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Federal Judge Accuses Justice Dept. Attorneys of Possible “Fraud Upon the Court”
From any neutral viewpoint, it’s a big and serious story when a federal judge (appointed by Clinton) accuses seven Justice Department attorneys of fraud in a whistleblower case. In essence, the judge is alleging the worst sorts of ethical violations–possibly criminal–against the very government attorneys who are supposed to protect the public’s interest.
In a newly unsealed, Dec. 1, 2014, court ruling that legal experts said was highly unusual, Allegra accused seven Justice Department lawyers of “fraud upon the court,” banned them from making any further filings in the case and took the unusual step of directly notifying Attorney General Eric Holder.
“[Judge] Allegra said the government attorneys may have intimidated a witness and charged that seven of them may have kept illegal behavior secret from the court.”
What happens when those who are supposed to protect the public’s interest harm the public’s interest? To whom can citizens turn?
What happens when the nation’s chief law enforcement agency loses the public’s confidence?
How can the same Justice Dept. convince the public it is conducting an independent investigation of the IRS while defending the IRS in private litigation?
The same Justice Dept. fails to follow Freedom of Information law…while defending other federal agencies defying the law as well…using your tax dollars.
Is this story getting its due coverage? If not…why?
What are your thoughts?
Here are some articles discussing this extraordinary case and the judge’s allegations:
2008 December: President Obama nominates Hillary Clinton for secretary of state. 2009 Jan. 13: Reports say the clintonemail.com domain was established. Jan. 21: Senate confirms Clinton as secretary of state. March 18: Clinton will later name this as the date she began using a private server for government business. 2012 Sept. 11: Islamic extremists launch […]