DoJ attorney admitted to perjury but still kept her job?

posted at 3:25 pm on December 22, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Hans von Spakovsky reports today for PJ Media that a key figure in the Department of Justice investigations of Texas redistricting in the last decade admitted to perjury during an Inspector General probe of leaks from the Civil Rights Division to the Washington Post.  Spakovsky, who formerly worked in the same office as Celandine Gyamfi, says that Gyamfi twice denied under oath having any knowledge of the leaks, but when confronted with e-mail evidence, admitted that she herself was the source:

Ms. Gyamfi made no secret of her hatred of conservatives and Republicans when I worked in the Voting Section from 2001 to 2002. Later, when I moved to the Civil Rights Division’s front office, she had a difficult time hiding her contempt any time she was forced to meet with the political leadership. In revelations now known throughout the Voting Section, she apparently went beyond hatred and resorted to flagrantly violating Justice Department confidentiality requirements and ethical obligations. It is now common knowledge in the Section that she lied about her actions to Inspector General investigators and was caught in the lie with e-mail documentation. Ahh, it’s always the cover-up.

According to numerous sources within the Section, Ms. Gyamfi had been asked in two separate interviews whether she was involved in the leaking of confidential and privileged information out of the Voting Section. Each time, she flatly denied any knowledge as to who was responsible for the leaks. In a third interview, she was once again questioned about her role in the leaks. At first, she adamantly denied involvement. Then, however, she was confronted with e-mail documents rebutting her testimony.

At that point, she immediately broke down and confessed that she had lied to the investigators three separate times. Since IG interviewees are all required to take an oath to tell the truth upon penalty of perjury, and investigators record all interviews, an audio recording of these admissions must exist in the IG files. Mind you, Ms. Gyamfi did not say she misunderstood the questions. She did not claim to have forgotten something and later remembered it. Instead, she plainly admitted her deceit and ascribed her motive to attempting to protect the “other people” involved, i.e., the other career staff (mostly attorneys) who also violated their oaths of office and their professional obligations by publicizing confidential legal opinions and analyses.

After the admission, Ms. Gyamfi returned to the Voting Section distraught, crying and sobbing. She was consoled by another career employee to whom she confessed what had happened. This was witnessed and heard by other Voting Section staff, and the story of what occurred during the IG interview was soon known all over the Section.

Did Gyamfi get fired? Face discipline?  Not according to Spakovsky’s sources, who note that Gyamfi has been assigned to the Voting Section’s probe of the new Texas redistricting plan.  Coincidentally or not, the leaks occurred on the last CRD investigation of a redistricting plan in Texas:

The genesis of Ms. Gyamfi’s perjury is apparently rooted in political attacks on the Bush Justice Department. Throughout 2005-2007, numerous attorney-client privileged documents, confidential personnel information, and other sensitive legal materials were leaked from inside the Voting Section to the Washington Post and various left-wing blogs.

One of the most prominent leaks involved the Voting Section’s privileged, internal analysis of the 2003 Texas congressional redistricting plan, submitted to the Civil Rights Division in October 2003 for review under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The contents of the internal memorandum appeared on the front page of the Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2005, to great fanfare from Democrats on Capitol Hill and their surrogates in the liberal blogosphere.

This follows on the heels of other reporting at PJ Media from another former CRD attorney, J. Christian Adams, of bias and political influence in the Civil Rights Division, but this is the first hint that perjury has taken place within the DoJ.  Adams has his own thoughts on this story, advising readers not to focus entirely on Eric Holder but also on the corrupt career bureaucrats that have distorted the CRD’s mission.  Meanwhile, the Daily Caller reports that the DoJ has not responded to the claims in the story, and that Gyamfi refused to comment at all.

Assuming that the story is true, this still leaves Holder in the hot seat.  If Gyamfi somehow avoided the technical commission of perjury (and there are many technical details involved), she still would have committed obstruction of justice.  That’s grounds for disbarment, and it certainly should be a disqualifier for employment at the Department of Justice, which has a crucial stake in prosecuting people who obstruct, er, justice.  If this is true, it takes the politicization of the DoJ into undreamed-of extremes.

The Judiciary and Oversight committees in both chambers of Congress need to immediately get to the bottom of this.


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So happy Justice is Blind!

lisa fox on December 22, 2011 at 3:28 PM

First? What do I win?

lisa fox on December 22, 2011 at 3:29 PM

So what’s the problem? Her agency head and his boss are both sociopaths who have nothing but contempt for the truth.

She’s just following their “leadership” example.

