The Truth fears
He will find the truth and he will report truth…whatever it is. The United States Department of
Justice Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, is
about to release a report that may cause some
people to become politically charged. I want to
say something before his results are released,
because my comments may be dismissed as
biased after his results are released.
To be clear, I know Michael, but
I have no idea what his report will
say. I have never discussed anything
related to this subject with him. I
really haven’t even talked to him
much since he became IG. And if you
knew Michael like I know Michael,
Horowitz because he will find it and he will
report it…whatever it is.
He will release the report on his investi-
gation. He will go in front of Congress. They
will listen to a balanced presentation of all the
facts. They will grill him, and he will respond
with crisp, sharp, and clear answers, because
his answers will be based on the facts and
solid evidence. People tend to ramble when
they don’t have all the facts. Michael doesn’t
ramble. They will find it very difficult to find
fault with what he says, because what he says
will be based on solid evidence and the facts.
Society is in turmoil right now. As Rolland,
a character in the Stephen King Dark Tower
story said, “We have forgotten the face of our
fathers.” Edward Deming said, “Without data,
you are just another person with an opinion.”
After writing this article, I modified it to, “A
compliance officer without the truth is just
another person with an opinion.” We seem
to think exaggerating is a more effective way
to debate, rather than telling the whole truth.
Truthful people tend not to exaggerate or leave
out facts. This is why I want you to watch
Michael. He will tell the truth, the whole truth,
and nothing but the truth.
This will be a great case study about how
an effective compliance and ethics officer conducts and reports an investigation. That is my
point. If we can put our personal biases aside
for a moment, we can all learn from Michael.
Michael has not forgotten the face of his
father. As was the case when he investigated
Operation Fast and Furious,1 he will be thorough and tell the truth. Not just the truth
that favors his cause, because he has no cause
when conducting an investigation. He is a
master investigator. He takes his time despite
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