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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Sweet Chicken's picture

Thanks, I knew there was something they could still do.

DosZap's picture

Can't congress prosecute further than just contempt?!

Yes they can arrest him, and fine him,100-1,000,and jail for one mo to a year.

Used to be common practice,up until seventy or so years ago.

I can just see the House Police getting past the FBI agents to do it.

stock trout's picture

We have an attorney general? Who knew!

LULZBank's picture

I blame the people who were expecting the honorable DOJ to be prosecuted. We dont want to set wrong kind of precedents here now, do we?

LawsofPhysics's picture

One is left ot wonder if the court of public opinion will ever start prosecuting the perps?

maybe when fundamentals means something to the "market" again.

pods's picture

How about this:

Congress passes a tax law that penalizes anyone that wont prosecute Holder?

Bring out the clowns!

Fuck it, it's Friday and I am off to go fishin for the weekend!


JR's picture

These are the tones of Watergate  -  a break-in happens to get data and information and then the roof falls in. Why? Cover up.

To move from a request for documents to executive privilege brought the issue to front page. This brings the issue to the  feet of the President of the United States.

Does anyone remember who was handling these emails?  Rahm Emanuel!

kekekekekekeke's picture

straight-for-pay is dead

lemonobrien's picture

WOW! Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes divorcing.


anyway... i've recently learned; justice actually means "just us" the poor, non-party members get to be prosecuted and jailed.

twocents's picture

Holder is a bent cunt. H has been investigated by a bunch of bent cunts.

Meanwhile, you pay more!

Dr. Sandi's picture


You mean bent prick. I've seen cunts and pricks. It's a lot easier to bend a prick.

ebworthen's picture

Poor Suri.

Holder?  It's not like Jon Corzine isn't free as a bird.

They will probably have lunch and a laugh together after saying "I wonder what the little people are doing today?  Champagne all around! *cackle-snort-chortle*"

Wall Street and Washington make the Mafia look like pikers.

GoodMorningMr.VanRumpoy...'s picture

 Looks like Nonfeasance from a public servant.

Anyone with standing(a member of the public) should go to the U.S. District Court for  D.C. and get a Writ of Mandamus against the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald Machen.


It would make Machen prosecute the case against Holder and execute the duty he owes to the public in good faith, under penalty of contempt.

ShorTed's picture

Wait, Tom & Katie divorcing?  Bit, but, but...

Agent P's picture

It's for the best.  They were never right for each other.  She's so young, and he's so bat-shit fucking crazy.

blunderdog's picture

They were PERFECT for each other, actually.  She was young enough and easily enough intimidated into letting a gay space-alien loony impregnate her with some kind of spawn of Theta.

Note that neither of his previous wives went for those shenanigans. 

It'll be interesting to see what happens with Suri when she grows up.  I'm thinking first Femalien Preznit.

CoolBeans's picture

crazy....and I suspect a homosexual.  Not that it matters.  You have to be true to yourself.  One should of course not marry outside of the team because of career or because it is expected.  So sorry for the child.

Dr. Engali's picture

Like they really wanted him prosecuted in the first place. If congress pursues it too far it will be revealed just how pathetically weak they are.

kito's picture

funny, i called out the obvious bread and circuses partisan ploy on this a week or so ago, and i got blasted here....too many "anti democrats" outraged with the notion that no politician really gives a shit about fast and furious.........not that hard to see they will do anything to galvanize the partisan sheep before elections and keep important information and matters, such as...oh...federal insolvency, away from the masses........perhaps now that tyler calls it what it is, some of our astute and critical commenters will see the light................... 

Dr. Engali's picture

You weren't blasted for the bread an circuses comment...everybody knows that . You were blasted for the "none of this matters" comment. A lot of us think this criminal activity does matter. Government agents tried a back door way of attacking the second ammendment. Their attempt blew up and people died. That's what you got blasted for. Then you proceeded to paint people who don't like a crooked government as "tough republicans". Did it occur to you that you don't have to be a"tough republican" to want justice?

kito's picture

doc--when i stated that "none of this matters", i meant the three ring circus that our govt was putting on... it doesnt matter as in nothing would ever be accomplished from it, not that it shouldnt matter....

and my point about the "tough republican" comment was that both sides are happily stripping away liberties, so if youre a partisan republican sheep, you are not seeing that the "outrage" posed by republicans over fast and furious is nothing more than smoke and mirrors...just a "crisis that should never go to waste"....


Ness.'s picture

"anti democrats" huh?  You need to spend a weekend in the 'community' that spawned our beloved POTUS -Chicago.  That way you can be surrounded by all those "pro democrats" you seem to enjoy.  I realize you're a tough guy and all, but you wouldn't last 6 minutes in that 'community' without becoming a statistic.  50+ shootings and 10 deaths every weekend in the community organizer's 'community'.  