NoDonkey on December 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Mind boggling. It’s almost as if the democrats are the British and we have to fight them all over again.

darwin on December 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

DoJ attorney admitted to perjury but still kept her job?

No surprise. Clinton set the standard.

rukiddingme on December 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

. . . and why should we expect anything different from this Administration and DOJ???

Nothing to see here, move along . . . and be sure to tell all you relatives why you’re voting for O this secular holiday season.

Sven Pook on December 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Sounds like a “necessary qualification” for anyone who wants to be a member of the Obama administration.

She will probably be promoted. Then moved into a Czar position.

ProfShadow on December 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Uh… democrat… doesn’t count as a lie if you do it to hurt Republicans…

Khun Joe on December 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

If this is true, it takes the politicization of the DoJ into undreamed-of extremes.

Kennedy gets a pass?

ButterflyDragon on December 22, 2011 at 3:32 PM

I don’t doubt anything anymore as far as these people are concerned.

Mord on December 22, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Looks like Pelosi’s swamp cleaning machine shorted out.

NapaConservative on December 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM

First? What do I win?

lisa fox on December 22, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I do believe you have to have a comment that pertains to the thread and, ya know, stuff like that in order to be considered as “first”.

ManWithNoParty on December 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM

No surprise. Clinton set the standard.

rukiddingme on December 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

But but but – when Clinton lied, nobody died! It doesn’t matter. Where are the WMDs?!?!?! Bushitler Cheney McHaliburton Koch Bros. ELEVENTY!!!1111!!!11!1111!!!!

CycloneCDB on December 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Scooter Libby said to be very interested

Bulletchaser on December 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM

She was operating under direct orders. They CAN’T fire her now without inviting a particularly embarrassing wrongful termination suit.

Fired? Not in a million years.

Washed up on a beach somewhere without any teeth or fingerprints? I’d give that about 50/50 odds.

logis on December 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM

The only lady who is paying a price from all this

Kraken on December 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Why not? The president lies every time he opens his mouth and he still gets to keep his job.

The Rogue Tomato on December 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

No surprise. Clinton set the standard.

rukiddingme on December 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

….and the Obama Adeministration is just seeing how far they can push it….

Vntnrse on December 22, 2011 at 3:37 PM

What an outrageously racist thread…

/

M240H on December 22, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Until and unless all of those liberal morons in the DofJ are fired or excuted, nothing will change. Those people are the biggest clowns in the entire government. A military coup is what’s needed to correct all of this.

rjulio on December 22, 2011 at 3:39 PM

No doubt she will be hailed as a whistleblower if and when this story makes it to the MSM.

rockmom on December 22, 2011 at 3:39 PM

When the President can be convicted of perjury and keep his job, then I believe what we are talking about now is the opposite of a big deal.

Spliff Menendez on December 22, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Mind boggling. It’s almost as if the democrats are the British and we have to fight them all over again.

darwin on December 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM

King George III was less inbred and more competent.

Aim my musket at the donkey.

NoDonkey on December 22, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Wake up, folks. Lying by leftists is perfectly fine. See, for example, Obama, everyday.

GaltBlvnAtty on December 22, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Pay no attention to the perjurer behind the Just-Us curtain the great and sleazy Eric has spoken…

viking01 on December 22, 2011 at 3:44 PM

“That’s grounds for disbarment, and it certainly should be a disqualifier for employment at the Department of Justice…”

But not the Ministry of Justice…

… You know, the kind you find in a 3rd world banana republic sh%t holes that support corrupt bureaucrats and illegalities.

Kind of like what Obowma is turning this Country into…

Seven Percent Solution on December 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Scooter Libby to the red courtesy phone please.

Dingbat63 on December 22, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Oh, come on, people, be fair! Our own Attorney General, testifying in congress said perjury is dependent on one’s state of mind. I’m sure that’s why she’s still on the job. You people!
/

cartooner on December 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I expect the same ‘justice’ that was found in the Black Panther voter intimidation case. There was video evidence of the crime in that case too. Typical liberal, brash and political, thinking she can get away with it all, and then crying like a baby when caught.

Schwalbe Me-262 on December 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM

If this is true, it takes the politicization of the DoJ into undreamed-of extremes.

Undreamed of by whom?

Mix a twisted hyper-partisan ideology, with gross incompetance and add a dash of feckless, race-hustling work ethic…..and this is pretty much what I’d expect.

Tim_CA on December 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Flashback to 1998, from the WaPo

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/perjury120298.htm

The House Judiciary Committee yesterday engaged in a daylong, partisan and sometimes angry dispute over the question of perjury and its consequences as the panel’s members dueled with each other and expert witnesses ranging from federal judges and senior military officers to two admitted perjurers.

