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Holder May Prosecute ‘Fast & Furious’ Leaks

From The Hill:

Mole helps Rep. Issa whack Justice Dept.

By Jordy Yager – 06/07/12

With the help of a mole, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has turned the tables on Attorney General Eric Holder.

Issa has long been exasperated with Holder, claiming that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been withholding information on a controversial gun-running operation. But through an anonymous source, Issa has obtained information about the initiative that is under a federal court-ordered seal.

Giving such information out is a federal crime, raising the question of whether the Justice Department will seek to prosecute what Republicans are calling a whistleblower.

Isn’t it amazing — but typical?

The Obama administration and the news media are outraged when an elected official charged with overseeing the Justice Department gets information that he should have had in the first place.

But they are not offended when real national security secrets are leaked to hurt a Republican President (Bush), or to help a Democrat President (Obama) get re-elected.

Issa has asked the DOJ for the documents — wiretap applications it used in the botched federal gun-tracking Operation Fast and Furious — for months. The California lawmaker has taken preliminary steps to move contempt-of-Congress citations against Holder, but it remains unclear if GOP leaders support that move

Issa and others claim the Department Of Justice has over 140,000 ‘Fast & Furious’ documents. But they have only handed over 7,600 of them to Congressional investigators. So who are the criminals here?

If Holder does launch an investigation into where the leak originated, the powerful Republican could paint the move as an attempt by the DOJ to hide the documents’ contents. It would also raise the possibility that DOJ investigators will seek information from Issa, who has been trying to determine who approved the “gun-walking” tactics used in Fast and Furious along the U.S.-Mexico border.

On the other hand, not launching a probe would mean turning a blind eye to a criminal breach and could lead Issa’s source and others to reveal other information sealed by a judge.

When was the last time the news media ever used the term "criminal breach" when it comes to a leak? The non-leak of the non-spy Valerie Plame?

Issa told Fox News on Wednesday that he has no intention of shining the light on his source: “We’re not going to make our whistleblower available. That’s been one of the most sensitive areas, because some of the early whistleblowers are already feeling retribution. They’re being treated horribly.” …

The news media and the rest of the Left hate whistleblowers who blow the whistle about the wrong things. And the wrong things are anything that could hurt Democrats.

Of course, there is some political risk for Issa. The Obama administration could point out that he is stonewalling federal authorities after complaining throughout this Congress of being stonewalled by DOJ…

And, of course, the news media would help to promulgate that laughable lie.

The documents have not been made public, and Issa has apparently broken no laws by being given the information.

Regardless, the DOJ is not pleased.

“Chairman Issa’s letter makes clear that sealed court documents relating to pending federal prosecutions being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California have been disclosed to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in violation of law,” wrote Deputy Attorney General James Cole to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Issa this week.

“This is of great concern to us,” the letter added.

A spokesman for the DOJ declined to comment about whether it was planning to launch an investigation into the leak.

Go ahead. Make Congressman Issa’s day.

Meanwhile, how many real violations is the DOJ ignoring?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Holder May Prosecute ‘Fast & Furious’ Leaks”

  1. David says:

    I’ve watched a few videos of Rep. Issa demolishing Holder and his representatives on Brietbart. Why isn’t he on the VP radar? The man is a pitbull compared to the yapping, goof Biden.

  2. Tater Salad says:

    With Eric Holder’s assumption that Fast & furious is not Fast & Furious, how can he prosecute anyone that leaked information on Fast & Furious if Fast & Furious isn’t Fast & Furious?

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