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Senator says Justice won’t provide witnesses
Washington Times ^ | 11/10/11 | Jerry Seper

Posted on 11/10/2011 9:44:09 PM PST by Nachum

The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has refused to make available 11 of 12 department witnesses called by the panel for transcribed interviews in the ongoing investigation of the botched Fast and Furious weapons operation.

Sen. Chuck Grassley said that despite the department’s promises of good faith cooperation in the probe, only one witness has been provided so far - former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Arizona, who resigned in August after taking responsibility for his mistakes during testimony about Fast and Furious before a House committee.

“The department has refused to schedule interviews with any of the other 11 witnesses. That’s not the good-faith cooperation I was promised, and it is unacceptable,” said Mr. Grassley, Iowa Republican. “If this controversy has taught us anything, it is that you have to talk directly to the people who know the facts.

“If Congress had relied on the department’s official talking points, we still wouldn’t know the truth today,” he said Thursday during the committee’s executive business meeting.

Mr. Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, have been investigating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives‘ Fast and Furious operation for several months.

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1 posted on 11/10/2011 9:44:11 PM PST by Nachum
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2 posted on 11/10/2011 9:45:04 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

The next time the maggots down at the DOJ even mention “gun control”, all gun owners in this country need to band together, go to Washington and make a citizen’s arrest on every one of those commie piggies. The Bill of Rights BELONGS TO US, not the commie fags in Washington D.C.


3 posted on 11/10/2011 9:47:44 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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Fail! How do they call it ‘justice’?


4 posted on 11/10/2011 9:51:47 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Nachum

The MSM could make a stink the size of Watergate or worse over this but of course they’ll ignore it as they dutifully go after Cain over unsubstantiated harassment claims.

They’re in the bus with Obama and I hope they all go over the cliff together.


5 posted on 11/10/2011 9:53:24 PM PST by Bullish (Recovery won't begin until Obama loses HIS job.)
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To: MestaMachine
Fail! How do they call it ‘justice’?

Oops. You misspelled "just-us".

6 posted on 11/10/2011 9:54:08 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Yep. And we need to send letters and DEMAND that some current gun control laws be repealed over this. The Government tried to pull a fast one, violated a lot of laws and the Constitution and must be punished. Jail for the offenders is NOT enough. We MUST have laws repealed.

1. Sporting Purpose clause of the 1968 GCA and all associated laws after must be repealed.

2. The NFA must be repealed.

3. All current exemptions for the Government in firearms laws must be repealed and no future exemptions allowed.

4. All bans and import restrictions must be repealed. This includes the Hughes Amendment.

Nothing less is acceptable. The Government must relinquish some authority regarding firearms over F&F.


7 posted on 11/10/2011 9:55:21 PM PST by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: Nachum

Nice posturing....Hey Senator, whats in your magazine? They are not cooperating so................now what?


8 posted on 11/10/2011 10:00:10 PM PST by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: Nachum
investigation of the botched Fast and Furious

The only thing "botched" was the cover up.

9 posted on 11/10/2011 10:06:43 PM PST by Michael.SF. (When you hear hooves, think horses, not zebras.)
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To: MestaMachine

CORRUPT BASTARDS


10 posted on 11/10/2011 10:10:44 PM PST by onyx (PLEASE SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC BY DONATING NOW! Sarah's New Ping List - tell me if you want on it.)
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To: BCR #226
The Government tried to pull a fast one, violated a lot of laws and the Constitution and must be punished. Jail for the offenders is NOT enough. We MUST have laws repealed.

Amen. The final straw.

11 posted on 11/10/2011 10:32:45 PM PST by no-s (B.L.O.A.T. and every day...because some day soon they won't be making any more...for you.)
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To: Nachum

How about starting with some contempt of Congress citations and escalating from there instead of the usual mealy mouthed whimpering and simpering there Chuck?


