Federal Attorney Powell: DOJ Should Probe Lerner's Missing Emails

Monday, 30 Jun 2014 02:55 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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The Department of Justice should be investigating former IRS official Lois Lerner's missing emails, and the implications are serious because it is relying on others to find out what happened to them, says federal appeals attorney Sidney Powell.

"It's absolutely ridiculous," Powell said on Monday's "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV. "I don't think there's a person in the country that believes those emails just all suddenly went missing when they pertain to the most crucial time and information relevant to the investigation."

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Powell, author of "Licensed to Lie," said there is another interesting twist, pointing to an article she wrote for The New York Observer, titled "Meet Emmet Sullivan,"  about the judge who has been assigned to the IRS case.

Sullivan, she said, is the same Washington, D.C., judge who ordered a special prosecutor to investigate the Department of Justice and the prosecutors in the Ted Stevens case.

In that case, a special investigation concluded two Justice Department prosecutors intentionally withheld evidence in the case against the late Stevens, a longtime Republican senator from Alaska who was forced to defend himself against false-statements charges in 2008. He lost re-election as the scandal unfolded, and died in a plane crash two years later.

"I did not work on the defense on that case," said Powell, "but the case is covered, and Judge Sullivan is discussed at length in my book ... and the article on the Observer website which has gone viral in the last 24 to 48 hours"

Powell said it is difficult to say whether Attorney General Eric Holder will be able to continue on unchecked.

"There's going to be mounting evidence of increasing corruption in the Department of Justice," Powell said. "The Project on Government Oversight came out recently with a report identifying over 400 instances of prosecutorial misconduct that was either intentional or reckless in the department. Over 60-some were confirmed during Holder's tenure by department lawyers and by the Office of Professional Responsibility itself. To get that office to do anything to identify prosecutorial misconduct is a significant accomplishment. So for them to have recognized it, it has to be bad."

But Holder refuses to release the prosecutors' names, "which is an outrage," she said.

"Prosecutors should be identified, and they should be fired. He also has failed to identify the cases in which the prosecutorial misconduct occurred. There's no telling what those defendants have suffered. I have no doubt that there are innocent people in our prisons everywhere."

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