Skip to comments.Top “Fast & Furious” Official Pleads the Fifth; Refuses to Testify
Posted on 01/21/2012 10:15:06 PM PST by Rabin
Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorneys Office in Arizona, PatrickCunningham was to testify before the House Committee last week, then he refused. Congress issued a subpoena forcing him to attend
Senior Justice Department officials have told the Committee, Cunningham, relayed inaccurate and misleading information to the Department (prior to) its initial response to Congress. These officials testify Cunningham continued to insist that no unacceptable tactics were used Instead of taking the opportunity to clear his name, Cunninghams lawyers advise he offer only his name and title in testimony.
The Drug Enforcement Administration is under congressional scrutiny for laundering hundreds of millions of narco-dollars. The New York Times first exposed that scheme, U.S. Agents Launder Mexican Profits of Drug Cartels.
Lawmakers in Arizona will be probing the scheme to determine whether the federal gun-trafficking programs violated any state laws. A special committee, which will have subpoena powers, is charged with investigating the impact of Fast and Furious on Arizona. A report will be submitted by March 30.
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Cunningham is resigning on Jan. 27 to take a job in the private sector. It is unclear if his resignation has anything to do with Fast and Furious, but it seems likely he will become very wealthy.
Where is all the outrage from the MSM about this scandal?
Heaven forbid this reckless and criminal operation would have occured under a Republican administration. It would be all over the television, 24/7. Oh, wait a minute, I forgot that everything and anything that the Magic Negro, Chewbacca and Eric “Just Us” Holder do is beyond reproach and not worth investigating. And to even attempt to scrutinze any of them is nothing but “racism”.
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along. /sarc
An entity’s marketing group only exists to promote the product. They will ignore, downplay or defend product faults. That is no different in Obama’s liberal media lapdogs.
If he lives long enough to enjoy it.IMO MOB RULES in effect.
He is now owned by their machine -either way he is a dead man.IF he continues to comply they will let him live-a man with no soul? If someone gets greedy they may attempt extortion?who will he complain to then? what insurance does he have? If he thinks about what he has done—or what he knew was Wrong —but did nothing to correct —it may devour him-which also plays to MOB RULES. Beside his name now and forever DEAD MAN WALKING
OK. See if Mexico wants to extradite him. They have 50,000 unsolved murders they would like to discuss with someone.
They should not be allowed to hold any position in Gubbmint and especially not law enforcement if they plead the 5th. Strip them of their pensions and open prosecutions NOW.
An entitys marketing group only exists to promote the product. They will ignore, downplay or defend product faults. That is no different in Obamas liberal media lapdogs.
Post of the month, IMO.
Taking the fifth is a frank admission that you have committed a crime. This guy should be relieved of his duties as a law enforcement officer immediately.
Not only that, since he is “refusing” to testify about “Official Acts and Duties” in which he was paid a Salary by TAXPAYERS, his refusal to TESTIFY OPENLY about the Duties and Acts we PAID HIM TO CARRY OUT, should qualify for Immediate Civil Asset Forfeiture for all monies he has received for Doing a Job that he REFUSES TO TELL us, His Boss About. WE PAID HIS SALARY and we should take it all back with SEVERE PENALTIES in addition to the money paid. I believe it could be done quite simply by the State of Arizona as ILL GOTTEN GAINS FROM A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE. TAKE EVERYTHING THEY OWN.
So, uh... question... grant him immunity and if he still clams up throw him in the slam for contempt?
It's called the Fifth Amendment because it is one of the several amendments that we call "The Bill of Rights". Why do you think our Founders included it? Can you not even imagine what abuses had been committed by their former government? Even with today's protections we see cases of innocent people being imprisoned because of confessions that were coerced out of them.
While I agree that our government should feel no obligation to continue to employ someone who refuses to discuss his actions as a goverment official, I don't support giving the government authority to compel self-incriminating testimony.
There's a very persuasive series of videos explaining why one should never talk to the police. It is pointed out that even if you tell the absolute truth, you can end up in trouble if a mistaken witness contradicts what you say regarding some irrelevant facts. If you say nothing, then there is no contradiction.
That is my point. When a government official, especially one involved in law enforcement takes the fifth in relation to his duties as a law enforcement officer, then there is no way he should be allowed to continue in that job.
For this guy to take the fifth in this investigation is to frankly admit that he has been involved in criminal activity.
the constitution may protect him from being a witness against himself, but it does not prevent people from coming to the conclusion based on that refusal that he has in fact committed a crime.
IMO he's guilty as sin.
And I thank you for that post.
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