Yet another DOJ official can’t be bothered to read important memos

posted at 5:25 pm on November 15, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Eric Holder’s former chief of staff, Kevin Ohlson, would like to be confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces — but some senators — chief among them John McCain — want to know what he knew about Operation Fast and Furious before they’ll grant him their stamp of approval.

Not surprisingly, Ohlson claims he knew nothing, even though he worked with Holder from January 2009 to January 2011 and received routine courtesy copies of weekly reports that referred to Fast and Furious by name.

McCain last week sent a letter to Ohlson pointing out the obvious — that, as Holder’s chief of staff, Ohlson was in a position not only to be informed about the calamitous gunwalking program, but also to know what information did or did not reach Holder himself.

Ohlson responded to McCain’s letter yesterday with predictable excuses for his purported ignorance of the details of the program that effectively caused the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry:

But in his response, Ohlson wrote he had “been informed that routine courtesy copies of weekly reports were forwarded to me that referred to the operation by name, but that did not provide any operational details and did not refer to gun walking or anything similar.”

But Ohlson said nothing on the cover sheets of the reports indicated they contained important or sensitive materials and he didn’t review them.

Ohlson clearly takes after his boss, who has openly admitted to not reading important memos about the operation. It’s a troubling trend, as it either indicates that these DOJ officials did know about F&F and implicitly endorsed it OR that busy work has so overcome government officials that they have no time to explore significant operations.

The Senate is right to take Ohlson’s upcoming confirmation hearing — slated for Thursday — seriously: What of Ohlson’s incompetence at DOJ suggests he’d be a thorough and conscientious judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services? It’s bad enough that, when Ohlson moved out of the position of Holder’s chief of staff, he moved into the position of head of the DOJ’s professional misconduct review unit.


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What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Chip on November 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM

just another day at the DOJ…
*shaking the head*
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graham and mccain better say nay to this confirmation

cmsinaz on November 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I didn’t see nothin’!

forest on November 15, 2011 at 5:31 PM

I’m with Chip

Guest1.1 on November 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM

I think the janitor has been reading more mail at the DOJ that any of these guys… Let’s ask him what he knew…
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RalphyBoy on November 15, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I blame public schools for these officials ability not to read.

portlandon on November 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Nobody knows anything because it was all “below the radar”.

retiredeagle on November 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Sgt. Schultz would feel right at home in Obama’s DoJ: I s; I say Nothing!!!ee Nothing; I hear Nothing

eaglewingz08 on November 15, 2011 at 5:40 PM

“What of Ohlson’s incompetence at DOJ suggests he’d be a thorough and conscientious judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services?”

He’ll try harder next time…?

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Seven Percent Solution on November 15, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Isn’t it funny that the crew of political dirtbags that wants nothing more than to grow government to stratospheric proportions cannot even keep an accounting of the things that happen in their sector of it???? I find that most interesting. Maybe we should shrink government/DOJ/Exec branch/congress to a more manageable size and limit the number of items in their inbox to a max of 2 per day. A solution?

ted c on November 15, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Do not confirm this guy. Anyone slected by Holder holds the same radical anti-American views Holder does.

Stop putting people who want to destroy the US in positions of power.

darwin on November 15, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Moreover, whenever there is credit to be seized for some operation–you can sure as hell count on a Democrat to get out in front of the camera to seize it. If there is responsibility to be seized, as when a US Border Patrol agent has been murdered, no Democrat can find it within their manhood to remember, understand, nor read anything pertaining to the operation.

Grab your purses fellas, your time is almost up.

ted c on November 15, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Its not incompetence, Tina.

Its outright lawlessness.

AS is true with most Democrats, they feel they are above the law and when called on it, they simply ‘can’t remember’ or whatever.

catmman on November 15, 2011 at 5:49 PM

I would say no one in the Holder DoJ deserves to be appointed to anything higher than city garbage collection, if that. That is, after all, a responsible job.

Guilt by association, perhaps, but it’s the only way to be sure.

RebeccaH on November 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

“Whoa, whoa, now you hold on just a minute, no one told me I actually had to read or do anything on this job.” Kevin Ohlson

Head, Justice Department Professional Misconduct Review Unit

You cannot make a job title like that up.

roy_batty on November 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

“I am not a liar, just incompetent.”

echosyst on November 15, 2011 at 5:59 PM

It’s bad enough that, when Ohlson moved out of the position of Holder’s chief of staff, he moved into the position of head of the DOJ’s professional misconduct review unit.

