According to documents uncovered by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, the Obama administration used taxpayer money to scout places in the U.S. where Guantanamo Bay prisoners could be relocated. If the allegations are accurate, it would mean the administration violated congressional law. As such, lawmakers are now making an official inquiry into the issue, starting with a letter to the Department of Defense.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Schmidt alerted Congress to the wrongdoing in a letter:
Schmidt informed lawmakers that he had discovered documentation showing the Obama administration spent more than $25,000 to scout potential relocation sites in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Charleston, South Carolina, and Florence, Colorado.
“While the amount of money is relatively small,” wrote Schmidt, “the admission raises the concern that the Department of Defense violated the law by knowingly expending these funds while federal law enacted by Congress expressly prohibited the agency from doing so.”
Three congressmen – Reps. Mike Pompeo, Lynn Jenkins, and Kevin Yoder of Kansas – were disturbed by the revelations. Together, they wrote a letter to the DOD demanding an explanation.
“Rather than spending zero dollars on site surveys, as mandated by U.S. law, the Department of Defense has spent over $25,000,” wrote the congressmen. “This is following neither the letter, nor the spirit of the law.”
The Kansas representatives want to know who authorized the surveys, when they were carried out, and how exactly the money was spent on the ground. In their letter, the trio also requested a list of names inside and outside the administration who participated in the surveys.
“We stand with our Senate colleagues in condemning this illegal action and encouraging all states to pursue the appropriate legal action in response,” they wrote.
This illustrates two things. One, President Obama is still dead set on fulfilling that old, miserable campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay for good. Two, he’s still quite comfortable breaking the law if it means getting his way. If this election has anyone thinking, “Hmm, maybe the Obama years weren’t so bad after all,” this story is a fine reminder of the true nature of this charlatan. Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago butler would make a better president than this enemy of the Constitution.