The (in)Justice Department
The Daily Caller, “Bribery, compromised officials leave indicted financial-crime suspects free from prosecution under Holder’s DOJ”:
A U.S. Justice Department source has told The Daily Caller that at least two DOJ prosecutors accepted cash bribes from allegedly corrupt finance executives who were indicted under court seal within the past 13 months, but never arrested or prosecuted.
The sitting governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, his attorney general and an unspecified number of Virgin Islands legislators also accepted bribes, the source said, adding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is aware prosecutors and elected officials were bribed and otherwise compromised, but has not held anyone accountable.
The bribed officials, an attorney with knowledge of the investigation told TheDC, remain on the taxpayers’ payroll at the Justice Department without any accountability. The DOJ source said Holder does not want to admit public officials accepted bribes while under his leadership.
That source said that until the summer of 2011, the two compromised prosecutors were part of a team of more than 25 federal prosecutors pursuing a financial crime ring, and at least five other prosecutors tasked to the case were also compromised by the criminal suspects they were investigating, without being bribed.
TheDC is withholding the name of the source, a knowledgeable government official who served on the Justice Department’s arrest team and was involved in the investigation, in order to prevent career retaliation from political figures in the Obama administration.
A former high-level elected official vouches for the government source’s veracity. “[The source] was trustworthy … and you could tell [the source] information or [the source] could hear information and [the source] would keep things close to [the source’s] chest,” that former official told TheDC. “You could trust [the source] with your life.”
Eric Holder, the source said, personally approved the makeup of the investigation and arrest teams.
“The team which was put in place, of course, in tracking all the information that we had — Holder had to sign off on the teams. He signed off on them a year and a half ago,” the source said during an interview. “He wasn’t fully in control of it, but of course the knowledge and approval of it came from him.”
“There are internal documents, of course. He was briefed. He got a full scope of what transpired, and he got a full scope of what is going on with this case in particular. There is nothing going on in this case that Holder doesn’t know about right now.”
DOJ leadership has been fretting internally, the source said, about how to handle the story when the news breaks because it represents a new level of corruption in the Obama administration. The Holder Justice Department is concerned about the appearance that it lacks the competence to enforce the laws in which Obama has shown political interest, including those related to corruption and other financial crimes.
Consider this my shout out to the pragmatic “perception is reality” crowd: if all that matters is guarding the framing and distribution of the message (“I hope he fails” may be a valid hope, but it is, from the perspective of perception, well, unhelpful), then it follows that the framing and distribution of the message takes priority over all other considerations — and we shouldn’t be surprised or outraged when it does.
In fact, all that Holder is doing here is waiting until he can figure out the proper way to frame this latest bit of corruption in a way that is at the very least politically innocuous, and at best politically expedient.
My guess is, Holder will throw a few scapegoats under the bus, then swing the message over to corruption in the financial sector and its adverse impact on the 99%.
And luckily, the GOP is going to give them a Wall Street private equity fund multi-millionaire to use as their foil
You get the government you deserve.