I’d say the White House does this intentionally, just to keep those little bothersome things like Benghazi, Prism, and fast and Furious, that sorta stuff, off the front pages, and away from the eyes of news hustlers.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Actually, this is a resume enhancer. We don’t have to wait for an IG to start an investigation, Mayorkas already comes with an IG probe!

rbj on July 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Nothing like this matters in a banana republic. Welcome to Anchuria.

tru2tx on July 24, 2013 at 1:13 PM

If I were a cynic, I’d say the White House does this intentionally, just to keep those little bothersome things like Benghazi, Prism, and fast and Furious, that sorta stuff, off the front pages, and away from the eyes of news hustlers.

coldwarrior on July 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM

The news hustlers were never concerned with Ben Ghazi and his hip new movie “Fast & Furious”.

Bitter Clinger on July 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Put any of these Obama administration assclowns in the private sector and they wouldn’t last a week. In the real world there are consequences for incompetence.

fogw on July 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

But…but…but, isn’t it amazing that this administration has never been tainted by a scandal?////

Vince on July 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

So, everyone in synch now? Start your watches and begin the countdown to an announcement of investigation the next time Obama declares a “pivot” to anything.

questionmark on July 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM

The scandal also links to another Clinton ally, Terry McAuliffe, currently the Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia.

Well, isn’t that interesting. McAuliffe is attacking his opponent for having had an unreported turkey dinner with a GOP donor. Looks like he might have to do some explaining of his own!

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

But…but…but, isn’t it amazing that this administration has never been tainted by a scandal?////

Vince on July 24, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Almost as amazing as the fact we have not had a single domestic terrorist attack since the rat-eared mullato took office. Lots of rogue operators, instances of workplace violence, and the like. But not one terrorist attack.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I’m shocked and dismayed.

John the Libertarian on July 24, 2013 at 12:46 PM

I notice you didn’t use the word suprised. Corruption is a feature within this administration. We just don’t know how deep the corruption except in these little tidbits.

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Yeah, it looks like Dear Leader is stacking the deck with his DC Circuit nominees…

d1carter on July 24, 2013 at 1:34 PM

But as with all other Obama scandals, odds are Obie will prevail.

1 “The administration is looking into these charges even as I speak.” Jay Carney.
2 Absolutely no action is taken by Obama officials.
3 Frustrated Republicans launch an investigation which is met with minefields, roadblocks, obfuscations, red herrings, counter charges and sundry other delay tactics.
4 An uninformed, dumbed -down public with the attention span of a mayfly grows “bored” with the hearings.
5 Concurrently the administration calls for the “witch hunt” to end and a “weary” public agrees with them-shifting anger from Democrats to Republicans..
6 Cowardly Republicans, looking at their sinking poll numbers cave in and help nominate another Obama skunk

OF COURSE OBAMA HAS ONE ADVANTAGE THAT NO CANDIDATE HAS EVER HAD. A MSM COMPLETELY IN THE TANK FOR HIM.When this happens, democracy ends.

MaiDee on July 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Vetting?

These tools are chosen because they are corrupt.

novaculus on July 24, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The White House apparently didn’t check with the Inspector General at DHS first, as Mayorkas is the target of an investigation into potential corruption regarding investor visas

You’ve got this all wrong. Obama LOOKS for crooked people. Crooked people are easier to control and more likely to comply with Obama’s illegal activities.

The Rogue Tomato on July 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Ugh, Terry McAwful. Number one shill during Billy Jeff’s major scandals. Of all people, that guy is just dripping with corruption.

UpTheCreek on July 24, 2013 at 2:15 PM

And don’t forget that Tony Rodham’s first wife was Barbara Boxer’s daughter.

Mr. Bingley on July 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

His nominees are always a ‘Who’s Who’ of tax cheats, tax fraud offenders, and those connected to many other crimes, scandals, and questionable activities! He can never have a smooth process where he actually nominates anyone everyone likes or who doesn’t have a scandalous past!

easyt65 on July 24, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Ah, so what? McCain and his ilk will vote the sob in.

ultracon on July 24, 2013 at 3:28 PM

The scandal also links to another Clinton ally, Terry McAuliffe, currently the Democratic nominee for governor in Virginia.

Well, isn’t that interesting. McAuliffe is attacking his opponent for having had an unreported turkey dinner with a GOP donor. Looks like he might have to do some explaining of his own!

Happy Nomad on July 24, 2013 at 1:29 PM

But … he’s a Democrat!

No explanations required.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 24, 2013 at 4:36 PM