I hesitated to write this article because I
thought “Oh, I’m sure there will be plenty of articles written on it,
and I would just be lost in all the noise.” Now two weeks later I
have only seen a couple of the Main Stream Media outlets even mention
(ABC), let alone do any in-depth coverage.
On August 9th President Obama had a news conference. And at
that time, I do believe, the President of the United States broke the
law. Now, mind you, it wasn’t a big felony law (Contempt of Court)
he broke, but a law just the same. Before you run out and start
printing those “Impeach” signs, hear me out.
President Obama was asked during Friday’s press conference if justice
would come to those responsible for last year’s terror attack in
Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris
Stevens. And the President’s response to this was:
indictment,” Obama said. “It’s sealed for a reason. But we are intent on
capturing those who carried out this attack, and we’re going to stay on
it until we get them.”
Now you might say, REALLY… that’s all you have? But according
to several attorneys, even the mention of a sealed indictment is against
the law, and is considered Contempt of Court. According to
federal law, no person may disclose [a sealed] indictment’s existence,
and a knowing violation, may be punished as a Contempt of Court.
Contempt of court carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.
Joe diGenova talked about this on Mornings on the Mall with Larry O’Connor and Brian Wilson.
That this was big in his mind because President Obama is an
attorney and should know that this is against the law, and still chose
to say it.
But according to Peter Zeidenberg, a former prosecutor in the Justice
Department’s Public Integrity Section who currently has a private
practice in Washington, Obama is effectively immune from prosecution
when it comes to sealed indictments.
“The [president], by virtue of his position, can’t violate
any non-disclosure/confidentiality rule,” he said. “One of the perks of
being the head of the executive branch: Nothing he says is technically a
leak. If he does it, it is authorized.”
But, he added, the case could be made that “a sealed matter can only be unsealed by a court.”
Zeidenberg helped lead the investigation into who leaked the secret
identity of CIA agent Valerie Plame in 2003 and the subsequent
prosecution of vice presidential aide “Scooter” Libby for lying to
federal officials about his role in all of it. So with that said,
he might not be the most unbiased opinion on the reading of the law.
After the president’s remarks, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s
Office in Washington, where the sealed indictment is believed to have
been filed, still declined to comment about reports of a sealed
indictment in the Benghazi probe. President Obama’s statement is
the only official confirmation of a sealed indictment, and when the
White House was asked about this issue they declined to comment.
The Justice Department has also had no comment on this issue.
Yes, I know it’s not sexy but it does have some teeth. It
carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. But as usual the
Media has hardly touched this bit of news, as it would tarnish their
President and would show that their anointed “most intelligent President
ever” really isn’t all that smart.
I am not really calling for the President to be prosecuted for this.
Someone said if he was convicted of this he could simply pardon
himself. I just wanted to point out that our President continues
to break and bend law after law only to have the media look the other
The media was supposed to be the fourth estate, watching over the
three branches of government for the people. And if the
media aren’t doing their job, then its up to us (New Media) to keep
writing articles like this to get the word out. If one person
screams it can be drowned out. But if enough people continue to
scream, sooner or later I hope that most Americans can’t ignore the
noise and start asking questions on their own.