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Federal prosecutor cites Fifth in ‘Fast and Furious’ probe (Is dam about to burst?)
wash times ^ | 01/19/2012 | jerry seper

Posted on 01/20/2012 9:36:48 AM PST by milwguy

The chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona has cited his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing on Friday to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in its ongoing investigation into the failed “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation.

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and committee chairman, said the prosecutor, Patrick J. Cunningham, had been subpoenaed by the committee to testify on Tuesday but his attorney notified the panel that Mr. Cunningham intended to exercise his right not to incriminate himself at his scheduled deposition.

“The assertion of the Fifth Amendment by a senior Justice official is a significant indictment of the department’s integrity in Operation Fast and Furious,” Mr. Issa said. “The former head of the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] has previously told the committee that the Justice Department is managing its response to Operation Fast and Furious in a manner designed to protect its political appointees.

“This is the first time anyone has asserted their Fifth Amendment right in this investigation and heightens concerns that the Justice Department’s motivation for refusing to hand over subpoenaed materials is a desire to shield responsible officials from criminal charges and other embarrassment,” he said.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; criminalcharges; cunningham; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; holdermobama; murder; obama; patrickcunningham; perjury
The two paragraphs below tell you all you need to know about what is going on with Cunningham.....First, all he will say is his name, rank, and serial number so to speak (total stonewall)...Second and MOST IMPORTANTLY, he is leaving Dept of Justice on Jan 27, for a job in the 'private' sector....Anyone with a brain can see Holder is playing the long game here, and any time Issa gets close to the truth, the White House and Holder hide the facts deeper. Cunningham is obviously being told by Holder to take the fifth. In return, Cunningham is being set up in some lucrative job in the private sector by some rich Obama supporter.

Mr. Issa described Mr. Cunningham’s response to the subpoena as “extremely rare,” adding that “even more alarming” was how broad Mr. Cunningham had intended to rely on the Fifth Amendment. He said the prosecutor’s lawyer, Tobin J. Romero, informed the committee that the only information Mr. Cunningham would provide was his name and title at the Justice Department.

Mr. Cunningham, who will leave his post on Jan. 27 for a private sector job, has been chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix for the past two years. A former assistant U.S. attorney in the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force in Arizona, Mr. Cunningham supervises federal criminal prosecutions, victim and witness services and asset forfeitures in Phoenix, northern Arizona and the Yuma section of the Arizona-Mexico border.

1 posted on 01/20/2012 9:36:57 AM PST by milwguy
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To: milwguy

It makes perfect sense for him to plead the Fifth. What does he have to be afraid of from the Department of “Justice?”


2 posted on 01/20/2012 9:38:50 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: milwguy

It makes perfect sense for him to plead the Fifth, effectively thumbing his nose at Congress. What does he have to be afraid of, prosecution from this Department of “Justice?” No way!


3 posted on 01/20/2012 9:39:47 AM PST by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

When those sworn to uphold the law are allowed to get away with breaking the law in such an aggregious manner as in F&F, can tyranny be far off?


4 posted on 01/20/2012 9:40:40 AM PST by milwguy
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To: milwguy

>>Cunningham is obviously being told by Holder to take the fifth. In return, Cunningham is being set up in some lucrative job in the private sector by some rich Obama supporter.

So, subpoena the records of his future employer to determine whether there was any contact with the “Just Us” department. Go after the employer for “witness tampering” and do it publicly.


5 posted on 01/20/2012 9:44:13 AM PST by vikingd00d (chown -R us ./base)
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To: milwguy
Mr. Cunningham supervises federal criminal prosecutions, victim and witness services and asset forfeitures in Phoenix, northern Arizona and the Yuma section of the Arizona-Mexico border.

That's where the big money is.

6 posted on 01/20/2012 9:45:01 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

More, more, more. Ping.


7 posted on 01/20/2012 9:46:44 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: milwguy

To answer the question in the TITLE,

it rather seems like the dam is holding it’s pressure well.


8 posted on 01/20/2012 9:49:50 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: milwguy

A communist takeover always first seizes the foundations: law enforcment, courts, media, economy, military. Just like a burglar might first disable the security alarms.

