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Tom Perez’s Troubled History With Ethics & Honesty

- February 21, 2017

Clinton Acolyte Tom Perez Shares The Clintons' Fast And Loose Approach To Ethics And Honesty


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Obama's former Labor Secretary Tom Perez is one of many candidates vying to be the next chair of the DNC, which is holding an election this weekend to determine who will lead the party.
  • From lying about his family history to engaging in "grotesque prosecutorial misconduct," Perez's career shows a proclivity for personal advancement over personal integrity.
  • Perez's failed attempt to pander to the liberal wing of his party resulted in him saying the 2016 primary was rigged against Bernie to saying Hillary won "fair and square" in under a day.
  • Perez is a radical on immigration, having prosecuted a Border Patrol agent and served on the board of a radical group to help Central American illegal immigrants.

PEREZ'S CAREER HAS BEEN FRAUGHT WITH CONTROVERSY, FROM ATTEMPTED COVER-UPS AND SILENCING WHISTLEBLOWERS TO LYING ABOUT HIS OWN FAMILY HISTORY

Perez Has Claimed That His Grandfather Was Kicked Out Of The Dominican Republic For Speaking Out Against Dictator Rafael Trujillo's Massacre Of Tens Of Thousands Of Haitians, When In Reality His Grandfather Left Two Years Prior To The Massacre Contrary To Perez's Congressional Testimony And Was "One Of The Dictator's Champions"

Perez Said That His Grandfather Was Kicked Out Of The Dominican Republic For Speaking Out Against The Dictator Rafael Trujillo's Order To Massacre 20,000 Haitians. TOM PEREZ: "My grandfather - when Trujillo, the horrible dictator in the Dominican Republic, ordered the massacre of 20,000 Haitians - and the answer was he spoke up against it, he spoke out against it, he got kicked out, and he was on the right side of history. And I am so proud of my grandfather for doing it, even though it was against so many forces in place." (Tom Perez, Remarks , NALEO Conference In Washington, DC, 6/23/16)

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  • Perez Even Touted In His Official Labor Department Bio That "Public Service Was The Family Business" And That His Grandfather "Was The Ambassador To The United States From The Dominican Republic In The 1930s, Until He Spoke Out Against His Country's Brutal Dictator And Was Declared Non Grata." "The son of Dominican immigrants, Secretary Perez was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. Public service was the family business. Perez's maternal grandfather was the ambassador to the United States from the Dominican Republic in the 1930s, until he spoke out against his home country's brutal dictator and was declared non grata. Perez's father, a physician, served in the U.S. Army and worked for many years at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Buffalo." (Office Of The Secretary: Secretary Of Labor Thomas E. Perez, Department Of Labor , Accessed 6/10/16)

Contrary To Perez's Own Congressional Testimony, His Grandfather Rafael Brache Left The Dominican Republic Two Years Prior To The Massacre Of Haitians. "In addition, Mr. Perez testified in 2013 at his Senate confirmation hearing that his grandfather 'was declared 'non grata' for speaking out against the dictator following the brutal massacre of thousands of Haitians' in 1937. But in fact, Mr. Brache had left the Dominican Republic about two years earlier, according to State Department memos and media accounts at the time." (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal , 7/19/16)

