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Issa: Holder's defense on Fast and Furious ‘has reached a new low'
The Hill ^ | October 10, 2011 | Jordy Yager

Posted on 10/10/2011 11:14:46 AM PDT by jazusamo

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued a scathing reply to Attorney General Eric Holder over his role in the authorization of a botched gun-tracking operation and the Justice Department’s cooperation with a congressional investigation.

As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa said the DOJ has tried to detract his panel’s investigation into Operation Fast and Furious since it began, offering “a roving set of ever-changing explanations to justify its involvement in this reckless and deadly program.”

“All of these efforts were designed to circle the wagons around DOJ and its political appointees,” wrote Issa.

Holder has found himself at the center of Issa’s investigation, launched with cooperation from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.), into Fast and Furious, which may have contributed to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

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Internal Justice Department memos released last week show that Holder was notified about the existence of the operation as early as last year. Holder testified in May before the House Judiciary Committee that he did not know about the operation until recently. The White House and the DOJ said that Holder was referring to when he was made aware of the controversial and taboo tactics used in the operation.

After enduring a week’s worth of criticism from Republicans — including calls for his resignation, accusations that he was trying to devise a cover-up, and a statement that he was an accessory to murder — Holder wrote a letter to the chairman and ranking members of three committees with jurisdiction over the DOJ. Holder said the latest fury of congressional reaction was irresponsible.

"I cannot sit idly by as a Majority Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform suggests, as happened this week, that law enforcement and government employees who devote their lives to protecting our citizens be considered 'accessories to murder,'” wrote Holder.

“Such irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric must be repudiated in the strongest possible terms."

But Issa shot back in his most recent letter, saying that instead of addressing the shortcomings of the DOJ to deliver pertinent and timely information about the operation to Congress, Holder denigrated the already contentious relationship between the Justice Department and Congress even further with his letter.

Holder’s letter “did little but obfuscate, shift blame, berate, and attempt to change the topic away from the Department’s responsibility in the creation, implementation, and authorization” of Fast and Furious, said Issa.

Issa, who is pushing for Holder to appear before Congress again to testify, said it called into question his ability to serve the American people as attorney general.

“It appears your latest defense has reached a new low,” wrote Issa.

“Incredibly, in your letter from Friday you now claim that you were unaware of Fast and Furious because your staff failed to inform you of information contained in memos that were specifically addressed to you. At best, this indicates negligence and incompetence in your duties as Attorney General. At worst, it places your credibility in serious doubt.”

In his letter, Issa pointed to Gary Grindler, Holder’s chief of staff and the former acting deputy attorney general, as one example that senior DOJ officials knew about Fast and Furious and the tactics it employed as early as last year.

In March 2010, Grindler was made aware of the operation’s gun sales to a suspected straw buyer who lived on food stamps, according to Issa’s letter. The buyer paid for more than 700 guns with cash and Grindler did nothing to stop the operation, said Issa.

Issa said that Grindler either told Holder about the operation and its tactics, or he did not. If he did tell Holder, then the attorney general was not being truthful when he told Congress that he was only made recently aware of the operation. If Grindler did not tell Holder, then it would be considered a “dereliction of his duties.”

Issa concludes that Grindler must have told Holder because he was not fired for “dereliction” and was instead given his current job as Holder’s chief of staff.

This story was updated at 1:47 p.m.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
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Congressman Issa is keeping the pressure on, this is not going away.
1 posted on 10/10/2011 11:14:51 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

We’re talkin’ “Obama’s people”.

There is no lowest low.

(And I’m not referring to race with the above. Get real, libs, you know that it’s your creed that has no lower limit. You’re all slime. Period.)


2 posted on 10/10/2011 11:17:36 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: jazusamo
" Issa: Holder's defense on Fast and Furious ‘has reached a new low "

Issa ? and you think this is of a surprise to us that this administration is this corrupted ? we saw this coming even before he was selected/elected.
3 posted on 10/10/2011 11:17:57 AM PDT by American Constitutionalist (The fool has said in his heart, " there is no GOD " ..)
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To: jazusamo

A dingo ate Holder’s baby.


4 posted on 10/10/2011 11:19:22 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: jazusamo

Issa to Holder: “You OWN Fast and Furious”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2790628/posts


5 posted on 10/10/2011 11:20:33 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: jazusamo
If anyone doesn't feel that the Holder "People" have not been walking guns to the Black Panthers, Union goon squads, and other various urban gangs under the same pretense, you'd have to be dead from the neck up.

Socialism and Marxism promoters know that change only comes from the barrel of a gun.

