Glenn Fine, Inspector General at the U.S. Justice Department for a decade, has submitted letters of resignation to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder saying he wants to “pursue new professional challenges.”
“His tenure has been marked recently by high-profile investigations into allegations of misconduct by former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his staff. Together with DOJ’s other internal watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility, Fine’s staff dug into the firings of U.S. attorneys.”
Complaints on Christopher Christie, (now former New Jersey U.S.A.G.) and Thomas Colantuono (now former New Hampshire U.S.A.G.) were filed with the OIG. The actions by these attorneys were not only due to poor job performance or political motivation, but outright criminal. Their abuse of power and clear cut Obstruction of Justice are in violation of U.S. Code including, but not limited to, Misprision of Felony, U.S.C. Title 18, sec. 4, 241, 242, the Citizens Protection Act of 1998 and U.S.C. Title 28, Chap. 31 530B(a) Ethical standards for attorneys for the Government.
The OIG acknowledged receipt of my complaints dated February 23, 2007, determined that the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys management should review my complaint and forwarded my complaint to the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. My complaint was also faxed to H. Marshall Jarrett, Counsel, the OPR (Office of Professional Responsibility).
On March 5, 2008 the OPR determined that my issues did not warrant action by their office. If my issues did not warrant action, the OIG would not have forwarded my complaint to the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.
In April 2009 “H. Marshall Jarrett, the longtime chief lawyer in the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility” was “reassigned to head the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.”
The office of US Attorneys
actually predates its parent agency, the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Judiciary Act of 1789
created the US Attorney office and provided for the appointment in each judicial district of a “person learned in the law to act as attorney for the United States … whose duty it shall be to prosecute in each district all delinquents for crimes and offenses cognizable under the authority of the United States, and all civil actions in which the United States shall be concerned.”
There must be a great buy on “Revolving Doors.” All levels of government are investing in them!