Even Democrats who go against the Obama agenda appear to be on Barack’s enemies list …
New Jersey US Senator Robert Menendez was indicted today with on corruption charges in that he used his office to help advance the business interests of a longtime friend and political supporter in exchange for luxury gifts, vacations and campaign donations.? In total, Menendez faces a 14-count indictment consisting of 1 count of conspiracy, 1 count of violating the travel act, 7 counts of bribery, 3 counts of honest services fraud, and 1 count of making false statements. Menendez has denied any wrongdoing and vows to fight the charges, stating that he will be vindicated. While he will not leave office, Menendez will step aside from his position as the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee as he fights the charges.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) was indicted on federal corruption charges Wednesday, accused of using the influence of his office to advance the business interests of a longtime friend and political supporter in exchange for luxury gifts, lavish vacations and more than $750,000 in campaign donations.?
Federal prosecutors laid out the charges in a 14-count indictment charging Menendez with using his office to help Salomon Melgen, a Florida-based eye doctor with whom Menendez had maintained a long personal and political friendship. Menendez intervened on Melgen’s behalf in at least two disputes, one with federal regulators over Medicare charges and the other involving a bid by Melgen to secure a port security contract in the Dominican Republic, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors say that over a seven-year period, Menendez relied on Melgen for free private jets to weekend getaways at resorts in Florida, the Dominican Republic and Paris.
Menendez has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. He was defiant Wednesday night before a boisterous crowd of supporters, saying that Melgen’s gifts were a result of friendship dating to the early 1990s and not in exchange for political favors.
Just curious, how much of the DOJ’s investigation and indictments against Menendez have to do with political wrongdoing and how much has to do with the fact that he has been a political thorn in Obama’s side? The Democrat Senator has been extremely vocal against Obama’s policy in Cuba and with Iran. Obama probably did not appreciate it when Mendeez said in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee back in January 2015, “the More I hear from the Obama administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.” As much as I am not a big fan of Robert Menendez, his words have proved to be profound as we witness Obama’s disastrous nuclear plan with Iran.
DON’T CROSS BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA OR YOU WILL BE RETALIATED AGAINST … WHEN DEMOCRATS ATTACK THEIR OWN FOR NOT FOLLOWING IN LOCK STEP.
The Obama Department of Justice headed by Eric Holder is bringing criminal corruption charges against Democrat, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez. The DOJ is alleging that Menendez used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts. Really, doesn’t Barack Obama do that every day with the Oval Office? How many crony and Obama campaign bundlers have been rewarded HERE, HERE and HERE? No quid pro quo here. How many were given so-called “green energy” government money to Obama donors? How about Obama using the office of the President of the United States in conjunction with the IRS to attack Conservatives. Where are those DOJ charges, hmm?
In response, Sen. Menendez told reporters Friday night he has “always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law” and “I am not going anywhere.”
Sen. Robert Menendez Defends Himself Against Anticipated Federal Charges
The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.
People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges, CNN first reported. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.
Menendez told reporters Friday night he has “always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law.”
He added: “And I am not going anywhere.”
The government’s case centers on Menendez’s relationship with Salomon Melgen, a Florida ophthalmologist who the senator has called a friend and political supporter. Melgen and his family have been generous donors to the senator and various committees the senator is associated with.
I am no fan of Sen. Menedez and certainly do not support much of what he puts forth, but the question one might want to ask here, is why now? One does not have to look any further than Sen. Menedez being an outspoken critic of Obama and his policies on Cuba and Iran. Don’t cross Obama or this think skinned, vindictive president will go after you. His actions have made him Obama’s least favorite Democrat … vengeance is mine say the Obamamessiah.
Who can forget when Sen. Menedez said in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee back in January 2015, “the More I hear from the Obama administration and its quotes, the more it sounds like talking points that come straight out of Tehran.” Menedez had nothing good to say about how the Obama administration was handling negotiations with Iran. We all saw how Obama and his hacks treated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his speech to a joint session of Congress and after. Why should we be surprised that Obama would put Democrat Robert Menedez on his enemies list.
The Gateway Pundit also reminds us of Robert Menedez’s recent comments where he blasted the Obama administration for the historic bad deal they reached with the Castro regime in Cuba. If you are a Democrat, you are not allowed to disagree with this president or you will be dealt with swiftly and severely. Its kind of ironic that the Obama administration would go after any kind of corruption when the Obama presidency has been nothing but corruption and scandals.
