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 - 16:06 | 2574451 cossack55
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I thought it said "Despite being a blackguard, I........

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:54 | 2574809 WonderDawg
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And I thought Rodney King said, "Why can't we all just get a longneck."

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 22:52 | 2575310 A Nanny Moose
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everybody knows Fo'ties don't come on longneck form factor /snicker

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 01:23 | 2575469 slewie the pi-rat
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hey dawg!

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

Sun, 07/01/2012 - 10:57 | 2578428 WonderDawg
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Yo Slewie! Yah, heard about Rodney. Interesting life he lived, without a doubt. He was destined to die young.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:15 | 2574476 Canadian Dirtlump
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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?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:51 | 2575062 CoolBeans
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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?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 22:05 | 2575261 mjcOH1
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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.""

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

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 12:23 | 2577112 dougie
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How dare he slander Holder.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:13 | 2574719 A Lunatic
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So I guess this means it is now legal for me to sell guns to the Mexican drug cartels with no paperwork involved.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:53 | 2574939 FreedomGuy
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Good thing this administration drained the swamp! This is only a partial list of the crooks.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:41 | 2574349 Winston Churchill
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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


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:48 | 2574383 bigdumbnugly
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nixon's crookery was on the par of a hubcap thief compared to these pros.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:41 | 2574594 narnia
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Did any serious player in Iran Contra even get questioned?  This shit is under a security letter.  It's going nowhere.    

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:28 | 2574894 CompassionateFascist
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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.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:12 | 2574980 Moe Howard
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"A Bridge Too Far"

"Many Rivers to Cross"


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:50 | 2574390 eclectic syncretist
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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.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:43 | 2574775 Winston Churchill
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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.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:41 | 2574920 CompassionateFascist
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Winston Churchill: Zionist stooge, bloody imperialist, global warmonger twice over, and Class A genocide artist. The original Neo-Con.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:18 | 2574990 Winston Churchill
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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.


Sat, 06/30/2012 - 07:29 | 2575981 prole
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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

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:00 | 2574428 williambanzai7
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Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:08 | 2574454 Dr. Richard Head
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If only these crocks could be as honorable as the Wall Street trader that was convicted in court today -

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:03 | 2574689 cherry picker
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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?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:48 | 2575059 CoolBeans
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I like to think that they do see.

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

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:08 | 2574458 THECOMINGDEPRESSION

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

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:37 | 2574574 Dingleberry
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Tom trading his wife in (again!).  BTW, any new word on the Kardashians? Jersey Shore?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:14 | 2574984 Moe Howard
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Mystery Dance with American Shore is on tonight!!!

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:56 | 2574651 Chupacabra-322
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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.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:46 | 2575055 CoolBeans
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Well said.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:47 | 2574926 Moe Howard
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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?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:31 | 2575027 DosZap
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 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!!!!!

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 00:09 | 2575391 Redhotfill
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HMnnn I guess Katie Holmes' contract to be Tom's beard has ended.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:35 | 2574318 Debtless
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Sat, 06/30/2012 - 09:17 | 2576387 GetZeeGold
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Steal dirt farmers money and retire in France.......pretty sweet gig!


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:36 | 2574323 GeneMarchbanks
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TomKat! I meant Holder.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:52 | 2574394 Tortfeasor
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Tyler, why link to TMZ? Go for the brand reinforcement (paradox?) and link to What Would Tyler Durden Do? 

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:27 | 2574520 rockraider3
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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.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:36 | 2574325 Catullus
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Not that I really care about "Contempt of Congress". But it does seem laws don't apply to some people.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:39 | 2574340 t_kAyk
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Laws only apply to slaves

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:43 | 2574359 bigkahuna
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just us

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:37 | 2574330 outamyeffinway
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I can't believe Tom Cruise is getting divorced!!!

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:53 | 2574399 francis_sawyer
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I kno right?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:00 | 2574426 Randall Cabot
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He'll never get laid again!

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:45 | 2574609 francis_sawyer
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Stacey Jaxx?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:38 | 2574334 New England Patriot
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He'll get his.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:38 | 2574336 Confused
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he should fucking hang, regardless.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:40 | 2574337 Temporalist
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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

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:38 | 2574339 Sweet Chicken
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Can't congress prosecute further than just contempt?!

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 15:52 | 2574397 Winston Churchill
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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.

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