  • "Perez Rarely, If Ever, Mentions That Mr. Brache Was One Of The Dictator's Champions During At Least The First Five Years Of His Repressive Three-Decade Regime." "Archival records offer a more complicated picture of Mr. Perez's maternal grandfather, Rafael Brache. In his comments, Mr. Perez rarely, if ever, mentions that Mr. Brache was one of the dictator's champions during at least the first five years of his repressive three-decade regime, a fact documented in dozens of cables, letters and memos in public archives in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic." (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal , 7/19/16)
  • "Mr. Brache Defended Trujillo's Regime And Tried, Unsuccessfully, To Arrange A Meeting Between Trujillo And President Franklin Roosevelt. As Late As 1935, By Which Time Political Assassinations And Press Suppression Had Become Widely Publicized, Mr. Brache Expressed 'Great Optimism' About Trujillo." "Mr. Brache defended Trujillo's regime and tried, unsuccessfully, to arrange a meeting between Trujillo and President Franklin Roosevelt. As late as 1935, by which time political assassinations and press suppression had become widely publicized, Mr. Brache expressed 'great optimism' about Trujillo, according to a State Department memo." (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal , 7/19/16)
  • In 1934, "Brache Called Trujillo's Regime A 'Model Government, The Best The [Dominican] Republic Has Had." "Mr. Brache also met frequently with Angel Morales, an outspoken opposition leader. The meetings are recounted in letters Mr. Morales wrote to a top State Department official in the Roosevelt administration and found in the General Archives of the Dominican Republic. By Mr. Morales's account, Mr. Brache repeatedly attempted to win support for and loyalty to Trujillo from Mr. Morales. In November, 1934, Mr. Brache tried to win his 'collaboration with the Trujillo government,' Mr. Morales said in the letters. Mr. Morales said Mr. Brache called Trujillo's regime a 'model government, the best the [Dominican] Republic has had.'" (James Grimaldi and Peter Nicholas, "Labor Secretary Tom Perez's Grandfather Served Dominican Dictator," The Wall Street Journal , 7/19/16)

While A Top Official At The Department Of Justice, Tom Perez Instructed A Subordinate To Conceal Information About A Prosecutor's Inappropriate Actions

Five Ex-Cops Received Reduced Sentences For A Fatal Shooting After A Federal Judge Found "Grotesque Prosecutorial Misconduct" Committed By Senior Federal Prosecutors. "Engelhardt accepted guilty pleas from the five ex-cops involved in the 2005 fatal shooting spree on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Katrina. The cops received reduced sentences after Engelhardt found 'grotesque prosecutorial misconduct' on behalf of senior federal prosecutors." (Denis Slattery, "Hillary Clinton's Potential Veep Pick, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Caught Up In Bungled Case Against New Orleans Cops Who Killed Two Men After Hurricane Katrina," The New York Daily News , 4/23/16)

According To The New York Daily News, Perez Was One Of "Several Top Department Of Justice Officials" Involved In A Cover Up Of An Online Commenting Scandal That Led To The Cop's Original Conviction Being Overturned. "U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was one of several top Department of Justice officials involved in covering up an online commenting scandal that led to the cops' original conviction being overturned, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said Wednesday." (Denis Slattery, "Hillary Clinton's Potential Veep Pick, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Caught Up In Bungled Case Against New Orleans Cops Who Killed Two Men After Hurricane Katrina," The New York Daily News , 4/23/16)

  • At A Sentencing Hearing, A Federal Judge Disclosed That Sealed Records Showed That Perez Instructed A Prosecutor Not To Reveal To The Judge The Fact That One Prosecutor Had Posted Inappropriate Remarks Online. "At the sentencing of the former NOPD officers last year, Engelhardt said in open court that some sealed records show lead prosecutor Barbara 'Bobbi' Bernstein told then-Justice officials Thomas Perez and Roy Austin Jr. that Department of Justice prosecutor Karla Dobinski had also posted improper comments online. Perez and Austin then instructed Bernstein not to share that information with Engelhardt, the judge suggested at the sentencing." (Manuel Torres, "Media Seeks Records In Justice Dept. Investigation Probe Focuses On Misconduct In Danziger Case," The Times-Picayune , 1/27/17)

While Serving As Secretary Of Labor, Tom Perez Was Accused By A Former OSHA Employee Of Ignoring Allegations Of Corruption And Silencing Whistleblowers Within His Department

A Former Employee Of The Occupational Safety And Health Administration Claimed Perez "Authorized And/Or Ratified A Retaliatory Investigation" Against Him And Two Other Highly Qualified And Experienced Investigators" Leading To The "Resignation Of A Fourth Highly Qualified Investigator Who Was Disgusted By These Developments." "Rather, evidence indicates the Secretary authorized and/or ratified a retaliatory investigation, which led to my removal, the removal of two other highly qualified and experienced investigators, and the resignation of a fourth highly qualified investigator who was disgusted by these developments. By the end of 2015, five of the six Region IX investigators who actively objected to the corruption had been removed or forced out of their jobs." (Darrell Whitman, Occupational Safety And Health Administration, Letter To J. David Cox , President, American Federation Of Government Employees, 7/16/16)

