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Sen. Ossoff Leading Senate Investigation Of Military Housing ctm magazine



Democratic Senator Jon Ossoff of Georgia is the chair of a Senate panel conducting an investigation into alleged neglect including ignored repair requests and “environmental hazards” at privatized military housing after eight months of fact-finding. Sen. Ossoff joins MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss what needs to happen next.
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46 Comments

  • QuickCure Chef on April 27, 2022

    How many more Ossoffs can we clone and fit in the Congress?
    Talk about progressive ‘get stuff done’ attitude! 💪🏆

  • Michael on April 27, 2022

    Good man.

  • Maria P on April 27, 2022

    He will make a good president

  • Mikey Masters on April 27, 2022

    Ossoff is a boss

  • Bran R on April 27, 2022

    I like that Ossoff is sincere about doing something for the American people, not stirring up anger or distrust. We need more like him.

  • Cynthia Copland on April 27, 2022

    Our🇺🇸 military deserves the best of everything. This fraud has been an ongoing problem for years. Balfour Beatty should never be allowed to have another contract for military housing. NEVER

  • John Watt on April 27, 2022

    During the last presidential election there was a lot of news about veterans committing suicide in the
    parking lots of veteran affairs buildings, as a form of protest. I hope this investigation goes all the way.

  • D. Max on April 27, 2022

    This is the senator selected by Georgians to represent Georgia. GA Republicans have issues for selecting klan folks to the hill. They have no useful purpose. If these klan folks got elected again, most companies will look for other places to do business. GA voters…think twice before you vote. We deserve better.

  • Lutz Filor on April 27, 2022

    Why is management not being arrested and being behind bars? It seems as if you are committing organized crime – you go Scott free

  • Lutz Filor on April 27, 2022

    What a character! Not the first time right? Lat his family house in a place full of mold, and only if the last place is fixed he is allowed to vacate.

  • Elphin D. Blackforrest on April 27, 2022

    How is Balfour Beatty still being used as a contractor for military housing when it pleaded guilty of defrauding the US government? Paying more than 65 million dollars in fines and restitution should keep them from being hired again.
    The people living in these homes are active duty soldiers; they deserve better.

  • johnny chimpo. on April 27, 2022

    Barely ever hear any actual decent work being done for our military, or Jon Ossoff, so lets cut the clip off practically mid sentence

  • Ryan Schreader on April 27, 2022

    Meanwhile Hunter Bidens secret service detail are renting a beach front house in Malibu to "protect" the crackhead.. Must be nice.

  • Ryan Schreader on April 27, 2022

    The Biden family is the biggest fraud against our federal government in history.

  • E C on April 27, 2022

    Please do something about the US military farming out family's dependent children to off forts & base civilian schools all over the US, especially in the southern states. Which are lack of highly trained teachers, books & staff members and their continued bigotry towards minority children which they have endured for decades.

    I do I know, I was one of them & it was so bad I dropped out of the 10th grade & joined the US Army & Navy, while my parents were still stationed there. I'm talking about Leesville High School, LA 71446, which loved corporal punishment with a big paddle.

    Enough is Enough, we should stop supporting those and their towns, who don't support our way of life in the military.

  • tjbfox769 on April 27, 2022

    I would vote for him for President. He should seriously think about running and soon. Such a great orator with a strong presence. Our country needs that desperately.

  • PeaceLoveHarmony on April 27, 2022

    What a shame that this video has so few views and comments so far. Not a subject people are interested in? Lame.

  • Mrs Draper on April 27, 2022

    Good man.

  • Ja Loux on April 27, 2022

    Trying to score points with the military vote?
    Too bad the Democrats record speaks for itself and any vote for them is a vote for a Venezuelan like country.

  • Rita Stewart on April 27, 2022

    John Ossoff good work …..stay on the greedy this how government is to work……

  • Yourdeadmeat69 on April 27, 2022

    Nobody wanted to live on post. Everybody tries to maneuver the system so that they could live in the local community.
    Never live in military rat traps.

  • Rick Cummings on April 27, 2022

    Unacceptable.

