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Justice Department To Hand Over New Documents On ‘Fast and Furious’ To Congressional Investigators

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H/T Gateway Pundit.

It is time that Bathhouse Barry Obama and Eric Holder held accountable for Fast and Furious gun walking along with the murder of Border Agent Brain Terry

In a statement Wednesday, the Justice Department announced it officially entered into a “conditional settlement agreement” to “begin to produce additional documents related to Operation Fast and Furious” to the House Oversight Committee.

I bet you weren’t expecting an update on the Obama-era gunwalking operation, Fast and Furious, today, were you?

The statement reads:

Today, the Department of Justice entered into a conditional settlement agreement with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and will begin to produce additional documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. The conditional settlement agreement, filed in federal court in Washington D.C.,  would end six years of litigation arising out of the previous administration’s refusal to produce documents requested by the Committee.

In announcing the settlement, Attorney General Sessions said:

“The Department of Justice under my watch is committed to transparency and the rule of law. This settlement agreement is an important step to make sure that the public finally receives all the facts related to Operation Fast and Furious.”

The development is especially newsworthy as former Congressman Jason Chaffetz recently revealed that Sessions denied his request for additional documents on the Obama-era gun-running scheme.

On Saturday, Kent Terry, the brother of murdered border patrol agent Brian Terry, pleaded with President Trump to reexamine the gun-running scheme.

 @realDonaldTrump Sir it’s been 7 yrs .my family ask you reopen Obama’s gun scandal that cost my brother his life..I talk to you back on the campaign trail here in Michigan and you offered to reopen the books into this senseless scandal .thank you.God bless,” Terry tweeted.

@realDonaldTrump Sir it’s been 7 yrs .my family ask you reopen Obama’s gun scandal that cost my brother his life..I talk to you back on the campaign trail here in Michigan and you offered to reopen the books into this senseless scandal .thank you.God bless

In response, Chaffetz said, “I met with AG Sessions to get the Fast & Furious documents. He said NO and decided to let it continue to play out in court. Frustrating and disappointing to say the least.”

I met with AG Sessions to get the Fast & Furious documents. He said NO and decided to let it continue to play out in court. Frustrating and disappointing to say the least. @realDonaldTrump https://twitter.com/terry_superman/status/969932438184001536 

 

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Lynch indicates DOJ not required to charge Clinton

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This is from The Washington Examiner.

It sounds like the fix is in to save Hillary and the little bit of Obama’s legacy that maybe left.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch indicated Wednesday that the law doesn’t require the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email system, even if the FBI recommends criminal charges.

Lynch was asked in a hearing by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, what her department would do if the FBI were to recommend that step. “If the FBI were to make a referral to the Department of Justice to pursue a case by way of indictment and to convene a grand jury for that purpose, the Department of Justice is not required by law to do so, are they — are you?” Cornyn asked.

Lynch didn’t answer directly, but seemed to indicate the department has some wiggle room, and can consult with officials before deciding what to do.

“It would not be an operation of law, it would be an operation of procedures,” Lynch said in reply. She added that the decision to pursue a criminal case would be “done in conjunction with the agents” involved in the investigation. “It’s not something that we would want to cut them out of the process.”

Republicans have been pushing for charges against Clinton, but at the same time, many have predicted that the Obama administration would never allow the Justice Department to bring charges against Clinton for including classified and top secret information on her personal emails. Some Republican presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, have said Clinton is desperately hoping to win the White House in order to avoid the criminal charges that could be brought under a Republican administration.

Lynch also dodged questions about the decision to grant immunity to a former staffer of Hillary Clinton at the State Department who helped her set up her own private email system at home.

Cornyn pressed Lynch on the Justice Department’s role in reportedly granting immunity to Bryan Pagliano, a former Clinton staffer involved in the set-up of her “homebrew” email server.

“If in fact this was immunity granted by a court, that had to be done under the auspices and with the approval of the Department of Justice, which you head,” Cornyn said to Lynch.

