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Friday, September 16, 2011

Report: White House Pressures General To "Say Things He Didn't Agree With' In Congressional Testimony

Sept. 15, 2011 Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command, testifies on Capitol Hill and a potentially damaging report has surfaced which suggests that the Obama White House pressured the General to change his congressional testimony.

Gen. William Shelton, head of the Air Force Space Command, told House members in a classified briefing earlier this month that he was pressured to change prepared congressional testimony in a way that would favor a large company funded by Philip Falcone, a major Democratic donor, congressional sources told Fox News.

Republicans have raised questions about whether the project pursued by the company, LightSquared, is being unduly expedited by the Obama administration, which has pushed for national wireless network upgrades.


A House Armed Services Committee staff member confirmed to Fox News that when asked whether he was pressured to change public testimony he had prepared for the hearing Thursday, Shelton said he was "being asked to say things he didn't agree with."

It's unclear who exactly pressured Shelton, but it's possible the individuals are in White House, Department of Defense or the Office of Management and Budget, which each approve military testimony prepared for Congress. The House staff member also told Fox News a copy of Shelton's prepared testimony was leaked to LightSquared.

This is coming right on the heels of the Solyndra scandal that has recently come to light.

Solydra received more than $500 million in federal funds, was praised very publicly by Obama in his green energy efforts and has recently gone bankrupt. News also has been reported about multiple visits from Solyndra officials to the White House, both before and after .

Solydra followed the Fast and Furious scandal and between the three, all still being reported on, Obama's 2012 campaign might be derailed by his and his administrations association and credibility concerning these scandals.

With Obama already tanking in the polls, unemployment over nine percent, poverty at the highest levels to date, foreclosures rising, home buying falling, the economy stalling out, these scandals on top of everything else, will give whoever the GOP nominee for president ends up being, plenty of ammunition to challenge Obam's competence simply by referring to his own record over the last couple years.

Popcorn anyone?

Cartoon by Nate Beeler, via Townhall.