After refusing hush money from the Obama Administration, a special agent with ICE was fired when she testified before Congress about her problems with the federal agency.
Special Agent Taylor Johnson was also the victim of a smear campaign by the press secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement following the testimony.
Johnson was offered a whopping $100,000 severance package if she would sign a non-disclosure agreement and not expose the corruption and malevolence at the agency, The Daily Caller is reporting.
Refusing Obama’s hush money, she then angered Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid when she objected to a visa program for foreigners tied to Reid’s son.
All of her supervisors were “appointed by Obama,” she said. “They can do anything they want.”
It all started in June when Johnson was stripped of her gun and badge after discovering fraud and abuse at the agency, tied to Reid.
“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 testified.
She said that during her investigation in 2013, she “discovered that EB-5 applicants from China, Russia, Pakistan, Malaysia had been approved in as little as 16 days” and that case files “lacked the basic and necessary law enforcement queries.”
When she put a hold on visas for a foreign investor in a Las Vegas casino represented by Reid’s son, attorney Cory Reid, she became a target:
The Senator’s office complained to Johnson’s Special Agent in Charge. She was then placed on administrative leave, without explanation.
Under pressure from Senate Democratic staffers Johnson did not mention in her testimony the role Reid’s office played in her ouster. But the DHS Inspector General concluded in a report last March that U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) director Alejandro Mayorkas intervened in “an unprecedented matter” to approve EB-5 visas for the Las Vegas casino investors after pressure from Reid’s office.
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 in December, ICE press secretary Gillian Christensen, citing confidential information from Johnson’s file, tried to convince a Daily Caller 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.
Johnson is soliciting donations on gofundme.com to cover legal fees for a possible federal lawsuit.