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  • Where Are The Washington Post And New York Times On The Richardson Story?

    Last Friday I had a post about the Justice Department’s dismissal of a public corruption case against New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. The AP reported that sources within Justice said the investigation had been killed in Washington. More evidence of that possibility comes from a letter sent by the U.S. Attorney in New Mexico, Gregory Fouratt, who is not an Obama political appointee, but a career lawyer appointed by the federal judges in his circuit to fill the vacancy in the U.S. Attorney’s office.

    The purpose of the letter was to notify Richardson and his political donor, a company called CDR, that the “United States will not seek to bring charges.” But the letter goes on to say that CDR and its officers “made substantial contributions to Governor Richardson’s political organization during the time that the company sought financial work” with the state government and “pressure from the governor’s office resulted in the corruption of the procurement process so that CDR would be awarded such work.” The notification letter “is not to be interpreted as an exoneration of any party’s conduct.”

    This is a very unusual letter, as anyone who has worked at the Justice Department can tell you. If one takes the innocent view, it could mean that Fouratt was telling the defendants that he knows they acted corruptly and illegally but they just got by with it because he does not have quite enough evidence to go to a jury with, but he is keeping his eye on them.

    On the other hand, if you take a more cynical and jaundiced view, especially given the apparent political nature of many decisions in the Holder DOJ, the content of this letter supposedly clearing Richardson provides evidence that the AP story was correct and it was not the decision of the U.S. Attorney to dismiss this case. Fouratt came as close as he could to saying that in the letter without doing so directly. You don’t have to do much reading between the lines to see that Fouratt may have been angry about being told by his political bosses in D.C. to dismiss an investigation that had revealed “corruption of the procurement process” by the governor’s office.

    But none of the media denizens of the press like the Washington Post or the New York Times are interested in this story from any standpoint other than reporting that Richardson, a political ally of President Obama, is now free and clear of a federal investigation because of claimed intervention by the president’s political appointees at Justice.

    Cross-posted at The Corner.

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    21 Responses to Where Are The Washington Post And New York Times On The Richardson Story?

    1. Bobbie Jay says:

      What a bunch of dishonest thugs. I'm sure many more of Obama's favorites will be cleared of all wrong doing if and when they're caught.

      In the mean time, there needs to be wage reform in government! Obama doesn't need $400,000 and anyone under him who ignores their duty relations to the constitution shouldn't make more then $20,000. It's easy to destroy the constitution, but daily we see the government too weak to recognize the constitution. They are unqualified and liars.

    2. Alexy,warrenton says:

      The post is such a liberal raf that I wonder why anyone would be supprised by their waffleing on the story.

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    6. jim smith says:

      Holder and Rahm are in a very heated competition for the Nobel Prize in Kneecapping. Anyone in their way will be bowled over, especially anyone dealing with factual evidence of wrongdoing by a key Nobama supporter. Nobama is "sharpening" his message for next week's speech. Sharpening, like fine tuning and expanding, is another version of Nobamaspeak, more popularly known as "more bald faced lies". Enter the Pinochhiometer to monitor the number and frequency of the dreaded "L" word.

      Hang onto your wallet.

    7. Jeff Dover, Scottsda says:

      Imagine the "corruption in the procurement process" or approval process if bureaucrats start to run health care: When they become responsible for which hospitals get built and what goes in them; when they determine which drugs they'll pay for; what equipment, what swabs …ultimately everything to do with that industry. Can you imagine what will happen to quality when bribes become the determining factor and not market forces?

    8. Daver Ft. Worth says:

      Have I mentioned lately that for the first time in my adult life I am no longer proud to be a citizen of this government?

    9. Bob, Portland, OR says:

      Who cares about Sam Richardson? He has no real power over this revolution that is happening in our country.

      Let's stay focused on folks like Charlie Rangle who made campaign donations to three of the senators who were investigating him for his tax issues.

      Pay attention, stay focused and by all means organize.

    10. Jules Battlefield, M says:

      just another example of the corruption rampant in this administration…wake up, people…this is just the "chicago way" of doing politics, thugs and all…nothing these commies do surprises me anymore…

    11. James A. Glasscock, says:

      Just wait until Obamacare kicks in. And, of course, Cap and RAID is ideal for kickbacks and payoffs. Barry and Company is on a roll . . . and we are the suckers.

    12. Robert davis austin, says:

      This is one of the least of what Obamas folks have done. The Chicago mafia democratic machine is now in full swing and lets just hope the country can survive 4 years of these terrible "public servants" who believe the public to be served are their cronies.

    13. Tom Iowa says:

      Chicago politics, 1, 2, 3…. I can not wait till these idiots are out of office and the new leaders go after them……

    14. Tim Az says:

      How Clintonesque. Mao-Bama out does Bubba at every turn.

    15. Marsh says:

      Do not take your Eyes off the BALL!

    16. Lynn B. DeSpain says:

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Consider that fact that Obama now has 31 Czars, answerable only to him and no one else, in charge of areas of business in this Nation that they have no credentials in! He and his cronies in Congress have now created a Nation of daily crisis to to the rest of us seems just another normal day. in Hell. Take back you Nation, one politician at a time.


    17. Jerry from Chicago says:

      Where are the Washington Post and the N.Y. Times? Are you kidding? They are in the same place as NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN and MSNBC – hiding.

      One more Democrat crook. Is anyone really surprised that Obama's DOJ dropped charges? After Holder refused to prosecute Black Panthers for voter intimidation outside an election place, nothing he does or doesn't do would surprise me.

      Holder must be too busy looking for evidence to prosecute former CIA operatives for interogating terrorists after 9/11. He certainly isn't spending any time looking at the 'perks' obtained by Chris Dodd and Barney Frank during their "oversight" of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Nor, it appears, has he spent any time looking into the activities of ACORN and voter registration fraud. Hmmm, I wonder why not?

    18. The Captain, New Orl says:

      Well, it has to be the second. It has been my experience that the U.S. Attorney does not send letters if he believes you are a criminal but just can not prove it and he is keeping an eye on you. He will hope that some other info may come to light that will lead to an indictment. It is obvious that this career prosecutor was told to stop and to send the letter.

    19. Richard Fletcher, Sa says:

      Jerry from Chicago has it all correctly. When Eric Holder let the Black Panthers off the hook for their voter intimidation tactics, I wouldn't know what to expect from him next.

      Yes, and what about Barney Frank's and Chris Dodd's sweet mortgages, all the while ignoring the activities of ACORN.

    20. Aaron, Louisiana says:

      If you notice, they are all chasing after the idol that is on vacation 5 out of 7 days a week, to see what is going to be spoken next or to hear his great words of facist wisdom, have we come to expect less? I mean, Billy in New Mexico is just so undictatorish.

    21. Al, The Villages, Fl says:

      Where is the NYT and Post indeed. If we survive the Obama administration, I hope they are outed as to their failure to the American People. I find it interesting that they neither investigate Glenn Beck for his coverage or go after the administration for that which Glenn has uncovered. Coward and corrupt.

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