Bush Scandals List

325. Another punished whistleblower

Edgar Domenech is the 23 year veteran of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) who blew the whistle on the incompetent former ATF Director Carl Truscott (see item 296). As a reward, he was demoted from his Number 2 position in the agency, denied a bonus he was due, and received a lower job evaluation (which he successfully contested) by Michael Sullivan the current acting director. Sullivan explained Domenech’s demotion as a move to allow new people in. For his part, Domenech had first expressed his concerns in December 2005 to Bill Mercer (see item 197) the then acting Number 3 official in the Justice Department but was told that nothing could be done because Truscott’s appointment had come directly from the White House. Truscott resigned in August 2006 and a DOJ Inspector General’s report in October of that year backed up Domenech’s charges of mismanagement. On March 3, 2008, Domenech filed a complaint with the DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel over his treatment.

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