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WSJ: Eric Holder going after Murdoch
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 20 September 2011 | THOMAS CATAN And DEVLIN BARRETT

Posted on 09/20/2011 4:05:16 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater

U.S. prosecutors have sent News Corp. a letter seeking information about possible payments made by its U.K. tabloid newspapers to British policemen, according to people familiar with the matter.

The letter of request, sent last week, is part of a Justice Department investigation, these people said, into whether the company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a U.S. law t

hat prohibits companies from bribing foreign officials. The fact the Justice Department chose to issue a "letter of request" rather than a criminal subpoena suggests the department has opted for a less confrontational approach to the matter, legal experts say.

Several people familiar with the case described the letter as part of ongoing communications between the company and the government about producing documents related to possible violations of U.S. law.

this year, News Corp. retained Mark Mendelsohn, the Justice Department's former head of FCPA enforcement, The Wall Street Journal has previously reported.

During his time at the Justice Department, Mr. Mendelsohn encouraged companies to come clean about suspected FCPA violations in return for more lenient treatment by the government. He allowed many companies to conduct their own internal investigations using outside counsel under Justice Department oversight.

Mr. Mendelsohn didn't respond to request for comment.

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1stamendment; freepress; holder; justice; murdoch; vendetta; waronfox; wsj
But meanwhile Solyndra files are in the FBI vault and the Black Panthers are free to disrupt elections.
1 posted on 09/20/2011 4:05:19 PM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: Senator Goldwater

> But meanwhile Solyndra files are in the FBI vault and the
> Black Panthers are free to disrupt elections.

Murdoch is not Holder’s people.


2 posted on 09/20/2011 4:06:57 PM PDT by Westbrook
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To: Senator Goldwater

Add to that........Fast and Furious.


3 posted on 09/20/2011 4:07:43 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Rushmore Rocks
a crime in Britian has what to do with the US Justice Department.

A Nixon in the White House no Problem????

4 posted on 09/20/2011 4:11:32 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: Senator Goldwater

Anyone tell me why the hell the GOP has no forced this racist out by now and those who were put into the DOJ under Holder.

sue states which enforce the law but ignore states which break the law.
Fast and furious, black racists out side a voting station and it’s all on camera, slam dunk case for sure.

I could go on but you all know the facts unlike it seems the GOP and the corrupt media.


5 posted on 09/20/2011 4:11:43 PM PDT by manc (Hannity admitted he's socially liberal on his show, another phony cashing in,marriage =1man +1 woman)
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To: Senator Goldwater

and so it begins........


6 posted on 09/20/2011 4:12:01 PM PDT by Hogblog
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To: Senator Goldwater
a U.S. law t hat prohibits companies from bribing foreign officials.

Of course it is perfectly okay to use the power of the federal government to harass individuals, companies and groups with whom the administration has a political disagreement.

While the press screamed to high heaven about Nixon's enemies list, I doubt this will get more than a cursory, snide, "See we told you Murdoch was evil." kind of treatment out of the mainstream press.

7 posted on 09/20/2011 4:12:55 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Senator Goldwater

“possible payments made by its U.K. tabloid newspapers to British policemen”

And Holder thinks that he has jurisdiction?


8 posted on 09/20/2011 4:12:55 PM PDT by Grunthor (Single issue voters have tunnel vision.)
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To: Senator Goldwater

It’s great to be the Dear Reader in a post constitutional country.

Republicans had best get Holder for drug and gun running. Nary a peep from those idiots.

I don’t mind Murdoch being prosecuted if he broke the law. But the law applies to everyone in this country - not only the polticial and social enemies of Dear Reader.


9 posted on 09/20/2011 4:16:21 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: scooby321
a crime in Britian has what to do with the US Justice Department.

I don't know either. Perhaps Gibson can shine some light on this.

Obama is a dictator and must be overthrown.

