Bloch Busted

May 6th, 2008at 08:51pm Posted by Eli

But is it for being too corrupt… or not corrupt enough?

NPR is reporting that FBI agents have raided both the home and office of Scott Bloch:

FBI agents on Tuesday raided the offices of Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch, who oversees protection for federal whistleblowers. The agents seized computers and shut down email service as part of an obstruction of justice probe, NPR has exclusively learned.

FBI agents also searched Bloch’s home and a Special Counsel field office in Dallas. A grand jury in Washington issued subpoenas for several OSC employees, including Bloch, according to NPR sources who spoke on condition their names not be used.
This morning, FBI agents in Washington took Bloch into a separate room at OSC to interview him, while additional investigators searched his office. They also arrived at his home in Alexandria, Va., with a search warrant.

The Office of Personnel Managment’s Inspector General has been looking into allegations that Bloch retaliated against career employees and obstructed an investigation. Sources close to the probe said the FBI’s raid this morning was related to work the Inspector General had already done.

The first thing that ran through my mind was, “Hey, how’s that US Attorney firings investigation coming?”

The Office of Special Counsel is preparing to jump into one of the most sensitive and potentially explosive issues in Washington, launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove.

The new investigation, which will examine the firing of at least one U.S. attorney, missing White House e-mails, and White House efforts to keep presidential appointees attuned to Republican political priorities, could create a substantial new problem for the Bush White House.

First, the inquiry comes from inside the administration, not from Democrats in Congress. Second, unlike the splintered inquiries being pressed on Capitol Hill, it is expected to be a unified investigation covering many facets of the political operation in which Rove played a leading part.

So, are Bloch and the OSC under fire for their legitimately illegitimate practices (of which there appear to be many, but when has that ever bothered BushCo. before?), or because they were getting too close to paydirt on the US Attorney firings or Rove’s Hatch Act violations? Or as retaliation for helping to boot Lurita Doan out the door?

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Republicans,Rove

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