“It’s a travesty, what’s happened to the Department of Justice. It’s an actual travesty. It’s political malpractice at its worst. I don’t think it’s coincidence that Lady Justice has got a blindfold on………This Department of Justice is a Department of Injustice. People are really fed up with this administration and the way they politicize things. I think DOJ is just the tip of the spear.” – Former U.S. Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino, quoted in the Daily Caller, November 22, 2013
Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal piece and links to the article below!
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……….The Justice Department has focused on two prominent Republicans, announcing a corruption indictment of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and launching an active and very public criminal investigation into the antics of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s administration. In doing so, federal prosecutors have created at least the appearance that they are targeting two men who have been touted as plausible candidates for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
A reading of the McDonnell indictment raises the obvious question of why the feds are charging someone who, as governor, engaged in conduct that is run-of-the-mill political activity in virtually all jurisdictions, but especially in states, like Virginia, whose laws quite clearly allow it……
Mr. McDonnell’s legal team responded to the accusations in a blistering motion in federal court in Richmond on Jan. 21, the day the indictment was announced, asserting that the activities alleged against Mr. McDonnell are no different from those of political figures nationwide. To charge Mr. McDonnell on these counts would, according to the defense, suggest an “untested, novel construction of the federal bribery statutes” that would put every state-and, for that matter, federal-officeholder in jeopardy of federal indictment.
The defense motion points out that Anthony Troy, a former Democratic attorney general of Virginia, “conducted an in-depth investigation into this issue” and concluded that since Mr. Williams and his company “neither sought nor received any special benefits from any public official,” no crime was committed. Defense counsel argue that “political courtesies” extended to campaign donors or to generous friends are not crimes under any reasonable interpretation of the federal bribery statutes.
Were it otherwise, notes the unusually acerbic motion, “President Obama’s recent visit to Dream Works studio in Hollywood, a company run by one of his top donors,” would put Mr. Obama into the same club as Mr. McDonnell. As much could be said of every president who has awarded ambassadorships to campaign donors.
FULL WALL STREET JOURNAL piece can be found here: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304007504579349011669560726