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Independent Investigation Exposes “Resistance” Movement Within the DoS, DoJ, DHHS, and GAO

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 21, 2018

This week Project Veritas has started releasing an undercover video series unmasking the hidden administrative state. In its most recent investigation into the State Department, it spoke with employees of the State Department to sort out how ethical staffers were in carrying out its mission.

In their investigation, Project Veritas met with a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (“DSA”) Stuart Karaffa. DSA describes itself as the “largest socialist organization in the United States.” During this investigation, Project Veritas learned that many DSA members in the Washington, DC area are employed by the federal government and that the organization is taking organized action to thwart administration policies.

The investigation revealed that Karaffa used government resources to promote DSA projects during government work hours. This appeared to be part of a larger “resistance” movement aimed at the current administration. This involved using government time to prepare press releases about issues the DSA promotes and doing so in covert, undetectable ways.

In Project Veritas’s investigations, DSA agents employed by the federal government appear to be blocking and impeding the operations of federal agencies. If replicated in large numbers, this resistance effort could have serious implications for the ability of the federal government to function.

In their other video, it spoke with employees of HHS to sort out whether staffers behaved ethically and carried out the agency’s mission. Investigators learned that within HHS, at least one employee is leaking confidential government information to third-party, outside groups.

Jessica Schubel, former Chief of Staff, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, revealed that at least one HHS employee shares confidential information with her. The investigation revealed that Schubel enjoyed an unethical and possibly illegal advantage learning about confidential policy changes well before the public. This allowed her to prepare statements or analyses in advance of public release.

In its most recent undercover project, Project Veritas met with employees of the DOJ to sort out how principled staffers were in carrying out its mission. It was found that some employees are engaged in partisan political efforts — or “resistance” — using government resources while on government time.

Allison Hrabar, a Department of Justice paralegal reportedly using government-owned software and computers to push a socialist agenda.

Ms. Hrabar is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America as well. The investigation suggests that Ms. Hrabar used government resources like LEXIS-NEXIS to research the location of political appointees and lobbyists. This may have enabled DSA to stage protests against administration officials. It was also reported that DSA members in the Department of Agriculture actively slowed down administration programs designed to adjust Food Stamps distribution.

Both Schubel and Hrabar make admissions revealing that federal employees appear to be using their positions inside our government to resist or slow the Trump administration’s policies. It appears some laws have been broken in the process.

In investigating the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which holds a great responsibility in keeping government agencies accountable to the American people, Project Veritas learned of the accounts of an auditor Natarajan Subramanian. Subramanian is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, too. In this investigation, Subramanian admitted that “everything that I am doing with DSA is stuff that I am not supposed to be doing for work” and to spending six hours of government time in a day performing DSA related activities. In sum, Subramanian acknowledged performing ten to twenty hours of DSA per week. He also explained that he purposefully included vague or misleading statements on his annual disclosure forms to avoid ethical concerns.

Project Veritas has collected initial evidence suggesting at least the following laws and regulations were violated by State Department, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice employees:

• 18 USC § 641: Conveying or disposing of government records without authority to another, or knowingly receiving such information.

• 5 CFR 2635.101(b)(14): Outside engagements creating an appearance of impropriety.

• 5 CFR 2635.702-704; 5 CFR 2635.101(b).5 CFR 733-734: Using government resources and time to promote personal and political causes.

• 5 USC §7323; 5 CFR 733 & 734, et seq.: Violating the Hatch Act—engaging in partisan political duties during employment hours.

• 5 CFR 2635.802: Outside engagements conflicting with official duties.

• 18 USC § 371: Engaging in a conspiracy with other members of the DSA to defraud the US Government of its time and resources by delaying or impeding federal policies and programs.

• YELLOW BOOK, §§ 3.12-3.15: Under the Yellow Book, GAO employees may similarly not use government resources for non-governmental work during work hours. More importantly, the Yellow Book requires that bias threats be eliminated in an auditor’s work.

• 18 USC § 1001: Purposefully providing false, misleading, or vague answers on annual disclosure forms may form the basis for a criminal violation.

A Department of State spokesperson issued the following response:

“I can confirm Stuart Karaffa is a Management and Program Analyst with the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. We take seriously any allegation of a violation of the Hatch Act and financial disclosure rules and are closely reviewing this matter. This is a personnel matter that we cannot comment on further at this time.”

A Department of Justice spokesperson issued the following response to Project Veritas’ inquiry:

“These allegations are deeply concerning. Department policy prohibits misuse of government resources to advance personal interests. We are looking into this immediately and have referred this matter to the Inspector General as well.”

Department of Health and Human Services released a following statement:

“These allegations are deeply concerning. Individuals who share sensitive information for their own personal gain or motives, hinder our mission at the department to enhance and protect the health and well-being of Americans. These alleged actions are not only unacceptable, but possibly illegal, and warrant a swift and thorough investigation.”

Chuck Young, the Managing Director of Public Affairs for GAO issued this statement to an inquiry from Project Veritas regarding the employment status of Natarajan Subramanian:

“…we cannot comment on his personnel status due to privacy laws. But he has been removed from any ongoing GAO work and cut off from access to GAO equipment. We have a rigorous quality control process with many reviewers that prevents one person from biasing our final reports. But we will also examine his work product as part of our investigation.”

The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a response on Twitter stating they are “aware of the video” and “investigating the serious issues it raises.” They also states they have communicated with the GAO Inspector General.

Project Veritas is a national journalism organization dedicated to undercover reporting to expose corruption, fraud, waste, and abuse. Project Veritas attorney Ben Barr filed complaints with the Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office regarding the findings of the investigation.

Author: USA Really