WH on DHS favoritism: nothing to see here!

Suppose a top official at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) showed special treatment toward requests from Democratic officials. And suppose that special treatment involved help with tricky immigration matters for the well-connected friends of these Democratic officials. Suppose all this happened and it violated a number of ethics rules.

You’d expect the White House to come out against the practice pretty hard, right? Wrong.

During a White House press briefing on Wednesday, Press Secretary Josh Earnest called the offending DHS official – Alejandro Mayorkas – a “decorated public servant.”


Earnest continued [1]:

“Mr. Mayorkas is still at the Department of Homeland Security because he is a decorated public servant and an effective leader of that organization. [W]e certainly value the kind of contribution that he has made to the effect of management at the department and he has played an important role in implementing needed reforms in that department.”

Keep in mind that the friends Mayorkas “helped” included friends of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and even the brother of Hillary Clinton. When Fox News’ Ed Henry pressed Earnest on the report detailing the favoritism, the press secretary had this to say:

[T]he questions that were raised were about how effective this EB-5 visa process works, and these are exactly the problems that Deputy Secretary Mayorkas was trying to address, and there are additional forms that are needed, and there will be additional reforms implemented.”

Basically? Nothing to see here, move along! But we all know how it goes: if you have to say it….