Letting Lerner Off Through Prosecutorial Discretion


If you want to know why so few Americans who aren’t partisan Democrats trust the Obama Administration — a dynamic that is currently have a real effect on the issue of accepting refugees from the Middle East — Joel Gehrke provides one of the most recent indications as to the reason:

Justice Department officials used “prosecutorial discretion” to shelter former IRS official Lois Lerner from a grand jury after she was held in contempt of Congress.

“I believe that in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the matter was handled and was resolved,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning.

Translation: The Obama Administration simply decided not to prosecute somebody who very much appears to have broken the law in order to use a government agency to help his reelection chances.  As Congressman Trey Gowdy argues, there was more than ample evidence to justify a grand jury.

The damage that Obama’s presidency has done to the United States is incalculable in all areas, but the damage to our civic society is right up there at the top.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I wonder if we had completely escaped medievalism when we decided to adopt the royal; prerogative of “pardon”? Why should the President be able to nullify the considered action of the judicial system without any need for explanation? Does anyone doubt that Presidential pardons are sold? Why else would they wait for their last days in office to issue pardons? “Proecutorial Discretion” is just another form of pardon.

    • Tommy Cranston

      Pardons were made for men like Washington, Jefferson and Madison. The Founders didn’t expect the people to elect trash like the Clinton’s and Nobama.

      • Rhett Hardwick

        True, I suppose it is a “check and balance” on the Judiciary.