Session’s DOJ is Confusing

Last week the Department of Justice announced they would not seek charges against Lois Lerner. This ignited the internet, and for good reason.

Ms. Lerner’s actions were beyond the pale. She used the might and power of the Internal Revenue Service to harass, intimidate and obstruct both conservative non-profit groups and religious organizations. Her actions were sickening, and frightening to anyone American who loves the Constitution, liberty and democracy.

Since the IRS was discovered to have engaged in this traitorous activity, conservatives in unison have demanded justice. They wanted heads to roll, IRS employees fired, and those responsible indicted.

As usual, Republican politicians promised their constituents a swift and speedy response. Instead, they were treated to Ms Lerner taking the Fifth in front of our Creator and the entire world. They were treated to the IRS Commissioner lying and obfuscating to Congress whenever he appeared under oath. To rub salt into that gaping wound, the IRS allowed Ms. Lerner to retire with a wonderful package.  Even more infuriating, the Commissioner, John Koskinen remains in his position, which is puzzling to the extreme. Mr. Koskinen was appointed by a Democratic administration, yet there hasn’t been any explanation as to his continued employment.

Many if not most conservative Republicans want to see Ms Lerner in prison wearing an orange jumpsuit. Most do not understand why General Sessions and his Department of Justice have made this maddening decision. Their reason to let go of this issue was the uncertainty in obtaining an indictment. (The Hill)

The Justice Department declined to prosecute Lerner in 2015 under former President Obama, but Brady and Roskam wrote a letter in April to Sessions asking him to reconsider the department’s decision. In a letter Friday afternoon, Sessions rejected their request, writing that based on a review of the case, it “would not be appropriate” to reopen the investigation. While “the Department’s investigation uncovered substantial evidence of mismanagement at the IRS,” the Justice letter said, the probe “had not uncovered evidence of criminal intent by any IRS official.”

But on the other hand, this past week the DOJ also acted on a major decision but this one didn’t get the same coverage. (Wash Post)

In a major upcoming Supreme Court case that weighs equal rights with religious liberty, the Trump administration on Thursday sided with a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a brief on behalf of baker Jack Phillips, who was found to have violated the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act by refusing to created a cake to celebrate the marriage of Charlie Craig and David Mullins in 2012. Phillips said he doesn’t create wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it would violate his religious beliefs.

This is an incredulous fantastic decision by the DOJ. Made even more amazing, because prior to this announcement, the DOJ was supporting the gay couple that had sued the christian baker.

The MSM didn’t spend much time on this second decision, and the internet hasn’t been as occupied with this announcement as it has with Lois Lerner. Not really surprising, anger over the IRS matter was and is white hot.

In contemplation of these two decisions, I find myself confused by this administration’s Department of Justice. If they plan on investigating Hilary Clinton, we haven’t heard about it. If the Clinton Foundation is being looked at by the FBI and DOJ, its a well kept secret. Those at the State Department who lied to Congress seem to be safe from prosecution, not to mention Platte River and those who enabled Hillary Clinton’s criminal activities.

After conservatives were treated to constant promises concerning the DOJ’s role in draining the swamp, expectations were exceedingly high and management was expected to jump into these issues right away.

Instead it appears General Sessions is mainly concerned about immigration, and law & order. Which isn’t surprising, given that these were his soap box issue in the Senate. But the DOJ is a very large organization and has the ability to multi-task with the best of them.

General Sessions continues to confuse and confound. On one hand, he hasn’t pursued investigations that are important to conservative principles; on the other hand, his work on border control, and protection of religious liberty continues to be stellar and exemplary.

The problem he has created by these inconsistencies is an issue of trust. He is likable as all get-out, and seems to be just a really decent man. However; increasingly he appears nothing more than a swamp senator who achieved his life long goal. He seems to be quite content with the go-along to get-along management model. His friendships with Democrats in the Senate appear to dictate his decisions more than the millions of Trump supporters who enabled his employment.

Until General Session’s DOJ makes a consistent commitment to conservative values, and endeavors to keep President Trump’s campaign promises, he will anger and confuse the President’s supporters. And at the same time, when he makes righteous decisions such as the amicus brief on behalf of the christian baker, he will continue to gratify and bless.

Confusing indeed.

Breaking: Acting Attorney General Yates Won’t Defend Trump’s Travel Ban

Saying she is not sure Trump’s executive order banning entry to the U.S. by certain immigrants is legal, acting Attorney General Sally Yates sent a letter Monday to the Department of Justice, instructing them not to defend the order in court.

