No criminal charges for crooked VA execs

The abuse at the Veterans Administration—at the expense of U.S. veterans and taxpayers—knows no bounds. Once again, VA officials have demonstrated how sweet it is to be a government employee.

 

Filling in on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday, Mike Broomhead gave the back story on two VA bosses that used their positions to block subordinates from taking jobs. The so-called “sweetheart transfers” secured jobs with less responsibility at the same pay rate, along with massive relocation benefits.

 

“There is something in the federal government called PCS [permanent change of station],” Mike explained. “And along with that comes certain benefits.”

 

Those benefits, in many cases, include closing costs if you’re selling or buying a home, relocation expenses, and a per diem for the family during the relocation process. 

 

VA executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves---who were earning annually about $181,000 and $173,000, respectively---took regional jobs intended for subordinates, obtaining more than $400,000 in questionable moving expenses as part of the PCS relocation program.

 

The Justice Department decided to press criminal charges against these two former executives. 

However, the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Columbia has declined a referral from the VA inspector general for criminal prosecution and referred the matter to the VA for any administrative action deemed appropriate. Additionally, Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves were both demoted in November, but their demotions were rescinded this month after a paperwork mix-up. So, no criminal charges, no demotions, no firings for these egregious actions.

 

“Explain to me how we've promised the veterans in this country that they will receive medical care that they can't get, and the bureaucracy in the VA is so bad that managers can literally strong arm underlings, take hundreds of thousands of dollars in questionable relocation fees?" Mike asked rhetorically. "Not only do they not get prosecuted criminally---they don't lose their jobs, they don't lose pay, and no one is punished.”

 

Featured Image: YouTube Screenshot of Rubens and Graves pleading the fifth at the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Hearing.

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Protests following the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr quickly devolved into violence, rioting, and looting in Philadelphia, and BlazeTV's Elijah Schaffer was there to document what the mainstream media won't. But while filming the carnage inside a Five Below on Tuesday, Elijah was surrounded and attacked by looters.

Elijah joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to detail his experience and to explain why mainstream media efforts to downplay the violence just show that independent media has never been more important.

"Unfortunately, [the attack] escalated from one person to about a dozen very quickly," Elijah explained. "I'm actually really happy to be alive. Because in that same shopping center, right there, there was a 15-year-old girl who was shot, according to reports. And I heard multiple gunshots throughout the night. Another individual is reported to have heard a gunshot as well, so we try to confirm. I watched people get pummeled beyond belief."

Glenn asked Elijah to respond to mainstream media claims that conservatives are exaggerating the looting and violence in Philadelphia.

"It's so funny to hear people that aren't there try to counter what we're reporting," Elijah replied.

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In the final days before the 2020 election, President Donald Trump is gaining among black voters, particularly men, because his record of accomplishments "speaks for itself" and the "façade" that President Trump is a racist "just doesn't ring true," argued sports columnist Jason Whitlock on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday.

Jason, who recently interviewed the president at the White House for OutKick.com, shared his thoughts on why he believes many black Americans — notably celebrities such as Kanye West, Ice Cube, and 50 Cent — are breaking from the "façade" that President Trump is a "flaming racist."

"I really believe the facts are starting to speak for themselves, and that Donald Trump's record of accomplishments, particularly as it relates to African Americans, speaks for itself," Jason told Glenn. "He actually has a record to stand on, unlike even Barack Obama. When [Obama] was president, I don't think he had much of a record to stand on, in terms of, 'Hey, what did he actually deliver for African Americans?' President Trump has things he can stand on and, you know, beyond that I think black people understand when he starts talking about black unemployment rate. And America's unemployment rate. And then, when you add in for black men, the façade we've been putting on [President Trump] … you know, this whole thing that he's some flaming racist, it just doesn't ring true."

Jason suggested that Trump's fearlessness, unabashed masculinity, and record of keeping his promises resonates with men in the black community. He also weighed in on how media and social media's bias plays a huge role in convincing people to hate President Trump while ignoring Antifa and others on the Left.

"I keep explaining to people, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, they're some of the most secular places on earth. And we've reduced everyone to a tweet, that we disagree with," he added.

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Megyn Kelly is not happy about the "disgusting" media coverage of President Donald Trump, specifically pointing to Lesley Stahl's "60 Minutes" interview on CBS Sunday.

On the radio program, Megyn told Glenn Beck the media has become so blinded by the "Trump Derangement Syndrome" that they've lost their own credibility — and now they can't get it back.

"It's disgusting. It's stomach-turning," Megyn said of the media's coverage of the president. "But it's just a continuation of what we've seen over the past couple of years. Their 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' has blinded them to what they're doing to their own credibility. They can't get it back. It's too late. They've already sacrificed it. And now no one is listening to them other than the hard partisans for whom they craft their news."

Megyn also discussed how she would have covered the recent stories about Hunter and Joe Biden's alleged corruption. Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:


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