Just like the 3-time breach of Obama’s passport file was accompanied by upper management 3 times ignoring security protocols. Nobody got in trouble for it, and the guy who owned the company who employed the breachers is now the head of National Security, appointed immediately after Obama’s election to adjust the security protocols for all passports IIRC.

When the fox guards the henhouse both that fox and any in his pack can do whatever they want. And that is America today.

Fast and Furious is proving the things some of us “kooks” have been saying all along about the lawlessness of our government. And it is proving that the total disregard for the rule of law is accompanied by an equally-callous total disregard for innocent human lives. IOW, not only is our government criminally corrupt, but they are DEADLY corrupt.


9 posted on 01/20/2012 9:53:31 AM PST by butterdezillion
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To: milwguy

Has there been one question about Fast and Furious in the debates yet? Or have any of the candidates managed to bring it up? I think they need to find a way to pivot to this next time. I’m not seeing any narrative get weaved of how the Obama administration is corrupt with this, the crony capitalism, Immelt backing his campaign on MSNBC and then getting a position in the White House, etc.


10 posted on 01/20/2012 9:56:56 AM PST by JediJones (Newt-er Romney in 2012!)
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To: MestaMachine

Dam’s gonna burst...


11 posted on 01/20/2012 10:03:07 AM PST by GOPJ (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: vikingd00d

It would be interesting to know where he is going, who hired him.


12 posted on 01/20/2012 10:20:49 AM PST by opentalk
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To: milwguy

Laws are being broken every day. The Constitution is being trampled on and no one is doing anything about it. Tyranny far off? We are already there. The system of checks and balances that we learned about in high school civics class no longer applies.


13 posted on 01/20/2012 10:22:28 AM PST by toolman1401
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To: milwguy

I’m positive, just positive, that the Washington Post and the Democrats in congress are really investigating this. If they’re willing to sell out their fellow Americans, is there anything they won’t do?


14 posted on 01/20/2012 10:25:44 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: GOPJ

Gingrich needs to get out in front on this one. It’s symptomatic of Obama’s culture of corruption. It would be a winning issue.


15 posted on 01/20/2012 10:34:58 AM PST by littleharbour
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To: milwguy
Pleading the Fifth can prevent him from incriminating himself but it also is a clear indicator that Issa is getting very close now. Patrick J. Cunningham is the chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office. His representation submitted this as the reason for going with the Fifth.

“My client is, in fact, innocent, but he has been ensnared by the unfortunate circumstances in which he now stands between two branches of government. I will therefore be instructing him to assert his constitutional privilege,” Mr. Romero wrote.

Ok, he is the criminal division chief "ensnared by the unfortunate circumstances." How could he be in that position unless someone put him there? A subordinate could not do that so it must have been someone above him.

Who is above the the chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona?

Just who is his boss?

:-)

. Pleading the Fifth can prevent him from incriminating himself but it also is a clear indicator that Issa is getting very close now. Patrick J. Cunningham is the chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney

16 posted on 01/20/2012 10:59:20 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Hey Obama and Hillary. How’s that working on gun control under the radar working out for you.


17 posted on 01/20/2012 11:03:36 AM PST by spawn44 (NSWWER)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

I’m surprised that the guy is leaving DOJ. Incompetence seems to be job requirement at DOJ and its various bureaus and agencies, and the DOJ has an omerta with respect to such investigations by Congress. After several FBI agents took the 5th regarding the Ruby Ridge murders, some got promoted and none were seriously affected by their refusal to cooperate with Congressional investigations.


18 posted on 01/20/2012 11:04:40 AM PST by Skepolitic
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To: Pearls Before Swine
It makes perfect sense for him to plead the Fifth. What does he have to be afraid of from the Department of “Justice?”

Nothing. In all likelihood, his new career in the private sector will be rewarded for his faithfulness to the DOJ's omerta.

19 posted on 01/20/2012 11:07:34 AM PST by Skepolitic
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To: TLI

Ok, there is that weird extra text at the bottom of my post 16 again. Anyone ever seen that one before?

