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Breaking News: House Votes to Holder Atty. General Holder in Contempt

doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In an election year, where politicians in Washington eat and breath partisan politics, the House voted Thursday to hold Atty. General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt. He becomes the first Attorney General to be held in contempt of Congress.

The Republican led contempt action was in response to allegations that Holder had failed to produce documents relating to the botched ATF Fast and Furious operation that encouraged Arizona gun dealer to sell to middlemen, all with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels.

The Washington Post reported that the vote was 255 to 67.

What happens now?

The House will send the matter to the D.C. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen, who will have to decide whether to file criminal charges against Holder, who is his boss.

In a statement, according to the Post, Holder said the vote “is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided – and politically motivated – investigation during an election year.” Holder added that the Republicans leading the investigation “have focused on politics over public safety.”

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U.S Attorney in D.C. Sets High Standards for Investigations

By Del Quentin WIlber and Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post 

 When federal authorities began to investigate allegations of corruption involving prominent D.C. politicians and their campaigns last year, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. took a keen interest in the probes.

Machen, the District’s top prosecutor, prodded his staff to work through weekends, demanded regular progress reports, set rigid deadlines and helped shape investigative tactics.

Although former and current prosecutors have described early friction in law enforcement circles over whether the probes would yield federal prosecutions, they said the effort paid off with recemt high-profile guilty pleas and resignations.

“I’m not sure that without Ron’s leadership that the office would have gotten where it is on these cases,” said Thomas Hibarger, who resigned last month as Machen’s chief prosecutor in federal court to join a digital risk management company. Ron really pushed us hard, rode us hard. . . . Ron is a force of nature.”

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Ex-High Ranking ICE Official Pleads to Ripping Off Government

James Woosley/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former high ranking official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement pleaded guilty Tuesday in D.C. to defrauding the government out of more than $180,000 in a scheme that involved other employees and fraudulent travel vouchers, time and attendance slips and kickbacks.

James Woosley, the former Acting Director of Intelligence for ICE,  pleaded guilty and admitted being part of the scheme that included him getting kickbacks, authorities said. Four others have pleaded guilty to being part of the scheme. In all, the losses totaled about $600,000 to the government, authorities said.

“Today James Woosley became the fifth – and highest-ranking – individual to plead guilty as part of a series of fraud schemes among rogue employees and contractors at ICE,” said U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen in a statement. “He abused his sensitive position of trust to fleece the government by submitting phony paperwork for and taking kickbacks from subordinates who were also on the take. This ongoing investigation demonstrates our dedication to protecting the taxpayer from corrupt government employees and contractors.”

D.C. U.S. Atty. Ron Machen Didn’t Make the Cut

Ron Machen Jr./doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No surprise here.

D.C. U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen Jr. reported for jury duty Monday in D.C. Superior Court, but didn’t make the cut, the Blog of Legal Times reported.

“I appreciated the opportunity to fulfill my civic duty,” Machen said in an e-mail to the Blog of Legal Times. “Much to my chagrin, I did not get the chance to serve on a jury. However, I enjoyed the experience and got to complete a lot of reading.”

The blog reported that Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. reported to jury duty last November in D.C. Superior Court, but got bounced as well.

D.C. U.S. Atty. Names Vincent Cohen Jr. to #2 Spot

Vincent H. Cohen Jr./law firm photo

Vincent H. Cohen Jr./law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – Vincent H. Cohen Jr. has left private practice to return to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington as the number two person, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.  announced Monday.

Cohen, 39, a partner in the D.C. law firm Schertler & Onorato, served as an assistant U.S. Attorney from 1997 to 2003. He worked cases involving bribery and gratuities, embezzlement, false claims, theft of government property, Worker’s Compensation fraud and violent crimes including murder, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

Cohen also worked on the civil side in the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Senate Judiciary Gives the Nod to U.S. Attorney Nominees for Calif, D.C., NY

D.C. nominee Ronald Machen

D.C. nominee Ronald Machen

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee gave a unanimous nod Thursday to three U.S. Attorney nominees.

The nominees include Andre Birotte, Jr. for the Central District of California; Richard Hartunian for the Northern District of New York and Ronald Machen for Washington D.C.

The three must now be confirmed by the full Senate.

Ex-Fed Prosecutor Emerges As Lead Contender For D.C. U.S. Atty Post

Ronald Machen

Ronald Machen

All across the country candidates are emerging for the many U.S. Attorney posts that need to be filled. In Washington, D.C., former federal prosecutor Ronald Machen has emerged as the likely person to become the next U.S. Attorney, according to the Washington Post. The position is currently being filled by interim U.S. Attorney Phillip Channing, a career prosecutor who was among the candidates being considered for the permanent post.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Keith L. Alexander
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Ronald C. Machen, a former federal prosecutor, has emerged as the leading contender to be the next U.S. Attorney in the District, according to sources close to the selection process.

Machen was the top choice of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) when she submitted the names of three candidates to President Obama several weeks ago, sources said.

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