April 28, 2010

Scott Bloch pleads guilty to contempt of Congress

By CREW Staff

During the Bush administration, CREW was constantly monitoring the actions of Scott Bloch, who ran the White House Office of Special Counsel. We thought he was the wrong person to be investigation other Bush administration scandals. We were right. This week, Bloch "pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor count of contempt of Congress for withholding information from a House committee investigating his deletion of files from government computers." Here's the background via The Washington Times:

The government accused Mr. Bloch of "willfully" withholding information during a March 4, 2008, interview with staff members from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about deleted files.

He was accused of hiring a company, Geeks on Call, to delete the files from his office computer at a time he was under investigation by the inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management for retaliating against former employers.

Federal agents raided Mr. Bloch's office and home in May 2008 as part of an investigation into accusations he obstructed justice. Nearly three dozen agents seized computers and reports from his office and Virginia home, seeking evidence that he intimidated and retaliated against whistleblowers among staff members working at the White House special counsel's office.


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