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  • No Special Counsel for the IRS Scandal: It would address the symptoms, not the underlying cancer.

    05/22/2013 8:00:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/22/2013 | Andrew McCarthy
    It is the Washington way. Egregious misconduct surfaces, showcasing the militantly officious nature of bloated big-government bureaucracy. But the Beltway and the commentariat cry in unison for a special counsel, ensuring that the symptoms — a few corrupt bureaucrats — will get all the attention while the underlying cancer metastasizes. In the unfolding IRS scandal, we already know President Obama’s conservative political opponents were targeted for the revenue agency’s version of waterboarding. On cue, prominent Republicans and conservatives are starting to call for a special counsel — clearly under the misimpression that a “special counsel” would mean a prosecutor “independent”...
  • Exclusive: Holder Says 'No' to Special Counsel to Investigate Benghazi

    05/15/2013 7:07:26 PM PDT · by Justaham · 58 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/15/13 | AWR Hawkins
    Breitbart News has obtained an exclusive video of Attorney General Eric Holder flatly rejecting the idea of appointing a special counsel to investigate Benghazi. Filmed on May 15 and provided to Breitbart News by Special Operations Speaks, the video shows Holder emerge from his car and walk towards the Rayburn House Office Building for hearings on the IRS scandal. Holder is clearly asked, "Mr. Holder, will you appoint a Special Counsel to investigate Benghazi?" In equally clear tones, Holder answers, "No," and disappears into the building.
  • Will Holder Turn State’s Evidence And Finger Obama Or Be Fitted With A Snazzy Orange Jumpsuit

    10/04/2011 2:39:53 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 37 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-04-11 | Skookum
    "What we've got here is... failure to communicate." A quote from the movie Cool Hand Luke: spoken by The Captain, the imperious warden and by Cool Hand Luke at the conclusion of the film. Anagnorisis is the moment or instant when ignorance gives way to truth; assumed to be first described by Aristotle in his "Poetics," it along with peripeteia (reversal of fortune) describe Eric Holder's recent encounter with facts and soon justice and perhaps federal prison in Leavenworth.How poetic, the ancient Greeks so aptly described the present situation Holder created for himself by committing perjury, a crime he...
  • Newly Released Documents Prove: Holder Lied, and Hundreds Died via Fast and Furious

    10/04/2011 11:00:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 44 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/4/11 | AWR Hawkins
    Just the facts: On May 3, 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and the House Oversight Committee for questioning on Fast and Furious. During questioning, Issa asked: “When did you first know about the program…called ‘Fast and Furious?” Holder responded: “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks” As I’ve written elsewhere, at the very moment Holder gave this answer, it was a safe bet he was being less than completely honest with the Congressional committee. But now the...
  • So When Is Eric Holder Indicted?

    10/04/2011 11:00:57 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    Market Ticker ^ | 10/4/11 | Karl Denninger
    New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress. On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."
  • Congressional Letter asking Dumb0 for Special Prosecutor

    10/04/2011 1:20:35 PM PDT · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 60 replies
    Judiciary Committee ^ | 10/04/2011 | Judiciary Committee
  • House Republicans to Request Special Counsel to Probe Holder on 'Fast and Furious'

    10/04/2011 9:49:20 AM PDT · by sunmars · 163 replies · 1+ views
    fox ^ | Fox
    EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are going to call for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is sending a letter to President Obama arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself and will request a probe by a special counsel. The question is whether Holder committed perjury during a Judiciary Committee hearing in May. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known...
  • Breaking News: Call for Special Counsel on Holder

    10/04/2011 1:52:22 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct. 4, 2011
    Exclusive: House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.
  • House Judiciary chairman urges Justice Department to probe Solyndra loan

    09/19/2011 7:46:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/19/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called on the Justice Department Monday to investigate a California solar firm that filed for bankruptcy in August after receiving a $535 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration. Smith, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, requested that the Justice Department appoint an examiner to probe the Solyndra bankruptcy case, citing an investigation by Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The GOP investigation uncovered a series of emails that Republicans say show that the White House rushed a final decision on financing so that Vice President Biden could announce...
  • GOP rep: Appoint special counsel in Solyndra loan

