Judicial Watch, the independent government watchdog organization that has held Republicans and Democrats to account, announced on Monday its list of investigative priorities for 2013.
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that the organization will focus on issues such as Benghazi, illegal immigration, President Barack Obama’s use of executive orders and actions, gun control, green energy boondoggles, election fraud, and national security leaks over the next year.
Fitton said he did not expect Obama to “admit to any wrongdoing” in Tuesday’s State of the Union speech and said it is up to independent organizations to hold Obama to account because Congress will not. He challenged Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to bring up these concerns in his response to Obama’s State of the Union address.
“The big test is for Sen. Rubio,” Fitton said. “Will he address American concerns about a corrupt and out-of-control government?”
Last year, Judicial Watch, in partnership with Breitbart News, commissioned an election night survey of voters conducted by Public Opinion Strategies that “found that corruption in the federal government is a serious concern among voters, with 85% saying they are ‘concerned’ and of that number 53% saying they are ‘very concerned.'”
“The Obama administration is less transparent than the Bush administration,” Fitton said. “Transparency advocates on the Left and Right agree that the Obama administration has failed to live to President Obama’s promise to be the most transparent in history. There’s good reason we’ve filed over 100 open records lawsuits against the Obama administration.”
In regards to Obama’s decision to keep Attorney General Eric Holder around for his second term, despite scandals associated with him and the Justice Department such as Fast and Furious, Fitton said, “one would have to go back to RFK to find an attorney general as close to the White House as Holder.”
“He is not independent, he is not ethical, and it has turned his Justice Department to taxpayer-funded legal battering ram for outside leftist groups,” Fitton said. “Holder’s remaining at Justice also help guarantees no thorough investigation of the various Obama scandals.”
Here is the full list of Judicial Watch’s 2013 investigative priorities: