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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-05 01:29 AM
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Pentagon's top investigator has resigned under suspicion...
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September 3, 2005
latimes.com : National News
Joseph E. Schmitz, the Defense Department's inspector general, is suspected of blocking investigations of senior Bush officials.

By T. Christian Miller, Times Staff Writer

WASHINGTON The Pentagon's top investigator has resigned amid accusations that he stonewalled inquiries into senior Bush administration officials suspected of wrongdoing.

Defense Department Inspector General Joseph E. Schmitz told staffers this week that he intended to resign as of Sept. 9 to take a job with the parent company of Blackwater USA, a defense contractor.

The resignation comes after Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent Schmitz several letters this summer informing him that he was the focus of a congressional inquiry into whether he had blocked two criminal investigations last year.

Grassley, chairman of the Finance Committee, accused Schmitz of fabricating an official Pentagon news release, planning an expensive junket to Germany and hiding information from Congress. Schmitz is the senior Pentagon official charged with investigating waste, fraud and abuse.

"I am writing to inform you that I intend to conduct an oversight investigation into allegations that you either quashed or redirected two ongoing criminal investigations last year," Grassley said in a July 7 letter obtained by The Times.

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