And of course, the cowardly DoJ did a Friday afternoon news dump on a holiday weekend:
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has closed its long-running abuse-of-power investigation into Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio — without any charges to be filed.
In a 5 p.m. Friday news release, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Birmingham Scheel, acting on behalf of the United States Department of Justice, announced her office “is closing its investigation into allegations of criminal conduct” by current and former members of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.
Federal prosecutors have advised Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery of the decision.
“I’m just pissed,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Andy Kunasek. “If (former Deputy County Attorney) Lisa Aubuchon and (former Sheriff’s Chief Deputy) David Hendershott are not prosecuted for perjury, then this is all about politics. This is about a Justice Department that is afraid to do their jobs.”
Remember, the Obama Justice Department just brought criminal charges against a married couple for lying to get a mortgage. But that’s different – moral hazard!