    09/19/2011 6:53:14 PM PDT · by quantim · 11 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Sep 19, 9:29 PM EDT | MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday called for an independent investigator to look into a $528 million loan approved by the Obama administration for a now-bankrupt solar energy company. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said an outside lawyer is needed to determine "whether politics played a role" in the Energy Department loan for California-based Solyndra Inc., which declared bankruptcy this month and laid off its 1,100 workers. "An independent examiner will uncover the truth about whether politics played a role in influencing the Obama administration to favor Solyndra over more financially stable loan applicants and...
  • CNN's Dobbs Interviews Fmr Inspector Gen Who Charges Obama Sending 'Chilling Message'

    06/19/2009 12:53:02 PM PDT · by jacknhoo · 38 replies · 2,483+ views
    newsbusters ^ | June 19, 2009 | By Brad Wilmouth
    GERALD WALPIN All I know is that what was done was wrong, and it was done, I think, to send a chilling message to all inspectors general that they should not touch any hot topics. LOU DOBBS: Not to touch any hot topics, by which- WALPIN: I mean topics that may be close to somebody who is at the pinnacle of power.
  • FBI Agents Raid Work, Home Of Special Counsel's Bloch

    05/06/2008 10:31:06 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 33 replies · 230+ views
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -- Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the Office of Special Counsel here, seizing computers and documents belonging to the agency chief Scott Bloch and staff. More than a dozen FBI agents served grand jury subpoenas shortly after 10 a.m., shutting down the agency's computer network and searching its offices, as well as Mr. Bloch's home. Employees said the searches appeared focused on alleged obstruction of justice by Mr. Bloch during the course of an 2006 inquiry into his conduct in office. ~ snip ~
  • Justice Dept. accused of blocking Gonzales probe

    01/29/2008 12:09:48 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 76+ views
    Los Angeles Times (excerpt) ^ | January 29, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Tom Hamburger
    Excerpt - WASHINGTON -- The government agency that enforces one of the principal laws aimed at keeping politics out of the civil service has accused the Justice Department of blocking its investigation into alleged politicizing of the department under former Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales. Scott J. Bloch, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, wrote Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey last week that the department had repeatedly "impeded" his investigation by refusing to share documents and provide answers to written questions, according to a copy of Bloch's letter obtained by the Los Angeles Times. The Justice Department wants...
  • FReep This Poll! Do you agree with President Bush commuting I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's prison term?

    07/03/2007 12:29:25 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies · 1,197+ views
    North County Times/The Californian ^ | July 3, 2007 | North County Times/The Californian
    FReep This Poll! Here is the poll question in full form... Do you agree with President Bush's decision to commute former White House aide I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's prison term? Yes No Not sure Link over to the North County Times/The Californian homepage. Scroll down a bit and look for the poll on the right hand side. Vote your choice.
  • The Case Against Libby Weakens

    05/19/2006 7:06:34 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 82 replies · 2,423+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 05/19/06 | Clarice Feldman
    The Libby case has always tantalized the left with its imagined scent of corruption in the White House. Libby himself was a highly-placed target, but the blood lust raged for a bigger name. The left was gnawing their paws at the growing realization that Karl Rove probably won’t be indicted, despite the Jason Leopold-sponsored rumor that swept the left blogosphere. Now the Washington Note reports that Bobby Joe Inman, former head of the NSA, said that it was really Richard Armitage, Colin Powell’s, Deputy who was in Fitzgerald’s cross hairs
  • Scooter Libby Meets the Press

    05/03/2006 7:38:57 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 21 replies · 1,193+ views
    The American Thinker | 5/03/06 | Clarice Feldman
    We have just been granted a window on the struggle between Lewis “Scooter” Libby and the elite media over his access to their internal documents. Libby is charged with federal crimes because his versions of conversations with reporters differ from the accounts of the media people. He seeks evidence from their files about what they knew and what they privately wrote at the time. In a “he said/she said” confrontation, access to supporting evidence becomes critical to the ability to mount a defense. Late Monday night Libby filed a Motion in Response to the media’s efforts to quash his subpoenas...
  • Democrats seek eavesdropping special counsel