  • occamselectricrazor on April 27, 2022

    a senator doing something useful isn't something you see every day

  • taylortonyatt on April 27, 2022

    All that money we're sending abroad could have been used to build new military housing 10x over. Take care of the people that take care of us first. Military armed forces always get the short end of the stick. This is absolutely disgusting!!

  • signalfire6 on April 27, 2022

    Ossoff for President, please. Compare to the 'choices' we've been given lately. No wonder the Republicans don't want to debate.

  • Amanda Woods on April 27, 2022

    This is nationwide.
    Toxic Mold mitigation is not regulated or recognized by many States.

  • signalfire6 on April 27, 2022

    Lawrence at 5:14 – that's his 'I'm looking at a future President of the United States' look. Thank god for a segment that isn't Trump for the whole hour.

  • tin pan alley on April 27, 2022

    Elegant classy guy

  • Karen Moore on April 27, 2022

    Thank you Senator Ossoff. Our Military families deserve better!

  • Anne Biggins on April 27, 2022

    Best luck with getting the Military homes safe! We wouldn't be here without our Military! Needs more exposure in public !

  • ronkirk50 on April 27, 2022

    It is hard to figure how a state like Georgia can elect an intelligent, well spoken senator like Jon Ossoff AND also a Q-nut like MTG. Go figure.

  • Somhairle MCF on April 27, 2022

    My God he’s so dashing 😊

  • Jillian Copeland on April 27, 2022

    Balfour Beatty UK is just as incompetent with numerous defects and fire hazzards in buildings (including schools and homes) throughout the UK. No doubt they'll be filing for selective bankruptcies with the fines here in the UK and in the US.

  • Ann Moore on April 27, 2022

    We need more Assoffs in our World 🌎

  • 3rdminist3r on April 27, 2022

    Jon would make a great president

  • thomas rudzik on April 27, 2022

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  • SiriusGD on April 27, 2022

    Republicans NEVER help. Yet they always talk like they help. But they don't. Democrats are the only ones that help people that aren't billionaires.

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  • tommy z on April 27, 2022

    WTF!!! The government still has a contract with them!!!!! They were put on a 3 year probation period. Just amazing!!!!

  • Lizz on April 27, 2022

    Great story! Keep this kind of story coming! Let's get some real work done!! Sen. Ossoff is great

  • Syneeda Penland on April 28, 2022

    I served in the Navy for nearly 20 years throughout the globe, and there was always problems with military base housing, and of course it’s a systemic problem!🙄🎤

    The fact that the descendants are impacted by this major health issue; chronic mold exposure causes long term skin, respiratory disease and autoimmune disease; therefore this company should be forced to pay long- term medical compensation to military families as well, independent of fines and penalties for committing against the government.

    Defense Contracting is a greedy and dirty business!! 🇺🇸😡🇺🇸

    Thank you Senator Ossoff for your devotion to honoring your oath to the People, and most importantly, to the Military Veteran Community 🇺🇸⚖️🇺🇸

  • Chrisrd526 on April 28, 2022

    Future President Ossoff.

  • Alyssa M. Winchester-Calderon on April 28, 2022

    Like Balfour Beatty is the only MPHI company guilty of fraud & gross negligence? It’s all of them. Disgraceful. DoD is at fault for lack of oversight, accountability and dismissing the magnitude of these situations… prevalent on every base in this country and not unique to Balfour. Let us not forget CORVIAS, Lincoln, Lendlease, and the rest of them. Who is held accountable for these atrocious crimes against humanity in our own nation?

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  • steve prichard on May 2, 2022

    Congressional hearings are supposed to show the independence of Congress exercising its oversight of the executive branch. But that wasn't the case with Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff and the Biden Justice Department in a series of hearings last fall.

    Memos made public under the Freedom of Information Act show Ossoff, a freshman Democrat, fed his planned questions and even suggested an answer to Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristin Clarke ahead of two Senate Judiciary Committee hearings last fall.

    "Please let me know if you think AAG Clarke would have any trouble answering those (as in, whether it'd be hard for her to give a straight 'yes' to those and I can redirect them to someone on the second panel)," Ossoff's general counsel Sara Schaumburg wrote to Deputy Assistant Attorney General Helaine A. Greenfeld in the department's Office of Legislative Affairs ahead of the first hearing in early October 2021.