They’re always one step ahead.

a capella on November 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Issue them all binoculars…

av8tr on November 15, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Just another lying, left wing radical attempting to worm his way into the judicial system. Is there anybody in that do nothing senate with guts enough to stop him . . . probably not.

rplat on November 15, 2011 at 6:10 PM

“What of Ohlson’s incompetence at DOJ suggests he’d be a thorough and conscientious judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Services?”

He’ll try harder next time…?

He’ll promise to try harder next time. FIFY

Amendment X on November 15, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Time to email/call our senators and tell them NO on this #$%^&!*

Shay on November 15, 2011 at 6:18 PM

They told me if I voted for Sarah Palin, we’d have government officials who didn’t read. And they were right!

rbj on November 15, 2011 at 6:19 PM

It’s bad enough that, when Ohlson moved out of the position of Holder’s chief of staff, he moved into the position of head of the DOJ’s professional misconduct review unit.

Well it seems fitting that the DOJ would have professional misconduct review unit. When it comes to misconduct, this DOJ is full of professionals.

iurockhead on November 15, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Justice Department Professional Misconduct Review Unit?

In the Holder DOJ, the guy in that job ought to be really busy. I bet he didn’t find any serious misconduct by anyone. All ok, all good, no problems.

novaculus on November 15, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Jail!

MTF on November 15, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Judges overturn the Democratic process by reversing election results such as Vaugh Walker’s reversal of proposition 8.
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Judges are the most powerful force to implement their agenda on America.
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Liberal judges must be defeated at all costs.

FactsofLife on November 15, 2011 at 7:12 PM

Ever since theWon has been in office, I’ve shanken my head from left to right so much that I think I have an ongoing concussion.

GrannyDee on November 15, 2011 at 7:25 PM

Obama Justice Department: Lying On Dating Websites Should Be a Crime

DOJ is to busy defending computer hacking laws that make it a crime to use a fake name on Facebook or lie about your weight in an online dating profile at a site like Match.com.

In a statement obtained by CNET that’s scheduled to be delivered tomorrow, the Justice Department argues that it must be able to prosecute violations of Web sites’ often-ignored, always-unintelligible “terms of service” policies.

The law must allow “prosecutions based upon a violation of terms of service or similar contractual agreement with an employer or provider,” Richard Downing, the Justice Department’s deputy computer crime chief, will tell the U.S. Congress tomorrow.

Scaling back that law “would make it difficult or impossible to deter and address serious insider threats through prosecution,” and jeopardize prosecutions involving identity theft, misuse of government databases, and privacy invasions, according to Downing.

Weasel Zippers

Zcat on November 15, 2011 at 7:44 PM

It’s bad enough that, when Ohlson moved out of the position of Holder’s chief of staff, he moved into the position of head of the DOJ’s professional misconduct review unit.

How convenient. Like the head of the ATF Phoenix office getting promoted to oversea their office on professional misconduct.

GarandFan on November 15, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Nothing but lies. Impeach Obama, where the info and buck stops.

Chessplayer on November 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Don’t confirm the liar. For once stick up for the country!

Bambi on November 15, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Ohlson won’t take a fall for Holder or Obama. He’ll withdraw his nomination first.

If you aren’t reading the memos crossing your desk, what are you doing. Perhaps you’re playing solitaire on your computer or your I-Phone.

I think that Senator McCain should follow the string back to the originator of the memo to see if anyone at all in the chain actually read the memo. When the person who wrote the memo denies reading it, we’ll know for sure that no one in the Justice Department is willing to fall on his sword for Holder or Obama.

stefano1 on November 16, 2011 at 12:05 AM

It’s moderately bad when your best defense against the implication you permitted crimes to occur is to claim your own incompetence.

This of course qualifies you for a promotion? And into a position connected with the one government department where competence is a life-and-death concern?

Nay, says I. He’s either guilty or worthless, and either way unfit to sit in judgement over those in uniformed service.

Freelancer on November 16, 2011 at 5:39 AM

I can’t believe that these DOJ officials think that we are going to buy their baloney that they don’t read memos coming across their desks – especially a chief of staff. Unfortunately, around 45% of the American people will believe this Ohlson guy and have no problem with him being confirmed to the US Court of Appeals. Sad, but true.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on November 16, 2011 at 8:45 AM

Prediction. In the end McCain will back off.

wcarr on November 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Um, Can’t anybody freakin’ read anything in this administration?

bullheadbob on November 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM