Did Eric Holder 'mislead' Congress or a judge?
Well...mislead means, "To lead into error of thought or action, especially by intentionally deceiving."
What was that oath he took when testifying? Oh yeah, "...the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth..." And the oath for an affidavit it that it is factual, in other words - NOT misleading.
Let's look at the definition of perjury, "The deliberate, willful giving of false, misleading, or incomplete testimony under oath." Swearing to an affidavit is also under penalty of perjury.
Hmmm...there's that word, 'mislead' within the definition of 'perjury'.
First, Holder signs a misleading affidavit accusing a reporter of espionage - treason - and tells Congress, "With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I have ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be a wise policy."
So, he was accusing a reporter of a high crime, but had no intent to prosecute? Maybe not prosecute - but certainly persecute.
Originally posted 05/30/2013
I first began to write about this ‘Tri-Fecta of Scandals’ (before the media picked up the term) at http://www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/3/post/2013/05/nationalized-train-wreck.html. I have also written about the dog and pony show of Holder reviewing the DOJ policies and protocols involving the investigation of reporters. Many have said he should not investigate himself. True, but there is no investigation happening – read more at
The other two scandals in this Tri-Fecta of Scandals are detailed at:
Tri-Fecta of Scandals - IRS Corruption http://www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/3/post/2013/05/tri-fecta-of-scandals-irs-corruption.html Tri-Fecta of Scandals - Benghazi http://www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/3/post/2013/05/tri-fecta-of-scandals-benghazi.html
“Its not the scandals, or even the depths of the scandals, that should concern you - the American People. It is the potential of the scandals. Like an iceberg, be concerned with what has not surfaced (only 1/9 of an iceberg is above the surface).
How this current legislative branch handles the tri-fecta of scandals of the executive branch will literally define the future of our Country.” – Dean A. Beers, author and American Patriot
Why are people upset about the DOJ grab of journalist communications records?
The Department of Justice seizing the records – phone and email – of media agencies and their reporters. The DOJ asserting that these reporters are traitors to our Country. The media, much of them, have long been the administration’s lap dog – until they became the target of corruption.
Is the media becoming racist?
Funny, the media has decried the Tea Party and other groups casting an eagle’s eye on this administration for not liking the character of the president (they call it racism - character is inside, race is outside - we look into the person, not at the person).
Now that they don't like his character (they must becoming racists) they are crying foul.
They've lost what they thought was their friend. Apparently they did not read 'The Art of War' - keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Welcome to war media.
The recent revealing that the DOJ has accused reporters of being traitors and then seizing their communications records – business, personal, employer and family – is egregious. Any acceptance of this will be acceptance for this to be used against citizens; it has long been, we should not be naïve. Now that the media has been targeted, it is a scandal. For years – even before this administration – citizens have been targeted, but ignored as a scandal. Imagine the IRS, who has now been revealed as targeting groups opposed to this administration, and the DOJ joining forces to all but physically attack citizens – emotionally, financially and other means. To control a person’s money is to control them and their freedom. I believe that is the ultimate goal. The media is supposed to be the ‘fourth branch’ of government – the primary watchdog to keep the citizens informed and government in check – forming a triad of citizens, media and government. The methods used by the DOJ to seize media records essentially what happens in criminal investigations of national security – secrecy to protect the integrity of the investigation and people involved. You, as a citizen, would never be told of the seizure of your communications. However, the media – under our First Amendment – is traditionally told in advance. In this scandal, they were not. To the media, that is the scandal. To us the scandal should be why are our First Amendment rights being violated without recourse, but those of the media protected? Because the president and the media have been each other lapdogs.
Substitute yourself for the Fox reporter, James Rosen. Eric Holder signed an affidavit – a document under oath presented to a judge – that stated, ‘...there is probable cause to believe that the Reporter has committed a violation (espionage act) at the very least, either has an aider, abettor and/or co-hyphen conspirator of Mr. Kim.’ Holder has accused the reporter of treason, being a traitor. When testifying – that is LYING – before Congress, Holder stated, ‘You got a long way to go to try to prosecute people, the press, for the publication for that material. Those prosecutions have not fared well in American history...’ and ‘Well, I would say this. With regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material, that is not something that I have ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be a wise policy.’ Remember, the scandal broke, he lied and then the affidavit for the warrant was exposed. I put this in the correct time line so that you can easily see that he knew well of his actions and testimony. What he did not expect was to be caught. I am a legal investigator, and would be pleased to deconstruct his testimony and these cases to expose them for what they are.
Now, how does this tie into the IRS scandal? Because, in my view, the targeting of some of the media has been for the very same reasons. Not because of a leak of national security – one of the most serious he has seen in his 30 years. No, it is to push a corrupt and socialist agenda. Kill the watchdog and rob the house. Government is a bureaucracy – it works from memos and policies. The frontline of the DOJ went to the very top to have at least one very illegal search warrant affidavit signed by Holder. Where there is one, there are two – and so on. Moreover, these frontline employees did not come up with these illegal acts themselves – they were directed to. Why else go to the top? They simply do as policies and regulations dictate. Like the IRS, the DOJ has the ever growing and perpetual authority to make your life miserable – to shut you down. That is why you should be concerned – if they will try to take down the media and groups opposed to their corruption and agenda – imagine what they will do to you. Imagine you are posting on your social networking, even your private email and phone conversations, about your disagreement with certain government bureaucracies and political groups. It’s your First Amendment right, together with every other person, to do so. We first learned you it might begin with receiving letters and phone calls from the IRS disputing your tax filings, perhaps being audited and/or penalized. Now we know that the DOJ may become involved. Although this has not been a scandal yet – it will be, just hold tight.
