It was really rather simple:
The Obama Administration’s latest gift to the former IRS tax-exempt chief came recently when U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ron Machen informed the House of Representatives that he would not file charges on its formal contempt citation against Ms. Lerner. This absolution, which shields Ms. Lerner from a grand jury probe, came on Mr. Machen’s final day on the job…
The House on May 7, 2014 held her in contempt of Congress and sent the citation to Mr. Machen.
The law clearly explains that the U.S. Attorney’s only “duty” “shall be” to “bring the matter before the grand jury for its action.” Mr. Machen instead sat on the contempt citation for 11 months, and on March 31 sent Speaker John Boehner a letter explaining he’d unilaterally decided not to investigate Ms. Lerner…
…the job of making these legal calls belonged to a grand jury—not Mr. Machen.
Good soldiers in the Obama administration don’t get indicted, thanks to other good soldiers.
And no doubt they get rewarded, too. As a commenter to the article wrote:
How convenient! Had Machen not resigned his position, as a presidential appointee he could have been impeached by the same House of Representatives. that was no doubt part of the calculus.
I can’t wait to see what his payoff is going to be.
Timing is everything.
That’s true not only for Machen, but for Obama. Run down the clock, and hope the American people forget. To care, they’d not only have to remember Lois Lerner and what she did, they’d have to learn what Machen did and what it signifies. And then for that to matter at all, they’d have to connect it to not just Holder but to Obama and his possible Democrat successor, and turn against them.
Otherwise, as a very well-known public official once said, what difference does it make?