6 posted on 10/10/2011 11:21:28 AM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: jazusamo

Holder heads up the federal mafia. Don’t expect to deal with an honorable person.


7 posted on 10/10/2011 11:21:28 AM PDT by pallis
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To: jazusamo

Go Darrell. I want Holder tried,convicted and sentenced to some hard time. But not sentenced before 0bama leaves office...he’d be first on the list for an 0bammy pardon.


8 posted on 10/10/2011 11:22:15 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: jazusamo
The "modified limited hangout" isn't working any better for Ubama than it did for Nixon.

Drip. Drip. Drip.

9 posted on 10/10/2011 11:22:20 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them." --Ronald Reagan)
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To: jazusamo

I love it when they are on the horns of a dilemma.


10 posted on 10/10/2011 11:22:37 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: jazusamo
Obama is going to cover Holder to the very end. Holder is doing Obama's dirty work. They are actively plotting against our people....

Mike

11 posted on 10/10/2011 11:22:55 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: jazusamo

Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

12 posted on 10/10/2011 11:22:57 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; Josephat; Prince of Space; ...

Gunwalker: It’s in da NEWS, folks!


13 posted on 10/10/2011 11:23:25 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: jazusamo; Joe Brower; MestaMachine; marktwain; Nachum
Is today the day NBC will finally mention Fast and Furious?


14 posted on 10/10/2011 11:23:25 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: jazusamo

If He isn’t an accessory to murder, along with His boss, for putting firearms into the hands of known murders, what the heck is He? What other outcome could of resulted in these actions?


15 posted on 10/10/2011 11:24:52 AM PDT by reefdiver ("Let His day's be few And another takes His office")
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To: Travis McGee

Dis is da bomb, dude!


16 posted on 10/10/2011 11:25:22 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: jazusamo

Go, Issa!


17 posted on 10/10/2011 11:28:58 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


18 posted on 10/10/2011 11:29:36 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: reefdiver
What other outcome could of resulted in these actions?

The destabilizing of a neighboring country's government? I believe that is called an act of war.

5.56mm

19 posted on 10/10/2011 11:31:36 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: jazusamo

I can’t wait to see Holder in front of Issa’s oversight committee perjuring himself one more time. Let the subpoena’s go forth.


20 posted on 10/10/2011 11:34:00 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Travis McGee

Post #14.

We get the picture. How many times are you going to post this?


21 posted on 10/10/2011 11:35:32 AM PDT by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Da Coyote
This administration has done what it wants with no accountability, They just targeted and killed a citizen, CZARS, war in Libya, millions of dollars to cronies, DOMA, Dream Act, new Black Panther case dropped, .... it is hard to understand why it is allowed to continue.

Both sides have allowed it.

Wonder what McCain has said about it, his state was largely impacted by this, where is Boehner, other GOP leaders. Even Democrats should draw the line at some point.

22 posted on 10/10/2011 11:38:12 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: jazusamo
Travis McGee asked:
"Is today the day NBC will finally mention Fast and Furious?"


23 posted on 10/10/2011 11:39:18 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: jazusamo

Holder is Toast. They just haven’t spread the jam on him yet.


24 posted on 10/10/2011 11:40:36 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: pallis

This is only the “newest” low. There will be other, deeper lows the more Issa stirs this rats nest.


25 posted on 10/10/2011 11:41:10 AM PDT by Bowtie52
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To: jazusamo

New low?? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.


26 posted on 10/10/2011 11:41:36 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: opentalk

“...Wonder what McCain has said about it, his state was largely impacted by this, where is Boehner, other GOP leaders. Even Democrats should draw the line at some point...”

McRINO’s weather vane is lubricated even better than RINOmney. His “thoughts” on anything are worthless.


27 posted on 10/10/2011 11:43:30 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
As many times as he wants.....what's your problem with it?!
Do you have anything better!
28 posted on 10/10/2011 11:43:58 AM PDT by Guenevere (....We press on.....)
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To: jazusamo
There is a good chance that someone who knows will drop the dime on Holder. Who will it be? Will those in the know hold out to protect Holder and Obama or will the thoughts of living in a prison cell loosen some lips?
29 posted on 10/10/2011 11:43:58 AM PDT by JPG (America is worth saving. All hands on deck!)
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To: jazusamo

Man, is Issa the only guy left who’s worth his salt?

Why does he always have to do all the heavy lifting?

I see he’s all over ‘em on Solyndra too.


30 posted on 10/10/2011 11:44:16 AM PDT by Pessimist
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

Worried about your buddy Holder?


