Three weeks after this column first revealed that a major figure in Operation Fast and Furious was likely to retire soon, the two men leading Capitol Hill’s investigation of the scandal are now asserting that he is already working in the private sector while still drawing a government paycheck.
William McMahon, former deputy assistant director for Field Operations at the agency, is “serving as Executive Director of the Global Security and Investigations Group at J.P. Morgan in the Philippines,” according to Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa.
“This unusual arrangement,” Grassley and Issa wrote, “is apparently designed to allow Mr. McMahon to reach retirement eligibility while on extended leave for four or five months and simultaneously begin a second career before separating from government employment.”
Hey, you've got to take care of your
“Rather than imposing consequences for his admitted failures,” the letter continues, “the ATF appears to be rewarding McMahon. Through this unusual arrangement, ATF has essentially facilitated McMahon’s early retirement and ability to double dip for nearly half a year by receiving two full-time paychecks—one from the taxpayer and one from the private sector. Moreover, ATF did not wait for the Office of Inspector General to complete its report on Fast and Furious before approving the arrangement. This is in sharp contrast to the posture the agency has taken with whistleblowers like Special Agent John Dodson, who is told he must wait until the Inspector General’s report is complete before the agency will even consider his simple request for a statement retracting the false statements made about him by agency leadership.”
Like we expect anything better from these dirtbags at this point.
I mean, we're talking about a DoJ that's actively recruiting attorneys and staff who are dwarfs or who have “psychiatric disabilities” or “severe intellectual disabilities.” On May 31, 2012, Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez issued a directive to affirmatively recruit people with these “targeted disabilities.”
This DOJ policy does not merely involve prohibitions against discrimination, but rather the documents reveal deliberate recruitment efforts to hire as attorneys and staff for the Department of Justice people suffering from psychiatric disorders and intellectual disabilities. Moreover, applicants can “self-identify” their disability by means of the “Standard Form 256, Self Identification Disability.”
Hey, what could go wrong?