Skip to comments.Fast and Furious: Groundhog Day at House Oversight - Holder clings to the stone wall.
Posted on 02/02/2012 6:33:08 PM PST by neverdem
Attorney General Eric Holders testimony before the House Oversight Committee today was, in the main, a re-run of past appearances before Congress. He kept the stone wall firm and tight, while angrily denying he was running a cover-up, and accusing investigators of running political gotcha games.
Heres Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R-NY) cutting to the chase, and asking Holder how many more U.S. Border Patrol agents would have had to die as part of Operation Fast and Furious before the Attorney General would finally take responsibility:
Holder continued his incompetence defense of insisting that he really doesnt know anything that happens at the Justice Department, and cant recall details about anything relating to Fast and Furious. He even claimed he never saw some of the subpoenas hes been ignoring.
Rep. Buerkle noted the strange silence from our famously talkative President on the subject of Eric Holder and Operation Fast and Furious. Holder continued to insist he has never discussed Fast and Furious with either Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, or Secretary of State Hillary Clinton this despite hundreds of Mexican citizens being killed by Holders botched gun walking operation. Holder actually tried suggesting to Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) that nobody else in the Administration wants to talk to him, because theyre afraid of getting dragged into the politically-motivated Fast and Furious investigation.
Courtesy of The Right Scoop, heres an amazing exchange where Holder vows to crack down on the people who blew the whistle on Fast and Furious. Holder later confessed he has never apologized to the completely vindicated whistleblowers whose veracity he had previously questioned.
Although Holder continues to insist hes a team player and the paragon of transparency, an annoyed Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) pointed out that Holders withholding of documents contrasts sharply with the way his predecessors handled subpoena, and called Holders tactics baloney, concluding that there are some things hidden on this documents that you dont want us to see:
Its easy to understand Rep. Burtons surprised reaction to learning that Arizona U.S. Attorneys Office Criminal Division Chief Patrick Cunningham quit just days after taking the Fifth Amendment to escape giving Fast and Furious testimony or Rep. Darrell Issas incredulous response when Holder claimed theres nothing fishy about Cunninghams actions. Happily, Holder promised to continue reviewing Justice Department documents pertaining to Cunninghams actions, and will hand over anything he decides Congress should see. Hopefully Issa and Burton know better than to hold their breath waiting for those new documents.
Holder deflected other questions by referencing the antique internal investigation into Fast and Furious his department is supposedly conducting an inquest that has now run for several months longer than the investigation into JFKs assassination. He promised that anyone accused of wrongdoing when this epic probe is completed presumably at some point after the next presidential election, or maybe the one after that would be removed from federal service.
As for the contempt of Congress charges Issa has threatened Holder with, my prediction yesterday was proven true: Holder rejected the February 9th deadline laid out in Issas letter, and will evidently ignore the contempt charges.
Holder, echoed by Democrats on the Oversight Committee, also took the opportunity to renew their calls for more gun-control laws, which many suspect was the true purpose of Operation Fast and Furious all along.
In the face of such blatant arrogance will Congress simply kick the can down the road some more in the hopes that Americans will forget or lose interest?
This pig and his fellow ‘RATS want more “gun control”. Unless they can disarm We the People, their dream of a communist America will never happen.
It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. Ping.
...I take that as a rhetorical question.
It was intended as such. I guess I needed to add an /rhetorical after all.
I almost fell over. How fitting.
"What should I put on my swollen lip, Bill?"
I noted that too. It still does matter that we contact our congress critters even if they happen to be Rats. I have sent mine my thoughts on F&F before and now I will definitely let them hear it again.
Anyone who take the House, under GOP-e control is silly too!
About 1/3 of the way into the proceedings, Holder ridiculed the idea that the program would result in more 2d amendment restrictions by the government.
About ten minutes later he tried to make the case that what was need to avoid this kind of thing in the future was more ‘statutory’ gun restrictions.
The dems on the committee not only put the blame squarely on Bush 43, but they had the audacity to go back to Reagan. The impression they gave was that this was Reagan’s idea and the the program ran straight through Bush 41 into Bush 43 with no other presidents.
Also, the talking point defense for the dems is, “Bush started this program and if only the administration had known about it, we would have put a stop to it. Now its turned into a political witch hunt by whitey against the First Black President...”
Sheesh. God bless Rep Issa and anyone who will defend America from tyranny.
All the Democrat house members did was repeat the Democrat talking points and gave praise to Holder's excellent running of the Justice Dept.
Issa tried his best to keep the hearing on track!
Perhaps the funniest moment of the hearings is when Kucinch pronounced it “groundshog day”. What a dumba$$!
And Labrador really b*tch slapped Holder to the point where poor little Eric cried that he wasn’t being respected. LOL
"We're not evil, we're just stupid. We don't have any business being in charge of anything. But, we are. But, never mind that. Vote for us again."
Okay. My apologies.
If there was any real justice, Holder and Obama would be lined up against a stone wall at the end of this.
‘If there was any real justice, Holder and Obama would be lined up against a stone wall at the end of this.”
In truth, Holder and the Dems were in control throughout.
Issa labored weakly for a couple hours and ended up delivering a mouse.
He did manage to run a well-ordered meeting.....everyone was polite to each other...and No-Doze pills were available to the committee members and audience if needed.
Greta was the only one excited and passionate about the investigation last night when she interviewed and tried to prod the pleasant but uninspiring Issa.