    02/27/2006 8:50:07 AM PST · by Daytyn71 · 26 replies · 980+ views
    CNN.com ^ | February 27, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should appoint a special counsel to investigate the legality of the Bush administration's eavesdropping program, 18 House Democrats told President Bush in a letter released Monday. The lawmakers said the surveillance of terrorists must be done within the bounds of U.S. law, but complained that their efforts to get answers to legal and factual questions about the program have been stymied -- "generally based on the feeblest of excuses." "If the effort to prevent vigorous and appropriate investigation succeeds, we fear the inexorable conclusion will be that these executive branch agencies hold themselves...
  • Scooter And Sandy (Joseph Farah Raps Perjury Double Standard Alert)

    10/30/2005 10:32:30 PM PST · by goldstategop · 29 replies · 1,250+ views
    World Net Daily.com ^ | October 31, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    "I think what we see here today, when a vice president's chief of staff is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice, it does show the world that this is a country that takes its law seriously; that all citizens are bound by the law. But what we need to also show the world is that we can also apply the same safeguards to all our citizens, including high officials. Much as they must be bound by the law, they must follow the same rules." – Independent Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald, Friday, Oct. 28, 2005 Those were stirring words from...
  • No More Special Counsels (WaPo)

    10/29/2005 9:03:15 AM PDT · by frankjr · 65 replies · 1,406+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 10/29/05 | David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey
    Special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald's indictment of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby should be the final proof that the system of "special prosecutors" is bankrupt and ought to be abandoned. Fitzgerald, a highly respected federal prosecutor from Chicago, was given the task of investigating whether Bush administration officials had violated the Intelligence Identities Protection Act by "leaking" the identity of CIA employee Valerie Plame. It is clear that, at least by sometime in January 2004 -- and probably much earlier -- Fitzgerald knew this law had not been violated. Plame was not a "covert" agent but a bureaucrat working at CIA headquarters....
  • Delegation of Authority to Patrick Fitzgerald

    10/29/2005 5:14:51 AM PDT · by wotan · 33 replies · 1,485+ views
    Office of the Special Counsel ^ | 2/6/2004 | James B. Comey
    The Honorable Patrick J. Fitzgerald United States Attorney Northern District of Illinois 219 S. Dearborn Street Chicago, Illinois 60604 Dear Patrick: At your request, I am writing to clarify that my December 30, 2003, delegation to you of "all the authority of the Attorney General with respect to the Department's investigation into the alleged unauthorized disclosure of a CIA employee's identity" is plenary and includes the authority to investigate and prosecute violations of any federal criminal laws related to the underlying alleged unauthorized disclosure, as well as federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with,...
  • Special counsel named for White House leak [U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald]

    12/31/2003 9:27:59 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 22 replies · 482+ views
    United Press International | MICHAEL KIRKLAND
    A special counsel from inside the Justice Department will conduct an independent investigation of the White House leak allegations, a top department official said Tuesday. Deputy Attorney General James Comey also told reporters that Attorney General John Ashcroft had recused himself, or withdrawn from supervising the investigation. Ashcroft had come under criticism that his supervision of the process would be a conflict of interest. Comey named Chicago U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, a Bush appointee, as special counsel to conduct the independent investigation. A former U.S. ambassador has said administration sources improperly revealed the name of his wife, an undercover...
  • January 12, 1994 - Clinton request appointment of Special Counsel in Whitewater matter

    07/26/2002 11:55:14 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 426+ views
    White House Press Briefing (video link) | January 12, 1994 | George Stephenopoulos
    In view of the Clintons' demand earlier this week for payment of several million dollars of taxpayer money to cover their legal fees in the Whitewater matter, it is worth remembering that it was Bill Clinton himself who requested the appointment of a Special Counsel. Here is a relevant statement from George Stephenopoulos on January 12, 1993 - "The President today has directed White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum to request the Attorney General to appoint a Special Counsel, a respected, impartial and qualified attorney who is not a member of the Department of Justice or an employee of the federal...