Biden pick to head DOJ’s criminal division slammed for role in sex misconduct case

Though most of President Joe Biden’s high-level administration nominees have sailed through without a great degree of opposition, his choice for one key role has drawn some serious controversy in recent days.

As the Daily Mail reports, Biden’s decision to tap Kenneth Polite to head the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has attracted criticism due to the nominee’s role in a 2016 plea deal he oversaw involving a district attorney in Louisiana who was accused of sexual misconduct.

Biden announced his intention to nominate Polite to the post of assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice on April 12 in a move that brought a prior career controversy that has plagued the former federal prosecutor from New Orleans back into the spotlight.

The issue stems from the case of former longtime St. Charles Parish, Louisiana district attorney Harry Morel, who faced accusations of granting leniency to criminal defendants in exchange for sexual favors over the course of many years. Despite having received DOJ approval to issue an indictment against Morel on charges of racketeering, Polite never even charged him with sexual misconduct, but instead offered him a sweetheart deal that observers at the time found baffling.

Morel ultimately pleaded guilty to one charge of obstructing a federal investigation and served under two years in prison, far less than the sentence he could have received if convicted of the racketeering, fraud, and obstruction charges some argue he deserved. Comparisons to that arrangement have been drawn with the deal disgraced sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein managed to wrangle with Florida prosecutors back in 2008, as the Daily Mail noted.

According to NOLA.com, a former FBI employee who has voiced outrage over the Morel case for multiple years has re-emerged in recent days to express his opinion that Polite is utterly unsuited for the DOJ role. Mike Zummer was one of the agents who investigated the accusations against Morel and whose prior objections to his handling of the case ultimately cost him his job.

Zummer alleged that Polite delegated important decision-making authority in the Morel matter to staffers with known conflicts of interest and blasted the now-Biden nominee for proceeding to negotiate a plea agreement despite the defendant’s acknowledgment that he solicited sexual favors from women seeking favorable treatment for loved ones facing criminal charges, NOLA.com noted.

In casting doubt about Polite’s fitness for a critical position within the Biden administration, Zummer said that while serving in New Orleans, he “really didn’t have control, and he really didn’t have the backbone to stand up to people in his office who I think were engaged in malfeasance.”

Time will tell whether Zummer’s objections will gain any steam and prompt further inquiry by the Senate Judiciary Committee charged with determining the fate of his nomination next month, but given the seriousness of the claims about Polite’s ethics and professional judgment, they probably should.

 
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31 Responses

  1. 2nd try. Don’t know how to express myself without telling what stupidity is being done to our nation. Guess I can’t be specific about certain flag being flown along with the American flag. Chaos is all they want. The American citizens must stand up if our elected officials won”t.

  2. HOW IN THE WORLD CAN YOU SAY THAT HIS PICKS ARE GOOD FOR THIS COUNTRY!!!!! EVERYONE OF THEM HAVE A ROTTEN SOUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. What ‘s really messed up is Biden and the Democrats had to cheat, lie, and intimidate voters to steal the election, and they really suck at it. But that’s the only way they could win the election against Trump.

  4. Appointing a twin bobble head to this position is quite amazing. Why would any sane thinking individual even accept a position with this buffoonish administration. A resume builder it is not.

  5. This story starts off with a big lie? That most of Biden’s nominees have sailed through. At least one was not confirmed and there were several others that should not have been. Biden appoints based on race, gender, or other meaningless qualifications rather than ability to do the job. This is a big problem for the country and will bring many problems in the future, just as the bad decision to open the border did.

  6. Need one say….well here, a administration that IS corrupt, duplicitous, inept, divisive, polarizing, self-serving, racist, clueless (exception in the total move to the extreme left), ant-America, weak, decisive (in the wrong direction). Like the little “bobble head” toy, Biden bobb’s his head yes to everything the extreme left wants.

    I do have empathy for Biden the man given his mental condition. But as President……..he and his ilk IS DESTROYING AMERICA.

  7. Just when you think things could not get worst Joe picks another person who has no business in government. He is better qualified to be wearing a prison uninform. Well, maybe Joe thinks he fits in well we the rest of his gang.

  8. So what’s new with the Biden/Harris administration?? Joe is totally incoherent most of the time allowing our country to be run by others behind the scenes! Harris is reportedly an “Anchor Baby”, her dad from Jamaica who owned and sold slaves who reportedly wasn’t married to her mom from India and they weren’t American Citizens or even green card holders when Harris was born! Plus Kamala was the “Servant” to Willie Brown in San Francisco!!
    What’s next after all of this??? If DemocRAT’s don’t lose 2022 elections in a HUGE landslide we’re all in deep doo-doo!!!!!