Like the IRS, the DOJ has only one position – their position, no compromise. Especially if any resolution rests solely at their discretion of disclosure – by criminal charges filed against you, possibly as a traitor – of their actions. This is where Holder flat LIED. He claimed no intent to prosecute – for the highest crime against our Country, espionage – but signed off under oath on a search warrant to seize communications records of a reporter of a news agency that has long been critical of the socialist agenda and corruption of this administration.
The media is a behemoth – and competitive. This scandal is the first to unite them. So much so that they have all declined Holder’s invitation to meet off the record to discuss the scandal and his review of the DOJ’s policies and protocols involving the media. They have responded that any meeting would be on the record and in the presence of legal counsel. Good for them. Could you do this? No.
Imagine that you are targeted, questioned, arrested or even charged for high crimes and misdemeanors by the DOJ. These are founded only by their actions as provided for in their policies and methods – apparently with complete disregard for the law. Holder is the highest law enforcement officer of our Country. You are against a behemoth that is essentially omnipotent and self-regulating, without a special prosecutor. Your life – your family - has been hurt emotionally and financially, and your freedoms seized - by the actions of the DOJ, either deliberate or by circumstance.
Imagine finding out that persons of similar concerns and circumstances have also faced the wrath of the DOJ for exercising the same First Amendment rights – or any of our Bill of Rights. Years later, after many questions it is learned that a special internal team of prosecutors were organized to target certain individuals and groups of similar concerns and circumstances – and they have been harmed by the willful, but revealed illegal, actions of the DOJ. The damage is done – you are not a behemoth, like the media. It is time for the media to be part of the individual collective and not government bureaucracy.
Imagine this happening to persons of race, gender, culture or other identifying trait that is inherent. No one would stand for it. These have happened – they were wrong; still do – and they are wrong. Imagine that these tactics were used for personal and political gain. It has happened and no one is above the law.
This is what is happening now – this new scandal is not the last. The media that question the policies of our government (which is We the People) and direction of our Country have been under selective attack for exercising their First Amendment rights. These attacks appear to slither through the bureaucracy and leadership of the DOJ and the executive branch – Internal Revenue Service, Department of Justice and White House. The media has long been distracted by this third scandal of the Tri-Fecta. It should not feel protected from the second scandal – they too, I predicted, have been targeted by the IRS. That will make them relentless.
One would think that this Tri-Fecta of Scandals, dog piled onto many other scandals, would be sufficient to break the back of this corrupt administration and lazy Congress.
Now that this cup of napalm is sitting his Holder’s hand, he has felt a ‘creeping sense of personal remorse’ after being caught. The weight of a press feeding frenzy has forced Holder to reconcile his progressive views with his direct involvement in orchestrating the investigation against Fox’s James Rosen. There is no remorse. It is an attempt at damage control and rethinking how he applies his progressive ideologies to his involvement in these witch hunts. This is founded by his recent attempts to meet with stakeholders – off the record.
There is no remorse. It is an attempt at damage control and rethinking how he applies his progressive ideologies to his involvement in these witch hunts. This is founded by his recent attempts to meet with stakeholders – off the record. When was the last time a person could be off the record with a law enforcement official? When that person asserted their Fifth Amendment Rights. That is what Holder wants – the equivalent of the Fifth Amendment from those whose First Amendment Rights he violated. He was to tell his story, but not be held accountable.
As detailed in the 'First Amendment - Personal Freedoms of Expression' chapter in my book, one manner of controlling freedom is by believing government grants freedoms. One manner of protecting them is to assert they are natural birth rights. Express and redress of grievances against government is protected by our First Amendment. Attempts of revoking the exercise of this freedom have existed since the time of keeping the populace illiterate, through the progress of the printing press - from which the media evolved. To control the media is to control information, free thought, free expression and the ability to have one additional check and balance of the government of the People, by the People and of the People.
Eric Holder asserted an accusation of treason by espionage against the media - right now one reporter, but it will be more - and then tried to claim that no such prosecution was intended. That is perjury of an affidavit under oath, perjury of testimony to Congress under oath, and a violation of due process of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of our Bill of Rights.
I don't think you would stand for it - and you shouldn't.
Past the Time for Resignations - the Time is for Impeachment at http://www.beerswithourfoundingfathers.com/3/post/2013/05/past-the-time-for-resignations-the-time-is-for-impeachment.html
I don't think you would stand for it - and you shouldn't.
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These media groups have given in to Holders equivalent of 'let me come clean but don't prosecute me' with off the record meetings. He is essentially pleading the Fifth to the public, with the aid of these media groups:
The Washington Post, Politico, ABC and USA TODAY. After negotiations between the news organizations and the Justice Department, media lawyers will attend as well as journalists.
These media groups, some the personal lapdogs of the DOJ and White House, have declined to be part of the dog and pony show, or a confessional for Holder:
Fox News and the Associated Press - whose reporters also had phone records seized by the Justice Department - CNN, NBC, CBS, the Huffington Post, the New York Times and McClatchy Newspapers.