Don’t bet on it happening in a nation that increasingly shrinks from taking its own laws seriously, but we can’t help asking if a respectable argument might be made that key Obama administration officials and some congressional Democrats would be fit subjects for scrutiny under the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act.
Amid mounting evidence last week that the Internal Revenue Service continues its role as a political secret police force, the House Ways and means Committee voted on party lines to recommend that the Justice Department criminally prosecute ex-IRS bureaucrat Lois Lerner.
Good luck making it happen, given Attorney General Eric Holder’s statement long ago that no prosecutions would arise from the IRS abuses, but that and abundant other examples of his behavior prompt our question in the first paragraph.
Of opposition to his and the administration’s frequently lawless policies, Holder last week asked a friendly audience, “What attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What president has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?”
Well, boo, hoo, hoo. We feel confident saying any Republican attorney general who conducted himself the way Mr. Holder has would already be in prison and would have long since been forsaken by his party.
Holder’s timing may involve the growing difficulty of concealing IRS enthusiasm activities that ought to land somebody in a federal pen.
A virtue of the U.S. political system compared with third-world kleptocracies and second-world dictatorships is that upon relinquishing power this country’s leaders—even unpopular ones—haven’t feared arrest and prosecution over policy choices.