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February 07, 2009

Hope and Change: Obama's Justice Department "Accidentally" Releases Sealed Legal File to WaPo Exposing Steele Scandal

The scandal seems weak tea. Something about diversion of campaign funds to a relative who was supposed to perform some services but allegedly didn't.

Here's how the WaPo got their story:

Not until you reach well down on the jump page do you learn this interesting little detail: "The U.S. attorney's office inadvertently sent the confidential document, a defense sentencing memorandum filed under seal, to The Washington Post after the newspaper requested the prosecution's sentencing memorandum." Inadvertently sent what was supposed to be a sealed document to the Post? Yeah, sure, and the Post will sell you the Brooklyn Bridge real cheap, too.

Is anyone in the U.S. Attorney's office going to lose their job over this? Will the Obama DOJ launch an investigation to make sure this wasn't politically motivated? What would the Post and others have said if this had happened to, say, Howard Dean, during the Bush administration?

Remember the rule. When a dirty leak harms Democrats, the media focuses on the dirtiness of the leak and barely even mentions the damaging information the leak disclosed.

But when a dirty leak harms Republicans, they focus on the substance of the leaked information and don't question at all the propriety of the leak.

Always. Always, always, always.



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