The Government Accountability Office is now investigating a Project Veritas video that allegedly showed a “self-proclaimed Communist” employee using work hours to push a socialist agenda.
“We are aware of the video and investigating the serious issues it raises, and we have also communicated with the GAO Inspector General,” the GAO said in a statement on Thursday following the release of another undercover Project Veritas report in a series focused on the Deep State.
GAO released the following statement on the Project Veritas video: We are aware of the video and investigating the serious issues it raises, and we have also communicated with the GAO Inspector General.
— U.S. GAO (@USGAO) September 20, 2018
The video showed GAO auditor Natarajan Subramanian, a member of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America, discussing how he manages their social media and communications while at his federal job.
“Everything that I’m doing with DSA is stuff that I’m not supposed to be doing for work… it’s explicitly prohibited. If they find out I could get in trouble, basically,” he said in the video.
Subramanian admitted some of his coworkers are aware of his membership in the Metro DC DSA, which infamously confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen back in June, but his superiors are not.
“Management does not know. You have to be strategic about things like this,” he said.
“We have a bunch of just communists, like no prefix, and that’s basically me. We [also] have some folks who are Trotskyists or Leninists,” he told the undercover journalists.
A member of the Metro DC DSA even works for the Department of Defense with top secret clearance to work on “…war planning stuff,” related to Syria, he alleged.
Subramanian admitted he tries to keep his activism under cover, apparently aware that federal statutes prohibit him from some forms of political involvement.
“Sometimes as a government employee, you have to keep it under wraps a little bit so you don’t get into trouble and that’s kind of what I try to do,” he said. “That’s when I might get fired. If there’s like a camera above my cubicle looking down so they can see and zoom in and see what’s on my phone.”
“I would get fired if they knew that I was [engaging in DSA activity at work,] and I do. I do it on my phone,” he added.
While he described his work with Metro DC DSA as “…kind of like a second job,” spending “…probably like 20 hours, 10-20 hours… depending on the week,” in his activist work for the group, Subramanian shared that on financial disclosure forms he submitted before being hired by the GAO, he said he only spends “0-10 [hours] / week” working or volunteering for Metro DC DSA.
No oversight? Lying on forms: “I filed all the paperwork I needed to file, I was purposefully a little bit vague about what kind of organization it is. I’m like it’s a community organization… I wasn’t like it’s a socialist organization and we want to destroy capitalists.” pic.twitter.com/eaAQX25wuB
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) September 20, 2018
“There’s no one looking over my shoulder. So like, a lot of times what I’ll do, and this is kind of what I’m doing right now, is like I’ll drink the night before, I tele-work and then I’m like, if I’m 15 minutes late to log on, no one checks,” he told the Project Veritas journalists.
“I break rules every day, at any point I can get fired for what I do with DSA,” he said.
Project Veritas attorney Ben Barr filed a complaint with the U.S. Government Accountability Office about Subramanian and his claims. The GAO response follows one by the Department of Justice which said it was looking into another “deeply concerning” Project Veritas video which showed a DOJ employee and a former Health and Human Services talking about resisting certain Trump administration policies.
The first report in the series revealed a Democratic Socialist actively resisting the Trump administration on the taxpayer’s dime while working for the State Department.
“Rest assured we’re aware of it and we’re taking a looking at it…, ” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said when asked about the video on Fox News’ “The Angle” on Wednesday.
“If they’re going to be working against the administration they should go probably find another job?” Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked.
“Absolutely,” Pompeo responded. “If this is a mission on which you can’t sign up for it’s time to go do something else with your time.”
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