Justice Department Won’t Charge Former Ferguson, Missouri Policeman Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Death
“HANDS UP DON’T SHOOT WAS A LIE” … DOJ WON’T FILE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS CHARGES AGAINST FORMER POLICE OFFICER DARREN WILSON.
Eric Holder’s DOJ eats crow again as there will be no civil rights charges brought be the feds against former Ferguson, MO police officer Darren Wilson. The Justice Department report found no evidence that “Wilson’s actions violated federal civil rights laws.” Of course he didn’t. All Officer Wilson did was his job in tying to arrest a punk who strong armed robbed a convenience store. The result was an altercation with a so-called, bias-media driven “gentle giant” who tried to assault officer Wilson and take his gun. Question, does it really take an investigation from the DOJ to learn the obvious, when a street thug robs a store, assaults a police officer and tries to take their gun, one winds up dead. Police officer Darren Wilson was charged with the murder of Michael Brown and a witch hunt occurred by the liberal media and so-called black activists to get a scalp. Because heaven forbid, officer Wilson was just doing his job, protecting and servicing the public from a punk. In the end, Darren Wilson was 100% exonerated of all criminal and civil rights charges as a grand jury refused to even indict Wilson and not the DOJ knows it has nothing to charge him with either. It was all a show to trump up racial tension, create division and then find a scapegoat. The MSM’s, Al Sharpton’s and Eric Holder’s war on police failed in this case. But their actions have probably harmed him in that he can probably never get another job as a police officer, ever.
A good man and police officer exonerated
Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s attorney is reacting to the findings of the Justice Department investigation saying there will be no federal civil rights charges filed against Wilson.
Attorney Neil Bruntrager says Wilson is pleased with what amounts to an “exoneration” from the DOJ.
“Well, obviously the reaction is one of relief,” Bruntrager says. “It’s been a long road for him. Now he needs to get on with his life.”
The Justice Department report found no evidence that “Wilson’s actions violated federal civil rights laws.”
86 page DOJ doc into investigation of Officer Wilson to prove what we already knew, he did nothing wrong. There was never any “willful” act on the part of Officer Wilson to violate Michael Brown’s civil rights , ever. In fact, one might say that the only “willful” act in all of this was to railroad Officer Wislon in a race-baiting witch hunt. From page 86 below of DOJ’s report regarding the criminal investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown.
As discussed above, Darren Wilson has stated his intent in shooting Michael Brown was
in response to a perceived deadly threat. The only possible basis for prosecuting Wilson under
section 242 would therefore be if the government could prove that his account is not true – i.e.,
that Brown never assaulted Wilson at the SUV, never attempted to gain control of Wilson’s gun,
and thereafter clearly surrendered in a way that no reasonable officer could have failed to
perceive. Given that Wilson’s account is corroborated by physical evidence and that his
perception of a threat posed by Brown is corroborated by other eyewitnesses, to include aspects
of the testimony of Witness 101, there is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown
as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat. Even if Wilson was
mistaken in his interpretation of Brown’s conduct, the fact that others interpreted that conduct
the same way as Wilson precludes a determination that he acted with a bad purpose to disobey
the law. The same is true even if Wilson could be said to have acted with poor judgment in the
manner in which he first interacted with Brown, or in pursuing Brown after the incident at the
SUV. These are matters of policy and procedure that do not rise to the level of a Constitutional
violation and thus cannot support a criminal prosecution. Cf. Gardner v. Howard, 109 F.3d 427,
430–31 (8th Cir. 1997) (violation of internal policies and procedures does not in and of itself rise
to violation of Constitution).
Because Wilson did not act with the requisite criminal intent, it cannot be proven beyond
reasonable doubt to a jury that he violated 18 U.S.C.§ 242 when he fired his weapon at Brown.
For the reasons set forth above, this matter lacks prosecutive merit and should be closed.
Officer Wilson’s attorney, Attorney Neil Bruntrager, stated “Well, obviously the reaction is one of relief. It’s been a long road for him. Now he needs to get on with his life.” Yes he does and that is the question. How does Darren Wilson get on with his life and his life back after the smear merchants in the MSM, the race hustlers like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the bias and race card playing likes of Attorney General Eric Holder have all but ruined this good man’s reputation?
Rush Limbaugh Says Barack Obama Treats PM Israel Netanyahu Like He’s a ‘White Policeman from Ferguson’
OUCH, IF THE TRUTH HURTS …
On Monday’s radio show, Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh invoked Ferguson to compare Barack Hussein Obama’s disdain of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a white police officer from Ferguson, Missouri. And on that note, El Rushbo segwayed to … “and speaking on which, the Department of Justice did announce that they were going to stick it to Ferguson.