But Lynch declined to talk about that part of the case.

“We don’t discuss the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” Lynch said. “With respect to the procedure relating to any specific witness, I would not be able to comment.”

“With respect to Mr. Pagliano or anyone who has been identified as a potential witness in any case, I’m not able to comment on the specifics,” Lynch added.

Later on in response to a question from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Lynch said she has never discussed the Clinton email investigation with Present Obama, spokesman Josh Earnest or anyone else at the White House. Graham asked that question in order to ask how Earnest would have any information about the case that he would use to downplay its importance.

“It’s my hope, when it comes to ongoing investigations, that we all would stay silent,” she said.

Holder: Historians Will View My Tenure As ‘Golden Age’ Of Justice Dept [VIDEO]

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This is from The Daily Caller.

Eric Holder Jr will go down in history as the most corrupt, racist Attorney General is history.

Loretta Lynch will have about twenty one months to pass Holder in corruption and it might happen.

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During his farewell address to the Justice Department Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder referred to his tenure at the Department of Justice as its “golden age” and in the same mold as Robert Kennedy’s storied tenure..

Loretta Lynch will take over the department following the Senate’s 56-43 confirmation vote Thursday.

HOLDER: I said earlier that when we celebrated Robert Kennedy’s 50th anniversary of his swearing in 2011, people said that was the golden age for the United States Department of Justice. Well, I think 50 years from now, maybe even sooner than that, people will look at the work you all did and say this was another golden age. That’s how good you all are. That’s how good you all are. That’s how dedicated and committed and wonderful you all have been. With a focus on justice. With a focus on helping those who cannot help themselves. You have distinguished yourselves.

There’s a long line of excellence in the United States Department of Justice, but every now and again, at an appropriate time, a group comes along that is worthy of special recognition. And you all are in fact one of those groups. I am proud of you. I am proud of you. I’m going to miss you. I’m going to miss this building. I’m going to miss this institution. More than anything, I’m going to miss you all. This building is always going to be home. You all are always going to be my family. And wherever I am, whatever I am doing, I will be rooting for you from the sidelines.

Hannity interview with stubborn Ferguson protester disintegrates quickly

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This is from BizPac Review.

This is the mentality that elected and reelected Obama.

Castrate Ivory before he pollutes the gene pool.

 

Support for Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Mo. teen who was killed in August, remains at fever pitch. It was demonstrated on Thursday when an interview with one of Browns admirers fell completely apart.

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Fox News host Sean Hannity admonished Brown supporter Ivory Ned for not deploring the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson early that morning, even though he was a witness to that shooting.

“People shouldn’t be shooting cops, I don’t hear you saying that, why not?” Hannity asked.

“You look at the facts first,” Ned said, and then proceeded to give Hannity his version of the “facts,” which bore little resemblance to the Justice Department’s report.

Both a St. Louis county grand jury decision and a Department of Justice report exonerated the police officer who shot Brown. Hannity read a portion of the DOJ report to Ned, indicating the Ferguson officer was justified in shooting the teen.

“Why don’t you believe Eric Holder’s Justice Department?” Hannity asked.

“It sounds like your head is a one-way street,” Ned answered.

“You have to listen to the facts,” he kept repeating to Hannity.

“Did Michael Brown rob a store, Sir? He did,” Hannity asserted, which is where the interview began disintegrating.

“Did he [Brown] intimidate a clerk? He did. Did he charge a police officer? He did. Did he fight a cop for his gun? He did,” Hannity said, listing the facts in the Brown case, as Ned kept shouting “How do you know? How do you know?”

He knows because that’s what the grand jury and the Department of Justice concluded. Meanwhile there are two cops who were shot and seriously wounded less than 24 hours before the interview, an incident Ned witnessed but apparently has little compassion for.

Instead he continues to show blind loyalty to Brown — despite the evidence.

Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/03/13/hannity-interview-with-stubborn-ferguson-protester-disintegrates-quickly-186371#ixzz3UGpGofQa

Justice Department Bringing Corruption Charges Against Democrat Senator Bob Menendez

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This is from Independent Journal Review.

How corrupt is Senator Robert Menedez (D-NJ) if the Obama Regime is bringing charges against him?

 

CNN reports that the Department of Justice is preparing to file corruption charges against Senator Robert Menedez (D-NJ), for allegedly using his influence to propel “business interest” of a friend and fellow political donor in exchange for gifts:

According to CNN:

“People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.

The case could pose a high-profile test of the Justice Department’s ability to prosecute sitting lawmakers, having already spawned a legal battle over whether key evidence the government has gathered is protected by the Constitution’s Speech and Debate clause.”

The corruption charges will be primarily focused on Menedez and his affiliation with Salomon Melgen. Melgen, an ophthalmologist, has been a long time political donor and advocate for Menendez.

Menendez has long been the subject of political controversy. In 2012, it was rumored that he paid for sex in the Dominican Republic. He later described this as a smear campaign.

Menendez also went on vacation with Melgen to the Dominican Republic in 2010. The trip cost came in at $58,000, which Menendez was required to pay back after failing to disclose the nature of the excursion.

Melgen’s offices in West Palm Beach, Florida were raided by the FBI twice over concerns about his professional financial practices, though the Justice Department has said that those matters will not be a part of the case against Sen. Menendez.

LAWNEWS Multiple Controversies Plagued Eric Holder Prior to Resignation

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This is from The Daily Signal.

Eric Holder should have never been a dog catcher, let alone United States Attorney General.

Because he is a racist anti American radical Obama wanted him as Attorney General.

 

The unexpected resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder follows a series of court rulings against his Department of Justice over its failure to produce documents related to the government’s “Fast and Furious” firearms operation.

Holder also has come under increasing congressional criticism for a tepid investigation of evidence that IRS officials deliberately targeted tea party and other conservative groups for greater scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status.

Calling the government’s arguments for “even more time unconvincing,” a federal judge this week refused to grant Holder’s Justice Department the additional time it requested to turn over a list of Operation Fast and Furious documents withheld under executive privilege exerted by President Obama.

The list is referred to as a “Vaughn index” and requires the Justice Department to justify document-by-document the reasons it hasn’t released the materials. This exercise alone often prompts the release of documents.

The Justice Department sought to delay the Vaughn index until one day before the Nov. 4 midterm elections. But the court ordered the index produced by Oct. 22 instead. The order comes in a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch.

“[S]eventy-five days—plus another twenty-one, based in part on Judiciary Watch’s consent—is enough time for the government to prepare the index that this court has ordered, given that this matter has been pending for over two years,” wrote U.S. District Court Judge John Bates. “The court will therefore extend the Department’s Vaughn index submission deadline to Oct. 22, 2014—and no further.”

 

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‘I Hope I’ve Done a Good Job’

Holder declined my repeated interview requests over the years. In a recent interview with ABC News, Holder said, “It is the honor of my professional life to serve the American people as attorney general. I hope I’ve done a good job. I’ve certainly tried to do as good a job as I can.”

Holder has served a little more than five years and seven months in office as the nation’s first black attorney general. He is also the first attorney general to be held in criminal contempt of Congress.

As the country’s lead law enforcement official but also a political appointee with great latitude to steer policy, no attorneys general escape controversy. Holder’s activist stance often proved polarizing. From the start, he made clear that he intended for civil rights protection—specifically combating the unequal treatment of black Americans—to be a top priority during his tenure.

Attorney General Eric Holder arrives to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill in 2012 about the FY2013 budget for the Justice Department. (Photo: Pete Marovich/Newscom)

The shooting of an unarmed, 18-year-old black suspect by a white policeman in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9 provided Holder a prime opportunity to make his mark. His intervention drew both praise and criticism.

