DOJ Says It Won't Prosecute DOJ Head Holder

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How should we say this: we are shocked, shocked, that the DOJ won't prosecute itself.

  • BREAKING: DOJ says it won't prosecute Attorney General Holder after the GOP-led House voted to hold him in criminal contempt of Congress - Fox

From CNN:

The White House and the Justice Department made clear Friday what had been expected all along: Attorney General Eric Holder will not face criminal prosecution under the contempt of Congress citation passed by the U.S. House.


Legal experts noted this week in the runup to Thursday's House vote that President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the case would prevent a criminal prosecution under a practice dating to the Reagan administration.


The House also cited Holder for civil contempt to give it the option of filing a lawsuit compelling Holder to turn over documents sought by Oversight Committee investigators linked to the failed Operation Fast and Furious weapons crackdown. Such a case was expected to take years to complete.


A letter Friday from the Justice Department to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, who led the investigation that brought the contempt charge against Holder, explained that "across administrations of both political parties, the longstanding position of the Department of Justice has been and remains that we will not prosecute" in such a circumstance.


"The department will not bring the congressional contempt citation before a grand jury or take any other action to prosecute the Attorney General," concluded the letter from Deputy Attorney General James Cole.


White House spokesman Jay Carney said the same thing Friday, saying "it is an established principle, dating back to the administration of President Ronald Reagan, that the Justice Department does not pursue prosecution in a contempt case


hen the president has asserted executive privilege."


A spokesman for Issa's committee and another top congressional Republican, veteran Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, complained Friday that the refusal to prosecute showed a lack of independence by the U.S. attorney who would handle the case.


"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," said Frederick Hill, the panel's director of communications.


Obama asserted executive privilege on some documents sought by Issa's committee in its investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. The executive privilege assertion prevented the documents from being turned over on the grounds that they include internal deliberations traditionally protected from outside eyes.


The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched Operation Fast and Furious out of Arizona to track weapons purchases by Mexican drug cartels. It followed similar programs started in the Bush administration.


However, Fast and Furious lost track of more than 1,000 firearms it was tracking, and two of the lost weapons turned up at the scene of the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

And now, back to the far more important news of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing.

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Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:35 | 2574316 pkea
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Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:36 | 2574328 Troll Magnet
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well, at least we can all hold out hope that obama will impeach himself right after corzine indicts himself.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:46 | 2574376 SilverTree
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Two in the pink, one in the stink.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:56 | 2574401 Max Fischer
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Holy Cow!  Did anyone see Rand Paul's Twitter post from 5 minutes ago????

"Despite being black, I find Eric Holder to be an honorable man, on par with American patriot Mitt Romney."


Edit in:  looks like it was removed.... weird. 

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:58 | 2574410 narapoiddyslexia
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Don't see it. Dude. He took it down fast. Any confirmation anywhere?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:59 | 2574423 Max Fischer
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I'm still searching.  There's gotta be a screenshot somewhere.


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:21 | 2574498 HoofHearted
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Oh come on already, Trollboy. And then I bet Romney tweeted something about lynching both Holder and Obama.

And, as everyone else here notes...real real shocking. Almost as surprising as Ford pardoning Nixon...they are all cronies who need to be ejected from the seats of power in the U.S. Hell, I'd vote for the Tylers for these positions for sure. But they wouldn't want them....

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:26 | 2574519 metastar
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This is why we need the 2nd amendment!

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:52 | 2574631 Precious
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What Issa has in mind for Holder ..... and its not a tweet.



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Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:14 | 2574722 FEDbuster
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Above the Law.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:50 | 2574770 The Big Ching-aso
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It's a wonderful world.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:53 | 2574804 Shocker
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Like my name says ^

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:00 | 2574826 SWRichmond
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So if DOJ won't do their job, then Congress should de-fund them.  Simple.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:20 | 2574876 kalum
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I like that idea.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 21:01 | 2575175 AldousHuxley
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Contempt of Congress???????


