You may have noticed that I haven’t really talked about the Benghazi hearing.

That’s for basically one reason: in some ways it does not matter what was said. We all knew already that Hillary Clinton planned to obfuscate, prevaricate, insinuate, and all the other -ates out there in her quest to avoid admitting the self-evident truth that, yeah, she was an awful Secretary of State who got people killed for no good reason.  This was baked in the cake.

The point of this hearing was for her to talk, and talk, and talk some more, and get it all down in the transcript. Once that’s done, we will go through the testimony, look at her other testimony, note discrepancies, note peculiarities; and then eventually somebody will get charged with perjury. Because that’s how you get people: perjury.  It’s how they got Scooter Libby and Martha Stewart, after all.

Hey, I didn’t make this ruleset…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court strips away State AG Kathleen Kane’s law license.

Can a state Attorney General even do her JOB if her law license is suspended?  I suppose that there’s some way to do it – it’s an elected office, in Kathleen Kane’s case – but as a practical matter it seems a bit, well, odd to contemplate. Guess we’re about to find out: “The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has suspended the law license of the Democratic state attorney general Kathleen Kane, who is currently faces eight criminal charges and could see another felony tacked on shortly.”

AG Kane, by the way, refuses to resign and is insisting that she’ll be running for re-election next year. This would be great news, except that the odds of her surviving the Democratic primary at this point are nil. Of course, her antics will still be great for crushing the dreams of the eventual Democratic nominee anyway, so it’s a glass half-full, glass half-empty kind of situation, really.

(Via @freddoso)

Recommendation for indicting AG Kathleen Kane (D, PA) made public

Well, it’s official: “A grand jury has recommended that Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane face charges of perjury and abusing the authority of her office, according to court documents made public Wednesday… The panel investigated allegations that someone in Kane’s office leaked secret grand jury material to retaliate against her critics. Whether to charge Kane remains in the hands of Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.” I say ‘official’ because it was only a rumor a few weeks ago; but now we know that a grand jury wants to see the Democratic Attorney General for Pennsylvania be put on trial for felony perjury.

What happens next? Well, AG Kane is currently being defiant about the whole thing: we’ll see how that holds up against an actual indictment – or whether the PA political system will accept a resignation in lieu of indictment.  Either way, Pennsylvania Democrats just lost one of their better future prospects.  And ain’t that a shame.

Moe Lane

PS: Perjury is how they get you.  Every. Single. Time.

House Oversight Committee: IRS’s Lois Lerner lied to us, you know.

OK, this just sounds like straight-up perjury:

[The House Oversight committee report] states that [former IRS overseer Lois] Lerner made false statements to committee staff on various occasions.

During a February 2012 briefing, Lerner told committee staff that the criteria for evaluating tax-exempt applications had not changed. According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), however, Lerner directed in June 2011 that the criteria used to identify applications be changed.

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Burris off the perjury hook…

…and the Illinois Democratic party is kept firmly on the Burris one.

Far be it from me to suggest that the Illinois GOP has decided to not do the Illinois Democratic party a favor:

No perjury charge against US Sen. Burris-prosecutor

CHICAGO, June 19 (Reuters) – An Illinois prosecutor investigating the appointment of Roland Burris to President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat said on Friday there was insufficient evidence to charge Burris with perjury.

Some of Burris’ answers to questions posed by an Illinois legislative committee in January were vague, but he did not lie about his discussions with then-Governor Rod Blagojevich’s aides concerning his appointment, Sangamon County Prosecutor John Schmidt said in a statement.


“Some of (Burris’) statements were vague, but vague statements cannot support a perjury charge,” Schmidt said.

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