Whitman Alleged These Actions Took Place After Perez Choose To Ignore Allegations Of Corruption In The Department Of Labor Made By Whitman And Refused To Follow Normal Protocol By Not Reporting The Incident To The Department's Inspector General. "In May 2014, I sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, copied to my political representatives in California, the Chairs of the House and Senate committees that oversee OSHA, and to the White House. The letter summarized documented evidence of the corruption in Region IX OSHA, and at the end of the letter I asked for a 'creditable audit/investigation of OSHA Region IX.' The Secretary's office refused to respond to the letter and failed to direct me to report the situation to the DOL Inspector General and/or the Office of Special Counsel, which is the standard protocol in these situations." (Darrell Whitman, Occupational Safety And Health Administration, Letter To J. David Cox , President, American Federation Of Government Employees, 7/16/16)

Tom Perez Has A Private Email Problem, Just Like His Party's Failed Presidential Nominee, That Is Reminiscent Of The Same Problems That The DNC Faced During The 2016 Election

As Assistant Attorney General For The Civil Rights Division, Tom Perez Used His Private E-Mail Almost 1,200 Times To Conduct Official Department Business. "Mr. Kadzik's letter suggests that you have used your personal, non-official e-mail account almost 1,200 times to conduct official Department business since you became the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division in October 2009. This recurrent use of your personal e-mail amounts to roughly one e-mail per day since you assumed the duties of Assistant Attorney General. Contrary to Mr. Kadzik's assertions, this large volume of personal, non-official e-mails indicates that you did not use your personal, non-official e-mail account in 'limited circumstances' to perform your official duties. Instead, it appears that your use of your personal, non-official e-mail account to conduct official Department business has been frequent and routine." (Darrell Issa, Letter To Thomas E. Perez, House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform , 4/18/13)

The House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform Found That In Distributing His Personal Email "To Such A Wide Variety Of Professional Contacts Raises Questions About [Perez's] Recognition Of The Importance Of Avoiding The Use Of [His] Personal E-Mail To Conduct Official Business." "This review of a very narrow subset of responsive documents indicated that you used your personal, non-official account to conduct official Department business with at least twelve separate individuals from organizations such as Planned Parenthood, the New York Times, and Talking Points Memo. The fact that you have distributed your personal, non-official e-mail address to such a wide variety of professional contacts raises questions about your recognition of the importance of avoiding the use of your personal e-mail account to conduct official business." (Darrell Issa, Letter To Thomas E. Perez, House Committee On Oversight And Government Reform , 4/18/13)

DURING HIS CAMPAIGN FOR DNC CHAIR, PEREZ FLIP-FLOPPED ON The ISSUE OF WHETHER HE BELIEVED THE DNC RIGGED THE NOMINATING PROCESS AND PRE-EMPTIVELY CLAIMED A SIGNIFICANT LEAD IN THE VOTE COUNT WITH NO PROOF

After Being Asked About His Assertions That The Democratic Party's Nominating Process Was Rigged Against Bernie Sanders, Perez Quickly Reversed His Position

Vox Headline: "Tom Perez Went From 'The Process Was Rigged' Against Bernie To 'I Misspoke' In Under A Day." (Jeff Stein, "Tom Perez Went From 'The Process Was Rigged' Against Bernie To 'I Misspoke' In Under A Day," Vox , 2/9/17)

Perez Stated That The Democratic Nominating Process Was "Rigged" And That "You've Got To Be Honest About It" And That Was A Reason Democrats Need A DNC Chair Who Is "Transparent." "'We heard loudly and clearly yesterday from Bernie supporters that the process was rigged and it was. And you've got to be honest about it. That's why we need a chair who is transparent,' Perez said." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "In Race For DNC Chair, Tom Perez Pledges To Woo Back Red, Rural America," NBC News , 2/8/17)

Shortly After He Made These Comments, Perez Walked Back His Comments And Stated That He "Misspoke." "I have been asked by friends about a quote and want to be clear about what I said and that I misspoke." (Tom Perez, Twitter Feed , 2/8/17)

