They’re in charge of your entire federal government, so it pays to keep an eye on them. What have they been up to lately?
F.D.A. Criminal Inquiry
Bush’s ex-head of the FDA - the one who resigned in September - the one who allowed politics to trump science in his fight to delay OTC approval for the morning after pill is now the subject of a criminal investigation.
Dr. Lester M. Crawford, the former commissioner of food and drugs, is under criminal investigation by a federal grand jury over accusations of financial improprieties and false statements to Congress, his lawyer said Friday.
I love how these people keep their promises, too:
Before Dr. Crawford’s confirmation, the secretary of health and human services, Michael O. Leavitt, promised that the F.D.A. would act on the Plan B application by September 2005, a promise that led two Democratic senators, Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Patty Murray of Washington, to relent in their efforts to delay the nomination. But after he was confirmed, Dr. Crawford announced an indefinite delay that has remained in effect.
Democratic Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.) has her own comments as well.
Harman, one of the few House members to receive briefings on the NSA program, said she believes in the program’s approach but argued unsuccessfully on the floor Wednesday for a measure requiring greater congressional review.
“I do not support violating the law or the Constitution,” she said. “Enhanced security without respect for law gives away the very values we are fighting to defend, and I believe that the program . . . can and must fully comply with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and with our Constitution.”
Kudos to Specter! Antikudos to fellow party members who aren’t listening to him.
If only his new employers had some Intelligent Design up their sleeves. But, alas. He’s gone from the people who distort the news to the people who just completely make it up out of whole cloth. Congrats on the new challenge, Tony!
Wade is cooperating with investigators as part of his plea agreement in February. He has told them that Brent Wilkes, a San Diego defense contractor who has been identified as a co-conspirator, secured prostitutes, limousines and suites at two Washington hotels for Cunningham, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.