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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 - 16:36 | 2574571 Zymurguy
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The county sherriff in which Terry was killed can bring charges up on Holder, Obama and anyone else who has blood on their hands.  It could get derailed by the FBI claiming it's a federal issue but the county sherriff in any county in the U.S. has a tremendous amount of power at his/her disposal.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:52 | 2574798 Dr. Sandi
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And I can levitate this spoon here.

But I just don't want to.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:39 | 2574768 ffart
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Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:15 | 2574473 Yen Cross
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 RGR was up 7% today.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:17 | 2574488 lsbumblebee
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Tyler did you choose that pic of Holder holding his head because he is the DOJ Head Holder?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:18 | 2574492 tnquake
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Holder and Tom Cruise getting a divorce and Kate being prosocuted... who da thunk it!

Dang it, gotta quit doing the 3 martini's and the crack pipe at lunch...

Friday afternoon music to serenade y'all

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:19 | 2574493 CaptainObvious
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I can't believe Katie and Tom are getting divorced!

Wait, what was this article about again?  Oh, so Holder won't enforce the law in reference to himself?  That's a big duh moment there.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:20 | 2574499 optimator
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I've the sneaking suspicion that Rep. Issa has had those documents in his possesion and is waiting for just the right time to release them.  There's an insider at DOJ feeding him.  It's not over yet.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:22 | 2574503 stiler
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I loved seeing the Dems out on the Crapitol steps chanting something or other. What a bunch of coconuts. As the Reps with toothless bites are gumming Holder to death.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:29 | 2574528 shuckster
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there's not much to say about obama. forget his birth certificate. forget his getting banged in the ass while smoking crack in a limosine (by a dude, of course). forget everything you've heard about the so called guy. all you really need to know is that he wasn't elected by white people. america has about 45 million blacks. 95% of blacks voted for obama. that gives you about 40 million votes. 50% of hispanics voted for him. out of 30 million, give or take. this makes a total of 57.5 million people who voted for Obama. How many votes did Obama receive? 55 million. chock the other 2.5 up to slippage. in other words, not a single white person, in the WHOLE country had to vote for Obama for him to be elected. this is, without a doubt, the world's biggest and most elaborate case of election rigging in the history of the world.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:38 | 2574584 Skip
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he wasn't elected by white people

Obama received 43% of the White vote in 2008, he scored huge with the usual Democrat voting demographics: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Jewish-Americans, Arab-Americans, Latino-Americans, etc. Also he received the overwhelming majority if not at 100% of the ILLEGAL ALIEN vote as well.

In that 43% are some groups classified as white yet they vote distinctly different from the majority White vote which at 57% for McCain, and he was dreadful, would have been enough, in 1976, to have won the election for McCain. Now GOP needs huge majority of the White vote as whites are dwindling, by design, in the population demographics.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:02 | 2574686 DosZap
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You forgot Independent voters, and females,and latinos are basically considered as white in a lot of instances.

The Demographics will be far different this time.

Only 80% of blacks are saying they will vote for him this time,as opposed to 94% last time.

His stand on Homosexality issues,is going to cost him that 14%,and many more Catholics.

Romney recieved over 4.5 million bucks in 24hrs after the SCOTUS ruling.

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 01:45 | 2575481 slewie the pi-rat
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we'll see how he does in the polls and election

he's already a billionaire isn't he?

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 01:49 | 2575483 CustomersMan
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Yes he is, but it appears Boner, has a Boner for some cash for his own self and this enters into it.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:34 | 2574757 smiler03
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"95% of blacks voted for obama. that gives you about 40 million votes"


So you're suggesting that 100% of black voters turned out to vote? Epic Fail.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:27 | 2575012 Moe Howard
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In Chicago every black voter that ever lived in a ward voted, early and often. Death cannot stop the Machine!

Ballots from the few wards with Republicans are deposited in the Chicago river.

Sun, 07/08/2012 - 14:10 | 2596495 shuckster
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African Americans: freeloading parasites

Asian-Americans: conspirators, thieves

Arab-Americans: There's no such thing

Latino Americans: freeloading parasites, thieves

Jewish Americans: parasites, viruses, bacteria, vampires, ticks.... 

What do all these groups have in common? Their benefit is America's loss. Obama's benefit is America's loss. Obama is not American. None of these afforementioned groups are. They are all parasites. Obama is a parasite feeding his fellow parasites. Every drop of blood that he sucks out of America, the unsuspecting victim, goes back to the nest

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:31 | 2574541 rockraider3
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The DOJ refusing to prosecute Holder is dangerous in my opinion.  Once you take the matter out of the hands of the mickey mouse court system, all there is left is the court of public opinion. That is absolutely going to find Holder guilty.  This is like signing his own sentence, albeit with a delayed start to the collapse.

