Archive for U.S. Attorneys

Legislative committee investigating Bridgegate subpoenaed by NJ US attorney


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Just when you thought all the Bridgegate news was ebbing a little, the Wall Street Journal revived the story. Watch out Team Christie, the New Jersey U.S. Attorney has his sights set on, yes, say it with me now, Bridgegate, despite the whitewash fantasy piece that was submitted by Chris Christie's lawyer.

Prosecutor Paul Fishman has subpoenaed documents from the New Jersey legislators that have been probing Bridgegate any which way they can. The records that the U.S. attorney’s office has summoned are due on May 2. And what Prosecutor Paul wants, Prosecutor Paul gets.

If I were in the Christie Circle of Scum, I'd be popping a Valium right about now.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

New Jersey U.S. attorney Paul Fishman has issued a subpoena to a legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge closures for its documents pertaining to the matter, a sign that prosecutors are continuing to delve into the issue.

The subpoena was issued by prosecutors for “any and all records” produced or obtained by the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation in the course of its work, according to a copy viewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Oh to be a fly on Prosecutor Paul's computer screen.


Open your eyes, voters-- U.S. Attorney: “We’re OK now but at some point that will cease to be true.”


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Crackerjack move, Republicans, keep it up. Continue to reveal what true geniuses you are. See, by slashing federal jobs, by cutting resources needed to litigate important matters that affect all of us, you're allowing bad guys to skate. America first! Go GOP!

Then again, since when have Republicans worried about the commission of financial crimes (or war crimes, for that matter)? In fact, this situation, in and of itself, is a crime.

Via Bloomberg:

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said a federal hiring freeze is threatening his office’s ability to carry out its job of prosecuting financial and other crimes.

People are going to get away,” Bharara said today at a Practising Law Institute event in New York. “We’re OK now but at some point that will cease to be true.”

Other governmental departments and offices have faced financial constraints as a result of federal budget cuts known as sequestration. Bharara said he’s not able to replace prosecutors who leave through normal attrition.

When do voters open their eyes widely enough to notice that the GOP is and has been terrible for this country? Between...

  • limiting the ability to prosecute crimes,
  • limiting women's (and everyone else's) ability to get health care,
  • limiting Americans' ability to vote,
  • limiting the little guys' ability to fight corporations,
  • limiting immigrants' ability to make it here and contribute to the nation and its economy,
  • limiting the LGBT community's ability to acquire the same rights and protections as the straight community,
  • limiting children's ability to get a decent public education,
  • limiting families' ability to eat,
  • limiting workers' ability to join unions and collectively bargain for workplace rights,
  • limiting all our ability to generally attain equal rights and equal pay,
  • limiting the president's ability to simply get his cabinet and judicial nominees through...

...between all of that, self-serving, shortsighted Republicans have shown that they are intent on destroying everyone and everything except the things that benefit them directly.

Open. Your. Eyes. America! Vote Democratic in 2014.


Today's WTF Moment: Please explain this Obama nominee to me


I'm rushing off, but I'd love to get your comments on this one. Via Think Progress:

President Obama nominated a very odd candidate to be the next U.S. Attorney in Utah, the chief legal advisor to the Senate’s most radical tenther, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). [...]

  • Will Barlow Vigorously Protect Seniors’ Right To Social Security? 
  • Will Barlow Vigorously Protect Seniors’ Right To Medicare? 
  • Will Barlow Enforce Child Labor Laws? 
  • Will Barlow Enforce Food Safety Laws? 
  • Does Barlow Believe That The Constitution Requires The Poor To Starve?
  • Does Barlow Believe That Federal Disaster Relief Is Unconstitutional? 

Please read the entire post at TP. Then come back and give us your feedback.

What is President Obama thinking? Why would he nominate someone like this? Anyone?


Quickie: I want to scream


Today's Quickie:

Via an e-mail alert:

WASHINGTON (AP) AP source: Justice Department closing case of fired US attorneys with no charges.

This makes me want to scream.

That was today's Quickie. Will you still respect me in the morning?