Tuesday raided the office of U.S. special counsel Scott J.
Bloch, whose department is under investigation for
alleged obstruction of justice, National Public Radio
The Office of
Special Counsel, among other duties, oversees
protection for federal employees who call attention to
wrongdoing. Bloch's management of the office has been
controversial since his appointment by President Bush
in 2004. Early on, he said he would not investigate
any claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Several employees in his office say that because Bloch
suspected them of leaking this information to the
press, he gave them the choice of resigning or being
transferred from Washington to a new field office in
Detroit, NPR reports.
It was not clear
whether Tuesday's raid was related to this particular
matter, but federal authorities, including the Office of
Personnel Management, have been looking into
accusations that Bloch obstructed an investigation and
retaliated against career employees in his office.
Tuesday questioned Bloch at his office and seized computers
and documents. They also went to his home in Alexandria,
Va., with a search warrant. Also, a grand jury in
Washington issued subpoenas for Bloch and several of
his employees, sources told NPR.
Bloch, the FBI,
and White House officials all declined comment on the
matter. (The Advocate)