Rep. Bob Goodlatte revealed that former President Barack Hussein Obama’s administration funneled money which was supposed to be for victims of Wall Street mortgage meddling to progressive activist organizations.
The House Financial Services Committee Chairman discovered these documents through a separate, ongoing investigation and announced their existence on Tuesday.
Via the Daily Wire: Members of the House Judiciary Committee mentioned several weeks ago that they suspected Obama’s Department of Justice had iced out conservative organizations looking for their share of the more than $1 billion legal settlement the DOJ collected from “big banks” who’d played a part in the housing crisis of the late 2000s. The DOJ required banks included in the settlement agreement to make “mandatory donations” to non-profits working on housing and property rights policies.
Yesterday, the same committee said that emails from Associate Attorney General Tony West (obtained by The Daily Wire and linked here), show West and other DOJ officials had been asking colleagues how to allocate the “slush fund” money to organizations “of our choosing,” and requesting advice on how to avoid directing settlement funds to organizations who leaned conservative.
It seems that one senior official even admitted to wording a memo with the intention to “not allowing Citi to pick a statewide intermediary like the Pacific Legal Foundation” because PLF “does conservative property-rights free legal services,” in one email.
The internal discussion, Goodlatte argued on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon, created an atmosphere of collusion, which ensured that only progressive activist organizations like The National Council of La Raza, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and the National Urban League, received funds, while conservative organizations who also advocated for improved property rights policies were left out in the cold.
All of the aforementioned companies went on to be key anti-Trump “resistance” organizations. Of course, no one at the time in the DOJ anticipated this because they believed Hillary Clinton would be president.
This little tid-bit of information contradicts DOJ’s Deputy Attorney General Geoffrey Graber sworn testimony. He informed the Judiciary Committee that “the Department did not want to be in the business of picking and choosing which organization may or may not receive any funding under the agreement.”
Giving that his statement was made back in February, this looks really bad for the Obama administration.