Holder took the unusual step of taking over a police investigation before there was any evidence of that the local police had mishandled, or would mishandle it. It was a step that the Los Angeles Times called “unusually aggressive” writing, on Aug. 20, that “Holder appears locked in an odd and unsteady competition with Missouri officials over which of them, if either, will prosecute Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson first.”

Holder also launched a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson police department and other police agencies in the area. His officials have already held two meetings in Ferguson to hear the opinions of black community members when it comes to their treatment by police.

In resigning today, Holder leaves his Ferguson initiative midstream.

Holder won both praise and criticism for his aggressive intervention after the shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. (Photo: Newscom)

Operation Fast and Furious

Insiders said Holder considered resigning in 2012 amid the Fast and Furious fallout but was convinced to remain in office.

Fast and Furious proved a devastating black mark on Holder and his agency. As I first reported in February 2011, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents under the Justice Department had allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The controversial, secret strategy was supposedly to see where the guns ended up and take down a drug kingpin. Instead, the weapons were used in violent attacks, including the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December of 2010.

The Justice Department denied it had ever allowed guns to “walk.” And when ATF Special Agent John Dodson blew the whistle in an interview with me in March 2011, the Justice Department continued its denials and allegedly targeted Dodson for retaliatory treatment.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., at a 2011 meeting to consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to produce subpoenaed documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. (Photo: Louie Palu/Newscom)

In subsequent congressional hearings, Holder testified he hadn’t learned of Fast and Furious until a few weeks before. When documents surfaced showing that he had repeatedly been directly sent briefings on the case, a spokesman said that Holder had misunderstood the question.

Eventually, the Justice Department retracted the denials it had made to Congress. After documents and witnesses indicated that White House officials had discussed Fast and Furious, Congress issued subpoenas. Holder withheld them and, in a bipartisan vote, was held in contempt of Congress. On the eve of the vote, June 20, 2012, President Obama declared executive privilege to withhold key documents.

>>> Read Sharyl Attkisson’s Reporting on Operation Fast and Furious

Judicial Watch sued the Justice Department in September 2012 for all of the documents that Obama ordered withheld. It was the first time, and is the only time, the president has exerted executive privilege.

Agent Terry’s family issued a statement today that reads in part, “Holder’s resignation is welcomed by the Terry family and should have occurred immediately after Brian Terry’s death and the revelation that the men that killed Brian were carrying weapons supplied to them by ATF.”

Holder’s Legacy

A Justice Department spokesman did not respond to a request for information and comment on Holder’s resignation and accomplishments. In an ABC News report today, a Justice Department official said that, under Holder’s leadership, the department saw “historic gains in the areas of criminal justice reform and civil rights enforcement, particularly on the issues of gay rights, sentencing reform and voting rights.”

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Among other “key accomplishments,” according to the Justice Department official, are Holder’s declining to defend the Defense of Marriage Act signed by President Clinton and extending federal benefits to same-sex couples.

Responding to news of the resignation, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., called Holder “the most divisive U.S. attorney general in modern history.”

“Time and again, Eric Holder administered justice as the political activist he describes himself as instead of an unbiased law enforcement official,” wrote Issa in a statement. “By needlessly injecting politics into law enforcement, Attorney General Holder’s legacy has eroded more confidence in our legal system than any attorney General before him.”

Holder during his closed door meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Newscom)

Often cited among Holder’s controversies are his targeting of journalists and federal whistleblowers. Last year, it was revealed that the Justice Department had labeled Fox News reporter James Rosen a “co-conspirator” in one leak investigation and had seized phone records of Associated Press reporters in another.

More than two dozen news organizations signed a letter of objection, prompting Holder to modify Justice Department policies. Additionally, Holder has refused to answer questions first posed by a U.S. senator in July 2013 regarding the unauthorized, remote intrusions of my computers.

