What pitiful pikers Haldeman and Ehrlichman, John Mitchell, Howard Hunt, Chuck Colson, and Richard M. Nixon were when it comes to cover-ups. They didn't even start to know how to cover up a crime. For that you have to go to true experts like the Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, and the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller.
These men, in possession of undisputed evidence that General Petraeus had lied to the FBI, did absolutely nothing about it except to cover it up. The DCI had -- as we discussed yesterday -- to have lied to the FBI about whether he had anything going on in his life that would compromise him. Not only that, but he had violated laws about protecting the security and integrity of classified information, and had used prohibited, not secure means of communication. He had also enlisted a colleague and lover, Paula Broadwell, in this effort. She, in turn, had broadcast the info that was supposed to be top secret to the whole world -- itself a violation of law.
Again, federal law prohibits publishing classified material or even using insecure means to communicate it.
Gen. Petraeus and his girlfriend are not the real story here, though. Love is strange and a man with the credentials of David Petraeus should not be prosecuted for anything short of murder.
The real story is that AG Holder kept this illegal arrangement going, did not stop it, allowed highly classified information to flow on Gmail, for heaven's sake. He saw an ongoing violation of federal laws about classified material and did nothing to stop it. Not only that, he made sure it was covered up, not allowing anyone to stop it until the (rigged) election was over.
What is this except aiding and abetting? What is it except that Watergate standby, obstruction of justice? A really experienced Chicago prosecutor could make a list ten pages long of the laws that have been violated.
Now, let's see if the Congressional Democrats allow a special prosecutor. (We know Mr. Holder will not touch this with a ten foot pole.) Let's see if the Washington Post goes after Holder the way it went after John Mitchell. Let's see the mighty New York Times flood the zone. Not bloody likely. No one will be prosecuted. That's political realism. But meanwhile, look at it and be impressed. Let's see just how well a really smooth cover-up can work when the media is with you, not against you.
This is a bad one.