Skip to comments.US Attorney Steps Down on O'Keefe Case [Jim Letten]
Posted on 02/01/2010 5:48:09 PM PST by freespirited
James O'Keefe, accused of trying to tamper with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, was "framed" by the media and the U.S. attorney's office, Andrew Breitbart, publisher of BigGovernment.com, told Fox News Monday.
The same day the man who first published James O'Keefe's explosive videos exposing wrongdoing at community organizer ACORN came to his defense Monday, claiming the conservative filmmaker "sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney" while the prosecutor made his case to the media, the U.S. attorney involved stepped down.
O'Keefe, accused of trying to tamper with the phones of Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, was "framed" by the media and the U.S. attorney's office, Andrew Breitbart, publisher of BigGovernment.com, told Fox News Monday.
Hours later, Jim Letten, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, recused himself from the case.
The Department of Justice announced the change in a news release Monday night, but did not say why Letten wanted off the case.
"James O'Keefe sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney, while the U.S. attorney leaked the information about his arrest, helping the media frame it as 'Watergate Junior,'" Breitbart said.
"The panty bomber on Christmas was given -- you know, this guy's from Al Qaeda, and he's not even an American citizen, and he's given access to an attorney right away. I believe that this was a concerted effort, this is just my opinion, to allow for the media to frame the issue to put James O'Keefe in a very bad position."
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And just today was named to an advisory panel for the Attorney General.
28 hours without a lawyer? Really?
This is now a hugh, hugh story.
Especially when you consider the fact that the undie bomber got an attorney within an hour.
Wow, 27 hours and 10 minutes longer that the underwear bomber.
US Attorney’s are political hacks who do whatever the DOJ tells them to do.
This is ridiculous, yet not surprising.
One more. O’keefe ping.
I’m glad Fox is on top of this. It’s a huge story, the way O’Keefe was framed and attacked by a complicit news media. Obviously the Prosecutor was acting on orders from Obama and his team of ACORN stooges.
And you know that Holder was on the phone in minutes, taking revenge for his grim thug buddies at ACORN
Letten was appointed by Bush. He has tremendous respect down here for bringing tons of criminal politicians to justice. He's the guy who took down the Jeffersons. There was a lot of worrying that Obama wouldn't keep Letten, so there was tremendous pressure put on Landreiu to support Letten's staying.
Letten is one of the good guys - ask any Republican (and most Democrats) in south Louisiana.
I think that is related to: Sen. David Vitter to lift 'holds' as Letten named to Justice Department advisory board
If Jim Letten, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, spoke disparagingly to the media about O’Keefe, O’Keefe has a very good defamation claim against him.
Letten is a Bush appointee.
I wonder what got into him? Was he hoping for some sort of career-enhancing publicity? Well, it looks as if he’s going to get it.
So he recused himself because he knew he done wrong?
OMG!! We ARE living in a BANANA REPUBLIC!!!
Time for Breitbart, IMHO, to come out with the info he said he had. (when he challenged Holder to investigate)
Jim Letten was named to an ADVISORY PANEL for Eric HOLDER??? Double OMG!! Holder is DANGEROUS to AMERICAN FREEDOM!!
Obama knows who his real enemies are, and he respects his friends.
I don't know why he recused himself.
Has he been on yet?
Can you provide a summary for the cable deprived?
From the link I posted above (and keep in mind that David Vitter has one of the most conservative voting records):
Attorney General Eric Holder today appointed Jim Letten, the New Orleans area's top federal prosecutor, to a key advisory board -- an action that Sen. David Vitter says show Letten's job is safe and enough for him to drop his holds on some of President Barack Obama's Louisiana criminal justice nominees.Would you rather have a loony socialist in the position, or a good solid conservative?
"This prestigious appointment makes it crystal clear that Jim isn't going anywhere except on regular trips to Washington to personally advise the attorney general," Vitter, R-La., said. "The attorney general and I superficially discussed this in our meeting last Thursday and I'm really excited to get it done."
Vitter said he now plans to sign the blue slips for Obama's criminal justice nominees. The slips are required from the senators in the home states of prosecutors, judges and U.S. marshals before the Senate Judiciary Committee will schedule confirmation hearings.
Letten is being appointed to the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. The panel, consisting of selected U.S. attorneys, provides advice and counsel to the attorney general on policy, management and operational issues impacting federal prosecutors. The panel was formed in 1973.
Jim Letten sounds like the NIFONG!!!(in the Duke Rape case)
VERY CONFUSING!!! Letten CANNOT be CLEAN if HOLDER has picked him to be on his Advisory Board!! Letten MUST be DIRTY...so what’s with Vitter...are they FRIENDS???
As the article said, Vitter forced Holder's hand by keeping "holds" on some of Obama's criminal justice appointees in order to make sure that Letten would be retained. I encourage you to go read for a while about what a phenomenal prosecutor Letten has been - easily the best this area has ever had since I've been alive.
That sounds like a promotion to me.
Sorry...maybe “clean” for Louisiana, but Holder is as DIRTY as can be and would NEVER PICK SOMEONE CLEAN to be on his Advisory Board...NEVER! DIRTY only deals with DIRTY.
Here! Here! Stand up man. The only law and order we have here sometimes.
Letten’s office is now prosecuting four young men who are accused of entering Landrieu’s New Orleans office last Monday for the purpose of committing a felony. One is the son of the acting U.S. attorney in Shreveport.
I just read an article that quotes from Letten’s request. He refers to the “potential prosecution” of the four.
Interesting choice of words. I am not sure this is going anywhere, although no shortage of taxpayer $$ will be spent on the “investigation.”
There really would not have been any reason to keep O'K away from a lawyer for 28 hours unless the media, Landrieu and the LE ( FBI, USatty and Holder) were massaging the story. Then all media hell breaks loose.
This absolutely stinks. If Letten is the good guy here, he's going to get thrown under the bus, and he ought to take a few crooks with him. If he's the bad guy, he'll also get thrown under the bus.
> OMG!! We ARE living in a BANANA REPUBLIC!!!
The fact that Letten recused himself from the case shows that
he and the Feds do not want to be associated with how people
are jailed in Louisiana. If Letten persisted, I’d agree with
the banana republic assessment.
Going 28 hours without an access to an attorney & leaking facts
of the case will not only get O’Keefe off scott free (not that it
appears he was doing anything illegal per se), but will also
give him ammo to sue the govt because his civil rights were
violated, as he was treated as a political enemy of the Obama
BAM, you’re right.
A promotion to shut Letten up, so he doesn’t tell who was really
behind the decision to hold O’Keefe for 28 hrs without access
"The panty bomber on Christmas was given -- you know, this guy's from Al Qaeda, and he's not even an American citizen, and he's given access to an attorney right away.
Liberal thugs giving more care to terrorists? Not surprised... not anymore.
Perhaps. Holder certainly isn’t deserving of trust.
I’m not sure leaking facts will harm the U.S. Attorney’s case. Patrick Fitzgerald did that with a nationally televised news conference in the case against Blago and so far it hasn’t slowed down his prosecution.
In the Obama/Holder DOJ, terrorists get lawyers, political adversaries don’t.
I wonder if he got majorly lied to by the rats in the agency, and he believed it long enough to put his foot down his throat.
They’re bust condemning Roeder to the death penalty for whacking Tiller the Killer.
The New York Times apparently already tried and convicted him.
Pelican State ping