WHO DOES NOT HAVE CONTEMPT OF MOFOS IN CONGRESS with onyl 15% approval rating??????


politicians just making a scene here to get free PR on themselves instead of focusing real issues. Why don't they prosecute know criminals on wall st.????



Sat, 06/30/2012 - 08:58 | 2576321 GetZeeGold
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This isn't news. Everyone knows the DOJ doesn't prosecute black people.


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:20 | 2574877 kalum
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I like that idea.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:21 | 2574882 Bicycle Repairman
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Here's the acid test: when Romney wins (sic) the Presidency, his AG can prosecute. 


Sat, 06/30/2012 - 00:51 | 2575443 Clashfan
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Yes, FEDbuster, that's the point. It's not what Rand Paul said or didn't say.

"Boats, and tanks, and planes!"

"They think they're so clever,

They think they're so right."

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:45 | 2574781 Spastica Rex
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The only REAL art is ASCII art.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:12 | 2574856 CompassionateFascist
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Ah, no, this is not why we need the "2nd Amendment". That'll disappear under Martial Law; just like everything else in the Constitution disappeared when shabbatz Goy Roberts decided that anything gubmint does is "constitutional" if it's a tax. It's why we need guns. To take down the ZOG. Get 'em while you can, invest in lead.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:00 | 2574954 Boop
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How many shotguns would you need to take down a tank?


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 20:26 | 2575111 XenoFrog
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An Abrams without jet fuel to run on or ammo to shoot is still quite stylish, however, it becomes quite useless and stationary.

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 07:44 | 2576047 Simon Endean
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"How many shotguns would you need to take down a tank?"


Only one.  The crew has to come out some time.  Do what Tito's partisans did to the Germans - shoot them when they get out to piss/eat/refuel/rearm/repair.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:23 | 2574506 fuu
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Utter troll fail.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:51 | 2574936 Moe Howard
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After all, if you want an honest DOJ you must be a racist, right?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:44 | 2575053 Calmyourself
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Did you see the tweet from Reggie Love about Max Fischer always trying to be in front when it comes to ahem orally "servicing" the ONE..

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 20:03 | 2575075 CoolBeans
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Read: "My mom's calling me, dinner's ready..."

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:01 | 2574430 Aziz
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You just got trolled by Max Fischer.

Hey Fischer: the real racists are more likely to be Obama and Holder, continuing the drug war that is destroying Mexico, and arming the drug gangs. Do they hate Latinos?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:05 | 2574448 Troll Magnet
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don't forget the record unemployment (and imprisonment) of young black males under obamao/holder.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:12 | 2574466 francis_sawyer
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I'm BACK... I'm BLACK... The mountain's about to CRACK...

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:42 | 2574601 Rahm
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That's a FACT, JACK!

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:34 | 2574755 Ookspay
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Y'all are forgetting, Obama is 50% Cracka!

"I hate every iota of a cracka".


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:00 | 2574794 Randall Cabot
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Ahh Philadelphia, my home town. I'm getting nostalgic.

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 09:12 | 2576370 GetZeeGold
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Ahh yes....the philly cheese steaks and black thugs with baseball bats at the polling stations.


It makes my heart all a flutter.


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:35 | 2574758 blunderdog
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It's ALWAYS "record unemployment and imprisonment" of young black males.  That's a major part of the gummit's JOB.

This here's 'Murka.  Warehousing the surplus population in prison has been a tradition since the elimination of the draft.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:08 | 2574961 Moe Howard
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Note some facts, bro:

African Americans played a major role in Vietnam and, in the process, changed the complexion of the U.S. Armed Forces. Contrary to popular impressions, a large proportion of African American servicemen were well-trained, highly motivated professionals; some 20 received the Medal of Honor, and several became general officers. Despite the likelihood of seeing hazardous duty, they reenlisted at substantially higher rates than whites. In 1964 blacks represented less than 9 percent of all U.S. Armed Forces; by 1976 they made up more than 15 percent of all men in arms. Although the percentage of African American officers doubled between 1964 and 1976, they still accounted for less than 4 percent of the total.

