Patrick Howley (born 1989) is an American journalist. A former reporter for Breitbart News Network in Washington, D.C., he previously worked for The Washington Free Beacon and The Daily Caller. Howley previously served as an assistant editor for The American Spectator. His work has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, National Review, and Sean Hannity.
In October 2013, Howley reported that the White House and former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner exchanged confidential taxpayer information. Lerner retired but faced no charges. His 2014 report on the Department of Veterans Affairs' destruction of patient medical records prompted congressional calls for federal investigations. Howley was the first journalist to flag remarks by Affordable Care Act consultant Jonathan Gruber on "the stupidity of the American voter."
In March 2016, Howley was involved in the Breitbart controversy over Corey Lewandowski's alleged grabbing and shoving of Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields. In a series of Twitter posts, Howley attacked Fields' account of events and was subsequently suspended. Howley was reinstated to Breitbart News after four days of suspension, following Fields' resignation from the outlet.
In June 2016, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted a report by Howley claiming that Hillary Clinton received a "secret memo" stating Obama administration support for Al Qaeda in Iraq, which eventually became ISIS. Since the time of that report, no other sources have supported the claim.
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- "White House, IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info". The Daily Caller. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
- "New evidence that the Department of Veterans Affairs deleted necessary medical requests from veterans". The Daily Caller. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
- "ACA Architect: 'The Stupidity Of The American Voter' Led Us To Hide Obamacare's True Costs From The Public". Forbes. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
- "Report: Breitbart has suspended Patrick Howley over deleted Michelle Fields Tweets".
- "Amid Supposed Breitbart Exodus, Patrick Howley Returns: 'I'm Back And Better Than Ever!'". The Daily Caller. 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
- "Trump Tweets Story Claiming There's a 'Secret Memo' Of Obama Supporting ISIS". Mediaite. 2016-06-15. Retrieved 2016-08-17.
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- Groch-Begley, Hannah (March 20, 2014). "Meet Patrick Howley: The Daily Caller's Resident Sexist". Media Matters.
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- "Daily Caller Reporter: Sen. Grassley Targeted For Audit As Payback". Newsmax. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
- "Reporter Won't Pay Taxes Until IRS Truth Comes Out". The American Spectator. Retrieved July 7, 2015.
- "Washington protest: American Spectator condemned over article". the Guardian. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
- "The 'agent provocateur' who infiltrated Occupy Wall Street". The Week. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
- "An Interview with Patrick Howley, Daily Caller Sexpert". The Washington Monthly. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
- "Conservative Writer Patrick Howley Claimed He Infiltrated Protest Group at Air and Space". NBC4 Washington. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
- "How not to occupy the street – Patrick Howley versus story-truth". Washington Post. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
- "Street Harassers Think Every Time Is the First Time". The Wire. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
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