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Criticism of AG Holder Nothing New in Brass-Knuckle Politics

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Congress voted Thursday  to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, he became yet another attorney general entangled in a distracting crisis that is threatening his leadership, the New York Times reports.

The U.S. House threatened to hold the last Republican attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey, in contempt for withholding Justice Department documents.

His predecessor, Alberto Gonzales, resigned under pressure after the mass firings of federal prosecutors.  Before him, Attorney General John Ashcroft came under fire on accusations that he dismissed terrorism warnings prior to Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Times reported.

Rewind to Janet Reno, the attorney general who served under President Bill Clinton. She caught heavy criticism for refusing to appoint a special prosecutor to probe Democratic fundraising and was threatened with contempt by the Republican-led House oversight committee.

“It’s hard to think of a recent attorney general who’s had smooth sailing,” Dan Marcus, a law professor at American University who served as a senior Justice Department official during Ms. Reno’s battles, told the New York Times.

Breaking News: House Votes to Holder Atty. General Holder in Contempt

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In an election year, where politicians in Washington eat and breath partisan politics, the House voted Thursday to hold Atty. General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt. He becomes the first Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress.

The Republican led contempt action was in response to allegations that Holder had failed to produce documents relating to the botched ATF Fast and Furious operation that encouraged Arizona gun dealer to sell to middlemen, all with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels.

The Washington Post reported that the vote was 255 to 67.

What happens now?

The House will send the matter to the D.C. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, who will have to decide whether to file criminal charges against Holder, who is his boss.

In a statement, according to the Post, Holder said the vote “is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided – and politically motivated – investigation during an election year.” Holder added that the Republicans leading the investigation “have focused on politics over public safety.”

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Former Trainer Wants FBI Records in Civil Suit Against Roger Clemens

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former Yankees trainer suing former pitching superstar Roger Clemens for slander wants to use FBI records in the civil defamation case, the New York Post reports.

The trainer, Brian McNamee, claims in Brooklyn federal court that Clemens “intended to deceive the public and Congress into falsely believing that McNamee is a liar,” according to the Post.

McNamee is requesting FBI notes of an interview with Yankee pitcher Andy Pettitte.

McNamee intends to take sworn depositions from Clemens, Pettitte and their wives, the Post reported.

FBI’s Global Crackdown on Music, Movie Sharing Hits a Snag

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New Zealand court delivered a blow to the FBI’s global crackdown on copyright theft, ruling Thursday that a search warrant used to raid the mansion of the suspected kingpin of an Internet piracy ring was illegal, Reuters reports.

The FBI accuses Megaupload.com operator Kim Dotcom, of Germany, of netting $175 million since 2005 by copying and distributing movies, music and other copyrighted content.

Dotom’s lawyer said the website was only for online storage, not swapping unauthorized music or movies.

High Court Judge Justice Helen Winklemann said the warrants used to seize property from Dotcom’s house were illegal because they did not adequately describe the offenses.

FBI Probes Cause of Huge Colorado Fire

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining local authorities in trying to determine what caused the Colorado wildfires that swept through Waldo Canyon, the Denver Post reports.

The fire started near a popular hiking area west of Colorado Springs.

Authorities aren’t sure what caused the fire or whether it was intentionally set, the Post reported.

Justice Department Sues Georgia Over Voting Violation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department filed suit against Georgia and its chief election official to ensure that residents who are in the military overseas can vote in the state’s Aug. 21 federal primary election, the federal government announced today.

The suit was filed because Georgia wasn’t planning to send absentee ballots to service members within the required 45 day before an election, the Justice Department said in a press release.

“Our uniformed service members and overseas citizens deserve a full opportunity to participate in all elections of our nation’s leaders including runoff elections for federal office in states where they are held” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said in a press release.

To meet the deadline, Georgia officials must send the ballots before July 7.

Federal Judge Delivers Victory to Florida Gov. Scott in Voting Purge Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Florida’s controversial plan to purge ineligible voters from the rolls does not violate federal law, a judge said Wednesday in denying a U.S. Department of Justice request for an emergency restraining order, the New York Times reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Jinkle said federal laws do not prevent states from removing ineligible voters from its rolls.

The judge also criticized the state and federal governments for failing to come together in search of a solution.

Federal officials claim Florida’s purging plan is likely to remove eligible voters from the rolls.

Florida started the effort after identifying about 182,000 names of potential noncitizens.

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D-Day for Atty.General Holder: House to Vote on Contempt

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Its D-Day for Atty. General Eric Holder.

The Republican controlled House is set to vote Thursday on whether to hold him in contempt in a battle over documents in the failed ATF Operation Fast and Furious.

Holder says he’s been cooperate from the get-go and sees the move as politically motivated.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has insisted that Holder is withholding documents that could shed light on who was responsible in the Justice Department for giving the OK for the program that encouraged Arizona gun dealers to sell guns to straw purchasers , all with the hopes of tracing them to Mexican cartels.