Note they REENLISTED AT A HIGHER RATE than white people. When you renenlist, you are no longer a draftee. Note they were underrepresented at the start of the war - overrepresented by 1976. However the draft ended in January, 1973. The draft was for two years, so the last draftee should have been gone or on the way out by January 1975. I was in then, and I remember many got early outs at 18 months. The idea that blacks were drafted in vastly disproportionate numbers is an urban myth. One fact that skewed the numbers a bit was that whites who had bad draft lottery numbers tended to enlist, so they didn't get drafted.

By the way, by 1975 the Modern Volunteer Army [MVA] was in full swing, the massive exodus of drafees was almost completed, and the Army started offering large bonuses to reenlist. I was a SP4 in June, 1975 and they offered me $10K to reenlist. That was huge money back then. I walked. Many black people I served with took the money. The war was over and the living was easy.


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 21:17 | 2575195 Treeplanter
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Actually, cheap wetback labor takes away a lot of jobs for young blacks.  Even though I'm white, and therefore a raaacist, I much prefer backing my truck to a warehouse run bt local blacks than one run by a rude patron with a surly gang of illegals.  At the black docks you get courtesy, communication and efficiency.  When I leave a wetback dock I'm usually pissed off.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:20 | 2574497 sgt_doom
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This is all so much political theater of the absurd: 

You've got Issa, with his criminal record and the highest probability that he was an insurance fraudster (coupled with arsonist), attacking Holder, who made his big bucks at Covington & Burling, defending the likes of Chiquita's hiring of murdering assassins in South America, and ditto defending oil companies in their perfidy in West Africa.

Who's the guilty party?  They are all guilty parties.


Sat, 06/30/2012 - 00:54 | 2575447 Clashfan
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Thanks for this, Sgt.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:01 | 2574432 aerojet
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Had to be a fake tweet.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:08 | 2574442 Max Fischer
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It's hard to imagine that he'd actually post that, but given his endorsement of Romney and his affiliation with StormFront, maybe one of his staff members was playing a joke.

Don't forget, this is a guy who, during the worst recession since the Great Depression, was carnival barking about civil rights and restaurants/businesses not being able to kick out black people from their store.  Weird priorities there, Senator.  Shortly thereafter, the KKK flooded him with donations. 


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:16 | 2574478's picture

 carnival barking about civil rights and restaurants/businesses not being able to kick out black people from their store.  Weird priorities there, Senator.


Whereas encouraging minorities to patronize and enrich racist businesses owners constitutes a worthy priority. It's a good thing that blacks, Catholics and Jews who want desperately to be able to give some of their money to members of the KKK are able to do so thanks to anti-discrimination laws.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:38 | 2574581 LowProfile
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and his affiliation with StormFront

My God you are a pathetic little cunt.  I bet the girls used to beat you up in gradeschool.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:56 | 2574653 smiler03
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You appear to be talking to yourself.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:09 | 2574703 Max Fischer
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Don't fault him.  

One look at Low Profile's avatar and it's obvious that the last time he was on his knees, his boyfriend poked a little to high and caused some severe neural trauma.  Just look at him. 


Sat, 06/30/2012 - 09:36 | 2576444 GetZeeGold
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Let me check.....nope.....I can only junk you once.


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:21 | 2574884 CompassionateFascist
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Tell 'ya what, rediculous UrbanJew: when the EBT cards stop working, you and your kind won't be able to run far or fast enough. The Golden horde is going to hang U up by your balls and roast U over a slow fire. Ditto the rest of your smearing Tribal kind. Kosher's what's for dinner.   

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:10 | 2574976 Moe Howard
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See a doctor or check into a rehab program, the bath salts have rotted your brain. Moron.

Peddle your lies over at Huffpost, pussy.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:53 | 2575067 CoolBeans
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Don't feed the trolls :)  Max is just looking for attention here because no one else will give it to him.

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