DOJ Says It Won't Prosecute DOJ Head Holder

Tyler Durden's picture

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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cossack55's picture

I thought it said "Despite being a blackguard, I........

WonderDawg's picture

And I thought Rodney King said, "Why can't we all just get a longneck."

A Nanny Moose's picture

everybody knows Fo'ties don't come on longneck form factor /snicker

slewie the pi-rat's picture

hey dawg!

rodney  was recently found in his fiancee's pool;  dead @ 47

WonderDawg's picture

Yo Slewie! Yah, heard about Rodney. Interesting life he lived, without a doubt. He was destined to die young.

Canadian Dirtlump's picture

Sure thing bro. Did you see marion barry's tweet about wanting to smoke crack with koreans and pollacks in order to increase racial harmony?

CoolBeans's picture

You know...I always appreciate a differing of opinion on any topic but I really can't stand you.  Sorry about that.

Can't you just sit quietly and play video games in your mom's basement?

mjcOH1's picture

"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.""

Despite being a liberal, I can occasionally find someone who can both read and is gullible enough to believe my bullshit!"

dougie's picture

How dare he slander Holder.

A Lunatic's picture

So I guess this means it is now legal for me to sell guns to the Mexican drug cartels with no paperwork involved.

FreedomGuy's picture

Good thing this administration drained the swamp! This is only a partial list of the crooks.

Winston Churchill's picture

I am so shocked my flabber has been gasted.


Surely the  AGUS is doing a diligent   job

on the intel leak enquiry.


Even Nixon would be amazed by the crookery of this


bigdumbnugly's picture

nixon's crookery was on the par of a hubcap thief compared to these pros.

narnia's picture

Did any serious player in Iran Contra even get questioned?  This shit is under a security letter.  It's going nowhere.    

CompassionateFascist's picture

Teddy Kennedy and some other Bolshevik senators attempted to star chamber Ollie North. He showed up in full uniform, complete with 19 rows of combat ribbons, medals, etc. It did not go well for TK.

Moe Howard's picture

"A Bridge Too Far"

"Many Rivers to Cross"


eclectic syncretist's picture

Even Winston Churchill, who murdered hundreds of his fellow and American citizens in order to get America involved in WWI, might have been just a little little bit surprised.

Winston Churchill's picture

Is that any  is different from FDR cutting off all oil and steel to Japan and

provoking Pearl Harbor  ?

Winston more than made up for his many ,many sins later.

ALL is fair in love and War.

CompassionateFascist's picture

Winston Churchill: Zionist stooge, bloody imperialist, global warmonger twice over, and Class A genocide artist. The original Neo-Con.

Winston Churchill's picture

Think he got all that from his mothers side of the family.

The hubris generated by Empire.Seem familiar ?

Also enabler of Pax Americana.

One thing is sure though.German would have been the native tongue,and

the swastika flying instead of Old Glory in  the USA, if he had not been there.

Seems we're going to be under the jackboot  anyway ,so all he did was delay it.


prole's picture

That is a load of crap you bloated cigar smuggler.

American rabbit hunters could have repelled any goose stepping invaders while drunk before the army even found out or cared they had landed.

Rosenveldt and yourself were just at the right moment in herstory to satisy their natural lust for Christian blood, which they did to the tune of millions killed. Killing Europe was the apertif

cherry picker's picture

A swastika would be more appropriate.

Those heroes who fought in World War Two, I wonder how they be thinking if they saw what we are seeing?

CoolBeans's picture

I like to think that they do see.

(My dad is not happy...WWII vet, lost him before my 14th birthday).  


The criminals keep getting away with it, until BANG! Kharma hits them between the eyes.

Dingleberry's picture

Tom trading his wife in (again!).  BTW, any new word on the Kardashians? Jersey Shore?

Moe Howard's picture

Mystery Dance with American Shore is on tonight!!!

Chupacabra-322's picture
Here's my take on why Holder walked. Fast & Furious was the biggest, intelligence compartmentalized gun and drug running operation in American history. Bigger than Iran Contra.

There were simply too many Criminal Agencies involved. To indict Holder, you would have to involve the following Criminal Agencies who are also implicated:

State and National Guards
The office of The President of The United States.

Face it people. We have a rogue, unaccountable, Criminal Federal Government. Currently being run by the shadow aforementioned Criminal Federal Agencies run by the Banksters. It's high time we took matters into our own hands and by force, physically arrest these Criminal Treasonists.

It's out in the open now for all the world to see. Crimes against The American People and Crimes against Humanity have been committed by a bunch of psycopathic/meglo maniacs. The world is watching and patience is running thin.

Moe Howard's picture

Yes, I thought Tomkat would never end! I am destroyed.

I am confused, however, what is this "closet" that the Cruisemiester must come out of, and why is John T. in there too?

DosZap's picture

 It followed similar programs started in the Bush administration.

 Except for ONE small item, those weapons were tracked.

So, in this case, YOU do not get to blame Bush.

OWN IT!!!!!

Redhotfill's picture

HMnnn I guess Katie Holmes' contract to be Tom's beard has ended.

GetZeeGold's picture




Steal dirt farmers money and retire in France.......pretty sweet gig!


GeneMarchbanks's picture

TomKat! I meant Holder.

Tortfeasor's picture

Tyler, why link to TMZ? Go for the brand reinforcement (paradox?) and link to What Would Tyler Durden Do? 

rockraider3's picture

I'm not going to lie, that's my 2nd favorite site after ZH.  And it's very convenient to answer "Tyler Durden" when my wife asks me what I'm reading.

Catullus's picture

Not that I really care about "Contempt of Congress". But it does seem laws don't apply to some people.

outamyeffinway's picture

I can't believe Tom Cruise is getting divorced!!!

Confused's picture

he should fucking hang, regardless.

Temporalist's picture

I didn't think the Church of Scientology allowed anyone to divorce or  leave (escape).  One cannot just expel the Thetans so easily. 


Another victory for Anonymous

Sweet Chicken's picture

Can't congress prosecute further than just contempt?!

Winston Churchill's picture

Yes , actually they can.

It does not require the DoJ to bring a criminal prosecution either.

Far be it for me to teach pigs how to eat swill,but there is another


Private Criminal prosecution.Still on the books but not used in the

US since 1906.Can be used against bankers as well if someone

provides the cash flow until conviction.

Not a oroblem for Issa though.