I am not implying anything except that someone obviously has bigger fish to fry.
In the meantime, we all knew that something was truly rotten in the James O’Keefe case the moment we heard about it. As the case was unfolding and the rumors flowed, we also wondered how many laws were being broken and just how hard they were trampling upon the constitutional rights of O’Keefe and company.
In the meantime, according to Fox News, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Jim Letten, recused himself from the case a day after O’Keefe and three others were arrested for allegedly trying to capture hidden footage of Senator Mary Landrieu’s office.
As O’Keefe mentioned in last night’s televised interview with Sean Hannity, he was working on an exposé involving Landrieu’s Senate office based on the fact that for weeks, Landrieu’s constituents have complained that they were unable to reach the Senator’s office by telephone.
I suspect that O’Keefe and company were merely attempting to prove or disprove allegations that Landrieu’s staff is ignoring telephone calls with respect to the Democratic senator’s stance on health care.
Letten did not give a reason(s) for recusing himself from the O’Keefe trial.
‘A Justice Department news release said Jim Letten, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, recused himself from the case a day after the Jan. 25 arrests in Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in New Orleans. Letten’s top lieutenant, assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann, has taken over.
The news release didn’t say why Letten removed himself, and his spokeswoman Anna Christman said she couldn’t comment.
One of the suspects is the son of Letten’s Shreveport-based counterpart…”
In the meantime, it is clear now that Letten has been appointed to the position of top federal prosecutor to a key New Orleans advisory board, i.e., bigger fish to fry.
“Attorney General Eric Holder today appointed Jim Letten, the New Orleans area’s top federal prosecutor, to a key advisory board — an action that Sen.David Vitter says show Letten’s job is safe and enough for him to drop his holds on some of President Barack Obama’s Louisiana criminal justice nominees.
‘This prestigious appointment makes it crystal clear that Jim isn’t going anywhere except on regular trips to Washington to personally advise the attorney general,’ Vitter, R-La., said. ‘The attorney general and I superficially discussed this in our meeting last Thursday and I’m really excited to get it done.’
Vitter said he now plans to sign the blue slips for Obama’s criminal justice nominees. The slips are required from the senators in the home states of prosecutors, judges and U.S. marshals before the Senate Judiciary Committee will schedule confirmation hearings.
Letten is being appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. The panel, consisting of selected U.S. attorneys, provides advice and counsel to the attorney general on policy, management and operational issues impacting federal prosecutors. The panel was formed in 1973.
Letten’s term on the panel will run through Jan. 31, 2011. Holder also named new appointees from Oklahoma and Ohio.
‘This is a very challenging time for this nation and for the Department of Justice,’ Holder wrote to Letten in a letter asking him to join the advisory group. ‘Preserving our national security remains our top priority. We must also continue to embrace the department’s historic role in fighting crime, promoting civil rights, preserving the environment and ensuring fairness in the marketplace…”