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 06:24 | 2575734 toomanyfakecons...
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Again, Holder, his boss, and all the other traitors to the Constitution will be in chains and orange jumpsuits in the near future...


Just listen...

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:33 | 2574550 Zombie Investor
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Fast Furious = Watergate with hundreds of dead bodies

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:34 | 2574559 Yellowhoard
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Katie doesn't know what she is doing.

Tom was so close to donating enough money to the church that he and Katie were about to be given a personal audience with Xenu from planet Maldor where all of life's mysteries will be revealed.

What a waste of several years. I mean it's not like she was taking care of his child while he was out banging cruise ship masseuses.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:57 | 2574660 jack stephan
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Captain Jack Wander: [after Ludlow tears down his wall] This is my power. This is my crown. I'm the king of secrets, Tom. I know which city councilmen is doing lines. I know who likes boys, I know who's selling contracts, I know who beat his wife. I own them, even the chief. He's in my pocket, Tom. How do you think I've been able to protect you all these years? What do you think is it you're doing? All these missions. How do you think you're able to touch the untouchables? I'm going to be chief. I will be chief! I will be mayor! This is our world, Tom! So let's take it!
Tom Ludlow: Is that why you put a hit on Washington? Why you tried to kill me? So you can keep stuffing money in your wall?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 16:57 | 2574662 CitizenPete
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The capital Police need to arrest him and throw him in the basement of Congress. 

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:15 | 2574721 Yen Cross
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 If the DOJ does cave, you can bet it will be some New Jersey (A.G.) from the Corzine administration.  A little FRYday humor.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:19 | 2574730 cherry picker
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This is funny.  Holder is suspected of engaging in "terrorist" activities as in fast and furious, and from what I can discern from that bill Obama signed on New Years Eve, the CIA can pick him up and take him to Gitmo in one of their secret drug running airplanes and give him a free waterboarding session, and no one would ever know, except Gitmo and it would all be "legal"

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 17:28 | 2574743 robertocarlos
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BNN just reported KB Homes is up 12% today after better housing metrics and all I heard was Katie Holmes. I had to look at the TV.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:07 | 2574842 exodus11
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Holder is a good role model. We should do what he does. Right?

Ok. He seems to break all laws as he sees fit.

We should do the same.

Any questions?

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:16 | 2574862 Ghostmaker
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Mr. Issa contends the wiretap application contradicts Mr. Holder’s claim that nothing in there would have shown gunwalking was going on.

“The affidavit explicitly describes the most controversial tactic of all: abandoning surveillance of known straw purchasers, resulting in the failure to interdict arms,” Mr. Issa said in a letter he placed in the Congressional Record. It appears on pages H4409 through H4411 of Thursday’s official chronicle of its debates.

The information in the wiretap affidavit is sealed and was not supposed to be released in public, but Roll Call reported Friday that Mr. Issa was using constitutional protections for speech and debate in Congress to put the information before the public.


ISSA just screwed Holder.

Also the house has voted to bring the prosecution to Civil court. This bypasses the department of justice. Worked against Nixon.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:32 | 2574901 squexx
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So.......Holders getting a divorce?!? He's that guy who's on that one TV show, isn't he!?!

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:31 | 2575028 Moe Howard
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"Stedman" Holder is married to Oprah and they are getting a divorce because the baby is white, named Suri, and Steman suspects he is not the father.

Tom Cruise is suspected to be the sperm doner kabob.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:50 | 2574934 Cult of Criminality
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No surprise here.

Looks quite Bullish for the manipulated market.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 18:51 | 2574935 Cult of Criminality
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As the dollar squats

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:04 | 2574960 twocents
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I got it ...

"Farce and Spurious"

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 19:09 | 2574970 dolph9
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Tom and Kate are nice people, classier than most celebrities. 

I don't know, they kind of remind me of the way this country used to be.  Beautiful and confident.

I wish them both luck.

Fri, 06/29/2012 - 20:10 | 2575014 NuYawkFrankie
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DOJ Says It Won't Prosecute DOJ (Dick)Head Holder


...and in other Breaking NewsCorleone Family says it won't  testify against The Godfather!!!

WOW!!! Who woulda thought???  Who coulda knowed??? 

What's It All About - ALFIE??


Fri, 06/29/2012 - 20:54 | 2575162 Blue Dog
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Holder allowed gun sales to the Mexican cartels for:

money to Obama that we don't know about


as a way to smear gun owners

Either way, committing perjery is a worse crime than what he did.



Fri, 06/29/2012 - 21:50 | 2575244 Bansters-in-my-...
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Department of justice...???


Too ,too fucking funny........

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 00:10 | 2575393 monad
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Department of Criminal Justice. I know street english is difficult, but this is legal english and thats a major difference to what you think it means.

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 01:33 | 2575474 CustomersMan
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Some HEAVY SHIT HERE >>>>>>>>>

Fast and Furious  HAS A Whole Different Angle To IT:


Check This Out



From Veterns Today


As reporter Lee Fang writes in, Think Progress reports “Exclusive: Goldman Sachs VP Changed His Name, Now Advances Goldman Lobbying Interests As Top Staffer To Darrell Issa Report.”

Fang reported, “ThinkProgress has found that a Goldman Sachs vice president changed his name, then later went to work for Issa to coordinate his effort to thwart regulations that affect Goldman Sachs’ bottom line.” The former Goldman Sachs vice president Fang was referring to is Peter Simonyi, now known as Peter Haller.

Imagine that for a minute, a Goldman Sachs operative as a top congressional staffer, lobbying for Goldman Sachs, in this case to block strengthening Dodd-Frank regulations on derivatives. Issa’s wish is exactly the banks’ wish, to weaken the legislation so Wall Street’s Derivatives Casino can keep its stakes up.

Fang asks, “Has Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) turned the House Oversight Committee into a bank lobbying firm with the power to subpoena and pressure government regulators?”

In fact, “In July, Issa sent a letter to top government regulators demanding that they back off and provide more justification for new margin requirements for financial firms dealing in derivatives. A standard practice on Capitol Hill is to send a letter to a government agency with contact information for the congressional staffer responsible for working on the issue for the committee. In most cases, the contact staffer is the one who actually writes such letters. With this in mind, it is important to note that the Issa letter ended with contact information for Peter Haller, a staffer hired this year to work for Issa on the Oversight Committee.”

Pretty diabolical scheme: deflect Issa’s corrupt lobbying techniques to emasculate oversight, by ferreting out a DOJ scandal to cover the Democrats with the Fast and Furious scandal, burying the larger scandal of planting a Goldman operative in Congress to lobby for soft laws on derivatives. The Fast and Furious scandal is nowhere near the magnitude of the Goldman Sachs operative scandal, with the add-on that Goldman is trying to get the U.S. attorney general held in contempt and discredit Obama for using his presidential override of the charge.

Lee Fang writes, “Issa’s demand to regulators is exactly what banks have been wishing for. Indeed, Goldman Sachs has spent millions this year trying to slow down the implementation of the new rules. In the letter, Issa explicitly mentions that the new derivative regulations might hurt brokers ‘such as Goldman Sachs.’

“Haller, as he is now known, went by the name Peter Simonyi until three years ago. Simonyi adopted his mother’s maiden name Haller in 2008 shortly after leaving Goldman Sachs as a vice president of the bank’s commodity compliance group. In a few short years, Haller went from being in charge of dealing with regulators for Goldman Sachs to working for Congress in a position where he made official demands from regulators overseeing his old firm.

“It’s not the first time Haller has worked the revolving door to help out Goldman Sachs. According to a report by the nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight, Haller—then known as Peter Simonyi—left the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2005 to work for Goldman Sachs, then quickly began lobbying his colleagues at the SEC on behalf of his new firm. At one point, Haller was requiring [sec] to issue a letter to the SEC stating that he did not violate ethics rules and the SEC agreed. A brief timeline of Haller’s work history underscores the ethical issues raised with Issa’s latest letter to bank regulators:

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 06:02 | 2575657 Ghostmaker
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Has it ever occured to you that attacking the messenger is a common method to use. Think Progress is a George Soros funded source.


Sat, 06/30/2012 - 15:55 | 2577510 Laddie
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Great point! Soros also funnels huge dollars to anti-gun groups in US.

Volkswagen of America also were and may still be a very generous contributor to the Brady anti-gun group. Her tweets against the NRA were foul-mouthed and possibly prosecutable, but with the Department of Justice (sic) as it is well...

It was all about trash the Second Amendment:

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 01:37 | 2575478 CustomersMan
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How Congress Gets Paid 10's Of $Millions$ For Behind The Scenes "Dirty Deeds"


See Next Story On Darrell Issa and Fast and Furious

Sat, 06/30/2012 - 06:20 | 2575716 toomanyfakecons...
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Don't worry, Holder, his boss, and the rest of the traitors will all be in chains and orange jumpsuits when the MASS ARRESTS occur in the near future...

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