    1. If the Arizona Senate does not find extensive voter fraud in the Maracopa County ballots, we are in deep doo-doo. Why? Because then the demokrauts will know that they can get away with the same s**t again in 2022 and they will to retain power completely. At that point, the only way for us to have fair elections again is a total purge. Keep your eyes on the result of the audit!

  9. HOW IS IT LEGAL FOR A MAN TO BE PRESIDENT WHEN HE ISNT WELL ENOUGH TO RUN A CAR LET ALONE A COUNTRY—HE IS RUINING OUR COUNTRY WHY CANT WE GET RID OF SOMEONE NOT CAPABLE—HE DIDNT WIN ANYWAY—HES LETTING ALL KINDS OF CRAP ILLEGAL PEOPLE WITH UNTELLING WHAT DISEASES IITO THIS COUNTRY–YET THEY WANT US TO WEAR A MASK—BUNCH OF CRAP—-THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT AMERICA SO WHAT ARE WEW LETTING SOMEONE RUN THIS COUNTRY—SURE ISNT JOE BIDEN AND HARRIS IS JUST AS BAD ALL SHE KNOWAS TO DO IS CACKEL STUPID PEOPLE-

    1. I agree. I will not wear a mask at all. Stores are still a must but I make a list and I am in and out. Mask comes off as soon as I hit the door. Ridiculous!

    2. Marcy, pervert joe is not our legal president….Trump is!!! They stole the election and our scaredy cat Republicans don’t want to rock the boat!! I wish we could have a re-vote with the military as poll watchers to keep the freaking demon-rats from cheating again! We need to get our country back from the commie-libs and we need some Republicans with a back-bone. And you are right we have to wear a mask every where and the illegals go free with their diseases!!

    3. Believe or not he is the best we have at the time. If we get rid of him, we get Harris. After Harris we get Nancy. We are in deep trouble enough. Time is coming to get them all out of the white house. All they do is break all the laws that are on the books including our constitution being changed to accommodate themselves. Look at Maxine Waters speak on hate and telling people to riot, the dems are not punishing her at all because it came down to party line votes. The democrats even discriminate against our system not just people.

    4. It’s called “deep state “ Biden is not making decisions! Obama,Soros snd the other bums ! They
      Hate our country snd are trying to ruin it!!

    5. No, Harris knows how to do other things. Look how she got into politics…. she wants to legalize prostitution since she knows about such things. If Biden goes, we will have this ‘Ho at the helm.

  10. biden and his terrorist crew are fuc*ing terrorists and the scum of the earth…none of them has a soul…..bring out the malitia..

    1. Lyin briben biden and the bribenettes. please bend over further I am not that tall. Bend your knees a little. says:

      well of course when you have eh democrats committing voter fraud to elect and old demented rapist pedophile for president he is certainly going to put another pervert in charge of the DOJ! That only makes sense.

      It is no different than trump putting an overly conservative honest person in charge of the DOJ.

      Well different in that one is a pervert and one is honest but that just a reflection of the two different presidents.

      election shave consequences even dishonest voter fraud riddled elections.

      1. I am 81, proud that I served 4 years and so sick of all this DUMBOCRAP CRAP I am glad I won’t be around long!! My main regret is that I have family that will be around for God only knows how long! I ask for guidance daily on how to handle the MENTAL ANGUISH that the DUMBOCRAPS are causing our country! We have seen the demise of honesty in government, tho we had a shot of it for four years under President Donald J. TRUMP, and that only gave the DUMBOCRAPS 4+YEARS TO HONE THEIR CROOKED CARTEL SO THAT THEY COULD BRIBE, COERCE, FORCE and CAJOLE voters into the CROOKEDEST ELECTION IN HISTORY!!! There WILL BE A JUDGEMENT DAY, I ONLY FEAR THAT ALL THE OLD GEEZERS THAT HAVE CORRUPTED THEIR ENTIRE PARTY WILL BE DEAD BY THAT TIME. One conselation,,,EVEN THEN THEY WILL HAVE TO MEET THEIR MAKER, AND HE IS VERY FAIR AND RIGHTEOUS KING! I should love to be a small observer at that hearing!

          1. I only wish that were possible but it’s not.I hope you are referring to firing them from their positions. We have gotten the most corrupt Dems in office ever I think now. There is no easy fix but every election local or country wide needs a Dem out and a good Republican in. Dems are set on destroying our country and we cannot allow that to happen. I don’t like war but if they push us to that point then let it be.

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