Criminal charges for GSA execs?
Legal panel debates spending scandal
- Duration 3:35
- Date Apr 17, 2012
Legal panel debates spending scandal
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On Capitol Hill Mike thanks for -- the lawyers went only criminal -- law professor -- element is with -- and criminal defense attorney.
Randy zealot I've -- Europe congress member this is the greatest thing ever to happen.
As you get to sit up there be furious over government waste is that they -- are wasting stuff every day but I suppose an example last beset criminal charges -- This is yet and it's it's great to be angry if you're a Republican.
And you have a democratic president.
My bone of contention -- -- can be angry about this topic.
-- members of congress need an issue where they can look tough and trying to do things for the people here we go whether it's the case or not is another matter it's all Washington put it right it's it's a matter of degree.
For example I would imagine the Republicans.
Are screaming it's corruption scandal.
Throw everybody out the government whereas the Democrats might be saying look we got a few bad apples guys.
Everybody calmed down we're going to take care but and that's where my that's my problem that.
You kid there is no objective.
Thing that this is wrong what is this is also the kind of thing that happens all the time and regular business or the timing is bad.
It's almost like -- some happy government employees and -- ensuring themselves -- digging their job it's the part it's the partisanship.
That I can't stand flip it around and tell me what they would do.
Well I think that all do the same thing but that's that's just me it just seems like members of congress it.
The eleven or 12% approval rating get to stand up -- -- against an agency and spend much money at I don't know if you're in that matter if you're an elf honor -- as you go get up there and make one -- -- Go check every taxpayer should be outraged by the citizen soldier has nothing to do with politics -- you have to go back and understand what -- -- -- about.
This is a independent government agency that is -- course reduction.
Cost saving agency.
And this is what it's doing -- life isn't -- -- that's why it's so outrageous so offensive now it's probably just touching the surface of government weeks that we have in all areas of government but that doesn't mean we look away.
When you have the head of this organization.
-- 95 dollars for hotel room and bill cost the taxpayers 1000 dollars that is criminal criminal charges should be brought -- these individual should be process.
It wouldn't surprise me if they bring criminal charges here to set an example when workers go astray it becomes such an enormous national issue why wouldn't you.
Because the difficulty is when you bring criminal charges to set an example.
Instead of bringing criminal charges.
Based upon being able to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt.
Well no I economically and efficiently and just as you get louder and start talking fester doesn't mean the point is is leads us.
That what they did is wrong when you start if if it is true that they brought in non GSA employees and got him a room -- gonna have a great time and all that sort of thing.
That's illegal that's misuse of the public funds is that it isn't that is the law.
We have solution can you write on it this is absolutely criminal they have to bring charges it's not about setting an example it's not holding people I don't know I don't know why can't it be we can't be about both.
In these times.
It rarely should be about golf.
We're going to spend what how many more trillions of dollars to investigate these oh -- only because -- to investigate it and -- -- -- criminal charges and and then do what at the end I don't know maybe sick and maybe send a message to other government workers.
Who are using taxpayer money that you can't waste it.
You know what we're cutting back all over this nation as we have all kinds of problems.
An austerity measures may work against this in the long run but if you're a government agency stop wasting the public money.
That's all that's a pretty good message to sense that there's a fundamental assumption.
That people think.
Before they do things well they need to store Randy --