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  •  If I may point out a few things (7+ / 0-)

    that will show Grassley to be the complete fool he is...
    because the documents Issa is demanding relate to ongoing DOJ criminal investigations and contain names and other identifying information of confidential informants, the DOJ is not at liberty to reveal them.

    See third and fourth paragraphs of the April 8, 2011 letter from the Assistant Attorney General

    Also as per the Office of Legal Counsel under Reagan, Assistant Attorney General Charles Cooper maintained that
    "allowing Congress to have confidential information regarding on-going investigations would place Congress in a position to exert pressure or attempt to influence the prosecution of criminal cases. "..........
     "The executive cannot effectively investigate if Congress is, in a sense, a partner in the investigation. Moreover, providing open investigative files to a Congressional Subpoena could give rise to a claim, by defense counsel or others, of improper Congressional influence over a criminal justice process should it turn out that an indictment was returned in the matter after Congress had obtained access to the files."

    See  2nd page of May 17, 2000 letter to Orin Hatch from Janet Reno at same link as above.  

    Because the DOJ is under the Executive branch and serves at the pleasure of the President, it is the President's  right and responsibility to prevent the potential revelation of evidence in a criminal case such that those suspected of crimes find they are facing possible criminal charges before the DOJ has had time to collect evidence against them.    

     This falls clearly under the Separation of Powers and Grassley and Issa are way out of bounds in their claims.

    Smart people know what they don't know -8.50, -6.92

    by ferallike on Wed Jun 20, 2012 at 11:47:13 PM PDT

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