The hypocrisy is stunning.
The inspector general’s report says former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe lied at least four times, three times under oath. But McCabe skates and Roger Stone is in prison — put there by a jury headed by a “foreperson” who was a Democrat activist and one-time congressional candidate? Who also had tweeted out various anti-Stone and anti-Trump ramblings — and then gets placed on the jury judging Stone?
Meanwhile, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is headed to prison — for lying? Which even the FBI agents surreptitiously questioning him without a lawyer said he didn’t do?
Now comes an “open letter” from so-called “DOJ Alumni” — DOJ meaning Department of Justice — calling for the resignation of Attorney General William Barr because he exercised his privilege to lessen a sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone, the longtime campaign operative. (Full disclosure, Stone was a colleague of mine in the 1984 Reagan reelection campaign.)
In the letter, over 1,100 ex-DOJ alumni say, among other things, this (bold print for emphasis supplied throughout this article):
As former DOJ officials, we each proudly took an oath to support and defend our Constitution and faithfully execute the duties of our offices. The very first of these duties is to apply the law equally to all Americans. This obligation flows directly from the Constitution, and it is embedded in countless rules and laws governing the conduct of DOJ lawyers. The Justice Manual — the DOJ’s rulebook for its lawyers — states that “the rule of law depends on the evenhanded administration of justice”; that the Department’s legal decisions “must be impartial and insulated from political influence”; and that the Department’s prosecutorial powers, in particular, must be “exercised free from partisan consideration.”
All DOJ lawyers are well-versed in these rules, regulations, and constitutional commands. They stand for the proposition that political interference in the conduct of a criminal prosecution is anathema to the Department’s core mission and to its sacred obligation to ensure equal justice under the law.
Who, exactly, do these ex-DOJ lawyers think they are kidding?
Here are a few questions.
In 2012, as noted here in Politico and many other news sources,
The House has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal, the first time Congress has taken such a dramatic move against a sitting Cabinet official.
The vote was 255-67, with 17 Democrats voting in support of a criminal contempt resolution, which authorizes Republicans leaders to seek criminal charges against Holder. This Democratic support came despite a round of behind-the-scenes lobbying by senior White House and Justice officials — as well as pressure from party leaders — to support Holder.
Where were all these DOJ lawyers then? Where was their demand that Holder resign and that the DOJ investigate him? Answer: They were silent.
Then there was another incident with Holder (who, to be memorably recalled, said his job as attorney general was to be President Obama’s “wingman.”) It was reported all over the place, but here is just one account from Red State:
On Election Day, 2008, a couple of members of the New Black Panther Party intimidated white voters with racial slurs and threats. This took place at a Philadelphia polling place and the two culprits were Jerry Jackson and King Samir Shabazz. Former civil rights attorney and campaign aide to the late Robert F. Kennedy, Bartle Bull, observed the Panthers’ antics and described them as “the most blatant form of voter intimidation” he had ever seen. Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits intimidation, coercion and threats to voters or those aiding voters, so the Bush Justice Department filed a civil-rights lawsuit against Jackson and Shabazz and against the New Black Panther Party and its national chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz.
However, in 2009 the Obama administration inherited that lawsuit and when the defendants failed to answer the lawsuit, a federal court in Philadelphia entered a default judgment against them. The Holder Justice Department responded by abruptly dropping the charges against the Panthers and two of the defendants. The third defendant was simply barred from displaying a weapon near a Philadelphia polling place for the next three years.
Holder described the defendants as “my people.” Note well that statement above from no less than a one-time aide to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Bartle Bull — he who was at RFK’s side in the battle to obtain voting rights for all Americans in the 1960s. Again, the ex-RFK aide said he was appalled at Holder’s refusal to prosecute a voting-rights violation on racial grounds that called what the Panthers had done “the most blatant form of voter intimidation.”
Demands for Holder’s resignation from these suddenly exercised ex-DOJ lawyers? There were none. They were silent as church mice.
