Holder Appoints two U.S. Attorneys in National Security leaks probe

Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday appointed two U.S. attorneys to lead a pair of criminal investigations into possible unauthorized disclosures of classified information, authorizing the two prosecutors to follow all appropriate investigative leads within the executive and legislative branches of government.

This opening statement has caused a bit of a stir in our offices insofar as who is responsible enough to establish whether or not a lead is appropriate enough? Given the most recent examples of the still open investigations of Fast & Furious and Operation Gun Runner we have found that even the highest echelons of Attorney General’s within the Justice Department are far too diminished in their capacities to answer simple question by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, and Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland, will direct separate probes that are currently being conducted by the FBI.

“These two highly respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations,” Holder said in a statement. “I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in pursuit of justice wherever it leads.”

That is just fabulous for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, yet we are concerned with the credibility of Holder himself. In all sincerity the USAG is going to be facing “Contempt of Congress” charges within 20 or so days according to Rep. Issa who is Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The attorney general said Machen and Rosenstein “are fully authorized to prosecute criminal violations discovered as a result of their investigations and matters related to those violations.”  

Currently, Machen is leading a high-profile political corruption probe of officials in the District of Columbia. The latest development in that investigation came this week when District of Columbia Council chairman Kwame Brown resigned after being charged with lying about his income on bank loan applications.

Before becoming U.S. attorney, Machen helped lead the white-collar and internal investigation practices at the prominent Washington law firm of WilmerHale. He served as an assistant U.S. attorney from 1997 to 2001.

Rosenstein was an associate independent counsel who worked for Whitewater prosecutor Ken Starr from 1995 to 1997. He was co-counsel in the fraud trial of Jim and Susan McDougal, the former real estate partners of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Both of the McDougal’s were convicted in a trial that also resulted in the conviction of then-Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker.

And this brings us to whether or not anything at all will be done whatsoever. As we see it, a former Arkansas Governor was convicted in real estate activities with partners of Bill and Hillary Clinton, yet how does this not affect the Clinton’s? There will always be a shroud of ire that surrounds the Clinton’s to include his presidency as well as her stateswoman ship with the State Department.

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said he hopes that the Justice Department brings “the full force of the law against these criminals.”

“We need to send a clear message to anyone who considers leaking sensitive information and putting Americans at risk: If you leak classified information, you will face jail time,” Smith said in a statement.

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