GSA’s Jeff Neely’s attorney says his client will take the Fifth when he appears before Darrel Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. What happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas, unless someone makes a video of your rude and costly assault on the American taxpayer’s pocket. If Issa isn’t successful, and can’t find someone to snitch on everyone involved, the Department of Justice is also investigating, and there might be some justice from this DOJ, as Neely is a White guy.
Neely’s attorney on Friday informed the committee Neely will exercise his right against self-incrimination and requested not to attend the hearing.
“Requiring Mr. Neely to travel from California to appear before the Committee when you have been advised that he will not answer any substantive questions posed to him does not advance any legitimate Committee purpose,” the attorney wrote, according to the documents. Source Politico
Neely was placed on administrative leave earlier this month. Probably with pay – it’s the government. I wouldn’t want to tell Congress that I allowed $3200 of taxpayer money to be spent on a mind reader, but…
Neely is an employee of the people. Taking the Fifth Amendment in situations like this is ridiculous, and it’s ridiculous that it’s allowed. An attorney needs to stop by and explain it to me. And explain why he hasn’t already been fired.
Emails the committee obtained from Neely also indicate he reached out to what appears to be a personal friend to attend a party in a suite on the last night of the junket at the M Resort Spa & Casino. “We will get you guys a room near us and we will pick up the room tab. Could be a blast,” Neely wrote, according to the documents.
“If you come we typically host a nice happy hour in my suite one night (with u and the boys as part of it). I know. I am bad. But as deb and I say often, why not enjoy it while we have it and while we can. Aint going to last forever,” Neely continued, referring to his wife.
The documents then indicate a GSA employee secured those arrangements, with Neely’s wife writing to a GSA employee: “Knowing we have a bit more money in the budget helps, so I was thinking of rounding out the food a little more.” Read it all at the Politico link above.
The trip under investigation cost $823,000, that we know of, for a single “training conference.” The Inspector General has turned the case over to the racist Department of Justice. Neely is White, so maybe “justice” will be service – something like the loss of a job and all future benefits or read the following from the IG’s report – maybe jail is in order, definitely time behind bars should be a possibility.
GSA failed to follow contracting regulations in many of the procurements associated with the WRC and wasted taxpayer dollars. GSA actions included:
Disclosing a competitor’s proposal price to a favored contractor;
Awarding a $58,000 contract to a large business in violation of small-business setasides;
Promising the hotel an additional $41,480 in catering charges in exchange for the “concession” of the hotel honoring the government’s lodging cost limit;
Providing free rooms to a contractor’s employees even though the contract cost
included lodging; and
Disclosing to the team-building contractor the agency’s maximum budget for one day of training, then agreeing to pay the contractor that amount ($75,000).
I don’t need the attorney now, but thanks anyway. I get it. This is a white collar crime. The IG has the goods. Let’s see what the DOJ does. Don’t hold your breath. He may be White but he’s also a ‘guv’ment worker.’