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Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in 'Fast and Furious'
fox ^ | 3/29/12 | Ed Henry

Posted on 03/29/2012 4:32:10 PM PDT by Nachum

WASHINGTON – Two top Republican lawmakers investigating the Fast and Furious controversy are demanding the White House make a former aide available for testimony to see whether the scandal reached the upper echelons of the administration, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, fired off the letter Wednesday urging the White House to make available Kevin O'Reilly, a former National Security Council staffer who is currently stationed in Iraq for the State Department.

The lawmakers are giving White House staffers the deadline of April 4 to respond, with Republican aides privately saying the back-and-forth could provoke a showdown over executive privilege if the administration tries to shield O'Reilly from talking to investigators.

Issa and Grassley wrote in the letter that O'Reilly's personal lawyer has told them that he would permit his client to speak to the lawmakers as long as the White House does not object, and they are willing to do the interview by phone to accommodate O'Reilly's work.

"To date, the White House has not complied with multiple congressional requests to interview O'Reilly," the lawmakers wrote to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. "Our staffers have had extensive discussions with lawyers in your office, who have represented that the White House does not perceive any need for us to interview O'Reilly and consequently will not make arrangements for him to speak to us."

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aide; atf; banglist; exwhitehouse; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; kevinoreilly; lawmakers; obama; whitehouseaide

1 posted on 03/29/2012 4:32:27 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, Ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

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2 posted on 03/29/2012 4:34:59 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

Push until they fall over....Ping.


3 posted on 03/29/2012 4:34:59 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Nachum

Cool.

Reilly’s the mother lode.

Obama sent him to Iraq last year to prevent him from testifying.


4 posted on 03/29/2012 4:40:31 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: reagandemocrat

Well, Reilly may not have long to live, now.


5 posted on 03/29/2012 4:43:28 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Nachum

Kevin O’Reilly better watch his back! He might trip over an IED!


6 posted on 03/29/2012 4:43:53 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Nachum

This is all a big joke. Does anyone think that Issa or his ilk will ever do anything but talk it to death. Congress is such a waist of money. The elites do what they want. This nation is a Banana Republic.


7 posted on 03/29/2012 4:46:05 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection then failure is your election)
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To: UCANSEE2

A “heart-attack” after having drinks at a local bar.


8 posted on 03/29/2012 4:48:04 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: Nachum

If O’Reilly was not in the F&F loop, why would Hussein care if he has a few words with Congress?


9 posted on 03/29/2012 4:58:31 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Nachum

Kevin should stay out of C-130s and Ft Marcy Park.....


10 posted on 03/29/2012 5:43:42 PM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: MestaMachine; Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; ...

B U M P


11 posted on 03/29/2012 5:50:28 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Nachum

This is all posturing, again! I would love to see this happen. After Issa let Holder call his hand on the subpoena records, Holder & Obama can refuse anything. Holder is good at the coverup. He has no clue what he is doing in his actual job. didn’t they just realize that the fake Mexican Gunrunners were FBI?


12 posted on 03/29/2012 5:52:50 PM PDT by DrDude (Governor of the 57th State)
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To: UCANSEE2; All

” Well, Reilly may not have long to live, now.”

Keep him out of the Brentwood Inn at Sunset & