POGO, members of Congress, and Department of the Interior Inspector General Earl Devaney have repeatedly questioned the Department of Justice's (DoJ) decision to decline prosecuting Greg Smith and Lucy Denett for their role in the recent Minerals Mangement Service scandal. DoJ's reply to an inquiry from House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) finally answers the question, saying that they found insufficient evidence. Conyers found the letter "incomplete and inadequate", and we have to say that we're not too impressed either.
So it looks like questions will continue to linger around management of MMS and the Royalty-In-Kind program. Also worth noting in the letter, Derek Kravitz from the Washington Post points out that DoJ found "that the inspector general's decision in protest to pull staffers off a task force investigating the Jack Abramoff lobbying case was an 'extraordinary step.'"
-- Mandy Smithberger