Eric Holder’s Department of Justice withheld information asked for by congressional investigators for weeks before using that information in an attempt to smear the investigators.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department sought to manipulate reporters’ coverage of Operation Fast and Furious during the days preceding a November 1 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, new emails obtained by The Daily Caller indicate.
Emails between senior Justice Department officials and investigators in the office of Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley show that congressional staffers leading the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious requested information about Operation Wide Receiver — a Bush administration program – and other similar cases, more than a full month before the DOJ leaked information to selected media outlets on October 31.
That Halloween document dump from the DOJ seemed calculated to depict Grassley’s investigation as partisan in nature.
Under 1909 under 18 U.S.C. § 4, “Misprison of felony” is codified as:
Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
In plain English, the cover-up of a felony is itself a felony.
It’s increasingly looking like we can add that charge to the felony RICO violations, felony violations of the Arms Export Control Act, and accessory to murder charges that Obama Administration officials are likely to face on top of perjury charges.
The beauty of it all is that the only thing that can stop the congressional investigators patiently working their way through the Administration’s obstruction of Justice is for President Obama to appoint a special prosecutor, who would more than likely run an investigation that would run through the 2012 election and the end of Obama’s term in 2013. At that point, he will not be able to pardon any of his cronies and can face criminal charges for any role he may have played in this or other alleged gun-walking operations.