A U.S. Justice Department source has told The Daily Caller that at least two DOJ prosecutors accepted cash bribes from allegedly corrupt finance executives who were indicted under court seal within the past 13 months, but never arrested or prosecuted.
The sitting governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, his attorney general and an unspecified number of Virgin Islands legislators also accepted bribes, the source said, adding that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is aware prosecutors and elected officials were bribed and otherwise compromised, but has not held anyone accountable.
The bribed officials, an attorney with knowledge of the investigation told TheDC, remain on the taxpayers’ payroll at the Justice Department without any accountability. The DOJ source said Holder does not want to admit public officials accepted bribes while under his leadership.
That source said that until the summer of 2011, the two compromised prosecutors were part of a team of more than 25 federal prosecutors pursuing a financial crime ring, and at least five other prosecutors tasked to the case were also compromised by the criminal suspects they were investigating, without being bribed.
Personally, I am of the opinion that Eric Holder should have been fired long ago, whether it have been for the arbitrary dropping of charges against members of the New Black Panther Party who engaged voter intimidation outside a Philadelphia polling place during the 2008 election, whether it be for the selective nature that Holder’s DOJ raided Gibson Guitars for purported violations of Madagascarean law while leaving a rival guitar maker run by a Democratic Party donor alone despite the same purported violations having taken place, or whether it be for the Department’s complicity, via Fast And Furious, in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
I have trouble understanding how Holder made it this far without drawing ire from the Obama administration, so naturally I wonder how he will survive this latest scandal. A possibility is here:
TheDC is withholding the name of the source, a knowledgeable government official who served on the Justice Department’s arrest team and was involved in the investigation, in order to prevent career retaliation from political figures in the Obama administration.
A former high-level elected official vouches for the government source’s veracity. “[The source] was trustworthy … and you could tell [the source] information or [the source] could hear information and [the source] would keep things close to [the source’s] chest,” that former official told TheDC. “You could trust [the source] with your life.”
The identities of the prosecutors who accepted bribes and others who were compromised have not yet been made public, and TheDC has not yet independently confirmed their identities. The prosecutors themselves are now cooperating with Justice Department investigators. (RELATED: Full coverage of the Justice Department)
Eric Holder, the source said, personally approved the makeup of the investigation and arrest teams.
“The team which was put in place, of course, in tracking all the information that we had — Holder had to sign off on the teams. He signed off on them a year and a half ago,” the source said during an interview. “He wasn’t fully in control of it, but of course the knowledge and approval of it came from him.”
“There are internal documents, of course. He was briefed. He got a full scope of what transpired, and he got a full scope of what is going on with this case in particular. There is nothing going on in this case that Holder doesn’t know about right now.”
I don’t like anonymous sourcing. I understand the role it plays in the American press, but I don’t like it. I think of the way that the New York Times sandbagged John McCain with a completely anonymously sourced front-page story insinuating marital infidelities. And here, it’s even worse — the Daily Caller cites another unnamed source, this one a “former high-level elected official” anonymous source, who vouches for the other anonymous source’s veracity. Even if it’s completely rosy, it just doesn’t smell right.
Sourcing aside, I hope that it will be enough to get an investigation going. I’d love to see Eric Holder really taken down a notch.