  • Perez Then Tweeted Out That Hillary Clinton "Became Our Nominee Fair And Square." "Hillary became our nominee fair and square, and she won more votes in the primary-and general-than her opponents." (Tom Perez, Twitter Feed , 2/8/17)

Perez's Unverifiable Claim That He Had 180 Votes For DNC Chair Drew Charges From Fellow Contenders Of Undue Influence And Compulsion

Perez Claimed He Had The Support Of 180 DNC Members, A Number Which Is Close To The 224 Votes Need To Become DNC Chair. "Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez is claiming 180 Democratic National Committee members are supporting his bid for chairman, a number that would put him within striking distance of the 224 votes needed." (Ben Kamisar, Perez Says He's Closing In On DNC Chairmanship With 180 Votes," The Hill , 2/14/17)

This Claim Was Disputed By Two Other Candidates For DNC Chair. "Two candidates for chair of the Democratic National Committee cast scrutiny and doubt Thursday on the claim from one leading rival, Tom Perez, that he has secured 180 votes in the race." (Ruby Cramer, "Two DNC Candidates Question If Tom Perez Really Has 180 Votes," Buzzfeed , 2/17/17)

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) Claimed Perez Released The Whip Count To Deliberately Mislead Voters And "Exert Pressure." "Ellison, the Minnesota congressman also vying for the lead in the race, went so far as to suggest that Perez had released his whip count to deliberately mislead. Referring to Perez only as 'one of the other great candidates,' Ellison told DNC members in a letter that the whip count was 'unverifiable' and meant to 'exert pressure on you' - 'tactics,' he said, to 'make the race sound like it is over' and put a 'finger on the scale.'" (Ruby Cramer, "Two DNC Candidates Question If Tom Perez Really Has 180 Votes," Buzzfeed , 2/17/17)

PEREZ'S FAR-LEFT STANCE AND PROPENSITY TO USE ELECTED OFFICE AS A BULLY PULPIT FOR HIS OWN AGENDA WOULD DRAG THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY FURTHER INTO CHAOS

Perez Is Described As Being On The Far Left Of The Political Spectrum

Perez Was "Among The Most Liberal Members Of President Barack Obama's Administration." "Perez, a Buffalo native who attended Harvard Law School and now lives in Takoma Park, is among the most liberal members of President Barack Obama's administration. Republican senators who had accused him of being overly political at the Justice Department opposed his confirmation as labor secretary. Business groups are wary of the scope of new rules and regulations he has ushered in. 'He has pushed an ideological agenda that's hurt workers and employers,' said Heather Greenaway of the conservative Workforce Fairness Institute in Washington. 'It's almost like he was the fox guarding the henhouse, and now he could be in charge of the whole farm.'" (John Fritze, "Obama Official Tom Perez At Center Of Vice Presidential Talk," The Baltimore Sun , 6/21/16)

The Washington Post : "Although He Prefers The Term 'Progressive,' Perez Is About As Liberal As Democrats Get." "Although he prefers the term 'progressive,' Perez is about as liberal as Democrats get. He spent much of the 1990s working for Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and as a senior official in the Department of Health and Human Services under Clinton-appointee Donna E. Shalala." (Cameron Barr, "Council Chief Builds A Base In The New Montgomery," The Washington Post , 4/3/05)

Perez Has Used Elected Offices As A Bully Pulpit To Advance His "Radical "And "Aggressive" Agenda

When Perez Ran For Maryland Attorney General In 2006, Perez Said He Wanted To Use The Office As A "Bully Pulpit." "So, how exactly does this 'kind of bald guy' from Montgomery County expect to become the next attorney general of Maryland? Tom Perez posed the question one recent evening to a couple dozen people gathered at a waterfront house in one of Maryland's decidedly red counties. The Talbot County residents sipped wine and ate cheesecake as Perez presented his vision for the office he describes as the state's ethical compass. 'You need someone who is willing to crack a few eggs,' said Perez, 44, telling the Eastern Shore crowd that the top law enforcement official in the state should do much more than handle appeals and litigate on behalf of state agencies. The office, Perez said, should be a bully pulpit to, among other things, expand access to health care, increase oversight on development, deter polluters and fight gangs." (Ernesto Londoño, "Perez Says He'd Make His Job A Bully Pulpit," The Washington Post , 8/23/06)