Holder also leaves the Justice Department in the middle of its investigation into the IRS’ targeting of conservative and tea party groups. The Justice Department has faced conflict-of-interest allegations because at the same time it is supposed to be independently investigating the IRS, it is also defending the IRS in civil litigation. Holder has said that his agency is impartially investigating the IRS and that no politics are at play.

Hillary Clinton…a history of gun hate just in time for 2016

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Hat Tip To Bullets First.

We can not forget Slick Willie and the Shady Brady Bill.

 

 

It may come as no surprise to my readers that I do not care for Hillary Clinton.  She comes off as just slimy and I don’t trust her.  And heck, Al Rove may be right and she does have brain damage from a fall in 2012.

So it comes as no surprise that Clinton has gone full on gun hate and thinks that WEthe peopleare the problem.

Here’s what she said at the National Council for Behavioral Health conference:

 

“I think again we’re way out of balance. We’ve got to rein in what has become almost an article of faith that almost anybody can have a gun anywhere at any time. And I don’t believe that is in the best interest of the vast majority of people.”

So our belief in liberty and freedom from tyranny is something that needs to be “reined in.”  Interesting.

Here are some interesting aspects of Clinton and guns and I ask you, who really is the person that needs to be reined in?

From J.E Dyer at Liberty Unyielding:

Lies, damn lies, and Gunwalker

As a reminder, one of Silent Hillary’s first actions as secretary of state was to go to Mexico and proclaim – falsely – that 90% of the guns used in drug crimes south of the border come from the United States.  This bogus “statistic” was promptly debunked, but Clinton and Obama continued to use it.

Clinton’s willingness to tout falsified statistics rendered her posture suspect (along with the administration’s) when Operation Fast & Furious was uncovered, and it became widely known that the Obama administration had “walked” guns by the hundreds into the hands of cartel criminals, without coordinating the operation with Mexico, and without following up to track the guns.

The House investigation of Fast & Furious naturally focused on the Justice Department, which ran the operation.

The investigation has long been stymied by Obama’s invocation of executive privilege.  But in October of 2011, Hillary Clinton did testify before the House on at least some of what the State Department knew about Fast & Furious.

UN Arms Trade Treaty

Another major issue from her tenure at Foggy Bottom was, of course, the UN Arms Trade Treaty, which is intended to restrict the flow of small arms throughout the world, within nations as well as across borders.

Hillary and Obama were credited with resurrecting the dormant treaty at the UN in 2009, when they offered U.S. backing for a re-launch of talks on the treaty, as long as the basis for moving forward was consensus by all parties.

The treaty’s fortunes were coming to a head in the summer of 2012, only months before the 2012 election, which was not good timing politically.  With the Senate urging Obama against any agreement, he and Hillary decided to stall the treaty until after the election.

Hillary thus dodged a bullet.  Although she had been responsible for resurrecting the treaty as a U.S. priority, she didn’t have to have her name on its passage in the UN or be photographed signing it.  Those tasks fell to John Kerry.

 

Read more at  http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/05/07/hillary-guns-laws-lenient-must-reined/#C0dQo0aHl0ghk8M5.99

Suffice it to say, the hatred towards guns that don’t protect or otherwise directly benefit Mrs. Clinton is palpable and has been one of the most enduring constants in her political career.  If she ends up with the nomination for President in 2016 do not be fooled when she plays to the middle and claims that she is a believer in the 2nd Amendment.  I don’t care how often she is photographed with a shotgun in her handits all a lie.  It’s what Hil-LIAR-y Clinton does.


Read more at http://bulletsfirst.net/2014/05/13/hillary-clinton-history-gun-hate-just-time-2016/#7u4PyeRKEE0KGkrX.99

Labor secretary nominee accused of cutting ‘secret deal,’ costing taxpayers up to $200M

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This is from Fox News Politics.

 While these quid pro quo  deals are bad.

 The Republicans will talk a little smack then cave to DemocRats.

The Republicans are like a rudderless ship.

Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez cut a “secret deal behind closed doors” with leaders of a Minnesota city, persuading them to drop a contentious lawsuit in exchange for the Justice Department staying out of whistleblower cases brought against the city, according to a congressional Republican report.

The “quid pro quo,” according to the report, potentially cost taxpayers as much as $200 million.

The allegations are highly unusual, though are already being disputed by congressional Democrats. Perez is not a favorite of congressional Republicans, and the charges could impact his pending confirmation hearing — scheduled for this Thursday.

The report, obtained in advance by Fox News, claimed Perez in February 2012 “manipulated” federal law as assistant attorney general and “pushed the limits of justice to make this deal happen.”

Both cases involved the city of St. Paul. The 67-page report states that the Justice Department’s decision to opt out of the whistleblower cases potentially cost taxpayers as much as $200 million — the amount the government could have won had it pursued damages in the case.

But, according to the report, the Justice Department stayed away from that case in order to get the city to drop an appeal to the Supreme Court on another matter. The department was allegedly concerned that the high court, in the course of reviewing that case, would strike down a major element of civil rights enforcement.

“Perez simply could not allow the Court to rule,” the report said. “Perez sought leverage to stop the city from pressing its appeal.”

The case the Justice Department was allegedly concerned about was St. Paul’s appeal to the Supreme Court, on a case in which property owners said the city made extraordinary efforts, through strict code enforcement, to condemn their properties.

The owners said reducing the amount of affordable housing for minorities violated the federal Fair Housing Act — by what is known as “disparate impact.”

Perez appeared to think the Supreme Court overturning the case would have been a severe blow to civil rights enforcement, the report concluded.

The “disparate impact” provision, which the report described as legally questionable, prohibits housing policies that end up discriminating against certain groups even if those policies are not blatantly discriminatory.

“Perez sought, facilitated, and consummated this deal because he feared that the Court would find disparate impact unsupported by the text of the Fair Housing Act,” the report said.

The other end of the alleged deal was for the Justice Department not to get involved in cases against the city of St. Paul that alleged the city received millions in Department of Housing and Urban Development funds — including stimulus money — but failed to file the requisite paperwork regarding the hiring of low-income workers.

In that case, which also involved the city of Minneapolis, plaintiff Thomas Newell got neither the backing of the agency nor the Justice Department and lost the case, which if won would likely have resulted in the cities repaying tens of millions in damages.

The Obama administration has acknowledged that senior Justice Department attorneys recommended intervening in the case and characterized the False Claims Act infractions reported by Newell as “particularly egregious.”

However, they thought the case would be “quite weak and never should have been a serious candidate for intervention,” according to the report.

The Justice Department claims everything was above board — and that the department held three staff briefings, heard 24 hours of additional testimony and reviewed 1,400 pages of documents before deciding not to intervene.

“The litigation decisions made by the department were in the best interests of the United States and were consistent with the department’s legal, ethical, and professional responsibility obligations,” the department said in a statement.

Former Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler also questioned the use of the term “quid pro quo” to describe what happened.

“It’s such a loaded term,” she said. “I think in fact you have almost everybody agreeing nothing inappropriate happened.”

The report — subtitled “How Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez manipulated Justice and Ignored Rule of Law” — was a joint effort by minority leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Republican-led House’s Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

“The facts surrounding this quid pro quo show that Perez may have exceeded the scope of the ethics and professional-responsibility opinions he received from the department and thereby violated his duties of loyalty and confidentiality to the United States. Perez also misled senior Justice Department officials about the quid pro quo,” the report states.

But congressional Democrats put out a statement and memo of their own late Sunday refuting the details.

The statement said the “overwhelming evidence” indicates Perez and others “acted professionally to advance the interests of civil rights and effectively combat the scourge of discrimination in housing.” They said the decision not to intervene in the suit against St. Paul was based on expert recommendations.

