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Sen. Grassley: Why No Charges for Prosecutor Who Viewed Porn at Work?

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Charles Grassley is questioning the Justice Department about why a federal prosecutor who spent hours viewing pornography, including allegedly at least one image of child pornography, was not charged with a crime.

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Grassley, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, disclosed that a recent review by DOJ's Inspector General found that an assistant U.S. attorney admitted that he viewed pornography for hours each day during work hours.

A brief summary of the IG report noted, "The investigation determined that the AUSA [assistant US attorney] routinely viewed adult content during official duty hours, and that there was at least one image of child pornography recovered on the AUSA's government computer. The AUSA acknowledged that he had spent a significant amount of time each day viewing pornography. The U.S. Attorney's Office declined prosecution. Disciplinary action against the AUSA is pending."

In a letter to Holder, Grassley, R-Iowa, said he was concerned about why the federal prosecutor was not charged and why the department has not taken disciplinary action against the prosecutor.

"As the case for disciplinary action is 'pending' as of May 31, 2011, this means that, at the very least, the DOJ has allowed an admitted serial viewer of pornography -- possibly child pornography -- to serve as an AUSA for two months, if not longer, and has yet to take action," Grassley wrote to Holder.

A Justice Department spokeswoman acknowledged that the prosecutor left federal service in May. It is unknown which U.S. Attorney's office the prosecutors worked in, but DOJ asserts that prosecutors from a different U.S. Attorney's office looked at the case.

"As a general practice, when there are criminal allegations of misconduct involving an Assistant U.S. Attorney, those matters are sent to a different office to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest. The Department took immediate and appropriate action in this case and the AUSA ceased working in the district in late April 2011 and left Federal Service in early May 2011," the spokeswoman said.

Grassley has asked Holder if the prosecutor is eligible to receive a government pension, how he evaded pornography filters on the DOJ computer system and if the Department's filters were being updated.

The Justice Department has declined to provide additional information to Grassley and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who had requested information from all U.S. agency inspector generals about closed cases that had not been made public. The Justice Department Office of the Inspector General declined to provide a full copy of the report, or the identity or the district where the assistant U.S. attorney was assigned.

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Bachmann Signs Pledge for Ban on Porn and Same-Sex Marriage

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Michele Bachmann became the first presidential candidate to sign a pledge, vowing to support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman, and which calls for a ban on all pornography.

“The Marriage Vow -- A Declaration of Dependence upon Marriage and Family,” sponsored by the Family Leader, an Iowa-based conservative organization, equates same-sex marriage with bigamy and polygamy and calls on candidates to promise to be faithful to their spouses.

The two-page pledge includes a “Declaration of Dependence on Marriage and Family” that explains the deterioration of traditional marriage on “quickie divorce,” unmarried couples living together, and inaccurate science that suggests homosexuality is a choice.

Candidates, like Bachmann, who sign the pledge vow  “vigorous opposition to any redefinition of the Institution of Marriage...through statutory, bureaucratic, or court-imposed recognition of intimate unions which are bigamous, polygamous, polyandrous, same-sex.”

They also recognize that “married people enjoy better health, better sex.”

Though Bachmann sponsored a Minnesota law defining marriage between a man and a woman, the positions she supports in the pledge contradict some of the statements she has made publicly regarding gay people and same-sex marriage.

Bachmann’s support of a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, conflicts with previous comments she has made, in which she has said she would not interfere with states that have legalized same-sex marriage.

By signing the pledge she supports the idea that homosexuality is a choice, and that being gay is a health risk. Last month, however, she told CBS’ Bob Scheifer that she was “not running to be anyone’s judge.”

"You know, I firmly believe that people need to make their own decisions about that," she said when asked if being gay was a choice. "But I am running for the presidency of the United States. I am not running to be anyone's judge. And that's where I'm coming from in this race."

The first two states to pick a Republican candidate for the White House, Iowa and New Hampshire, have both legalized same-sex marriage.

The pledge also asks candidates to promise to oppose the imposition of Sharia Islamic law.

Bachmann’s campaign did not respond to comment for this story.

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