Fast and Furious, Solyndra, and now LightSquared are raining ever-increasing accusation and mistrust against a flailing and uncertain Obama White House. And as those first two scandals – each significant in their own right, continue to develop and be further investigated, some D.C. Insiders are whispering that the LighSquared debacle may yet prove most damaging to President Obama.
The last 24-hour news cycle has uncovered evidence of a second witness who has indicated the White House pressured them to insert testimony favorable to Lightsquared, a company strongly supportive of Obama’s presidential bid in 2008. Eli Lake of the Daily Beast, who has been on point in breaking the initial reports of a 4-Star general who reported to being strongly pressured to provide a favorable opinion for Lightsquared in order to help secure a government contract for the company, has now uncovered the head of a federal agency who is apparently saying much the same. To have one witness make a claim is one thing – to have another witness corroborate that claim makes it far more difficult for the Obama administration to deny the original accusation.
According to the just-published Daily Beast report:
The issue of LightSquared and the OMB’s interest in testimony came to light last week when The Daily Beast reported that Gen. William Shelton, the four-star general in charge of the Air Force Space Command, told House lawmakers in a classified briefing that he felt pressured by the White House to change his testimony on LightSquared. Shelton ultimately rejected the White House suggestions and delivered his own testimony last week.
On Monday, a second witness, Anthony Russo, director of the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, told The Daily Beast that he too was asked by the OMB to insert the 90-day timeframe into his testimony before the House Science Committee, but he refused. The hearing originally was scheduled for Aug. 3, then rescheduled for Sept. 8.
What is now clearly evident is the Lightsquared scandal is another example out of many similar occasionswhen the Obama administration has shown itself actively engaged in the very same pay-to-play scenario that landed Barack Obama’s fellow Chicago politician Rod Blagojevich behind bars. And in the case of Lightsquared, it was a backroom deal that put the very security of the United States at risk.
Will Congressional investigators and American voters be willing to forgive Barack Obama for these repeated offenses?
We think not.
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