As McCarthy notes, there is general concern that "improper and abusive behavior by prosecutors has reached 'epidemic proportions'."
However, that's not the worst of it.
McCarthy lists seven high crimes and misdeameanors of the Obama DOJ that are worth remembering.
The rule of law demands prosecution of these crimes.
• Eric Holder was the first attorney general in history to be held in contempt of Congress, when he stonewalled committee probes of the Fast and Furious investigation. Fast and Furious itself was a scandal, involving the government’s reckless abuse of investigative powers for the purpose of fabricating an anti-gun narrative. Instead, its “gun walking” resulted in the killing of a federal agent, among other violent crimes.
• The IRS’s intimidation and abuse of President Obama’s political opponents, and the cover-up thereof, resulted in no charges and little apparent investigation.
• There were politicized prosecutions against Dinesh D’Souza (an Obama critic whose minor campaign-finance infraction was treated as a major felony when more-serious violations are typically disposed of by administrative fine), and Nakoula Basseley Nakoula (the anti-Muslim video producer scapegoated by the Obama administration for the Benghazi massacre).
• Recall the misrepresentations by Justice Department lawyers to a federal court in the litigation over Obama’s lawless immigration non-enforcement programs (DACA and DAPA) — lies the judge found to be “intentional, serious and material.”
• Then there were the Justice Department’s outrageous misconduct and serial lies in a prosecution of New Orleans police, which a federal judge variously described as “bizarre,” “appalling,” and “grotesque” — conclusions upheld by the Fifth Circuit appeals court.
• And, of course, the Clinton e-mails investigation, featuring: Justice Department collusion with Clinton-camp lawyers; inexplicable immunity deals; suspects who received immunity permitted to appear as lawyers for other suspects; no prosecutions despite significant evidence, several immunity grants, and patently misleading statements during FBI interviews; a furtive tarmac tête-à-tête between the attorney general and the main suspect’s husband (the former U.S. president who just happened to have launched the attorney general into public prominence, and who was positioned to influence whether the attorney general got to keep her job in an anticipated Hillary Clinton administration) just days before it was announced — surprise! — that there would be no indictment of Hillary Clinton; and startling public commentary by the FBI regarding an uncharged case that bore heavily on a presidential election.
I could go on, but you get the point. So . . . what is to be done?
I understand that there's a Banana Republic aspect to one administration going after its predecessor.
But at what point do the crimes of an utterly lawless and politicized Executive Branch demand legal scrutiny?
Brian Terry, a federal officer, is dead because of Operation Fast and Furious.
No one in the administration has ever been held accountable. And that is simply wrong. And it is the sign of a broken system.
To put things right, Eric Holder and the Obama DOJ must be prosecuted.
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.