Congress Begs DOJ to Investigate Themselves and Report Findings

If you think the Department of Justice is going to investigate themselves, you are sadly mistaken.


This headline really irritates me. It is from the Daily Signal: “Republican Lawmakers Demand Answers From Justice Department on Operation Choke Point.”

Thirty members of Congress demanded today that the Department of Justice launch an “immediate investigation” into the agency’s own Operation Choke Point and those involved in creating and implementing the initiative against enterprises that are out of favor with the Obama administration.

Led by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., the 30 lawmakers sent a letter to Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, and Robin Ashton, head of its Office of Professional Responsibility, calling Choke Point a “blatant abuse of legal authority.”

“This situation merits your full and immediate attention, and we request that you launch a comprehensive investigation on Operation Choke Point and the individuals charged with creating and carrying out this unprecedented initiative,” Luetkemeyer and the 29 other lawmakers write.

The letter from House members follows one sent to the Justice Department earlier this month by six Republican senators, demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder release information about Operation Choke Point.

In this context, the word “demanded” should be translated as “begged.” Thirty members of Congress are whining for the Department of Justice to begin an investigation. It is embarrassing to read their letter.

[See also, “Justice Department Harasses, Punishes, and Tries to Destroy Legal Businesses Through Banks.”]

As my friend Bob Allen wrote,

Yes, sir… lawmakers are “demanding answers”… and “calling” for the Justice Department to investigate its own criminality.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for Hell to freeze over on this one.

That is exactly right. Congress needs to launch its own hearings, not pretend that a hostile executive agency is going to investigate itself at the behest of Congress.

[See also, “Executive Branch Bypasses Congress to Impose Financial Sanctions on… Legal Gun Dealers.”]

Asking Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to investigate themselves borders on delusional.