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Investigating Justice Department Corruption While Giving Thousands to Obama Campaign

Rooting out unethical behavior inside DOJ is not as important as advancing the latest leftist narrative.

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J. Christian Adams

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March 25, 2014 - 6:29 am

A key ethics investigator at Eric Holder’s Justice Department has contributed $6,100 to Barack Obama’s election campaign even though she has participated in high-profile investigations of political misconduct at the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility.

Mary Aubry is an attorney in the Office of Professional Responsibility.  The office has investigated a wide range of politically sensitive matters including the dismissal of the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, terrorist interrogation techniques, and the “investigation” into the firing of United States attorneys who served at the pleasure of President Bush.

After Hans von Spakovsky drew attention to Aubry’s political contributions in this 2011 article, she was removed from investigation into the New Black Panther dismissal.  Years after Aubry’s OPR office issued a bungled report on the New Black Panther dismissal, DOJ’s independent inspector general revealed in a subsequent report the deep involvement of political appointees in the matter.

Von Spakovsky:

The investigation of the New Black Panther Party case has dragged on for more than a year and a half. OPR had to remove the lawyer initially assigned to investigate the case (Mary Aubry) after it became public that she had made thousands of dollars of political contributions to Barack Obama, other Democratic candidates, and the Democratic National Committee, with the latest contribution to the DNC coming as recently as July 13, 2010.

More recent FEC data show that Aubry didn’t stop her political participation after von Spakovsky’s 2011 story revealed her thousands in contributions.  According to the FEC, Aubry made four more contributions to Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign after von Spakovsky’s article was published, all of them listing her employer as the “U.S. Dept. of Justice.”

Mary Aubry

Mary Aubry

Aubry is also a “full teacher” at the Insight Meditation Community of Washington.  During a recent visit by the Dalai Lama, she was quoted in a UPI story on the event:

U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Mary Aubry, 57, who meditates 1 to 2 hours a day, told the Post she will participate in the Kalachakra, which is dedicated to world peace. “If there’s anything I can do to clean up my own act and spread some goodness, I want to do what I can,” she said.

Aubry also has travelled to Congress for lunchtime training of Hill staff “to help folks unwind.”

There is nothing technically illegal about Aubry’s political contributions to Obama’s reelection.  The Department of Justice prohibits certain employees from engaging in political activities such as FBI officials and administrative law judges, but the extension does not extend to Aubry’s key ethics office.  This is unfortunate. As I wrote in my book Injustice: “Reports from these units have continually echoed campaign themes from Democratic presidential candidates and, in fact, became central themes of Obama’s candidacy.”

People like Aubry happily advance the narrative inside the DOJ that Democrats like Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) are pushing on the outside.  The head of OPR is appointed directly by the attorney general, yet many in the media take reports from the unit seriously.  Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, thankfully, did not.  Again, from Injustice:

Concluding that Bush-era lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee committed professional misconduct in giving advice about interrogation tactics for suspected terrorists, [an OPR lawyer] recommended disciplinary proceedings be opened against the pair. Kessler’s attack mirrored a major theme of the Obama campaign—the Bush administration’s allegedly lawless interrogation tactics—but it was fundamentally bad lawyering. Dana Perino and Bill Burck wrote of Kessler’s work, “In college, OPR couldn’t pull a ‘gentleman’s B’ for this report, even in the era of grade inflation. Since nobody fails any more, let’s call it D-minus work.”

Moreover, then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey and Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip recognized the shoddy nature of Kessler’s analysis. They wrote a letter to the OPR arguing Kessler’s work was “based on factual errors, legal analysis by commentators and scholars with unstated potential biases, unsupported speculation about the motives of Messrs. Bybee and Yoo, and a misunderstanding of certain significant … interagency practices.”

Whether it is the battle against Islamic terrorists, the firing of U.S. attorneys, or the dismissal of the New Black Panther case, OPR can always be trusted to memorialize on DOJ letterhead the left-wing narrative and give it an imprimatur of respectability.  Sadly, Aubry’s $6,100 in donations to Obama’s campaign reveal OPR is most useful not in rooting out unethical behavior inside DOJ, but in advancing the latest leftist narrative.

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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"Rooting out unethical behavior inside DOJ "

There aren't enough backhoes on the planet.
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Soca Bill - if the GOP wins the Senate and takes 300 seats in the House, Mary Aubry will still be employed at the DOJ. If a Republican wins the White House in 2016 and the GOP extends their majority in the Senate, Mary Aubry will still be employed at DOJ. I'm not sure you appreciate the extent to which the ministerial state has immunized itself from the political branches.
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How could one punish one's foot soldiers who advance one's cause? Unethical behavior? They are answering to the highest power: Dear Leader who has a mighty pen to write laws, to change laws on his wimps, to not execute the laws that he doesn't like, to tax audit his political enemies, not prosecute those who voted for him six times..
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"Rooting out unethical behavior inside DOJ "

There aren't enough backhoes on the planet.
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Again, I am beyond words at the corruption of Dear Leader's entire admin. Nothing surprises me anymore.

What WOULD astound me is a low turnout of Republicans in the midterms AND of them and Indys in 2016.

We MUST rid ourselves of this stink.
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Soca Bill - if the GOP wins the Senate and takes 300 seats in the House, Mary Aubry will still be employed at the DOJ. If a Republican wins the White House in 2016 and the GOP extends their majority in the Senate, Mary Aubry will still be employed at DOJ. I'm not sure you appreciate the extent to which the ministerial state has immunized itself from the political branches.
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Exactly. A perfect example of the cultural rot in the administrative leviathan is your mention of the Bush dismissal of the attorneys that serve at the discretion of the executive. The leftists used that as yet another avenue to expand their inventory of parasites while trashing hapless republicans who lack the nerve to mount a principled defense.
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Ministerial states have ruined many countries through the ages.

At time bureaucrats can run an empire although the ruler is incompetent. The Romans empire comes to mind. Bureaucrats have also sank empires such many Chinese empires.

You see with clarity what has not yet crystallized in the minds of Most Americans.
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Under Civil Service rules, unless the is a Schedule "B" or "C" appointee she can't be fired. But, she can be organized out of a job as part of "resizing" the DoJ. Just a thought.
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No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth! (and you will never find a pony there even with all the seeming evidence of a whole herd of them having been there)
- Ronald Reagan
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