CREW: Trying to Uncover the Truth

March 23, 2011

What happened to all of the Abramoff-related investigations? Why weren’t former Rep. John Doolittle (R-CA), wife Julie Doolittle, Rep. Don Young (R-AK), and former Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX) ever indicted? What happened to the federal investigations into Abramoff-related improprieties involving former Governor Froilan Tenorio, Governor Benigno Fitial and other CNMI officials?

The DOJ announced last year that it had “closed their investigations” on DeLay, Doolittle and Young. It seems that I am not the only one wondering why. Evidence against the above-mentioned Abramoff co-conspirators seemed overwhelming and well documented.

CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) filed a lawsuit yesterday against the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain any documents and records relating to the investigation. CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said:
“Rep. Tom DeLay spent years turning the House of Representatives into his personal casino, and yet shockingly was never federally prosecuted. The American people deserve to know why."
“The DeLay case is just one in a string of troubling instances where the Department of Justice has declined to prosecute blatantly corrupt politicians. The department doesn’t even want the public to know why it didn’t prosecute. If Rep. DeLay’s actions really were not criminal, shouldn’t DOJ be happy to turn over its records and prove that? Why all the secrecy?”
In October 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice denied CREW’s Freedom of Information Act request that sought FBI and DOJ records regarding the investigation into any illegal activities that DeLay may have conducted with his friend convicted felon Jack Abramoff. CREW also filed similar requests regarding the Abramoff-related investigations of  Jerry Lewis (R- CA), Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV), the late Rep. John Murtha (D-PA), and Senator John Ensign (R-NV).  The DOJ refused their requests saying that the "release of the records could interfere with open law enforcement proceedings."

The complaint filed in the District Court of the District of Columbia indicates that documents from the CNMI are among those being sought by CREW: From CREW’s lawsuit.

Lawsuit: CREW vs. Department of Justice (DOJ): Regarding Tom DeLay Investigation: 03/22/11

In October 2010 CREW also sued the USDOJ for records relating to their silencing Jack Abramoff from speaking to the press while he was imprisoned.

Meanwhile a third trial is scheduled for convicted felon Abramoff lobbyist Kevin Ring. The trial set for May 24th will address the remaining Abramoff-connected charges.


Anonymous said...

Sloan is right. Too many got away without punishment, which has empowered them to continue their corrupt ways. They should convict all the crooked politicians starting with Fitial.