RUSH: This is the Washington Post, Juliet Eilperin. Juliet Eilperin hates the Tea Party, hates the Republicans, is so in the tank for Democrats it's impossible to categorize. And she has a piece: "Study: Hundreds of Rules Passed by Obama Administration are Technically Illegal." Hundreds of rules passed by the Regime are technically illegal. Washington Post, July 29th, this year.
Details. "Over the past two years, the Obama administration has published hundreds and hundreds of rules -- on how wheelchairs should be stowed aboard US aircraft, how foreign trade zones should be regulated, how voting assistance should be provided for US citizens overseas, and so on. There’s a problem, however: Technically speaking, these and some 1,800 other regulations shouldn’t be in effect because they weren’t reported to Congress as required. Yet there is little that lawmakers or the courts can do about it.
"The situation illustrates the obscure, Byzantine process used to create federal regulations -- and how easily it can go awry. ... Under a 1996 statute, most federal rules are supposed to be reported to the House and Senate in paper form and to the General Accountability Office electronically. But since the start of 2012 --" who was president then? Obama. "-- that hasn’t happened."
Since 2012 this administration has simply implemented nearly 2,000 regulations they didn't report to anybody, except the enforcement agencies. Two-thousand! President Obama has just created 2,000 laws without Congress and without telling Congress. High crimes and misdemeanors. He's acting outside the authority granted him by the Constitution over and over and over again. And yet, the Republicans say his behavior has not risen to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. They've just bent over every way possible to try to convince people that they don't hate Obama; that they're not going to do anything to harm Obama, while he's sitting there at 39 percent approval, nearly 70 percent disapproval in his immigration policy, folks.
RUSH: Well, looky here, folks! Now you gotta kind of be intrigued by this. The CIA has admitted that they did improperly hack Senate computers. Remember when DiFi and some of the others heard some of their computers had been hacked by NSA and CIA, how outraged they were at the time? They were told: No, no, no! We'd never target the Senate. "CIA Director John Brennan admitted that the agency did hack into the computers of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Senate staffers -- an allegation he had denied in March.
"In a search for Bush-era interrogation practices, computers were hacked in 'a manner inconsistent with the common understanding' between the Senate and the [CIA], Mr. Brennan has concluded, agency spokesman Dean Boyd said Thursday, National Journal reported. Mr. Brennan apologized to both Mrs. Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the panel's top Republican, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, for the actions of his officers, the Journal reported. The CIA's reversal comes after a briefing on the inspector general's findings."
These IGs, inspectors general, are uncovering a lot of poop in this Regime, and not just CIA. The IGs at the IRS, the IGs at the EPA, they're really uncovering a bunch of poop. It's being papered over so nobody hears about the poop, but they're really uncovering a lot of stuff. But note Brennan's excuse here: "Hey, we were just searching for Bush-era interrogation practices," meaning: "Yeah, we were looking for evidence that the Bush administration water-boarded and tortured Khalid Mohammed at Club Gitmo.
"In these searches, we weren't searching for anything on you; we were hacking your computers to see if we could find any evidence that the Bush administration should be charged criminally," or some such thing. And that's their out. "No, Senator Feinstein, we never thought you were doing anything we needed to know! No, no, no. But we thought you might have been told about torture that the Bush administration was doing and that's what we were looking for."
So we'll see if that appeases Senator Feinstein.