Approaching a vote scheduled for next week on articles of impeachment against President Clinton, the committee’s GOP majority sought to use the hearing to argue that failure to impeach Clinton for perjury in the Monica S. Lewinsky matter would mean creating a “double standard” unavailable to ordinary Americans.

-snip-

The star witnesses at the hearing’s morning session were two women who have admitted committing perjury in civil cases that involved sex. Both testified that they were wrong to have lied under oath and spoke of their regret at having done so.

But beyond the general elements of perjury and sex, it was not clear what other parallels there were between the charges against Clinton and the admissions by Barbara Battalino, a former Veterans Administration psychiatrist, and Pam Parsons, who was once a highly regarded women’s college basketball coach.

In the Battalino case, federal prosecutors accused her of lying in a 1995 hearing set to determine whether her employer, the federal government, would assume all monetary liability in a civil lawsuit filed against her by a former patient.

-snip-

After Battalino and Parsons had left the witness table, they became the subjects of a bitter exchange between committee Chairman Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.) and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz. Dershowitz accused the committee of trivializing the courtroom oath by focusing on “only perjury committed by one Democratic president” involved in an “embarrassing sex act” and not more serious lies — particularly, he said, by police officers — that often lead to false imprisonment and even capital punishment.

We all know how that one turned out…

Del Dolemonte on December 22, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Well, Well, Well its like that uh?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 22, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Pardon me for repeating my comment from the headlines thread, with slight modifications:

Perury? Really?

C’mon, Hans (and Ed), that is only criminal if Republicans do it. And if Republicans do it, it doesn’t even need to be, you know, actual perjury. It can be just a faulty memory. (cf., Scooter Libby) Because Republicans are evil.

When Democrats do it, it is honorable civil disobedience in service of a higher cause. This lying bit** deserves a medal.

novaculus on December 22, 2011 at 12:17 PM

novaculus on December 22, 2011 at 3:54 PM

This administration is AWESOME!!!

/sarc

ManWithNoName on December 22, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Oh give Holder a break. Obama said he wanted to fundamentally change how Washington works and he has. What’s a little perjury among friends anyway? She lied, but it was for a good cause. ANytime you can shaft a Republican and give the public a bad impression of them, it’s a good thing and not punishable. Give her a letter of commendation and give Holder a bonus.

I am so looking forward to the 2012 election.

bflat879 on December 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

This is sickening. In the 1990 Texas redistricting dem Martin Frost had a field day and never faced a peep when he drew maps that were as crazy as a quilt pattern wise.

In 2000 we couldn’t get the DoJ to go along because we had to account for two new seats and the fading dems demanded only new minority districts could be drawn. That resulted in a punt until a new legislature could be seated and the famous Tom DeLay engineered districts came out. I ended up stuck in one of the new minority carved districts and the incumbent has not faced a challenge closer that 85/15 since.

This year once again our maps are in the DoJ cross hairs after a three judge panel totally gutted the legislature’s maps. Those judges maps were ruled ridiculous and now I believe the Supremes get a crack at the case. Upshot, our primaries will occur about two months late so as usual Texas is a spectator in this presidential cycle.

DanMan on December 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Alan D. Bersin resigns.
Boss of Customs and Border Protection.

CNN news

today

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

With the examples continuing to spew forth from DC that the the rule of law has no meaning there, there is little reason left, in my view, to consider abiding by anything the Federal government requires of me.

Dusty on December 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM

The Judiciary and Oversight committees in both chambers of Congress need to immediately get to the bottom of this.

Both chambers? You expect the pants-wetting cowards (Republicans) in the Senate to do anything about this? Well, good luck with that. At best we might get a half-hearted harrumph.

Extrafishy on December 22, 2011 at 3:59 PM

[APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 22, 2011 at 3:57 PM]

He was a recess appointment. He couldn’t stay past December 31st in any event. The announcement he’s resigning is a farce.

Dusty on December 22, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Not only do we have all of our federal bureaucracies out of control, but they are unaccountable. No wonder the public have zero faith in the government.

whbates on December 22, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Don’t none of you crackas go readin’ this:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Because racism. Also, Bush.

BarackTheSCOAMF on December 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Holy macaroni

Lsm? Chirp

cmsinaz on December 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

No big deal. Holder knows how to get a pardon…..

