Watchdog's Cassidy: Probe of Univ. of Texas Whistleblower a 'Farce'

Thursday, 05 Jun 2014 09:25 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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A whistleblower who criticized spending and admissions practices at the University of Texas has so enraged the powers that be, he's being investigated by the state legislature in an apparent effort to silence him, a Texas-based investigative reporter told Newsmax TV on Thursday.

Jon Cassidy, Texas bureau chief of Watchdog.org, appeared on "America's Forum" with the story of Wallace Hall, a Dallas businessman and member of the UT system's board of regents who asked unwelcomed questions about the prestigious state academic institution he serves.

Today, Hall faces removal by impeachment from the board of regents by the Texas House of Representatives. He's also under criminal investigation, the Austin American-Statesman reported, by the Travis County District Attorney for possibly breaking the law "with his relentless demands for records and information."

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How far the targeting of Hall will go remains to be seen. As the dispute drags on, he's attracting defenders — including Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Journalists are looking into Hall's allegations of financial mismanagement and an admissions process favoring wealthy, well-connected insiders over qualified academic achievers.

"I don't know if they're actually going to try to go through and impeach him or not," Cassidy told Newsmax TV's J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Kahn. "The way things are changing, I sort of doubt that they'll continue with that farce for too much longer.

"But the idea was to try to bully him to get him to back down, and he's just refused to do that," said Cassidy. "He's continued to press for information."

Hall's persistence has rattled the corridors of power and influence in Austin, home of the state's political machinery and the UT system's main campus, Cassidy said.

"So just any possibility that he might get anywhere with this is a huge threat to a number of vested interests," said Cassidy, "and they'll stoop to some pretty low levels to try to take out their opponent."


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