Then there was another Obama AG, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and her secret, private-jet meeting with ex-President Bill Clinton on the tarmac at the Phoenix Airport in 2016 — as the facts came out about Hillary Clinton and her secret server. Now a book has come out — Secret on the Tarmac: Inside the clandestine tarmac meeting of Bill Clinton & Loretta Lynch … the story of how journalism, a secret informant, and Alabama football impacted a presidential election, by Christopher Sign. Demands from these lawyers for Lynch’s resignation, then or now? Of course not. Silence again.
Over in the far-left Atlantic there was a vivid illustration of just how bipartisan the Swamp is. Former Bush 41 Deputy Attorney General Donald Ayer gets published because, but of course, he demands that Bill Barr resign. With zero awareness of just how partisan and authoritarian he sounds, Ayer writes the following:
Among the most widely reported and disturbing events have been Barr’s statements that a judicially authorized FBI investigation amounted to “spying” on the Trump campaign.
Hello? The “judicially authorized” FBI investigation now has been described by the FISA court itself this way:
Thanks in large part to the work of the Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice, the Court has received notice of material misstatements and omissions in the applications filed by the government in the above-captioned dockets. See Docket No. Misc. 19-02, Order (Dec. 17, 2019; DOJ PIG, Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation).
Which is to say, the “judicially authorized FBI investigation” that Ayer celebrates was corrupt, filled with “material misstatements and omissions in the applications” sourced from a phony “dossier” bought and paid for by the Clinton campaign.
Ayer goes on to say that
Still more troubling has been Barr’s intrusion, apparently for political reasons, into the area of Justice Department action that most demands scrupulous integrity and strict separation from politics and other bias — invocation of the criminal sanction.
Which is to say, Ayer turns reality upside down. The Justice Department, thoroughly corrupted by Obama attorneys general and left-wing career lawyers, was just fine. It is the investigation into that politicization of the department that demands Barr’s resignation, according to Ayer. Where, exactly, was Ayer writing in the Atlantic and demanding the resignations of Holder and Lynch at the time? Nowhere. Say again, nowhere.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is how the Swamp lawyers play the game.
Over at PJ Media, former Justice Department lawyer J. Christian Adams — he who had the guts to resign from the Holder-run Justice Department over the decision not to prosecute the Black Panthers — has written this of the Swamp and the thousands of “career” DOJ lawyers who fill the Justice Department:
Let’s examine those Justice Department “career lawyers.”
It is now plain that “career lawyer” isn’t a euphemism for unbiased and impartial. It’s exactly the opposite. It usually means Democrat, leftist, elitist, culturally hostile to middle America and feverishly anti-Trump.
Justice Department “career lawyers” are highly skilled at finding reasons to kill cases against cabinet officials who disclose top-secret information, put State Department emails on private servers, or who lie on FISA warrant applications. The lessons learned in Ivy League law schools are put to good use in developing plausible excuses to avoid any grand jury presentations — at least plausible excuses to the Washington Post and now bankrupt McClatchy.
After all, did any of the “career lawyers” bring the Holder criminal contempt findings to a grand jury?
What this letter from those 1,100-plus one-time DOJ lawyers vividly illustrates is just how far the corruption of Washington elites has spread — whether it is with Justice Department lawyers or State Department and National Security Council staff.
Attorney General Barr is doing exactly the right thing. What we have seen here repeatedly are elite lawyers at the Justice Department and the FBI weaponizing both the DOJ and the FBI to target their ideological opponents.
What we have here with this letter and more is the American elite’s version of Lavrentiy Beria, the head of the infamous Stalin-era secret police — the NKVD — in the Soviet Union. Beria said to Stalin,
Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.
This letter from “DOJ Alumni” is in reality nothing more than a demand from 1,100 or so would-be American Berias.
This isn’t simply a disgrace — it’s dangerous.