'Smoking gun' email claimed found in Eric Holder DOJ scandal

Among the many scandals of the Obama administration that went unnoted by the MSM was a massive political hijacking.  Fines levied against financial institutions were diverted from the federal treasury into the coffers of left-wing allies of the Obama administration.  Now the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he has proof of political bias in selection of nonprofit recipients.

Alex Pappas writes at Fox News:

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee claims he obtained a "smoking gun" email that proves the Obama Justice Department prevented settlement payouts from going to conservative-leaning organizations, even as liberal groups were awarded money and DOJ officials denied "picking and choosing" recipients.

"It is not every day in congressional investigations that we find a smoking gun," Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Tuesday. "Here, we have it." ...

But internal Justice Department emails released Tuesday by Goodlatte indicated that not only were officials involved in determining what organizations would get the money, but also Justice Department officials may have intervened to make sure the settlements didn't go to conservative groups.

In one such email in July 2014, a senior Justice Department official expressed "concerns" about what groups would receive settlement money from Citigroup – saying they didn't want money going to a group that does "conservative property-rights legal services."

"Concerns include: a) not allowing Citi to pick a statewide intermediary like the Pacific Legal Foundation (does conservative property-rights legal services)," the official, whose name is redacted in the email, wrote under the title of "Acting Senior Counselor for Access to Justice." 

The official added that "we are more likely to get the right result from a state bar association affiliated entity."

That is political bias, all right, and it makes the case that this was illegal.

Among the many scandals of the Obama administration that went unnoted by the MSM was a massive political hijacking.  Fines levied against financial institutions were diverted from the federal treasury into the coffers of left-wing allies of the Obama administration.  Now the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says he has proof of political bias in selection of nonprofit recipients.

Alex Pappas writes at Fox News:

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee claims he obtained a "smoking gun" email that proves the Obama Justice Department prevented settlement payouts from going to conservative-leaning organizations, even as liberal groups were awarded money and DOJ officials denied "picking and choosing" recipients.

"It is not every day in congressional investigations that we find a smoking gun," Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Tuesday. "Here, we have it." ...

But internal Justice Department emails released Tuesday by Goodlatte indicated that not only were officials involved in determining what organizations would get the money, but also Justice Department officials may have intervened to make sure the settlements didn't go to conservative groups.

In one such email in July 2014, a senior Justice Department official expressed "concerns" about what groups would receive settlement money from Citigroup – saying they didn't want money going to a group that does "conservative property-rights legal services."

"Concerns include: a) not allowing Citi to pick a statewide intermediary like the Pacific Legal Foundation (does conservative property-rights legal services)," the official, whose name is redacted in the email, wrote under the title of "Acting Senior Counselor for Access to Justice." 

The official added that "we are more likely to get the right result from a state bar association affiliated entity."

That is political bias, all right, and it makes the case that this was illegal.