Now That the Election Is Over… Charges Against Stevens Will Be Dropped
All criminal charges against former Senator Ted Stevens will be dropped later today, the Department of Justice has announced. Attorney General Eric Holder said that he decided to drop the case because of the severe misconduct committed by Justice Department prosecutors–the only real instance of potentially politically-motivated misconduct in the Bush Justice Department that has come to light–which caused the trial judge to hold prosecutors in contempt of court. Holder was reportedly concerned about “more hearings that might embarrass the department.” If I were Stevens, I would demand hearings to try to determine whether the rogue prosecutors were politically motivated.
Stevens lost his senate seat to a democrat challenger this year. He was the longest serving Republican in the Senate.
Andrew Breitbart wrote earlier this week about these effective tactics used by Democrats:
Political leftists play for keeps. They are willing to lie, perform deceptive acts in a coordinated fashion and do so in a wicked way – all in the pursuit of victory. Moral relativism is alive and well in the land of Hope and Change and its Web-savvy youth brigade expresses its “idealism” in a most cynical fashion.
The ends justify the means for them – now more than ever.
The Democrats needed Stevens’s seat to get their filibuster-proof majority.
They got it.
The ends justify the means.
UPDATE: From email Dave W. adds this:
Trying to understand the proper etiquette… would it be proper for Mark Begich to send ‘Thank You’ notes to the Department of Justice, or can he list them on future resumes as a ‘job reference’ that helped him get his job?
The Department of Justice kept leaking to the media their investigation of Congressman Don Young (AK) too, but as soon as the election was over the ‘public, trumped up—leaked investigation’ stopped. I guess the Department of Justice wasn’t as successful on that one.
But then the Blagovich arrest and investigation had been know since July of 2008, and the Department of Justice did not want to proceed with that case until after the election, as to not ‘interfere’ with the election. Convenient.