Sharon Block and Richard Griffin - President Obama's Democratic likely illegal recess appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) - may not have paid their federal taxes in recent years. Either one or both of them may be subjects of criminal investigations. There is even the possibility that one or both of them have substantial conflicts of interest that will prevent them from serving honestly.
Odds are neither Block nor Griffin is guilty of any of these things, but the U.S. Senate has no way of knowing for sure because both of them failed to fill out the required paperwork for their confirmation hearings before Congress, according to Lachlan Markay, a reporter for the Heritage Foundation's Scribe.
One of the key sources of information for that paperwork is the full FBI background check that is conducted on all presidential nominees in preparation for the Senate confirmation process.
"Neither Griffin nor Block had even submitted the required paperwork to the committee," Markay said, quoting Senate Health Education, Labor and Pension Committee sources.
"That paperwork includes a background check, 'which addresses whether taxes are paid and if the nominee is facing any pending civil or criminal investigations,' according to the committee. 'This also ensures that there are no conflicts-of-interest before being confirmed for the position.'”
Markay said committee spokesman Joe Brenckle told him that "members had not expressed their views on those nominations for the simple reason that they had not had a chance to undergo the normal vetting procedures. In other words, there is no evidence that the committee – let alone the full Senate – would have blocked those nominations even if they had come up for a vote."
For more from Markay, go here.