Trump’s Foreign Policy Adviser Denies Holocaust: “The Ovens Were Too Small”
The Trump Campaign only named five foreign policy advisors in March, and one of them is Joseph E. Schmitz, a former high-level Bush Administration official whose tenure ended awash with partisan complaints by fellow Republicans. He is now accused of targeting Jewish people for termination while working at the Department of Defense while directing a 60,000 person federal investigatory agency overseeing our nation’s military at the start of the Iraq War as McClatchy reports:
Joseph Schmitz is accused of bragging when he was Defense Department inspector general a decade ago that he pushed out Jewish employees. “His summary of his tenure’s achievement reported as ‘…I fired the Jews,’ ” wrote [Daniel] Meyer, a former official in the Pentagon inspector general’s office whose grievance was obtained by McClatchy. Meyer, who declined to comment about the matter, cited in his complaint another former top Pentagon official, John Crane, as the source and witness to the remarks.
Crane worked with Schmitz, who served as inspector general between April 2002 and September 2005…“In his final days, he allegedly lectured Mr. Crane on the details of concentration camps and how the ovens were too small to kill 6 million Jews.”
In addition to Schmitz’s law practice, he’s also a former general counsel of the Prince Group, which owns the mercenary corporation Blackwater. The private military company is best known today for the 2007 Nisour Square massacre in Iraq which resulted in the slaughter of seventeen civilians by four soldiers of fortune.
Schmitz is no stranger to partisan attacks resulting from his prior term working for the federal government, playing out in the press and accusing him of official misconduct or corruption. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley from Iowa – the very same lawmaker who is blocking President Obama’s Supreme Court choice today – accused Schmitz of covering up for Bush-era corruption, according to Newsweek:
Schmitz’s rocky three-and-a-half-year tenure as the Defense Department’s inspector general ended in September 2005 amid a barrage of attacks questioning his leadership, mostly notably from Senator Charles Grassley, the long-serving Iowa Republican who has championed whistleblower rights at the Pentagon. Grassley, then-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, accused Schmitz of blocking investigations of Bush administration officials tied to Iraq and Afghanistan war contracts and questioned his ties to lobbyists.
“Schmitz slowed or blocked investigations of senior Bush administration officials, spent taxpayer money on pet projects and accepted gifts that may have violated ethics guidelines, according to interviews with current and former senior officials in the inspector general’s office, congressional investigators and a review of internal e-mail and other documents,” The Los Angeles Times reported in 2005.
Daniel Meyer filed the complaint in question against Schmitz this past July, which was only released this afternoon by the Merit Systems Protection Board -a panel which tries employment grievances administratively after being submitted by federal employees. Meyer is still in government service today, serving as the head of the Obama Administration’s whistleblower protection unit. Today, Shmitz replied:
“I do not recall ever even hearing of any ‘allegations of anti-Semitism against [me],’ which would be preposterously false and defamatory because, among other reason(s), I am quite proud of the Jewish heritage of my wife of 38 years,” he wrote in an email. Later in a phone interview, he said his wife was not a practicing Jew but “ethnically Jewish” because her maternal grandmother was a Jew.
But multiple others in the Army have leveled similar complaints against Schmitz, who purports to be one of the five people that aren’t “the shows” that Donald Trump turns to for his foreign policy advice.
Trump’s entire campaign is based on racial profiling and religious discrimination, adding misogyny and homphobia with his choice of Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his running mate. It’s unsurprising that the Trump Campaign – which regularly tweets anti-Semitic messages and wants to profile anyone of dark skin as Muslim too – would retain the services of an anti-Semitic, in a clear nod to his white supremacist and neo-Nazi supporters.
In July 2013, Meyer became the executive director of whistleblowing for the intelligence community inspector general.
After he left the Pentagon, Meyer and other Pentagon inspector general employees were grilled about whether they’d leaked the draft of the “Zero Dark Thirty” report. The draft report was not classified, and Meyer denied being the leaker.
When the final report on the matter came out eight months after being leaked, the findings on Panetta had been removed.
Although the Pentagon inspector general’s office did not determine who’d leaked the draft report, Meyer volunteered to investigators that he’d sent the draft report to staffers on the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of his duties to inform the panels that have oversight on such matters.
Meyer was found to have made an “unauthorized disclosure” to Congress, according to documents obtained by McClatchy.
Separately, Meyer was accused of making false statements, according to documents obtained by McClatchy, but those documents don’t specify the nature of the statements.
In the complaint to the Merit Systems Protection Board, Meyer also accused his former bosses of inappropriately interfering in an investigation of the Afghan National Military Hospital.
Army Col. Mark Fassl, then the inspector general for the training command, had alleged to the Pentagon inspector general’s office that his supervisors had tried to interfere during an investigation of corruption at the hospital. He presented evidence of the medical neglect of Afghan soldiers, including the starvation of one. The inspector general later substantiated his allegations, but Fassl was not treated as a whistleblower. He later told McClatchy he regarded himself as one.
Meyer said he and Crane complained to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in 2012 about their office’s inaction on the case, including not telling investigators in Afghanistan about the starving soldier.
As a result of his involvement in such cases, Meyer was passed over for promotions and raises and his career suffered other unfair setbacks, he says.
He charges that the alleged retaliation was compounded by discrimination due to his sexual orientation.
Meyer accused Henry Shelley, the general counsel of the inspector general’s office, of obstructing his investigations of whistleblower cases because of his “personal animus . . . that Mr. Meyer was openly homosexual” and therefore “had a bias that would support allegations of whistleblowers.” Meyer also cited Crane as a witness to the alleged discrimination.
Earlier this year, the counsel’s office asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate Crane’s allegations that the Pentagon inspector general’s office may have improperly destroyed evidence during the high-profile leak prosecution of Drake. The former NSA official is also alleging that the Pentagon inspector general mishandled his whistleblower case.
by HopnpopAugust 18, 2016 at 6:36 PM
Quoting quickbooksworm: I don't know if this is real or satire. And that's indication how crazy this shit is getting.
Joseph Schmitz, one of Trump's five foreign policy advisors, was accused of bragging about pushing out Jewish employees when he worked for the Department of Defense.