You look at how Obama has treated and does treat Netanyahu, you would think that Netanyahu was a white policeman from Ferguson, Missouri. I mean, that’s the conclusion that you would come to. Or that he was one of the cops that choked Eric Garner, or he was one of the jurors in the Trayvon Martin case.
So let’s understand this, in order to correct the problem the police in Ferguson need to arrest more white folks who have done nothing? This is Eric Holder’s idea of how individuals rights were violated? Did anyone honestly think that Eric Holder was not going to get a scalp for “his people” (VIDEO).
Ferguson, Mo., is a third white, but the crime statistics compiled in the city over the past two years seemed to suggest that only black people were breaking the law. They accounted for 85 percent of traffic stops, 90 percent of tickets and 93 percent of arrests. In cases like jaywalking, which often hinge on police discretion, blacks accounted for 95 percent of all arrests.
The racial disparity in those statistics was so stark that the Justice Department has concluded in a report scheduled for release on Wednesday that there was only one explanation: The Ferguson Police Department was routinely violating the constitutional rights of its black residents.
Eric Holder’s DOJ to Drop Civil Rights Charges Brought Against Officer Darren Wilson in Shooting Death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO
Imagine this, FBI investigation finds no evidence to support the trumped up, political, race baiting charges against police officer Darren Wilson.
The New York Times is reporting that the Eric Holder Department of Justice will drop the civil rights charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. DOJ lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against officer Wilson in the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown. The FBI investigation has concluded what all normal thinking, non-race baiting individuals knew from the outset of this story, there was no evidence to support the trumped up charges. Remember when the DOJ told Ferguson police officers they could not wear bracelets in support of officer Wilson? Support for an officer that was guilty of nothing.
Justice Department lawyers will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., after an F.B.I. investigation found no evidence to support charges, law enforcement officials said Wednesday.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and his civil rights chief, Vanita Gupta, will have the final say on whether the Justice Department will close the case against the officer, Darren Wilson. But it would be unusual for them to overrule the prosecutors on the case, who are still working on a legal memo explaining their recommendation.
A decision by the Justice Department would bring an end to the politically charged investigation of Mr. Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The Missouri authorities concluded their investigation into Mr. Brown’s death in November and also recommended against charges.
After the Ferguson grand jury decided not to bring criminal charges against officer Wilson, Eric Holder went to Ferguson, Mo to fan the flames of racism and racial divide. Holder announced that his DOJ would investigate Wilson on civil rights charges, because the vigilante, race-baiting crowd wanted their scalp. Holder said that the Justice Department’s investigation into Mr. Brown’s death would be independent from the one conducted by the local authorities. The race-baiter in Chief, Barack Obama said after St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury’s decision, “I have done what the Missouri judicial system and even my own Justice Department failed to do in order to right this wrong.”
What will the reaction be from Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the NAACP, NBPP and Barack Obama? Will Eric Holder make a public statement and apologize for destroying the reputation of a fine police officer just because of his color?
US Justice Department Tells Ferguson, MO Police to Stop Wearing Bracelets in Support of Officer Darren Wilson
Who the hell does the US Department of Justice think they are in telling a local police department not to where a bracelet, it would appear that the Obama and still Eric Holder DOJ has not heard of Freedom of Speech!!!
Maybe it is the Department of Justice that needs to be investigated for civil rights violations? In a letter to Ferguson, Missouri Police Chief Tom Jackson, the United States Justice Department ordered that the local police department officers not wear a bracelet in support of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot 18 year old Michael Brown on August 9, 2014. HUH? The bracelets some police officers were wearing read , “I am Darren Wilson” Who the hell does the DOJ think they are? They have no authority or jurisdiction to tell the Ferguson police what they can and cannot wear. But a gutless state and local police department is allowing the Feds to push them around and have gone along with the ban. UNREAL. The DOJ is supposed to be running a civil rights investigation into the Ferguson PD, I guess we know just how bias that report will be.
This is what tyranny looks like America. When those responsible for enforcing civil rights rights are the very one’s breaking them, we have a real problem.
The U.S. Justice Department asked the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department on Friday to order its officers not to wear bracelets in support of the white policeman who shot to death an unarmed black teenager last month, sparking protests.