"Of All The Transformations That Have Taken Place In The Obama Administration, Perhaps None Is So Radical As That Within The Civil Rights Division. Under Perez, It Is Bigger, Richer And More Aggressive Than Ever, With A Far More Expansive View Of Its Authority Than At Any Time In Recent History." "Of all the transformations that have taken place in the Obama administration, perhaps none is so radical as that within the Civil Rights Division. Under Perez, it is bigger, richer and more aggressive than ever, with a far more expansive view of its authority than at any time in recent history. Perez is playing a leading role in the Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona's new immigration law. He is promising a huge increase in prosecution of alleged hate crimes. He vows to use 'disparate impact theory' to pursue discrimination cases where there is no intent to discriminate but a difference in results, such as in test scores or mortgage lending, that Perez wants to change." (Byron York, "Obama's Zealous Civil Rights Enforcer Gets Busy," The Washington Examiner , 8/6/10)

Perez Has A Far-Left Stance On Immigration

In 1992, A Border Patrol Agent Who Shot An Illegal Immigrant He Thought Was Preparing To Shoot At Him Was Tried In Court For Allegedly Violating The "Civil Rights" Of The Mexican National. "A former Border Patrol agent thought a Mexican national was preparing to shoot at him when he made the snap decision to fire first and kill the other man, an attorney argued in the ex-agent's civil rights trial. Michael Elmer, 30, had forgotten his bullet-proof vest that day and had been told there were a large number of possibly armed drug smugglers in the area, defense attorney Michael Piccarreta said Tuesday during opening statements in U.S. District Court. Elmer is accused of violating the civil rights of Dario Miranda Valenzuela, of Nogales, Mexico, whom Elmer has admitted shooting in the back on June 12, 1992 near Nogales, Ariz. He is also accused of violating the civil rights of an unknown man who was with Miranda, by shooting at the man as he fled across the border." (Richard Ruelas, "Border Agent Trial Opens," The Associated Press , 1/19/94)

  • Perez Was The Lead Prosecutor Against The Border Patrol Agent. "During his opening statement, prosecutor Tom Perez said Elmer has a history of firing warning shots at aliens along the border and disregarded the warnings of at least one other agent. 'This will be a case about a defendant who decided to act as the police, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner all in one evening,' said Perez, an assistant U.S. attorney." (Richard Ruelas, "Border Agent Trial Opens," The Associated Press, 1/19/94)

Perez Served On The Board Of Casa De Maryland, Which Was Founded To Help Central American Refugees. "Perez, a Takoma Park resident since 1995, had a record of community involvement that was more limited: He served on the board of Casa de Maryland, which was founded to help Central American refugees, but it was crucial in helping draw Latino voters. 'Nobody, nobody thought the Hispanic community could be mobilized to the extent it was,' Sternbach says." (Cameron Barr, "Council Chief Builds A Base In The New Montgomery," The Washington Post , 4/3/05)

  • Casa De Maryland Is Partially Funded With Public Money And Received Donations From Venezuela's Dictator Hugo Chavez, Prompting Criticism That "The Connection Between The South American Strongman And A Top DOJ Appointee (Perez) Is More Than Unsettling." "The group is based in the state's Tacoma Park area and proudly advertises its day laborer centers-in Baltimore, Wheaton and Silver Spring-which are all partially funded with public money from counties and cities. A few years ago Casa de Maryland received a $1.5 million donation from Venezuela's ardent anti-U.S. leader, socialist Hugo Chavez, who is a close ally of State Department terrorist nations like Iran, North Korea and Cuba. The Chavez-controlled Citgo Petroleum Corp. made the donation to support illegal aliens in the U.S. and the connection between the South American strongman and a top DOJ appointee is more than unsettling." ("Casa De Maryland To Raise $10 Mil For Campaign To Defend DREAM Act," Judicial Watch , 12/29/11)

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