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7/21/2010

DOJ Closes Criminal File on U.S. Attorney Firings

Filed under: Law,Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 9:09 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Via Hot Air, the Obama Administration’s Department of Justice has determined there will be no criminal charges filed in connection with the U.S. Attorney firings during the Bush Administration. The report was delivered to House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI). This was his response:

“Conyers said in a statement that it was clear that Dannehy’s decision not to bring criminal charges “is not an exoneration of Bush officials in the U.S. Attorney matter as there is no dispute that these firings were totally improper and that misleading testimony was given to Congress in an effort to cover them up.”

He also pointed out that the probe “did not conclude that administration officials testified truthfully to Congress,” only that there was insufficient evidence to show they knowingly made false statement.

“I appreciate Attorney General Holder’s commitment to ensure that such conduct will not happen again,” Conyers said. “I am proud of the committee’s effort to bring the facts of this controversy to light, so that the American people themselves can judge the how Bush Justice Department abused our trust.”

— DRJ

24 Responses to “DOJ Closes Criminal File on U.S. Attorney Firings”

  1. Just wondering what report was given to Conyers. The report as summarized in the linked article doesn’t seem to say anything like that, so I’m assuming Conyers was given a special edition or something.

    kishnevi (3a3033)

  2. “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

    John Conyers

    So, Kishinev, Conyers doesn’t actually have to read anything to know what’s in it… or something like that.

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  3. Nice catch, John (Hitchcock). John (conyers) is a real piece of work.

    I have never seen the Judiciary Committee as politicized as it is today. Look at their website.

    Bush Bush Bush Bush Bush.

    Conyers lost a huge battle today. This has been a huge issue for him.

    These attorneys weren’t fired for nothing, and I think that’s an issue to consider. They were fired for the most basic reason anyone is fired: they didn’t do their job. In the State of Washington, where voter fraud was blatant, the US Attorney drew ire (pdf) for not investigating or prosecuting.

    Some other attorneys were lax on immigration enforcement.

    Some on corruption.

    The complaint from Iglesias
    in the NYT is that he thinks that, traditionally, his job was insulated from politics.

    That depends on the scope of politics. Not enforcing the law on corruption, voter fraud, immigration, not getting the convictions or successful investigations, to the satisfaction of your political appointer, is political, strictly speaking, but it’s also just plain job performance. We saw lawlessness in the WA election, immigration problems explode, and corruption elude justice. The job wasn’t getting done.

    Of course, John Conyers investigated this termination. Will he be investigating the Sherrod termination? The IG terminations? The Car Dealership terminations? The Sestak job offer? Conyers’s job is oversight, but he seems to be ignoring the present administration’s behavior to wage a campaign against Bush. You probably couldn’t find more intense Bush Derangement Syndrome.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  4. He has “people” for that…

    Gazzer (800a42)

  5. Is Mrs Conyers out of jail yet?

    Gazzer (800a42)

  6. Conyers job is oversight, and that’s what he’s good at. All that bad stuff he accidentally voted for was just an oversight on his part.

    John Hitchcock (9e8ad9)

  7. as there is no dispute that these firings were totally improper

    Well, except for the fact that there’s no legitimate proof of that claim. Of that, there’s now no dispute

    John Conyers is a grand standing idiot. Of this, there IS legitimate proof, even though there would almost certainly be dispute from Conyers and any of his grand standing idiot cronies.

    It’s politicians like Conyers who give bad politicians like Conyers a bad name. Of this there is also no dispute.

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (79d71d)

  8. Conyers’s bloviating = “Contrary to the conclusion of the Asst US Attorney, Bush-Cheney-Alberto Gonzales-et al are GUILTY, GUILTY, GUILTY!”

    Icy Texan (c2073e)

  9. Conyers is a prime piece of Congressional idiot meathead. Would probably be stamped that way by the USDA.

    Mike Myers (3c9845)

  10. Conyers is an ass.

    rudytbone (4d0a5c)

  11. He also pointed out that the probe “did not conclude that administration officials testified truthfully to Congress,” only that there was insufficient evidence to show they knowingly made false statement.

    This is in accordance with the well-known principle of communist justice, “gulity until proven innocent”. It’s not difficuly to imagine this piece of garbage presiding over a show trial.

    Subotai (7a944f)

  12. It’s not difficuly to imagine this piece of garbage presiding over a show trial.

    Comment by Subotai — 7/22/2010 @ 5:00 am

    John Conyers has already presided over an “official” show trial, held in the basement of the Capitol building, if I remember correctly.

    John Conyers is the Democrat mascot. He is a braying ass.

    NavyspyII (df615d)

  13. Conyers statement reads like ..
    Just because me have no information to prove that Congressman Conyers is not a genius, we have nothing to say that he isn’t an idiot.

    There is that big “grey zone” in both sets of statements.

    Neo (7830e6)

  14. I had forgotten all about that idiotic farce that he conducted back then, Navyspy. Man, he makes Rangel look like Booker T. Washington.

    Dmac (d61c0d)

  15. Isn’t the President allowed to replace U.S. Attorneys? If so, what was this whole thing about? Oh, right, BUSH! And when is Obama going to be investigating for replacing all the U.S. Attorneys when he took office. I’m sure never.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  16. And Conyers threw his wife under the bus without hesitation.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  17. The whole thing was political nonsense from day one. US Attorneys serve “at the pleasure of the President” and can be fired at any time, for any reason, or none. BJ Clinton fired the whole lot and got no flack.

    So, y’know, no surprise.

    Frank Drebbin (8096f2)

  18. Where do they go to get their reputations back?

    Tully (4dce1a)

  19. The prosecutor was picked in 2008, during the Bush administration.

    Jabor (f9030d)

  20. Isn’t Conyers in jail yet?

    SPQR (26be8b)

  21. Spot on with #17, Frank Drebbin. All true and yet it did not matter to the lamestreamers.

    GeneralMalaise (11870b)

  22. “concluded that no criminal charges are warranted in connection with the Bush administration’s firings of U.S. Attorneys in 2006.”
    Hey Conyers, you racist uneducated idiot. That means no crime was comitted..

    Scrapiron (996c34)

  23. Conyers spewing his usual mental vomit
    makes Obama sound like Einstein

    drone (1ea4a9)

  24. Conyers is wasting air again. I wish he would stop.

    kansas (7b4374)


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