From the Hill:

“Consequently, for as long as I am the Acting Attorney General, the Department of Justice will not present arguments in defense of the Executive Order, unless and until I become convinced that it is appropriate to do so,” she said in the letter.

“My responsibility is to ensure that the position of the Department of Justice is not only legally defensible, but is informed by our best view of what the law is after consideration of all the facts. In addition, I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right. At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the Executive Order is consistent with these responsibilities nor am I convinced that the Executive Order is lawful.”

A federal judge out of New York granted an injunction against certain parts of the order, after things went sideways at airports around the country on Saturday.

The Trump administration is expected to fight that decision in court.

The move by Yates could very well be for a partisan show. She’s a holdover from the Obama administration, and the past eight years has shown just how politicized the Justice Department has become, according to Stephen Miller, senior adviser to the president.

She may have only days to stall.

Trump’s pick for attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, could soon be confirmed. When that happens, he’s not likely to go against his boss in his first days on the job.

There’s also the chance of Trump simply replacing Yates with someone else in the department, who would be more willing to defend the order.

At most, this is a hollow gesture, but it likely foreshadows the partisan battles that await President Trump in the future.

The Latest Trump Rumor Has the Left in Absolute Meltdown

There is a rumor afoot in Washington that has the political left in absolute meltdown. The rumor is that John Gore is going to be picked to run the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

Who’s that, you ask?

John Gore is no relation to Al Gore. But he is the lawyer who defended North Carolina’s HB2 in court. HB2 was the legislation drafted to keep men out of our daughters’ bathrooms in North Carolina.

If true: BOOM.

Chief Liar Lynch, U.S. Attorneys in 26 States Lied About Immigration Lawsuit

We expect the our government to tell the truth, and its agents to be truthful. The United States Department of Justice is anything but, and has been exposed as the lying, conniving and deceiving bunch of marauders that they are.

When I accuse the government of lying to us, some take umbrage with that declaration and chastise me, telling me that “the government is us” and “we are all in this together.” My heart aches at the loss of liberty at the hands of the beast we call our government. I recognize that do-gooders really don’t want to believe that the government intentionally lies, just like a forlorn lover who is left at the altar wants to believe that something bad must have happened to keep their putative spouse from the wedding.

Loretta Lynch is the Attorney General of the United States. Under her watch, the DOJ has just been handed a stinging rebuke by a federal court judge, the likes of which I can’t recall. Two weeks ago, Judge Hanen, a federal court judge in Texas, ordered annual ethics classes for ALL Department of Justice attorneys in 26 states because the DOJ lied. It wasn’t a little white lie either. The DOJ tricked 26 states, who having filed a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s deferred action initiative, were told by DOJ that no action would be taken on deferred action until the litigation was resolved. DOJ then consulted with the White House (proven by testimony and records of telephone calls) and proceeded to grant 100,000 deferrals anyway.

DOJ, when confronted with facts, “admitted making statements that did not match the facts”, according to Judge Hanen’s order. “It has admitted that the lawyers who made these statements had knowledge of the truth when they made these misstatements … This court would be remiss if it left such unseemly and unprofessional conduct unaddressed.”

As punishment, Judge Hanen ordered that all DOJ attorneys in all 26 states affected who wish to appear in any federal or state court will have to undergo three hours of ethics training per year. Now as someone with friends who are Assistant U.S. Attorneys, I feel sorry for those who had nothing to do with this blatant falsehood and misleading of a federal judge, as their good names are being sullied by an Administration that flagrantly lies to federal courts and the public. It’s a classic case of one team member causing everybody to have to run 10 laps. The judge obviously feels that if the thousands of good attorneys get irritated enough, they will put pressure on DOJ to learn to tell the truth. There is some merit to that, however, I prefer to have seen the ones who lied to the judge prosecuted. If we want to stop DOJ attorneys lying to courts, put a few in prison and it’ll stop.

The DOJ, not willing to take the trivial punishment lying down, has told the judge that his mandate is too expensive for DOJ to implement. Three whole hours of ethics training? Too much says Loretta Lynch. While states differ, Georgia requires its attorneys to have two hours of ethics/professionalism each year, so a DOJ attorney in Georgia would simply have to take ONE more hour. In that hour, which DOJ can’t stomach, maybe their attorneys would learn that lying, conniving and deceit are wrong. We can only hope, but somehow, I think an hour would make no difference to the Washington crowd.