/sarc

tom on December 22, 2011 at 4:12 PM

If the media ignores it and Obama ignores it, did it ever happen?

albill on December 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Justice ain’t just blind. The bitch is deaf and dumb too.

mojo on December 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

I don’t see where courts or federal government has any jurisdiction over drawing districts if they conform to apportioning. Like most other issues, correct authority is never addressed. The only thing Congress has power to enforce would be individual voting abilities and apportionment. However rediculous the lines being drawn, are entirely within States’ province.

About the DoJ chick, this goes back under Bush admin. How she kept her job is a huge question. How layered is the DoJ?

John Kettlewell on December 22, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Celandine Gyamfi is a black racist.

timberline on December 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM

No big surprise. Perjury is routine business for this regime.
You mean Republicans actually think lawyers should have ethics and not be allowed to lie? Oh the horror…/s

dentarthurdent on December 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM

If a Dummocrat perjures themselves and there’s not a Republican there to hear it, is it still perjury? Or is it just business as usual?

lfwest on December 22, 2011 at 4:37 PM

Forget seeking discipline inside the DOJ in this administration. The attorney must be reported to her state bar. If the investigation shows she committed perjury, and this report implies she admitted as much, she should then be disbarred (see Bill Clinton).

Also, her colleague attorneys almost certainly have an affirmative duty to report this misconduct to the bar (can’t be sure because I don’t know the state in which she is admitted). So the DOJ attorneys, or for that matter any private attorneys who worked with or against her, who personally know of the perjury and fail to make such a report are also subject to discipline by the bar.

Pumaman on December 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

waiting for something to happen…. crickets chirping…

in a related story, if a tree falls in the woods and the LSM does not report it, did it even happen at all……

Dr. Demento on December 22, 2011 at 4:42 PM

Redistricting, ie; deciding who gets to vote for whom byt shape and size of district has a direct influence on election outcomes. A no-brainer I know, but stated just for clarirty and to make a further point. Given this, the NBPP in Philly case and nary a peep about the cases in at least 14 states about voter fraud since ’08, etcetera, etcetera… with this DoJ does anyone really think Obama can lose in 2012?

No matter who wins the R primary, with Project Vote (Obama’s former employer) members being appointed to this section of the DoJ, Soros’ Secretary of States Project(its not who votes, but who counts the votes), Acorn itself now operating still just in another name and the Unions unified in their usual election shanannigans, does anyone at all seriously beleive it’ll matter who we nominate?

Man we are sooooooo ssccrrreeeeewwwwed! It is truly time to go Galt folks…while the gettin’s good. You think the last 3yrs have been an Obamanation, wait till his 2nd, 3rd, 4th…….

Archimedes on December 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Affirmative Action has its consequences. We are seeing them now. They have little understanding and no respect for the law. If the same standards were applied to Holder and Gyamfi as it is to white and asian students they would never have passed the bar. Sad but true.

Thicklugdonkey on December 22, 2011 at 4:49 PM

DoJ attorney admitted to perjury but still kept her job?

Is that all?…lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists usually PROMOTE their slimebags for lying.

TeaPartyNation on December 22, 2011 at 4:56 PM

‘Damn straight I lied… Don’t you know who I work for?’

RalphyBoy on December 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM

I expect full cooperation going forward from the Most Transparent Administration Evah!

connertown on December 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM

. . . and Jamie Gorelick gets millions in bonus pay based on false accounting, and she keeps on crusin down the road . . .

I forgot. I Was she a Democrat, too? /

BigAlSouth on December 22, 2011 at 5:05 PM

DOj. It’s not justice..justice

MrMoe on December 22, 2011 at 5:35 PM

and it certainly should be a disqualifier for employment at the Department of Justice

NOT in Holder’s “Justice” Department. Where a “lie” is only a “lie” if you think it’s a “lie”.

GarandFan on December 22, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Sounds like “grounds” for criminal charges to me!

straytrooper on December 22, 2011 at 5:56 PM

Unfortunately this brand of justice goes all the way Down to the local level.
They investigate themselves and Wha-La
It’s all good.

MrMoe on December 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM

It never ends. The screw ups of the Obama adminsration fly in the face of any reasonable standard. The regieme is devoid of integrity. The AG is an embarassment. Wonder if he knows he is incompetent? or would that require a modicum of competence? But then Ms. Gyamfi did not mean to lie. After all, how is a lawyer suppose to know what constitutes perjury? It wouldn’t fair or nice to punish her after all, it is wrong to hate conservatives? Not in Barack’s army.

StevC on December 22, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Another story of filthy Democrats who act and think that they are above the law. Disgusting.

Zorro on December 22, 2011 at 6:14 PM

The most corrupt administration evah!

Conservative_Hippie on December 22, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Nothing will come of it. The MSM is sound asleep and Congress is not going to rock the boat.

