Weekend Chatter: Farmer administration possibly under investigation by FBI plus U.S. Sen. Paul filibuster successful

09/24/2012 09:51 AM

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer is still dealing with the aftermath of the administration of his predecessor, Richie Farmer.

The Courier-Journal’s Tom Loftus reported this weekend that Comer has been informed by the office of Attorney General Jack Conway that the Federal Bureau of Investigation will be looking into the department’s activities during Farmer’s administration.

Comer was told some of the employees in his office that are leftover from Farmer’s administration would have to be questioned. But neither Conway’s office or the FBI would comment on whether they are investigating, according to Loftus’ report.

Comer began his tenure in January by inviting new state Auditor Adam Edelen to fully review the department. Edelen found questionable spending by Farmer and improper use of state employees.

Senator Rand Paul filibuster to hold vote on Senate floor succeeds, bill fails

U.S. Senator Rand Paul finally got a vote on his legislation dealing with foreign aid to Libya, Egypt and Pakistan at the end of last week.

Paul’s bill, which came in the aftermath of the attacks and protests at U.S. Embassies and death of Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, called for a stop to any U.S. aid funds to the governments of the three countries contingent upon the release to U.S. authorities the aggressors who attacked our embassy and consulate in Egypt and Libya, and the release of Dr. Shakil Afridi, currently held by the Pakistani government.

Paul had been filibustering in order to get a vote on those provisions.

Ultimately, his bill failed, 10 to 81. But in a press release, Paul vowed to keep this important issue front and center.

“I am far from defeated on this; I will continue to fight for this issue when Congress returns, and I will continue to call attention to the billions of American dollars – borrowed from China, among other places – being sent to governments that are not willing to respect and protect our interests overseas,” Paul said.

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