Skip to comments.Feinstein challenger: Drop Fast & Furious gun-control agenda
Posted on 02/25/2012 9:34:55 PM PST by neverdem
California Republican Elizabeth Emken, who is challenging 20-year incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her seat in November, told The Daily Caller that her opponent is protecting Washington insiders with regard to Operation Fast and Furious.
Rather than Feinstein trumpeting her own gun control agenda here, she should be working to the get the truth out to the American public, Emken said in a phone interview. And, I think [House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell] Issa is very meticulous in ensuring that this is a fact-based investigation. Where will it end? I think you and I both have a pretty good guess, based on the obfuscation, deflecting and delay everything that they can do rather than actually produce the records.
The Department of Justice program claimed the lives of at least 300 Mexican civilians, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and, possibly, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata. Feinstein has used the incidents as a platform to promote her gun control agenda. (RELATED: Sen. Feinstein: Lax gun control is real problem with Fast and Furious)
My concern, Mr. Chairman, is theres been a lot said about Fast and Furious, and perhaps mistakes were made, but I think this hunt for blame doesnt really speak about the problem, Feinstein said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last November that Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer testified at. And the problem is, anybody can walk in and buy anything: .50-caliber weapons, sniper weapons, buy them in large amounts, and send them down to Mexico. So, the question really becomes, what do we do about this?
Feinstein proceeded to make a case for new gun control regulations. Feinstein made a similar argument during Attorney General Eric Holders Nov. 8, 2011 appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Its unclear, though, how Feinstein believes that more gun laws would stop government officials who are charged with enforcing gun laws from breaking the laws theyre supposed to enforce which is exactly what happened in Operation Fast and Furious.
During the program, rather than interdict weapons that were being trafficked into Mexico by straw purchasers, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed the weapons to walk. In Fast and Furious, those straw purchasers turned around and trafficked about 2,000 weapons to Mexican drug cartels. Straw purchasers are people who buy weapons in the United States with the known intention of turning around and illegally selling them to somebody else.
ATF officials knew what these straw purchasers were doing in Fast and Furious, and chose to allow these transactions to continue instead of intervening. That means the ATF allowed the guns to get into the hands of the drug cartels or let them walk instead of seizing the weapons beforehand.
In the months that have ensued since Feinstein began using Fast and Furious to advocate for gun laws, she has ignored several requests from TheDC that she clarify her position.
Emken said she thinks Feinsteins argument is illogical.
Its a completely illogical answer, Im sure because she doesnt have a good one, Emken told TheDC. She hasnt shown any leadership on this issue. A senator from a border state, you would think that she would be showing some leadership and she hasnt. Shes clearly protecting Washington insiders and its not surprising. Shes trying to obfuscate and deflect away from the real issue, which is accountability into whether a U.S. border guard was killed because of an inept government program.
There are currently 103 members of the U.S. House of Representatives who think Holder should resign or be fired, have signed an official resolution expressing no confidence in him, or both, as the two lists dont perfectly overlap. In addition, three U.S. senators, two sitting governors and all major Republican presidential candidates have demanded Holders resignation or firing.
Emken hasnt called for Holders resignation yet because she wants to see everything play out first. My take is that Congressman Darrell Issa is on it, and Im going to follow his lead on this because I think he is doing it exactly right in that he is forcing the issue and forcing the release of appropriate documents, she said. I like the way hes handling it because hes not making this a political play, hes making it an investigation.
Emken said that Feinstein has a responsibility to demand Holder provide Issas committee with all the documents that have been lawfully subpoenaed related to Fast and Furious. Holder has given the Department of Justices inspector general approximately 80,000 pages worth of Fast and Furious documents, but has withheld all but about 7,000 pages of those documents from Congress.
She has an obligation as our senator from California. And, especially, shes pulled into this because California is a southern border state. Its her responsibility to ensure that we Californians and the American public at large know the truth about this, Emken said. Her personal gun control agenda is not the concern here. We are asking about a program and an investigation that is being delayed by the administration. She is complicit in that at this point by continuing to obfuscate and point in different directions. I want her to stand up and ask Eric Holder to produce the key documents that are being requested. As our senator, I expect her to add her voice to that choir [demanding] Eric Holder produce the documents.
Feinstein did not return TheDCs requests for comment.
Beat Feinstein. Control of the US Senate must be a top priority. Esp. given the probability of another four years of Obama.
Ain’t gonna happen and she won’t win. Finestein called for the turning in of guns. She turned in hers. What she didn’t do was turn in her other gun. Didn’t tell nobody.
” - - - I think this hunt for blame doesnt really speak about the problem, Feinstein said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last November - - - “
Isn’t this a long-winded way of saying: “ I am not a responsible Federal Politician?”
Gonna take some mighty powerful coattails for the POTUS contender in Nov. I don't think Romney is up for it. Newt for sure and maybe Santorum, too. But not Mittens.
“...she should be working to the get the truth out to the American public...”
Oh, that’s rich.
Clearly, here’s a babe in the Woods who has no understanding of the American political system.
It’s also a way of saying she doesn’t care that two Federal agents and hundreds of Mexicans have been murdered because of F&F. They don’t matter.
“...I think this hunt for blame doesnt really speak about the problem, Feinstein said
No, it figures out who is to blame for the problem...???
Where will it end?
In the trash can.
Issa has lost his zeal, and the delaying tactics are working. It will gradually melt away in the ozone.
We all knew that from the beginning. No one can touch these Teflon Blacks in the White House and Justice Departments.
Oh she understands it alright. She knows that if you spread a lie long enough people will believe it.
That's the American political system.
Ah, yes, Ms. Diane ‘gun control’ Feinstien, whose husband, Richard Blum supplied arms for the Iraq war AND
received a waiver from the Clinton Administration to import CHinese ‘assault’ rifles when there was a ban on them here.
And no one ever calls her out on this when she starts her meme about gun control! Many of the links are ‘gone’, but there’s still info about this.
Chinagate’s smoking gun
May 25, 1999 ... The same gun maker flooded the U.S. market with over 400000 assault rifles in
1994. ... banning assault weapons, including a ban on gun imports from the
Chinese army. ... The U.S. Treasury initially estimated this exemption would cover
12000 ... Chinese and COSCO include her husband, Richard Blum.
www.wnd.com/1999/05/7050/ - Cached - Similar
CLINTON’S ROGUES GALLERY:
Aug 10, 2000 ... Currently, some 15 to 20 percent of total U.S. exports/imports pass ...... Dianne
Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, has also worked for Li Ka-Shing and the
Chinese army ...... weapons, including a ban on gun imports from the Chinese
Army. ... The U.S. Treasury initially estimated this exemption would cover ...
alamo-girl.com/0051.htm - Cached - Similar
I understand Diane carries a pistol in her hand bag......
“I understand Diane carries a pistol in her hand bag......”
She also has an armed body guard. That stuff doesn’t apply to us peons, don’t ya know.
A lot of things will have to break the challenger’s way for her to unseat Di Fi. 2012 will be a better year for California Democrats than 2010, and even then Boxer, California’s less-popular Democratic senator, beat back Carly Fiorina’s challenge by a clear margin. Feinstein is more liked and will be running in a more favorable year.
Posting porn is forbidden here at FR.
You should know better. ;-)
Actually, my dim recollection is that there was once a posting category here called "gun porn," but I haven't seen it in a coon's age. Thoughts?