It looks like it is grabbing text from above the end and tacking it on at the bottom. It does not show in the preview.

It has done this twice in a week. I am running Opera with Windyholes Xtra Problems...

thanks...


20 posted on 01/20/2012 11:14:44 AM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: milwguy
This should be the last straw... The Speaker and the Minority Leader should threaten, and be prepared to stop, everything until a special prosecutor acceptable to the Majority in the house and Minority in the Senate, is appointed.

After the Non-recess unconstitutional appointments and this action we have an administration that is operating right out of the Nazi power coup handboook. Holder is acting like Obama’s Martin Borman.

21 posted on 01/20/2012 11:15:36 AM PST by RedEyeJack
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22 posted on 01/20/2012 11:43:10 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: milwguy

The fact that Cunningham oversees ‘asset forfeitures’ means that he is a dirty-dog thief that is abusing the rights of Americans. One more reason to put him in prison.


23 posted on 01/20/2012 11:50:34 AM PST by WMarshal (Where is the next Sam Adams?)
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To: milwguy

If they really want him to testify they can offer immunity and FORCE him to testify.


24 posted on 01/20/2012 12:09:01 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: milwguy

If you’re black and an important Administration employee, coulc you kill over 300 Mexicans (but reportedly 3,000), apparently without ANY punishment?

Yes, apparently you can.

Let’s also say your actions resulted in the murder of 2 US officers, brought about the shoot-down of a helicopter, and the burning of a crowded casino:

Could you get away with that?

So far, YES.


25 posted on 01/20/2012 12:24:17 PM PST by gaijin
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Federal prosecutor cites Fifth in ‘Fast and Furious’ probe (Is dam about to burst?)

The chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona has cited his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing on Friday to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in its ongoing investigation into the failed “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation.

. . . . Article - and important Information at # 1 .

Thanks MM.

26 posted on 01/20/2012 2:31:57 PM PST by LucyT ( NB. ~ Pakistan was NOT on the U.S. State Department's "no travel" list in 1981. ~)
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To: milwguy

bttt


27 posted on 01/20/2012 3:38:01 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: milwguy
Patrick J. Cunningham:


28 posted on 01/20/2012 4:16:42 PM PST by PJ-Comix ("Now I am become Death, destroyer of oysters" ---from the Buffetvad Gita)
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To: MestaMachine

Ping


29 posted on 01/20/2012 5:15:34 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Tucker39

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2835463/posts?page=7#7

You should have this ping.


30 posted on 01/20/2012 5:27:30 PM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: vikingd00d

You’re probably right. It wouldn’t be the FIRST time.

Only old people will remember the EMPTY GRAIN ELEVATOR scandal in the southwest. LBJ and some other democRAT high rollers had been defrauding the Dept. of Agri. for years, charging storage fees for non-existant grain in empty silos. In that case, a young fellow named Bobby Baker was made the scapegoat, all the bigshots got through it unscathed, and Bobby Baker went to the slammer for a few years.

Bobby Baker’s payoff when he got out, in exchange for taking the rap? He became the owner of The Carousel Oceanfront Hotel in OCMD.....magically.


31 posted on 01/20/2012 5:29:10 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: milwguy

Pleading the Fifth: Gunwalker Witness Refuses to Testify

By Bob Owens

Patrick J. Cunningham, chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, is invoking his Fifth Amendment rights and declining to testify about Operation Fast and Furious in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Recall that invoking the Fifth Amendment is only allowed to avoid self-incrimination.

http://pjmedia.com/blog/pleading-the-fifth-gunwalker-witness-refuses-to-testify/?print=1


32 posted on 01/21/2012 5:42:56 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: PJ-Comix

Holder’s Attorney ‘Lawyers-Up’ to Avoid “Fast and Furious” Testimony to Congress

, Political Buzz Examiner

Patrick Cunningham in happier days. (He ain’t smilin’ now.)

Patrick Cunningham training video here:

http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/


33 posted on 01/21/2012 5:54:01 AM PST by KeyLargo
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