LawsofPhysics's picture

Evolution at work, let em be.  these things have a way of sorting themselves out.

kito's picture

yes, ness, anti-democrat, as in clueless partisan republicans (and obviously democrats for that matter) who cant see their own party doing as much damage to this country......

shall i do roll call on the patriot act mr. ness? or ndaa mr. ness, or sopa mr. ness? or hr 347-the anti protest bill-- mr. ness???? should i go on? 

pull your head out of the ass of the false left/right paradigm and get a clue................

Moe Howard's picture

Brother, they hate the free market so much there a 7 year old girl running a lemonaide stand got popped the other day. Kitco's big wheel would be carjacked before you could say "Black P. Stone Nation el Rukin" hahaha.

PORCH MONKEY's picture

Just like a bunch of marxist cowards.  Guess they didn't know that "selective enforcement" of the law is illegal.  Now   .......... who shall we get to prosecute the DOJ for derelection of duty for illegaly practicing selective enforcement.  They will also have to be prosecuted for obstruction of justice.  Time has now come for a "SPECIAL PROSECUTOR"!!!

NUTS!!!    ................. I forgot!  "Progressive" marxist in this administration don't have to live by the RULE OF LAW!!!       .................They are ABOVE THE LAW!   HUP, ONE, TWO, THREE    .............TYRANNY!!!

HoofHearted's picture

The screen name probably makes it hard for Holder to take you very seriously...

caimen garou's picture

above the law and below a decent human freaking being!

BlackholeDivestment's picture

May tha fullness of contemp fall upon every scumbag at the U.S. Department of Justice and kill them now, as dead as the idiot dumb enough to serve to protect these assholes that lead to the officer's death.

Agent P's picture

 I wonder what Roger Clemens thinks of this?

tmosley's picture

You know what they say to do when the jury box fails...

NuYawkFrankie's picture

Give it a kick - it's usually a stuck quarter.

Oops! Sorry - that's a jukebox!




Zymurguy's picture

Soap box

    Ballot box

        Ammo box

I think when you take into account all of the infringement of freedoms combined with the lack of justice present in the U.S. over the past 15 years I think we're getting close to moving to the last box.

Moe Howard's picture

Yep, hire a joo lawyer.

twocents's picture

Holder is a bent c*nt. H has been investigated by a bunch of bent c*nts.

Meanwhile, you pay more!

Manny's picture

Didn't Gonzalez get that escape as well ?

Chupacabra-322's picture

There is absolutely NO escape from The American People.  They can buy themselves some time but escape, no. 

Cupid Stunt's picture

Great news. Might just go and run me a plane load of firearms down Mexico way.  Bullish.

twocents's picture

Tke Holder out to the mexican border, give a coke dealer one of the guns Holder imported, watch him shoot Holder, take the gun serial number and put it on TV.

ps Obama is a prick


(No I don't want a visa)

eclectic syncretist's picture

What about the news that our Supreme Court has spent it's day debating Janet Jackson's tits?


catacl1sm's picture

That's not a shocker. This is a shocker   \/|/|

SMC's picture

Congress used to have an office of the independent counsel office (terminated in 1999).

Time to reinstate that office or appoint a special prosecutor.



dexter_morgan's picture

We are a nations of laws, not of men........or wait, maybe other way around.......

Mad Max's picture

A president who swore to uphold the Constitution, and does everything possible to destroy it.

An attorney general who doesn't prosecute crimes or enforce the law, except in rare cases when it suits a major donor to his boss.

A head of Treasury who doesn't pay his own taxes.  (Oh well, neither do half the staffers in the White House.)

A Congress that doesn't bother to write the laws they purport to pass, or even to read them before voting!


pods's picture

I would only add a SCOTUS that has now bequeathed CONgress with the power to tax any type of non action in order to force someone to do something.


catacl1sm's picture

I personally happen to like broccoli.

New American Revolution's picture

Hell no.   They want to force the House to appoint a special prosecutor, which they can pummel during the elections and make Holder a victim.   Of course, that could just backfire and gives the House a reason to appoint said special prosecutor, certainly a double edged sword that can cut both ways.  

monad's picture

I hold the DOJ in contempt. They are all fired.

cherry picker's picture

Is there not an entity with the power to arrest and prosecute not only Holder but the felons who knowingly sold weaopns to cartels in which murder has been comitted?

Arizona, anyone?

What a joke, Congress has lost control over our employees and the pot smoking president who send drones off to various places protects them.