Since President Trump took office, Democrats have been calling for investigations into his administration. In reality, the calls for congressional investigations have been politically motivated. Democrats are desperate to do anything they can to derail Trump’s agenda, and investigations are their tool for questioning his legitimacy.Of course, Congress has been unwilling to waste its time on politically-motivated investigations of Trump. However, some lawmakers are calling for an investigation of Barack Obama.
A group of lawmakers is planning to request a congressional investigation of a $418 million U.S. weapons sale to Kenya approved by the Obama administration on its last day in office.
The sale, approved by the State Department and privately notified to Congress on January 19, would allow Kenya to buy 14 weaponized crop-duster-like planes — including two trainer planes and services, for missions against terrorist group al-Shabaab.The deal was publicly announced the Monday after Trump’s inauguration.
A handful of lawmakers, led by Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC), are questioning why the contract to produce the planes was awarded to major defense firm L3 Technologies — which has never produced such a plane — while a smaller, disabled veteran-owned company in North Carolina that already make those planes at a lower cost was not considered.
The Mooresville, N.C. company, IOMAX USA Inc., costed out 14 planes at $237 million dollars, according to a Budd aide.Obviously, this is an issue more worthy of an investigation. Why would the government award a contract to a company without experience, with a bid double the price of a company that already makes the planes? Could this be a case of political favors being repaid? These are questions in need of answers.
Although Democrats typically write off any questioning of the Obama administration’s motives as “fake scandals”, some Democratic lawmakers are joining in on the calls to investigate:Later this week, Budd and several other GOP congressmen are planning to request the non-partisan investigation.
It is not just Republicans puzzled by the matter. Georgia Democrat Sanford Bishop will join Republicans in signing a letter being sent to the Kenyan ambassador to the U.S. on Tuesday.
The company that lost out on the deal despite the experience and lower bid employs 115 people, mostly veterans. Yet despite being the obvious choice to fulfill the contract, it was inexplicably awarded to someone else. Perhaps there is a good reason the deal turned out this way, but it seems the only way to find out is through a thorough investigation. Which begs the question…what ELSE do we have yet to discover about Barack Obama?
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]