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house Bill H.R. 3154

Should the DOJ Inspector General Have the Authority to Investigate Misconduct by DOJ Attorneys?

Argument in favor

The DOJ OIG hasn’t been effective at investigating DOJ attorney misconduct in the past. It’s important to hold DOJ attorneys to a high standard of conduct, and giving the DOJ IG the power to investigate alleged misconduct will help ensure this happens.

Mark's Opinion
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11/29/2018
Isn’t that the DOJ Inspector General‘s job? A little thing called oversight?
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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11/28/2018
H.R.3154 - Inspector General Access Act I’m in support of the passage of the House bill H.R. 3154 AKA H.R.- Inspector General Access Act of 2017 which would amend the Inspector General Act to remove the requirement that the Dept. of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ IG) refer all allegations of DOJ attorney misconduct to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). This gives the DOJ OIG the authority to investigate alleged misconduct by DOJ attorneys when they act in their capacity as lawyers, rather than referring these issues to OPR. The DOJ OIG hasn’t been effective at investigating DOJ attorney misconduct in the past. It’s important to hold DOJ attorneys to a high standard of conduct, and giving the DOJ IG the power to investigate alleged misconduct will help ensure this happens. SneakyPete..... 1*28*18.....
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Ray's Opinion
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11/29/2018
Definitively YES and also be responsible to report its finding to the congress.
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Argument opposed

The DOJ IG suffers from the same issue as the DOJ OIG — it’s still inside the DOJ. In cases of alleged DOJ attorney misconduct, it’d be better to refer cases to another agency to investigate, in order to ensure impartiality.

burrkitty's Opinion
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11/29/2018
They are still not impartial because they are still DOJ employees.
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Uwa's Opinion
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11/29/2018
It would be better for the sake of the department to not have investigations conducted from an in-house party. It would make more sense to bring someone from the outside who can investigate all the facts objectively and without bias.
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Adam's Opinion
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11/29/2018
Such investigative authority should not be vested in one person. Such authority should only be vested in a bipartisan Congressional Authority. DOJ officials and investigators should always be subject to oversight by Congress. Congress should be empowered and funded to bring charges and enforce penalties against corrupt DOJ personnel. If we leave this to the Executive Branch and allow the DOJ’s primary client to be that Branch, then the criminals in the White House can continue to obstruct Justice. The Justice Department needs to be reformed but not by one potentially corrupt individual.
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    Isn’t that the DOJ Inspector General‘s job? A little thing called oversight?
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    They are still not impartial because they are still DOJ employees.
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    It would be better for the sake of the department to not have investigations conducted from an in-house party. It would make more sense to bring someone from the outside who can investigate all the facts objectively and without bias.
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    Such investigative authority should not be vested in one person. Such authority should only be vested in a bipartisan Congressional Authority. DOJ officials and investigators should always be subject to oversight by Congress. Congress should be empowered and funded to bring charges and enforce penalties against corrupt DOJ personnel. If we leave this to the Executive Branch and allow the DOJ’s primary client to be that Branch, then the criminals in the White House can continue to obstruct Justice. The Justice Department needs to be reformed but not by one potentially corrupt individual.
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    H.R.3154 - Inspector General Access Act I’m in support of the passage of the House bill H.R. 3154 AKA H.R.- Inspector General Access Act of 2017 which would amend the Inspector General Act to remove the requirement that the Dept. of Justice Office of the Inspector General (DOJ IG) refer all allegations of DOJ attorney misconduct to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). This gives the DOJ OIG the authority to investigate alleged misconduct by DOJ attorneys when they act in their capacity as lawyers, rather than referring these issues to OPR. The DOJ OIG hasn’t been effective at investigating DOJ attorney misconduct in the past. It’s important to hold DOJ attorneys to a high standard of conduct, and giving the DOJ IG the power to investigate alleged misconduct will help ensure this happens. SneakyPete..... 1*28*18.....
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    Investigations need to be conducted by impartial third parties. The DOJ investigating itself gives more opportunity to sweep important concerns under the rug.
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    Definitively YES and also be responsible to report its finding to the congress.
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    Seems like all Trump appointees are criminals either under investigation, already indicted or incarcerated which is exactly what needs to happen to President Bone Spurs.
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    How can true oversight be ensured if the investigators and suspects are employed by the same agency? Independent and third party oversight won’t assure 100% accountability, but it’s better than in house coworkers investigating one another.
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    Let it stay the way it is. This stops politically motivated meddling
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    Another ploy to stop investigations.
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    Leave it alone. The inspector General is appointed by the President too. That is the problem. When we have a crook for leader he can’t be trusted to appoint someone who has the country’s best interests at heart.
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    We are certainly seeing abuses in the Mueller investigation that need to be curtailed. Mueller’s prosecutorial bullying tactics border on the criminal. He needs to be investigated.
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    Need external oversight. We already see what happens when anyone or any entities is allowed to police themselves.
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    There is no way for them to be impartial. Private prosecutors are a safer bet.
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    There should be independent investigators that congress approved to investigate doj misconduct.
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    Attorneys general are NOT above the law.
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    The DOJ, as with all other governmental branches, must be impartial and that cannot happen if they are allowed to investigate themselves. They need an independent investigator to ensure justice is truly served. It’s called blind justice for a reason.
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    Of course! Military inspector general staff investigators are responsible for investigating military personnel, why wouldn’t the DOJ be the same?
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    An investigation should be referred to someone outside the DOJ to keep things impartial and clean.
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