This story is pretty funny. It’s also pathetic, because it shows (again) what criminals State leaders are.
Attorney General Eric Holder was testifying before Congress, regarding the “Fast And Furious” scandal. That’s the scandal were ATF agents sold guns to Mexican gangsters, so that when those guns were used in crimes, they could argue that the USA needed stricter gun control laws. Some low-ranking ATF agents did say “Hey! This is a bad idea!”, but they were overruled by their politically-appointed bosses. Some high-ranking scumbags were pulling the strings.
Eric Holder initially said that the ATF never allowed guns to walk. He retracted the letter as more scandal details were exposed.
Eric Holder was accused of lying. Eric Holder denied lying.
“The letter was withdrawn because there was information in there that was inaccurate,” Holder replied to Sensenbrenner’s question.
Still unsatisfied, Sensenbrenner followed up again. “Tell me what the difference is between lying and misleading Congress in this context?,” he asked Holder.
Holder responded that whether a statement is a lie or misleading comment depends on what the person making it is thinking at the time.
“If you want to have this legal conversation, it all has to do with your state of mind, and whether or not you had the requisite intent to come up with something that can be considered perjury or a lie,” Holder said. “The information that was provided in that February 4th letter was gleaned by the people who drafted the letter after they interacted with people who they thought were in the best position to have the information.”
Summarizing, “I retracted that letter. Therefore, I didn’t lie.” Also, “My subordinates wrote that letter for me. I’m not responsible for their mistakes.” Another spin is “I believed that the letter was correct at the time I wrote it. Therefore, I didn’t lie. If I knew I was going to get caught, I wouldn’t have lied. You can’t prove I lied on purpose. Therefore, I didn’t lie.” That is offensive. “I’m incompetent!” is always a valid excuse for State insiders, when they get caught doing something wrong.
If effect, Eric Holder is saying “Duh! Being atoorney genural is hard! I can’t keep track of what all my subordinates are doing!” According to State logic, that’s a valid excuse.
Similarly, Jon Corzine says “Duh! Being CEO is hard! I can’t be expected to keep track of every billion dollars of customer money! I’m so incompetent that my subordinates can misplace billions of dollars without me knowing!” According to State logic, that’s a valid excuse. (At every place I’ve worked, you couldn’t spend $1 without getting approval of some high-ranking manager.)
This is a horrible principle of State law. “It isn’t a crime if you didn’t do it on purpose!” Obviously, a State leader would never do something evil on purpose. Therefore, no State leader is ever guilty of a crime. The only exception is when someone is disgraced and discredited. The occasional lynching/Blagojeviching helps preserve the illusion that everyone else is a saint.
Eric Holder started debating the definition of “lying”.
Everyone knows the definition of “lying”. Only a politician or lawyer would start debating the definition of “lying”.
Here’s a hint. If a politician is arguing over the exact definition of X, then he did X. “I did not have sexual relationship with that woman. That isn’t a lie, because we didn’t define a blowjob as ‘sexual relations’.”
That was funny. Who does a politician think he’s fooling, when he starts arguing over the exact definition of “lying”? According to State law, the legal definition of “lying” is different that what the average person thinks. It’s OK to lie, as long as you claim that you believed you were telling the truth at the time, and nobody can prove that you lied on purpose.
This is a clear precedent. It’s OK for the attorney general to lie to Congress, but it’s not OK if Barry Bonds lies to Congress about something that was none of their business in the first place. As Jon Stewart pointed out “How did Martha Stewart go to jail for lying, but not these guys?”