House Oversight pushes for probe of ethics breaches, possible crimes of BLM bully Dan Love

“As a federal law enforcement officer, Love’s actions have the potential to not only taint your investigation, but to seriously undermine the trust in BLM’s law enforcement office and thwart congressional oversight of the Bureau. As such, I request that you investigate the specific allegations raised in your interviews of destruction of federal records, witness tampering, and obstruction of a […]

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Utah Congressman introduces bill to strip police powers from BLM, Forest Service

The undeniable perception was that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agents using dogs, Tasers, armored vehicles, full body armor and automatic weapons to confront a rancher who was delinquent with his grazing fees, constituted a terrifying overreaction. The office of Utah Congressman, Jason Chaffetz, issued a press release on January 24 announcing his introduction of legislation to restore equality in law-enforcement authority to Western states. The […]

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Oversight Committee responds to Obama Antiquities Act abuses in federal land grabs

In his letters to Jewell and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Chaffetz asserts two key federal laws governing public purpose, public participation and environmental review were ignored with Wednesday’s designation of the monuments in Utah and Nevada.  “(The laws) provide for a more thoughtful determination, whereas the Antiquities Act was meant to be reserved for emergency scenarios,” the […]

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Congress’ top watchdog warns feds not to destroy documents before transition

Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) sent letters to agency heads Tuesday saying they have a duty under law to preserve and protect government records. Over the years, he said, his panel’s investigations were often stalled or blocked by administration officials deleting documents or who had used personal email accounts for government business. FEDERAL AGENCIES: ‘Do not purge, delete […]

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