Now you see it everyone, once again, Obama cronies think they are above the law, as the Department of Justice informed congress that they won’t be prosecuting Attorney General Eric Holder in a criminal case, as he has done nothing criminal. Then why is he in contempt of congress? A prime example of how corrupt this Obama Administration is.
The contempt vote technically opened the door for the House to call on the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to bring the case before a grand jury. But because U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen works for Holder and because President Obama has already asserted executive privilege over the documents in question, some expected Holder’s Justice Department to balk.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole confirmed in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner that the department in fact would not pursue prosecution. The attorney general’s withholding of documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, he wrote, “does not constitute a crime.” Fox News
“Therefore the department will not bring the congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the attorney general,” Cole wrote, in the letter obtained by Fox News.
A DOJ official said that the letter was just a formality as ex-Attorney General Michael Mukasey in 2008 also refused to refer two Bush White House aides to a grand jury after they were held in contempt. Can’t Obama or his cronies think for themselves, and take the blame instead of pushing it off on Bush when they are cornered?
Of course response from Republicans spoke of their anger as Frederick Hill, spokesman for House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, said “it is regrettable that the political leadership of the Justice Department is trying to intervene in an effort to prevent the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia from making an independent decision about whether to prosecute this case.” Fox News
So what this means now is that Republicans will take the second option – take their case to civil court as they seek documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious — which was already the unofficial plan. Along with the criminal contempt resolution, Republicans also passed a civil contempt measure Thursday allowing them to go to civil court to try and get an order that would compel the Obama administration to release the documents.
Thursday night, Issa predicted the Obamanut would order the DOJ not to prosecute Holder. Issa said that the House has authorized him to assemble hire staff and legal staff who can pursue civilly through the courts to try to get a federal judge to order, separately, this discovery.
But the threat of criminal prosecution still looms. For now, the Obama administration can argue that its executive privilege claim over the documents protects Holder from the possibility of prosecution. A civil court though can decide just the opposite.
If the administration still refused to turn over the documents the Republicans want, then they could start looking at prosecution more seriously. Republicans technically have a handful of other options if the Justice Department still refused to take the case to a grand jury. Republicans could move to appoint a special prosecutor or even move to impeach. The last time that happened with a Cabinet member, though, was in 1876 — with the impeachment trial of war secretary William Belknap.
Besides Machen and Holder think highly of each other so chances of any fair legal dealings here are unlikely, as the deck is stacked, most involved are Obama cronies. If you remember Machen is one of 2 attorneys that Holder appointed to investigate the security leaks within the Obama Administration, and we know how that will be.
Meanwhile, Issa continued to add fuel to the debate over Fast and Furious when he entered into the Congressional Record a letter detailing a secret wiretap application pertaining to the operation.
In the letter, Issa claimed the affidavit contained “clear information that agents were willfully allowing known straw buyers to acquire firearms for drug cartels and failing to interdict them — in some cases even allowing them to walk to Mexico.”