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Tag: Justice Department

House Committee to Call for Criminal Investigation of Former IRS Official

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican lawmakers are want the Justice Department to seek charges against embattled ex-IRS official Lois Lerner.

Fox News reports that the House Ways and Means Committee are to meet Wednesday to write a letter notifying the Justice Department that Lerner may have broken the law.

The letter will argue that Lerner violated the constitutional rights of citizens, misled investigators and released private taxpayer information.

The accusations stem from the scandal involving the agency’s singling out of conservative groups to investigate.

Federal Government Allows ATF Official to Collect Two Salaries While on Leave

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A key figure in the Fast & Furious gun-running operation was permitted to collect two salaries while on leave from his federal government job, the Washington Times reports.

The Justice Department’s inspector general created the report after finding that three of William McMahon’s superiors with the ATF “exercised poor judgment” by allowing McMahon to collect his salary while also working for JP Morgan when he was on leave.

The two jobs also created a conflict of interest, the inspector general found.

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AG Holder, FBI Director Among Officials Who Spent $7.8 Million on Personal Trips and Federal Jets

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder and former FBI Director Robert Mueller are among senior Justice Department officials who billed taxpayers a combined $7.8 million to use federal aircraft for hundreds of personal trips, the Washington Post reports.

The report by Congress’ nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, which was released Thursday, comes less than three months after Holder came under fire for his use of the FBI jet.

Attorneys general have access to Defense Department aircraft for business and personal travel, the Post wrote.

 

Justice Department Declines to Identify 100s of Federal Prosecutors Accused of Serious Misconduct

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is refusing to identify hundreds of federal prosecutors who are accused of committing serious misconduct over the past decade, the Washington Times reports.

Most of the actions were described as “reckless” or “intentional misconduct,” according to a scathing report released Thursday.

“The lack of transparency insulates the Justice Department from meaningful public scrutiny,” Danielle Brian, the Project on Government Oversight’s executive director, said in a statement. “Our findings raise serious concerns that the attorney general’s office isn’t aggressively overseeing or disciplining its bad apples.”

A bi-partisan group of Senators is calling for an independent investigation.

Justice Department Blocks FBI from Conducting Full Investigation of 2 U.S. Senators

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents investigating corruption have uncovered allegations of wrongdoing against two key U.S. senators – Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican Sen. Mike Lee – but there’s a big problem.

The Justice Department has prevented the FBI from launching a full investigation, the Washington Times reports.

The investigation, rather, is being led by one Republican and one Democratic state prosecutor in Utah.

Typically, corruption cases involving elected officials involve the Justice Department’s public integrity section.

But the Justice Department is declining the FBI’s request to use a federal grand jury and subpoenas to determine the accuracy of the allegations.

“There are allegations, but they are very serious allegations and they need to be looked at by somebody,” Sim Gill, a Democrat who is the elected chief prosecutor in Salt Lake County, told The Times. “If true, or even if asserted, they truly should be investigated and put to rest, or be confirmed.”

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Senate Narrowly Rejects Obama’s Choice to Lead Justice Department’s Civil Rights Unit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday narrowly rejected President Obama’s choice to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

The 47-52 vote was shy of the majority needed, the New York Daily News reports.

Debo Adegbile couldn’t muster a majority because eight Democrats joined all 44 Republicans in voting no.

At issue was Adegbile’s role in offering legal help to a man who shot a Philadelphia police officer.

Obama didn’t say whether his office would give the appointment another go.

Obama called the rejection a ““travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.”

Justice Department Lifts 3-Year-Long Ban on Hiring New Attorneys

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is looking to go on a hiring spree.

After three long years, the Justice Department is finally lifting a ban on hiring that will bring in new attorneys, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The news comes after Congress restored funding to the Justice Department.

“After years of doing more with less, we will begin to fill critical vacancies and we will resume the normal hiring process for federal agents, prosecutors, for analysts and for the other staff that we need to fulfill our mission,” Holder said in a video announcement.

Influential Justice Department Official Steps Down Quietly After Less Than 3 Years on Job

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Virginia Seitz, the leader of an influential Justice Department office that handles surveillance and security, quietly resigned from her job after less than three years on the job, NPR reports.

Seitz received Senate confirmation in 2011, taking over the unit responsible for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Sources told NPR that Seitz was well-liked but the job was demanding, and she’s grieving from the loss of a close friend last year.

“Ms. Seitz served for 2 1/2 years in one of the most demanding jobs at the department and was deeply admired throughout the building. Her reasons for leaving were entirely personal, and we respected that,” said Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon.