Jonathan Ellis doesn't see a knockout, he says Democrats are landing body blows on Mike Rounds with the EB-5 issue. The Sioux Falls columnist also proposes a novel quid pro quo for one of the "you're stonewalling—no, you're stonewalling!" angles of this complicated story:

Republicans on a legislative committee that supposedly is investigating the issue haven’t done much to inspire confidence. Rather than call in the guy who ran the program — Joop Bollen of Aberdeen — you’d think they were more obsessed over whether commas were used appropriately in the audit reports of EB-5.

...Republicans argue that Brendan Johnson could clear all of this up by publicly saying if there’s an ongoing investigation. Johnson refuses, arguing he can’t confirm or deny, the standard hideout used by law enforcement authorities to withhold information from the public.

If it’s true that U.S. attorneys can’t confirm or deny investigations, then I’ll look forward to the removal of New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, whose office last week confirmed that it continues to investigate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s role in the “Bridgegate” incident.

Maybe the two sides should make a deal. In exchange for Republicans subpoenaing Joop Bollen to testify, Johnson could acknowledge if there’s an investigation.

Problem solved [Jonathan Ellis, "EB-5 Offers Democrats New Campaign Ax to Grind," that Sioux Falls paper, 2014.09.21].

Ellis mistakenly equates U.S. Attorney Johnson's conscientious protection of the integrity of his office with the political stonewalling of Republican legislative leaders who may be in deeper doo-doo than they were ready for. But if the New Jersey comparison is valid, then I say fine. I'll happily trade bringing U.S. Atorney Johnson to the mic to utter one sentence for sitting Joop Bollen down before the cameras to spend a morning telling the public about his activities as a state employee carrying out Mike Rounds's economic development plans.