It's no secret in Washington that Sen."Dirty Harry" Reid (D-NV), a certified member of the Mormon Mafia, didn't get where he is today by being a boy scout. The Washington Times in an exclusive report about a public corruption investigation of Reid and Utah's junior Republican senator, Mike Lee, that Attorney General Eric Holder blocked the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section from using a federal grand jury and subpoena process to assist local prosecutors in gathering evidence. The Times describes the investigation of the two senators as focusing on two issues:
- Whether both or either politician sought or received money or other benefits from donors and/or fundraisers in connection with doing political favors or taking official actions.
- Whether Mr. Lee provided accurate information when he bought, then sold a Utah home for a big loss to a campaign contributor and federal contractor, leaving his mortgage bank to absorb large losses.
One of my favorite scenes from "The Godfather" is where Sen. Pat Geary, a Nevada senator, tries to shake down Michael Corleone for a gaming license and Corleone puts him in his place by telling him, "My offer is nothing." Later in the movie, a drugged Geary winds up in bed with a dead prostitute. We could only hope that Dirty Harry Reid will meet the same fate some day. He's earned it.