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Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton

Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at jmcelhatton@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jim McElhatton

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IRS ethics lawyer facing possible disbarment, accused of lying

A lawyer in the IRS ethics office is facing the possibility of being disbarred, according to records that accuse her of lying to a court-appointed board and hiding what she'd done with money from a settlement that was supposed to go to two medical providers who had treated her client. Published August 26, 2014

Antwuan Ball was convicted for a $600 drug deal. His appeal, along with two co-defendants, is the latest challenge against a practice called acquitted conduct sentencing, which allows judges to dole out tougher sentences based on findings jurors rejected. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Supreme Court may take up D.C. drug case

The Supreme Court will meet next month to decide whether to hear the appeal of a D.C. man serving 18 years in prison on a $600 drug deal — a case championed by civil liberties groups, who say it provides a case study in judicial overreach. Published August 25, 2014

Critics say that redacted information about Treasury Department dealings with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac may prove embarrassing to the Obama White House. (associated press)

Judge rejects Obama administration secrecy on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

A federal judge has issued a stinging rebuke to the Obama administration's recent attempt to shield documents from disclosure in a case that could yield important clues about the Treasury Department's relationship with mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Published August 24, 2014

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, called the actions of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office official Deborah Cohn "appalling and unbefitting a federal official" when she used her influence to find a job for a relative's live-in boyfriend, and then threatened to sue when the government was about to make her case public. He has demanded that Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker take "immediate action" to discipline Ms. Cohn. (Associated Press)

Congress fumes as idle federal workers went shopping, sent on private errands

The House's top investigator pressed the Commerce Department on Wednesday to take action on a telework scandal at the U.S. Patent and Trade Organization, where dozens of paralegals got paid while they went shopping, watched television and caught up on chores — all with the knowledge of supervisors. Published August 20, 2014

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen testifies under subpoena before the House Oversight Committee as lawmakers continue their probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the IRS, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 23, 2014. The IRS asserts it can't produce emails from several officials connected to the tea party investigation because of computer crashes, including the emails from Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the investigation.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

IRS data lapse first uncovered by private firm

Recent criminal charges against an IRS employee accused of storing personal information about more than 20,000 employees and contractors on his home computer network stemmed from the work of a research firm hacker who stumbled across the agency security flaw and reported it to the government. Published August 19, 2014

David Brock, a former critic and later defender of Bill and Hillary Clinton, will head the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. (associated press)

Clinton ally Brock will head ethics oversight watchdog

One of the nation's most prominent ethics watchdog organizations, which touted its willingness to expose political "scoundrels" regardless of party affiliation, will now answer to a Democratic operative and Clinton defender. Published August 14, 2014

Aaron Alexis had a security clearance that gave him access to Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard, where he killed 12 people last year. (FBI via Associated Press)

Background check firm hit by cyberattack

The federal government's biggest contractor for conducting background checks disclosed Wednesday that it's been hit by a cyberattack with all the markings of of a "state-sponsored attack." Published August 6, 2014

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Democrat vying for Eric Cantor's seat neglected to file financial disclosure

Jack Trammell, the Democratic nominee to fill ousted Rep. Eric I. Cantor's seat in Virginia, has not yet filed personal financial disclosure forms, putting him on the wrong side of federal law and leaving voters in the dark about the college professor's income, investments and potential debts. Published August 6, 2014

Ronald C. Machen Jr., U.S. attorney for the District, has taken down council member Harry Thomas Jr. and Chairman Kwame R. Brown. (Associated Press)

Final guilty plea in landmark federal bid-rigging case

Known for years in court documents only as "Public Official C", former U.S. Army contracting officer In Seon Lim pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday — the final defendant in what authorities have called the biggest bid-rigging scheme in federal contracting history. Published July 31, 2014