12 posted on 11/10/2011 10:36:47 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Time to move forward not to the center.)
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To: Nachum
“If Congress had relied on the department’s official talking points, we still wouldn’t know the truth today,”

So they are lying, to cover their own backsides. How about this then, immediate dismissal of the entire department. Seriously, why not? Not paid administrative leave pending HR review... Pink slips for gross negligence in the performance of your duties, immediately escorted out of the building by security and their badges confiscated. Any personal items in your desk, send a letter with a list in writing and they will be boxed and shipped to you. Goodbye.

13 posted on 11/10/2011 11:19:03 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

With this administration I’m not sure congress has any recourse. They ignore every law they don’t like and probably wouldn’t leave if they were impeached AND kicked out.

Cindie


14 posted on 11/10/2011 11:48:21 PM PST by gardencatz (I'm lucky enough to live, walk & breathe among heroes! I am the mother of a US Marine!)
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To: Nachum

Obama has ordered non cooperation with Congress.

Imbeach President Obama.


15 posted on 11/11/2011 12:12:58 AM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: MestaMachine

It is properly called “just us”


16 posted on 11/11/2011 2:52:40 AM PST by shalom aleichem
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To: headstamp 2

“How about starting with some contempt of Congress citations and escalating from there instead of the usual mealy mouthed whimpering and simpering there Chuck? “

The U.S. Department of “Just-us” is 11/ 12ths compliant?
What about the witness who was ‘unavailable’ because he was in Afghanistan , but was contacted by a magazine using his officially issued cellphone, ... and then changed his phone number.

Bring out the contempt of Congress warrents !!
Restore the balance of Government


17 posted on 11/11/2011 3:42:33 AM PST by Tilted Irish Kilt ("You never want a crisis to go to waste..."- Rahm Emanuel)
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To: BCR #226
We MUST have laws repealed.

You, Sir, are perfectly correct. The system is crushing us like a constrictor snake, squeezing us to death with graduated tightenings. We cannot prosper by simply adjusting to it. The freedom agenda is not advanced by slowing or stopping the trend toward oppression. Freedom is gained by pushing back tyranny and it is secured by making it impossible for the enemy to regain ground.

I think you're right about pressuring our representatives and Free Republic is as fine a place as any to start such a campaign. Not only do we need to repeal most of the law, we need to neuter the regulatory agencies and institute some strong legal protection for what is "necessary to the security of a free state".

18 posted on 11/11/2011 3:48:04 AM PST by Brass Lamp
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19 posted on 11/11/2011 4:34:32 AM PST by bcsco (A vote for Cain will cure the Pain!)
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To: Nachum

Doesn’t Congress have the prerogative to cut off the funding for their salaries? If they don’t show, don’t pay ‘em. Ditto with Holder, who should be gainfully employed in the license-plate-manufacturing sector of the economy as it it.


20 posted on 11/11/2011 4:44:36 AM PST by Stosh
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To: MestaMachine

Time to stop messing around and cut all of their funding.

The only thing whores and politicians understand is money. Not happy with a whore don’t ever hire her again, not happy with a politicians same thing, stop giving them money, stop payment on the check, cease and desist sending them money.

All congress need do to get any g0vt agency to respond is stop their funding.


21 posted on 11/11/2011 5:16:25 AM PST by JakeS (I have never had a flu shot and I have never had the flu.)
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To: headstamp 2

Contempt of Congress would be an excellent start.


22 posted on 11/11/2011 5:25:26 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: headstamp 2
The ideal solution is to make Justice the missing department of government to be shut down.

I recommend that the budget for the Department of Justice be reduced to 1/12 of what its request or current budget, which ever is greater. Why 1/12th? Well if the 12 requested witnesses only one was provided.

With the Obama administration I would specifically mark every dollar provided - nothing in a general fund anywhere - so the money couldn't be diverted without going through Congress.

You really want to get the attention of a Federal Bureaucrat - cut his budget, and perks, and what him turn around real quick.

23 posted on 11/11/2011 5:25:58 AM PST by Nip (TANSTAAFL and BOHICA)
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To: gardencatz

I’m afraid that you’re right.


24 posted on 11/11/2011 7:35:19 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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