USC Sec. 1001 apparently makes Salazar's action a felony. (h/t commenter Neo at Questions and Opinions).
And it certainly SHOULD be a felony. Salazar's bogus "report" was the pretext for the Obama drilling moratorium in the Gulf. That is costing the already reeling Gulf regional economy FAR greater suffering. That is, people in a vital region, in a vital industry and its support industries, are suffering. All Americans will soon join them as domestic oil production shrinks.
"None of us actually reviewed the memorandum as it is in the report," oil expert Ken Arnold told Fox News. "What was in the report at the time it was reviewed was quite a bit different in its impact to what there is now. So we wanted to distance ourselves from that recommendation."
Salazar apologized to those experts Thursday.
"The experts who are involved in crafting the report gave us their recommendation and their input and I very much appreciate those recommendations," he said. "It was not their decision on the moratorium. It was my decision and the president's decision to move forward."
In a letter the experts sent to Salazar, they said his primary recommendation "misrepresents" their position and that halting the drilling is actually a bad idea.Salazar essentially admits that the report, as presented, was a lie.
The people of the United States were promised a new day...a "change we can believe in". What should happen here is for the DoJ to investigate Salazar. It won't. The "change" Obama has delivered is an outlaw administration that is completely untethered by law, truth, or concern for the governed.