Justice Department Confirms It Will Not Prosecute HolderSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 06/29/2012 - 23:00
Justice Department Confirms It WILL NOT Prosecute Holder
By Sari Horwitz, Friday, June 29, 1:52 PM
The Justice Department has told House leaders that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s decision to withhold certain documents about a flawed gun operation from Congress is not a crime and he will not be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole explained the decision, which was expected, in a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). The letter was released publicly Friday, just over a week after President Obama invoked executive privilege to withhold the documents.
In his letter, Cole said the decision not to prosecute Holder conforms to long-standing Justice Department practice in both Democratic and Republican administrations.