In the real world, she would have been fired instantantly, but because the democrats knew about it first, she was promoted.

BMF on December 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM

But but but – when Clinton lied, nobody died! It doesn’t matter. Where are the WMDs?!?!?! Bushitler Cheney McHaliburton Koch Bros. ELEVENTY!!!1111!!!11!1111!!!!
CycloneCDB on December 22, 2011 at 3:35 PM

“People can quarrel with whether we should have more troops in Afghanistan or internationalize Iraq or whatever, but it is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted for stocks of biological and chemical weapons.”

    Former President Clinton

    During an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live”
    July 22, 2003

It would appear that President Clintonis saying Saddam had WMD’s when he left office. Did Clinton lie when he told Bush that Saddam has WMD’s?

The Guardian
February 6, 1999

Saddam link to Bin Laden

By Julian Borger
Saddam Hussein’s regime has opened talks with Osama bin Laden, bringing closer the threat of a terrorist attack using chemical, biological or nuclear weapons, according to US intelligence sources and Iraqi opposition officials.

This suggest that Saddam was working with Osama bin Laden for WMD’s

News of the negotiations emerged in a week when the US attorney general, Janet Reno, warned the Senate that a terrorist attack involving weapons of mass destruction was a growing concern.  “There’s a threat, and it’s real,” Ms Reno said, adding that such weapons “are being considered for use.”

This seem to be attorney general, Janet Reno warning the Senate that Saddam and OBL were working together for terrorist attacks with WMD’s against the USA, was Janet Reno lying?

“There is now no incentive for Hussein to comply with the inspectors or to refrain from using weapons of mass destruction to defend himself if the United States comes after him.  And he will use them; we should be under no illusion about that.”

   

Joseph Wilson, Advisor to John Kerry 2004 Presidential Campaign
    In a Los Angeles Times editorial: “A ‘Big Cat’ With Nothing to Lose”

    February 6, 2003; Page B17
Oh my Joseph Wilson of Plame gate is telling us that Saddan has WMD’s just prior to the start of the Iraq war. Was Joseph Wilson lying?

CycloneCDB do you have anything that shows none of these things were never said? If not then we know who planted the “lie” that Saddam had WMD and connection with OBL!

Why do we get the stupid trolls here?

DSchoen on December 22, 2011 at 6:36 PM

I’ve heard it a lot of times, oh, we let our guys bend the rules a little, you know cause they catch the bad guys.

Speakup on December 22, 2011 at 6:37 PM

The only logical explanation:

She’s black.

BobMbx on December 22, 2011 at 6:41 PM

The first thing the new Republican president should do is fire every body at every department, and then only re-hire the good ones. If there are any.

Iblis on December 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

The Banana Republic of America

jnelchef on December 22, 2011 at 6:51 PM

It is crystal clear the DOJ needs to be dismantled and re-built with people whose priority is justice and not a political ideology.
The same should be done with all other departments, especially the EPA and NLRB. But unfortunately, it would take a blood-bath the country doesn’t have the stomach or character to accomplish.

Oracleforhire on December 22, 2011 at 7:05 PM

can anyone imagine another 4 yrs at this level of corruption?
game over.

MrMoe on December 22, 2011 at 7:14 PM

She’s a lawyer, right? Licensed by the State of Texas? Then, the Texas State Bar should file a grievance against her if the DOJ does not do anything.

In fact, any lawyer would have an ethical obligation to file a complaint.

BigAlSouth on December 22, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Handling Texas redistricting cases might be why she still has her job…

aposematic on December 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Has she kept her job literally, or is it just a state of mind?

Finbar on December 23, 2011 at 8:18 AM

…but this is the first hint that perjury has taken place within the DoJ.

Actually, for me, it’s not the first hint. Eric Holder has perjured himself during the Congressional hearings about Fast & Furious, claiming he didn’t know about it until a few weeks before the hearings. Documentation proves otherwise. He has to go, along with his entire corrupt department.

Jarhead68 on December 23, 2011 at 8:41 AM

You do realize that criticizing DOJ is RAAAACISM!

WannabeAnglican on December 23, 2011 at 8:53 AM

The True Chicago Way !

RiCkY.D. on December 23, 2011 at 11:58 AM

“Among Republicans and conservatives, there simply aren’t enough people who care whether he’s a racist or not.”

J_Crater on December 23, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Handling Texas redistricting cases might be why she still has her job…

aposematic on December 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Her admitted perjury opens all those cases up to challenges, and disqualifies her.

Ward Cleaver on December 23, 2011 at 11:39 PM