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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson criticizes ex-Homeland Security inspector general

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - U.S. Senator Ron Johnson says the government's top watchdog for homeland security compromised what were supposed to be independent investigations of that agency.  

The Wisconsin Republican is part of a Senate oversight panel that Thursday released the results of a year-long examination of former interim Homeland Security inspector general Charles Edwards.

The report said Edwards, the homeland security watchdog from 2011 until last year, routinely dined with agency leaders and gave them heads-up on the timing and findings of investigations. Edwards was seeking the permanent inspector general's job at the time.  

Johnson, the ranking Republican on the Homeland Security oversight panel, said Edwards was a "compromised" inspector general who did not exercise real oversight.  

The panel also found that Edwards was wrong to rely on advice from top political advisers to former Department Secretary Janet Napolitano -- and he followed their suggestions in writing and releasing three separate reports on the agency.  

Edwards resigned last December, just before he was to be questioned at a Senate hearing.  

Another allegation was that derogatory information about was left out Secret Service agents. Napolitano said no changes were ever ordered in reports about the Secret Service.  

Edwards has not commented on Thursday's report.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)