Eric Holder Won't Be Prosecuted

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    Jun 29, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    "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 when the President has asserted executive privilege," Carney told reporters in a gaggle aboard Air Force One.

    "The assertion of executive privilege makes the contempt matter moot, if you will. I mean, I’m not a lawyer, so I'm probably not using quite the precise language. But it is my understanding, and I would refer you to the Justice Department, that dating back to the administration of President Reagan that prosecutions will not take place under this, in this circumstance."

    A Justice Department spokeswoman echoed Carney's comments and pointed to a letter that was delivered Thursday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) outlining the same argument.

    "Across administrations of both political parties, the longstanding position of the Justice Department has been and remains that we will not prosecute an Executive Branch official under the contempt of Congress statute for withholding subpoenaed documents pursuant to a presidential assertion of executive privilege," reads the letter, signed by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/29/eric-holder-contempt-charge-prosecution_n_1638420.html

    All this huffing and puffing by the GOP amounts to nothing.
  • GQjock

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    Jun 29, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    Of COURSE he won't be prosecuted

    There's Nothing to Prosecute him for
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    Jun 29, 2012 11:56 PM GMT
    GOP expected this and in parallel planned for the Civil route. If that leads to documents that show Holder perjured himself, then the criminal route can be pursued during the next Administration. Obama can give him a preemptive pardon before he is out of office, but if he thinks that could further damage his reputation, he might throw his buddy under the bus and let Holder face the music.
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    Jun 29, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Fortune Magazine did a heavily researched analysis of the Fast and Furious Program
    Darryl Issa deserves to be investigated himself

  • Webster666

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    Jun 30, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
    I would think that being held in contempt of Congress should be worn as a badge of honor.
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    Jun 30, 2012 1:45 AM GMT
    More on this from the WP quoting the Deputy Attorney General James Cole

    In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department said that it will not bring the congressional contempt citation against Holder to a federal grand jury and that it will take no other action to prosecute the attorney general. Dated Thursday, the letter was released Friday.

    Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the decision is in line with long-standing Justice Department practice across administrations of both political parties.

    “We will not prosecute an executive branch official under the contempt of Congress statute for withholding subpoenaed documents pursuant to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” Cole wrote.

    In its letter, the department relied in large part on a Justice Department legal opinion crafted during Republican Ronald Reagan’s presidency.

    Frederick Hill, the spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, said it is regrettable that “the political leadership of the Justice Department” is taking that position. Issa, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, is leading the effort to get the material related to Operation Fast and Furious.

    Although the House voted Thursday to find Holder in criminal and civil contempt, Republicans probably are still a long way from obtaining documents they want for their inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious, a flawed gun-tracking investigation focused on Phoenix-area gun shops by Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    The criminal path is now closed and the civil route through the courts would not be resolved anytime soon.

    “This is pure politics,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

    “Remarkably the chairman of the committee involved here has asserted that he has no evidence that the attorney general knew of Operation Fast and Furious or did anything but take the right action when he learned of it.

    “No evidence, so if you have no evidence as he has stated now about the White House and the attorney general, what else could this be but politics?”

    More than 100 Democrats walked out of the House chamber to boycott the first of two contempt votes, saying Republicans were more interested in shameful election-year politics than documents.

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    Jun 30, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    I will be greatly suprised if this doesn't backfire on the Republicans because it is no more than an obvious Political Ploy. Remember how the Hypocritical Republicans spent close to $50 million investigating Clinton to try to get rid of him ? This is just the same thing all over again and yet these Partisan Idiots and Christian TBaggers will loudly complaining about wastes of money like that spent on unemployment going to shiftless lazy workers that haven't found jobs after a year.
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    Jun 30, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
    realifedad said I will be greatly suprised if this doesn't backfire on the Republicans because it is no more than an obvious Political Ploy. Remember how the Hypocritical Republicans spent close to $50 million investigating Clinton to try to get rid of him ? This is just the same thing all over again and yet these Partisan Idiots and Christian TBaggers will loudly complaining about wastes of money like that spent on unemployment going to shiftless lazy workers that haven't found jobs after a year.


    What happened to jobs jobs jobs?

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    Jun 30, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
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    realifedad said I will be greatly suprised if this doesn't backfire on the Republicans because it is no more than an obvious Political Ploy. Remember how the Hypocritical Republicans spent close to $50 million investigating Clinton to try to get rid of him ? This is just the same thing all over again and yet these Partisan Idiots and Christian TBaggers will loudly complaining about wastes of money like that spent on unemployment going to shiftless lazy workers that haven't found jobs after a year.


    What happened to jobs jobs jobs?

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2484565

    This entire congress should be held in contempt.
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    Jun 30, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    Holder did nothing wrong. The entire premise of the F&F claims have now been debunked by an actual reporter (at that haven of socialism, Fortune, no less!) and I hope that Holder sues Issa et al for defamation of character.

    I also hope one of the watch dog groups sues Issa's committee for wasting the resources of the American people.