The Department of Homeland Security scrambed to figure out how to do damage control after a DHS whistleblower refused to take a $100,000 “severance package” and sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Anytime someone offers you money then asks you to sign an agreement saying you will not talk, it’s a bribe. DHS can call it what they want, but the reality is they were trying to pay an agent hush money.
The Daily Caller reported, “Special Agent Taylor Johnson — who had a storied career until she irked Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid by objecting to a visa program for foreign investors tied to the senator’s son — says she declined to take a $100,000 severance package because it included a non-disclosure agreement.”
“DHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Todd Breasseale did not respond to multiple inquiries about the reason for Johnson’s dismissal and why they tried to buy her silence.”
In June of 2015, Johnson gave a testimony to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs stating her gun and badge were taken after she discovered fraud and abuse.
“Some of the violations investigated surrounding the project included bank and wire fraud, and I discovered ties to organized crime and high-ranking politicians and they received promotions that appeared to facilitate the program,” Johnson said in the testimony.
From Daily Caller:
DHS has never given any public explanation for the disciplinary action it took against Johnson. After the hearing a DHS spokeswoman said they do not talk about personnel matters.
But this past December, ICE press secretary Gillian Christensen, citing confidential information from Johnson’s file, tried to convince this reporter off the record that she was a dishonest and a problem employee.
That argument is going to be even harder to peddle now that the Department would have allowed Johnson to leave with a clean work record and $100,000 in spending money if she promised to keep her mouth shut.