“Instead of identifying inappropriate conduct by Mr. Perez, it appears that the accusations against him are part of a broader political campaign to undermine the legal safeguards against discrimination that Mr. Perez was protecting,” they said.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/15/labor-secretary-nominee-accused-quid-pro-quo-deal/#ixzz2QY4Oypa3

Feinstein: How Bout’ Bringing GITMO Detainees to the United States?

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This is from Town Hall.

Bring the detainees to Feinstein,Pelosi and Reeds district.

Also place them any where on the left coast.

It’s happening again. One of the Senate’s leading Democrats, Senator Diane Feinsteinhas been pushing to bring GITMO detainees into the United States and has hired the Government Accountability Office to look into how it can happen. This is a proposal that failed during the first Obama term due to public outrage and a logistical nightmare, yet it’s coming up again as an option.

The Democratic chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence committee commissioned a federal report to identify prison facilities in the U.S. that are suitable for housing Guantanamo detainees, concluding the option is viable — despite congressional opposition to such a plan when the Obama administration proposed it.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s renewed interest in the proposal first came to light Wednesday after Fox News turned up an internal Government Accountability Office document that refers to “Source of Work: Ms. Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Select Committee on Intelligence, U.S. Senate” and lists the “Gist of Work” as an investigation into whether domestic facilities could house the approximately 170 detainees remaining at the controversial facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Two hours after Fox News’ inquiry about the report, Feinstein’s office posted the report online and released a statement confirming that the California senator thinks the Obama administration’s controversial plan to relocate detainees to the United States is a viable option.

“This report demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantanamo without imperiling our national security,” Feinstein said. “The GAO report makes clear that numerous prisons exist inside the United States — operated by both the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice—capable of holding the 166 detainees who remain at Guantanamo in an environment that meets the security requirements.”

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I assume Ms. Feinstein would be perfectly happy to welcome GITMO detainees to her district. One of President Obama’s first moves after being inaugurated in January 2009 was signing an executive order requiring the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison within one year. Congress countered the order by blocking funding for the transfer of prisoners and therefore, the prison is still open today. Not to mention, constituents didn’t want GITMO detainees transferred into their backyards.

Although the transfer of GITMO detainees has been described by Feinstein as “viable”  based on the findings in the report, the report doesn”t address key issues required to make the transfers a reality.

Accordingly, this report describes (1) current Guantánamo Bay detention facilities and infrastructure; (2) Department of Defense (DOD) corrections facilities in the United States, and factors to be considered if they were used to hold Guantánamo Bay detainees; and (3) Department of Justice (DOJ) corrections facilities in the United States that hold individuals charged with or convicted of terrorism-related crimes, and factors to be considered if they were used to hold Guantánamo Bay detainees. We are also issuing a classified version of this report in November 2012. That version includes an additional appendix, which provides a discussion of Guantánamo Bay facilities used for classified operations that would need to be considered if the detainees were transferred to facilities in the United States.

The scope of our work was to provide a descriptive review of the detention facilities and infrastructure at Guantánamo Bay as well as existing corrections facilities in the United States. Hence, our review did not include an evaluation of whether specific U.S. facilities would be suitable for holding Guantánamo Bay detainees, nor did we address legal factors that are still being adjudicated such as detainee habeas corpus rights, and right to counsel. In addition we are not making recommendations in this report.

Back in October, the Department of Justice announced plans to purchase an Illinois prison once considered a new home for GITMO prisoners.

The Justice Department said Tuesday that it is buying a prison in Illinois from the state for $165 million, defying Republican lawmakers who have sought to block the purchase of the facility, earlier slated to be the new home of Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

Attorney General Eric Holder, in a letter to lawmakers, reiterated that the prison wouldn’t be used to house Guantanamo detainees, noting the law prohibits transferring inmates from the prison in Cuba to the U.S. He said the facility would provide badly needed high-security prison space, alleviating overcrowding. The maximum-security prison was built in 2001 and was designed for 1,600 inmates but has remained mostly unused.

House Republicans offered two criticisms of purchasing the Thomson, Ill., prison, saying it could be a way of reviving the plan to close Guantanamo and could have political motivations.Illinois is President Barack Obama’s home state and Thomson is near the border with Iowa, a contested state in the November elections.

Attorney General Eric Holder has been a strong advocate for the closure of GITMO and for holding terrorist trials in civilian court rather than in military tribunals.

 

Obama DOJ Scrambles To Dismiss Fast & Furious Lawsuit

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This is from Freedom Outpost.

 

The scramble is to cover Obama’s backside.

Eric Holder belongs behind bars.

We can not reelect Barack Milhous Capone Kardashian.

If he gets reelected Obama will swear he has a mandate for his lawlessness.

 

On Monday evening the Obama Justice Department sought dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the Republican-led House Oversight Committee. The reason for the lawsuit is that the committee is still demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder turn over thousands of documents that he has failed to provide to the committee or to the Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

Fox News reports,

President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege and the attorney general has been found to be in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents that might explain what led the Justice Department to reverse course after initially denying that federal agents had used a controversial tactic called gun-walking in the failed law enforcement operation. The tactic resulted in hundreds of illegally acquired weapons purchased at Arizona gun shops winding up in Mexico, where many of them were recovered from crime scenes. Two guns in Operation Fast and Furious were found on the U.S. side of the border at the scene of a shooting in which U.S. border agent Brian Terry was killed. In a Feb. 4, 2011, letter to Congress, the Justice Department said that agents made every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico, which turned out to be incorrect. Ten months later, the department withdrew the letter.

In its court papers, the Justice Department says the Constitution does not permit the courts to resolve the political dispute between the executive branch and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that is seeking the records. The political branches have a long history of resolving disputes over congressional requests without judicial intervention, the court filing said.

If the lawsuit is allowed to go forward, “countless other suits by Congress are sure to follow, given the volume of document requests issued by the dozens of congressional committees that perform oversight functions,” the Justice Department’s court filing stated. “This case thus illustrates vividly why the judiciary must defer to the time-tested political process for resolution of such disputes.”

So far, the only people taking heat because of the Operation have been those much lower down the food chain. Vince Cefalu was recently fired in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurantSpecial Agent John Dodson’s reputation was smeared by the administration and ATF. These were men that blew the whistle on the operation.

When it comes to those that the federal government actually found guilty of wrongdoing. Holder was all too happy to announce:

“First, Kenneth Melson, the former Acting Director at ATF, has retired from the Department, effective immediately. Ken has served the Department in several important roles for over thirty years, including as a United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and more recently as an advisor on forensic science issues. I want to thank him for his dedication and service to the Department over the last three decades.

“Second, those individuals within ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, whom the OIG report found to have been responsible for designing, implementing or supervising Operation Fast and Furious have been referred to the appropriate entities for review and consideration of potential personnel actions. Consistent with the requirements of the Privacy Act, the Department is prohibited from revealing any additional information about these referrals at this time.

“Finally, I have accepted the resignation of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, a longtime career prosecutor who most recently served in the Criminal Division where he led our violent and organized crime, computer crimes and intellectual property enforcement efforts. Jason has dedicated much of his career to fighting violent crime and has led highly successful efforts around the country in this effort. The American people are safer because of his work. His commitment to the Department has been unwavering, and I deeply appreciate his 15 years of distinguished service here at Main Justice as well as in Baltimore and New York.

Other ATF Supervisors were also ripped by Congress.

The obvious issue in all of this is what seemingly no one is asking. If Operation was only known to the lower departments and agents in certain areas of the ATF and not known to either the Justice Deparment, Eric Holder or Barack Obama, then why was executive privilege invoked? It makes no sense to do that, unless, as Barack Obama so eloquently put it, “The only people that don’t want to disclose the truth, are people with something to hide.”

Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2012/10/obama-doj-please-dismiss-fast-furious-lawsuit/#ixzz29b6xUB48

 

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