Inept Or In Contempt? Homeland’s Johnson In Trouble With Federal Judge

Jeh Johnson’s woes at the Department of Homeland Security are just getting worse.  Not only is his Department considered by it’s own employees as one of the worst places in government to work; not only has Jeh had to be intensively grilled in the Senate; but now a federal judge is calling Johnson and other immigration officials to court to explain why they shouldn’t be held in contempt of a court order, according to this post in The Washington Times.  From TWT post:


The Justice Department had said about 2,000 individuals had been sent three-year work authorizations after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen in Brownsville, Texas, temporarily blocked the immigration action on Feb. 16.

In a court order Tuesday, Hanen said government officials have yet to fix the problem. The judge also requested Johnson and four other officials attend an Aug. 19 hearing to explain why the issue hasn’t been fixed and to “be prepared to show why he or she should not be held in contempt of court.”

Ouch.  Now, I’m not a lawyer, but I’m pretty sure that being held in Contempt of Court has nastier consequences than Contempt of Congress.  Eric Holder, former head of DOJ, y’all remember, was charged with Contempt of Congress over the Fast and Furious debacle.  I’d feel sorry for Jeh Johnson, if I didn’t think he was actually guilty of dragging his feet in order to further the Emperor’s policies.  I try not to allow schadenfreude to enter these pages, but a little bit creeps in every now and then.

Read the article at TWT.  There are details there about how Johnson and the others can avoid being charged with Contempt, as well as a brief history of how things progressed to this point.