In a letter to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, the Justice Department said residents had told its investigators that officers policing protest sites on Tuesday in Ferguson were seen wearing “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets.
The Justice Department has opened an investigation into the shooting and the police treatment of protesters, which critics say was unduly harsh.
The letter said the bracelets had “upset and agitated” people and “reinforce the very ‘us versus them’ mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists.”
EXIT QUESTION: Do you think the DOJ would have a problem is the Ferguson police wore “I am Michael Brown” bracelets?
Attorney General Eric Holder to Resign from Office … One of the Most Politically Bias and Racially Divisive AG’s Ever!
One divider leaves, another still needs to go … The news broke yesterday that Attorney General Eric Holder was resigning. All I could think of, could Barack Obama be next. Dare to dream!
As the NY Times praises Eric Holder’s legacy, all any common sense, thinking person can do is shake their head. All we need to know about Holder’s legacy is his comment he made that we are, a “Nation of Cowards”. Holder was supposed to equally apply the rule of law and he did just about an opposite application of that theory as humanly possible. The Gateway Pundit reminds us of more of Holder’s legacy in that Holder reportedly lied to Congress on the Fast and Furious investigation and in June 2012, Eric Holder the House voted to hold Eric Holder in criminal contempt. What about Holder putting an end to the prosecution of the Black Panthers and the voter intimidation case? Holder’s refusal to investigate the IRS and Lois Lerner. In the end, Holder’s legacy will be that he was Obama’s greatest shield from scandals. Did we forget about AP-gate and Rosengate as well?
Heaven help us, Al Sharpton says he’s helping the White House pick the next Attorney General. Doesn’t that say it all for the state of affairs in the United States with the current presidency. What the hell happened to this country, the inmates are running the asylum.
Who was Obama praising, certainly it was not scandal plagued Eric Holder?
As Barack Obama praises his political ally, I am more inclined to second the motion of The National Interest … GOOD RIDDANCE!!!
Holder, the first African-American attorney general, was far quicker than his boss, the first African-American president, to racialize national controversies. He was far less measured in his comments about the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He famously called America a “nation of cowards” with regard to race.
“Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial, we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards,” Holder told Justice Department employees.
Nation of Cowards speech
Top IRS Official Lois Lerner will Invoke 5th Amendment and Not Answer House Committee Questions on IRS Scandal
Oh this will go over well with “We the People” … Let’s see Obama’s faux outrage now.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that Lois Lerner, the top IRS official and head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS responsible for reviewing non-profit organizations and the department at the heart of the IRS scandal, will plead the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer House committee questions on the grounds of self incrimination. Lerner was scheduled to answer questions from the House Oversight committee this Wednesday. Her attorney, William W. Taylor III, wrote that Ms. Lerner had committed no crime or made any misrepresentations, but because the Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation, “under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course.”
So what does she have to hide? This scandal just got even more real. The House committee was to ask Lerner to explain why she provided “false or misleading information” to the committee four times last year? Taylor, a criminal defense attorney for Learner asked that since Lerner is not going to answer questions, can she be excused from appearing, saying that would “have no purpose other than to embarrass or burden her.” WHO CARES WHAT IT DOES TO HER! With the crap that the IRS did to law-abiding Americans whose only crime was being conservative under her watch, I agree with the Jawa Report, “Boo frickin hoo, make her plead the Fifth for all to see”. Honesty, who really thinks that Holder and the DOJ is going to take this investigation seriously? About as serious as they did the New Black Panther Party and voter intimidation. Congress and Daryl Issa best make her march her happy butt into the hearing room and have all the world to see the head of the very department responsible for the IRS scandal of targeting conservative and Tea Party groups plead the 5th.
A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups.
Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening — or why she didn’t disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.
“She has not committed any crime or made any misrepresentation but under the circumstances she has no choice but to take this course,” said a letter by Taylor to committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Vista). The letter, sent Monday, was obtained Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times.
UPDATE I: From Weasel Zippers, Daryl Issa does not disappoint … Issa Issues Subpoena Anyway to force her to plead the 5th in public for all of America to see. More great PR for Barack Obama, Democrats and the IRS.
Lois Lerner, the IRS official who headed the tax-exempt division when the targeting of tea-party groups took place, plans to invoke her Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions before Congress on Wednesday.
But Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House oversight committee where Lerner was to appear, has issued a subpoena to Lerner anyway.
The subpoena was delivered after the committee received the letter from Lerner’s attorney, a committee aide said.
