Posted by Tina
And so the harassment begins for Lumber Liquidators. Money will cross hands some time down the road and the matter will fade into the big gas bag over the beltway just as it did when the Obama feds raided and harassed Gibson Guitars..
Lumber Liquidators is a very successful company. (Has advertised on Rush Limbaugh but also held a fundraiser for Obama in his own home). A couple of days ago the government raided their headquarters under sealed warrants:
Special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of Justice executed search warrants at Lumber Liquidators’ headquarters in Toano, Virginia, and a company office in Richmond, Virginia, said ICE spokesman Brandon Montgomery.
“The warrants are sealed and no further details are available at this time of the investigation,” Montgomery said.
When asked what the agents seized during the raids, Montgomery said, “To my knowledge, ICE did not remove any product from the locations.”
A couple of years ago Gibson Guitars (Republican supporter) was harassed by a similar raid over concerns about illegal wood importation. Gibson maintains that it complied with all regulations and the nations he was buying from claimed he had met their compliance requirements and his paperwork was in order. Gibson eventually paid a $300,000.00 fine to the government.
Was this fine for actual wrong doing or was it an agreement or settlement Gibson accepted to end mounting legal expenses and government harassment? We’ll never know for sure.
The Blaze has some particulars on that story including this statement quoting Gibson’s CEO:
Gibson CEO Henry Juszkiewicz said in an interview with the (Wall Street) Journal last year that a broker may have made a mistake in “labeling the goods” but that the “sale was legal and approved by Indian authorities.”
In other words, as far as Gibson knew at the point of sale it had done nothing wrong. The fine represents big government with it’s jack boot planted firmly on the neck of Gibson guitars.
In the case of Lumber Liquidators the Obama administration is once again making a big bad ass show of being tough on the environment, tossing a bone to green activists and lobbyists. With his popularity hitting all time lows, even among supporters, he’s desperate to re-establish his creds with his base. As the election period approaches I look for him to do more of this abusive, nasty, Saul Alinsky crap.
That’s my opinion and I stand by it.