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    OssofDOJ.pdf

    A few weeks later as a second hearing was approaching involving Attorney General Merrick Garland, Schaumberg sent another email with more questions and seemingly asked for permission to ask them.

    "He obviously won't get to all of these but sharing the full draft universe just in case," the Ossoff aide wrote on Oct. 25, 2021. "Please let me know if anything causes heartburn. I'm particularly curious if you think the phrasing of the second Voting Rights windup/question could be unhelpful in any way."

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    OssoffQuestions-HeartburnEmail.pdf

    The memos obtained by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and reviewed by Just the News provide a rare window into the stage management that occurred between the Biden DOJ and its allies in Congress on what were supposed to be independent hearings.

    They show Greenfeld initiated the Q&A sharing back on Oct. 3, 2021, a few days before Clarke was slated to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee on voting rights and a new bill being considered to honor the late Congressman John Lewis.

    "Sara, Just checking in to see if you know if your boss is planning to come to the three SJC hearings with DOJ witnesses this week: VAWA, Antitrust nominee, and Voting Rights, and what questions he might ask if he does come," Greenfeld wrote Schaumberg. "We'd appreciate any intel you might have."

    Schaumberg obliged, confirming the senator would be going to the hearings and suggesting the line of questioning and even the preamble the senator would use to frame the question to Clarke.

    "Wind-up: Mitch McConnell says the John Lewis voting rights bill is quote 'unnecessary,'" Schaumberg wrote. "According to him, it's already illegal to discriminate in voting based on race, so no one's voting rights are threatened. [See TAB F] Yet Georgia just recently passed a law restricting voting access that particularly targets voting by mail.

    "These restrictions were adopted right after the November 2020 election, where, incidentally, voters of color relied on absentee ballots at unprecedented levels and in the case of Black and Asian voters — at higher rates than White voters."

    Ossoff's team forwarded at least four questions the senator planned to ask, including one about the need to protect poll workers from possible violence or intimidation that included a suggested answer endorsing Ossoff's new legislation.

    "Election workers are vital to free and fair elections," Schaumberg wrote, providing DOJ with the senator's "wind up," followed by his planned question and the answer he expected to elicit. "That is why, earlier this week, I introduced legislation to expand and strengthen protections for election workers, as well polling places and other election infrastructure, which is included in the John Lewis bill.

    "Question: Do you expect these threats to continue to grow and why is it important to expand current protections in the law?

    "Expected Answer: It's critical that the law protects the full complement of people involved in ensuring elections are run smoothly. That means expanding current protections for election officials to make sure they [sic] law also protects their families, volunteer election workers, and the people who set up and maintain voting equipment.

    "It also means protecting polling places and other infrastructure involved in voting, like tabulation centers. That's why inclusion of your legislation a critical part of the John Lewis bill."

    Video of the hearing shows Ossoff asked some of the questions almost exactly as presented in the email, and Clarke's answer to the poll workers protection question closely followed the script, even endorsing the senator's legislation while adding some actions her boss, Attorney General Merrick Garland, took.

    "We know that threats, harassment of poll workers and election officials is a real issue," Clarke answered at the hearing. "And we also know these individuals work tirelessly to run elections in our country. And Americans deserve a process which is fair and open, and poll workers and elections officials who conduct these elections in their communities deserve to be able to do their job free from harassment.

    "The attorney general has convened an elections threat task force to deal with this issue, and the department welcomes the provisions of this bill which would put in place important protection to counter this very real threat."

    The DOJ and Ossoff's office did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

    Republicans and outside experts said the emails provide a troubling example of a senator coordinating questions rather than conducting independent congressional oversight.

    Some alluded to an episode in the 2016 election in which CNN contributor Donna Brazile leaked a potential question to Hillary Clinton's campaign during a town hall broadcast. Brazile later apologized, writing in an essay she would "forever regret" her actions. CNN dropped Brazile, but Fox News immediately picked her up despite the controversy.

    "We senators ought to take our constitutional duty of oversight very seriously," Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Just the News. "Coordinating friendly questions and answers with the agency in advance of hearings might serve your political interests, but it fails to improve accountability to the taxpayer.

    "When it comes to oversight, we should be playing hard ball, not tee ball."

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