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, May 15, 2015 – The Department of Justice Secretly Obtains Phone Records
- In what the AP is calling a “massive and unprecedented intrusion”
Daily Commentary – Wednesday, May 15, 2015 Download
IRS Admits Trageting Conservatives for Extra Tax Scrutiny in 2012 Election … Claimed there was No Political Bias Behind the Alinsky Targeting Tactics
ADD ANOTHER SCANDAL TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION … MORE CHICAGO STYLE, SAUL ALINSKY POLITICS … WHEN IS AMERICA GOING TO ADMIT THAT OBAMA IS NIXONESQUE?
The IRS apologizes for targeting Conservatives and Tea Party groups … apology not accepted! Should this be considered a “hate crime”? The IRS was obviously only targeting a certain element of society. Of course the IRS did not target Conservative groups to retaliate against Obama enemies list. That could never happen.
What a shock that the Obama IRS would act as his henchman to go after Conservatives and Tea Party groups. All the IRS has to offer is an apology? This is simply unacceptable and all involved need to be fired, without pensions immediately! As reported at the WAPO, IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. MY BUTT!!! What a joke this is, of course it was politically motivated. It was just a coincidence that it was only Conservative Tea Party orgs that were targeted. If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you. Talk about abuse of power. This admissions from the IRS is exactly what Conservatives have been accusing them of years and now “We the People” know its true. How can anyone have faith in this “Gestapo” organization ever again?
1. IRS officials claimed that there was no political bias behind the targeting of these conservative groups, but they failed to produce any examples of similar targeting of groups with non-conservative-sounding names. Initially, they suggested that other non-conservative-sounding names might have been targeted. By the end of the call, though, Lerner acknowledged: “I only said that because I never like to say ‘absolutely not.’ I don’t have any information on that.”
2. Lerner wouldn’t say whether anyone is being disciplined, then appeared to say there was no disciplinary action, then went back to saying she wouldn’t comment. (more)
This is the tip of the iceberg and follows the “cockroach” principle … this is what they have admitted to, what else are they guilty of like who they audit, hmm? Obviously, the Obama administration used Alinsky tactics & IRS to ensure Tea Party would not be a factor in 2012.
The Internal Revenue Service on Friday apologized for targeting groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names, confirming long-standing accusations by some conservatives that their applications for tax-exempt status were being improperly delayed and scrutinized.
Lois G. Lerner, the IRS official who oversees tax-exempt groups, said the “absolutely inappropriate” actions by “front-line people” were not driven by partisan motives.
Rather, Lerner said, they were a misguided effort to come up with an efficient means of dealing with a flood of applications from organizations seeking tax-exempt status between 2010 and 2012.
During that period, about 75 groups were selected for extra inquiry — including burdensome questionnaires and, in some cases, improper requests for the names of their donors — simply because of the words in their names, she said in a conference call with reporters.
The Gateway Pundit reminds us of the when in 2012, conservative groups complained that the IRS was targeting them for audits. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman told Congress that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views.
UPDATE I: From the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform: Issa and Jordan: IRS Political Retaliation Tactics “Unconscionable”.
As Weasel Zippers stated, “heads should roll”. As we stated above, there is not one person who should be spared … ALL SHOULD GO, WITHOUT PENSIONS AND CRIMINAL CHARGES SHOULD BE MADE.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio., requested the IG look into allegations of political retaliation last June. In response to the today’s disclosure and apology by IRS, Issa and Jordan issued the following statement: “The fact that Americans were targeted by the IRS because of their political beliefs is unconscionable. The Committee will aggressively follow up on the IG report and hold responsible officials accountable for this political retaliation.”
UPDATE II: A Public Service Announcement to the American People via Legal Insurrection … As IRS admits it targeted Tea Party groups, remember IRS is Obamacare enforcer.
UPDATE II: From The Weekly Standard - The Times & the IRS Story … It’s not front page news, apparently. Think the same would hold true under a GOP presidency?
Not front page material in the Grey Lady’s news judgment. But good enough for page A-11. With the third paragraph reassuring readers that an agency spokesperson had insisted
… that the move was not driven by politics, but she added, “We made some mistakes; some people didn’t use good judgment.”
But of course. One does wonder, though, how the Times would have played the news if, a few years back, it had come to light that the IRS had been auditing Valerie Plame.
But … then, perhaps in the Times’s lofty judgment, the IRS was merely doing what it should do. This, anyway, was how the Times editorial page saw it last year: