As TPMm readers know well, House Appropriations chairman Jerry Lewis (R-CA) is under federal investigation for possible improprieties in how he oversaw Congress’ spending of $900 billion annually. Yesterday, we reported that Lewis had dropped nearly $800,000 in legal fees to defend himself against the probe.
This evening, Congressional Quarterly reports (sub. req.) that in a round of calls Monday evening, Lewis fired 60 investigators who had worked for his committee rooting out fraud, waste and abuse, effective immediately. As in, don’t bother coming in on Tuesday.
The investigators were contract workers, brought on to handle the extraordinary level of fraud investigations facing the panel. Sixteen permanent investigative staff are staying on, according to CQ.
What a great idea- and one the Republican party seems to love. Considering our answer to the problems in Iraq is to blame the media for reporting the problems, our solution to global warming is to attack the statisticians and climatologists, this shouldn;t really be surprise. Clearly, the best way to stop the corruption problem is to stop investigating it.
I think Rep. Lewis is on to something- Bush could really help out the struggling Republican Congress this election by solving our nation’s crime problem with one flick of his wrist- FIRE ALL OF THE NATION’S POLICE. Because, after all, it isn’t a crime if you don’t get caught.