10 posted on 09/20/2011 4:17:23 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (0 - 537 They ALL must go.)
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To: Senator Goldwater
Methinks Eric has a long future of being on the receiving-end of federal indictments ahead of him once he and Ubama flee the country.
11 posted on 09/20/2011 4:18:30 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Palin is coming, and the Tea Party is coming with her.)
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To: manc
I don't really know what the House can do about Holder other then hold hearings, which they are doing on Fast & Furious. This has Holders fingerprints all over it.
Without the Senate and/or the executive not much left. Withhold the DOJ budget, looks like since we are $10 billion away from breaking the bank that may happen. But it will be for the whole USG. (of course we will go through the kabuki dance again and the RINOS wills cave!)
The best that can occur is capture the WH & the Senate and prosecute prosecute! Of course the race card will then be played and it will be check the cajones time!
12 posted on 09/20/2011 4:18:48 PM PDT by Reily
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To: Senator Goldwater

Supposedly a UK tabloid bribes British policemen and the US Justice department is investigating?
Am I missing soething here?


13 posted on 09/20/2011 4:21:32 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Senator Goldwater

It’s like the mafia making sure the church bingo game is straight up.


14 posted on 09/20/2011 4:22:07 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Senator Goldwater

Gangster government. With the scandals mounting up, the regime tries to intimidate the one news outlet which will call public attention to them. If they can get FNC to keep quiet, they don’t really need to worry about the stories becoming big news. All they have to worry about then is the bad economic news, which they hope to get people to blame on Bush.


15 posted on 09/20/2011 4:22:26 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Reily

agreed, we need total power and right away overturn this don’t ask.
Get rid of Govt health care.
Then investigate media , Holder and his racist DOJ,
Investigate many dealings within the homeland dept, education dept and DOJ
Then get rid of all these new laws zero has done.
Find where all our money went.

I swear I hate this admin I really do .


16 posted on 09/20/2011 4:23:27 PM PDT by manc (Hannity admitted he's socially liberal on his show, another phony cashing in,marriage =1man +1 woman)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Hey Holder, don’t bite off than you can chew. If you and your commie muslim boss in the white hut try to shut down Fox News channel you are in for a rude awakening. Have you commie bastards ever heard of the silent majority?


17 posted on 09/20/2011 4:30:20 PM PDT by taillightchaser (The last hope for America--2012)
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To: manc

The GOP is scared of BLACK. that’s it in a nutshell, therefore they are FREE to do any damn thing they want, no one to stop them.


18 posted on 09/20/2011 4:35:12 PM PDT by annieokie
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To: Senator Goldwater

What a surprise.


19 posted on 09/20/2011 4:35:25 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Rushmore Rocks

And Lightsquared.

Let’s face it, the Obama Administration is the most corrupt in history.


20 posted on 09/20/2011 4:36:13 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Senator Goldwater
But meanwhile Solyndra files are in the FBI vault and the Black Panthers are free to disrupt elections.

The rodent-faced racist punk Holder should have a care picking on Old Rupert. Among other things, Murdock has lots of money and is married to a real tigress. Put all that in the mix and one fine day Murdock might have the full book on the racist punk Holder. And Murdock buys ink by the barrel, as the old saying goes.

21 posted on 09/20/2011 4:37:11 PM PDT by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Holder - FO

You got no jurisdiction over a British company bribing a british cop, and you are gonna screw up the case that is currently heading to the courts. Unless that is your intent, of course.
Ain’t you got more pressing problems to go after in your own country?


22 posted on 09/20/2011 4:42:11 PM PDT by EnglishCon
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To: Brilliant

Is Murdoch even a US citizen.........


23 posted on 09/20/2011 4:42:16 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Senator Goldwater

How soon before they shutdown FreeRepublic and other subversive sites, for inciting harm on their political allies?


