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Yet another Justice Department lawyer and Obama campaign donor handling a political hot potato case

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Remember Barbara Bosserman, the Department of Justice attorney and long-time Obama donor who is running the official "investigation" of the IRS?

It turns out that another Justice Department attorney who is also an Obama campaign donor is in the key role of another politically sensitive "investigation."

J. Christian Adams, himself a former Justice Department attorney, writes today on PJ Media that:

"David Kennedy is the designated District Election Officer in the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York.

"According to Federal Election Commission records, Kennedy is also a campaign contributor to Barack Obama as well as to John Kerry."

Kennedy nailed D'Souza

As the DEO in the Southern District of New York, Kennedy is the guy who last year charged conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza with violating campaign finance laws.

D'Souza is charged with providing thousands of dollars to other people to contribute to a Senate candidate of his choosing. He could spend a lot of time in a federal prison if convicted.

Why would an Obama donor at the Justice Department care about D'Souza? Adams explains:

"D’Souza’s film, '2016,' portrays Barack Obama as a product of a third-world hostility toward Western colonialism and having a fierce aversion to American values of individual liberty, self-reliance and the rule of law. It is the 4th highest grossing documentary of all time."

Just honest lawyers here

Bosserman may epitomize the impartial, career civil service lawyer ideal, and Kennedy could be genuinely bringing D'Souza to justice.

Let it also be noted, Adams did, that the contributions by Bosserman and Kennedy to Obama were not illegal.

Still, it would be a massive stretch to say they don't create at least the appearance of a conflict of interest in the context of politically sensitive scandals.

Appearance of conflicts?

For that reason alone, it would seem that Bosserman and Kennedy should have in the former's case declined to accept the assignment and in the latter's case recused himself from the case.

The full story of why that didn't happen isn't known as yet but, regardless, it is deeply troubling to see the continuing politicalization of the criminal justice system.

There is no such thing as "the rule of law" when politics replaces justice in the legal system.

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Mark Tapscott

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