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Eric Holder's Disregard for Career Professionals, Cont'd.

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I have blogged, here for example, about Eric Holder's disregard of the views of hundreds of career professionals in his own Justice Department.  Shoving aside their pleas, Holder wants Congress to adopt legislation whose most direct and immediate beneficiaries will be dealers in extremely dangerous, and sometimes lethal, drugs. Specifically, he wants to slash by 50% the minimum sentences judges are now required to impose for offenses involving methamphetamine, heroin, PCP and a raft of other hard drugs.

Drug pushers must wonder at their good luck at having this man as Attorney General.  But I digress.

While giving heed to the Senate hearing on this bill, I missed former Attorney General Michael Mukasey's review of Company Man, a book by John Rizzo, an attorney at the CIA for 34 years.

General Mukasey had something of considerable interest to say about another instance of his successor's disregard for the work of DOJ's career attorneys.
Specifically, the final paragraph of General Mukasey's book review reports (emphasis added):

Consider the current attorney general, Eric Holder, who in 2009 reopened investigations of CIA operators that had been closed by career prosecutors without prosecution years earlier. He did so without even reading the memos describing why the investigations had been closed--only to close them himself without prosecution in 2012 after having spent millions of dollars and caused unnecessary anguish to the targets of these investigations. As Mr. Rizzo reports, even Mr. Holder's statement closing the investigation again included a graceless slap at the agency: "It said the decision not to prosecute 'was not intended to, and does not resolve, broader questions regarding the propriety of the examined conduct.' The conduct Holder was referring to was that of the Agency, not his own." Eric Holder, Carl Levin and their ilk are here portrayed as unworthy of the agency they are supposed to oversee. It is a judgment hard to argue with.

Do these two cases of disregard for the judgment of career lawyers have anything in common?  

You bet.  Politics.

Mr. Holder's political base wants to go easy on drugs and hard on spies (American spies, that is).  This is no big secret, and, standing alone, not necessarily a big deal.  What is a big deal  --  indeed, what should be of prepossessing concern to the country  --  is that, at the highest level of the Justice Department, the political agenda now trumps professional judgment.

There was a time  --  namely, the last administration  --  when this would have provoked a tirade in the media.  What it provokes now is a blackout.

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