24 posted on 09/20/2011 4:43:51 PM PDT by cicero2k
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To: Senator Goldwater; All
Holder wants to bring down FoxNews and he will do anything he has to do to be successful. Obama tried to freeze out FoxNews right from the start but Big Media (surprisingly) stood with FoxNews. This is the most disgusting, hyper-partisan Admin ever!
25 posted on 09/20/2011 4:44:00 PM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Just answered my own question.

He is an American citizen.


26 posted on 09/20/2011 4:45:48 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: manc

can’t go against “affirmative action”


27 posted on 09/20/2011 4:50:56 PM PDT by ldish (Looking forward to Independence Day)
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To: Senator Goldwater
This is certainly not what that law was intended to cover. Here is the DOJ's own guide to the FCPA:

The anti-bribery provisions of the FCPA make it unlawful for a U.S. person, and certain foreign issuers of securities, to make a corrupt payment to a foreign official for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business for or with, or directing business to, any person. Since 1998, they also apply to foreign firms and persons who take any act in furtherance of such a corrupt payment while in the United States.

In other words, the law is intended to prevent American businesses from bribing foreign officials to get business abroad. Paying a cop for a news tip is not what this was intended to cover.

Of course, the actual language of the statute is very broad, which is what Obamaholder is seizing on.

This is a spectacular overreach where this POS administration hopes it can bury Fox News.

28 posted on 09/20/2011 4:56:05 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Senator Goldwater
Murdoch should double down on ATF coverage, murders and Holder's perjury.

It was Holder that said - no one is above the law- when talking about CIA and torture investigations.

Attorney General in Mexico: 200 Murders Result of Operation Fast and Furious thread

29 posted on 09/20/2011 4:56:24 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: EnglishCon

He has the same jurisdiction on this matter as he did with Gibson Guitar claiming they were doing something not against U.S. law but Indian law.

So Eric Holder is the law enforcer for other nations laws.

Ours he doesn’t care about . That is clear.


30 posted on 09/20/2011 5:18:59 PM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: EnglishCon

He has the same jurisdiction on this matter as he did with Gibson Guitar claiming they were doing something not against U.S. law but Indian law.

So Eric Holder is the law enforcer for other nations laws.

Ours he doesn’t care about . That is clear.


31 posted on 09/20/2011 5:19:12 PM PDT by barstoolblues (proud member of the sunzab itches club)
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To: Senator Goldwater

The community organizer and chief has covered all the bases with his appointments. He has consolidated his power and made the congress an empty body. The Czars he has appointed are now his private shadow government doing his bidding. If you thnk this man is just inexperienced and not ready for prime time you are wrong. He has a plan and it is moving along nicely and he adresses the public with the things they want to hear.


32 posted on 09/20/2011 5:29:36 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: Senator Goldwater

This has been standard practice for as long as there have been newspapers. Sort of like tipping a food server. Once again the idiot Marxist regime opens a Pandora’s Box. Other than being a nuisance to Murdock I don’t see this going anywhere.

Particularly since Onada and his gang of angry commies will be under increasing pressure to save their own butts. Plus the coming general election will be providing other challenges.


33 posted on 09/20/2011 6:34:53 PM PDT by dools0007world
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To: SaraJohnson
But the law applies to everyone in this country

It most certainly does NOT apply equally to all.

The American legal system has been thoroughly corrupted and the decision to prosecute is always a highly political and discretionary call.

Federal prosecutors decide ALL THE TIME who will face prosecution and who will not, for similar crimes.

34 posted on 09/20/2011 6:41:11 PM PDT by NoControllingLegalAuthority (Where is the middle ground on insolvency of the United States government?)
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To: Senator Goldwater

Holder works for Sorros.


35 posted on 09/20/2011 7:10:10 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: NoControllingLegalAuthority

I know what corruption has set in. Still, the law is to apply to all in this country.


36 posted on 09/20/2011 8:07:46 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Hogblog

I laugh every time someone says “and so it begins” or “it begins”, etc.. IT’S BEEN GOING ON!! LOL..


37 posted on 09/21/2011 2:25:02 AM PDT by Protoss
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