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Posted on January 22, 2012 by


Some of the most interesting stuff happens on a Friday afternoon/evening, in the hope that media won’t pay much attention. This is a generally successful strategy, although its significance has been undercut considerably by the emergence of citizen journalists and the increased connectivity of the Internet. Thus it happens that we note that one of the top dogs in the Obama administration’s “most transparent administration in the history of the country” has decided to invoke the 5th Amendment in response to a Congressional subpoena arising from the “Operation Fast and Furious” investigation.

The chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona has cited his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing on Friday to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in its ongoing investigation into the failed “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation. Rep. Darrell Issa termed it a “significant indictment” of Justice Departmen’t integrity and expressed alarm that, according to the prosecutor’s lawyer, Tobin J. Romerothe only information Mr. Cunningham would provide was his name and title at the Justice Department.

That the head of the criminal division at DoJ is sufficiently concerned over the possibility of criminal charges that he refuses to possibly incriminate himself through testimony is, to say the least, worthy of note.

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