31 posted on 10/10/2011 11:44:55 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: blackdog

yep, he is arming his army for the takeover..what would the military do if ordered to stop the election under Marshall law?


32 posted on 10/10/2011 11:51:26 AM PDT by aces
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To: JPG
There is a good chance that someone who knows will drop the dime on Holder.

I agree and thought early on it was going to be Kenneth Melson but was wrong. Like you say, they'll come forward eventually to stay out of a fed pen, IMHO.

33 posted on 10/10/2011 11:51:39 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Da Coyote

We´re talking, Obama himself. Holder should definitely be fired if he undertook this without the President. But he didn´t. Thus Obama should be fired too.


34 posted on 10/10/2011 11:52:51 AM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: jazusamo

Although I am glad they are pressing this issue, I GUARANTEE nothing will happen to Holder.

Laws are only for us “common folk” to follow...


35 posted on 10/10/2011 11:52:51 AM PDT by mikelets456
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To: Da Coyote
I agree, he actual has been one of Obamas supporters since his re-election. This operation is very callous, they should all be speaking out.

Why the silence. Creepy.

36 posted on 10/10/2011 11:53:19 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Pessimist
Amen...Issa is doing a stellar job and has his hands full. We need more like him to go after the Rats on other fiasco's, it's a target rich environment.
37 posted on 10/10/2011 11:54:59 AM PDT by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Travis McGee

To: #14
This is the first time I have seen this. It’s GOOD. Keep on posting it.


38 posted on 10/10/2011 11:55:11 AM PDT by CHEE (if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot. - Congressman Davy Crockett)
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To: CHEE
Have no worry on that account. It's probably the most devastatingly powerful political cartoon I have ever seen.
39 posted on 10/10/2011 11:58:14 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
Until I don't get comments like 38. Yours, I can disregard easily.
40 posted on 10/10/2011 12:00:33 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Guenevere; CHEE
He might have missed this one:


41 posted on 10/10/2011 12:03:02 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: aces

All members of the Military of the United States are bound by this oath...

I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God...

It is the duty of our Military to defeat those who would suspend the Constitution of the United States...I stand with them.


42 posted on 10/10/2011 12:09:04 PM PDT by Shady (The undeniable truth of the Obama Administration...The numbers do not lie.)
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To: aces
"yep, he is arming his army for the takeover.."

And when questioned, he can respond that it's all being done to advance gun control (under the radar quote), since the legislature is doing nothing to curtail the guns in this country. Liberals buy into that bullcrap and really believe him. Like all muslems, just because he says something to a group, does not mean it's his true intention. That concept escapes most americans. Deception is his duty.

43 posted on 10/10/2011 12:12:34 PM PDT by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: M Kehoe

Get ready for a slew of “Iran/Contra Affair!!!!” rhetoric.


44 posted on 10/10/2011 12:15:40 PM PDT by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com/)
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To: Travis McGee
Is today the day NBC will finally mention Fast and Furious?

Nah. Wait until Holder dies in a *tragic airplane crash* like Ron Brown, or those Chicago scandal-tainted flunkies who *suicided* just before Rahm Emanual went back to his satrapy as mayor.

Even Obama's political prototype has given up on hopes the O-bots can pull out of the F&F scandal now.

45 posted on 10/10/2011 12:18:01 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: Travis McGee

The power of the truth found in funny is why I love Pookie’s Toons so much. Thanks to all my fun loving friends.


46 posted on 10/10/2011 12:32:34 PM PDT by CHEE (if I ever vote for another unconstitutional law I wish I may be shot. - Congressman Davy Crockett)
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To: mikelets456
Although I am glad they are pressing this issue, I GUARANTEE nothing will happen to Holder.

The odds are at least three to one you're wrong:

#1: Scott

#2: Pagano

# 3: Jones

47 posted on 10/10/2011 12:38:07 PM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: ctdonath2
No doubt they will try to cite Iran-Contra but that is not going to work IMO.

Completely different type of situation. In this one, they say there were too many guns going to Mexico...then they illegally increase the guns to Mexico?

They will have ZERO support from their base on this one.

48 posted on 10/10/2011 12:38:28 PM PDT by Siena Dreaming
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To: jazusamo
Obama is the “accomplice” to the murders committed with Fast and Furious weapons.
Let's go back to one of the first articles hinting at the problem.


49 posted on 10/10/2011 12:46:13 PM PDT by Yosemitest (It's simple: Fight or Die)
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To: Shady

Most of the military ignore their oaths now..I vaguely remember the Lakin case. The military, who should have insisted on a valid president, hid under their desks. We have lost any sense of honor.


50 posted on 10/10/2011 12:55:49 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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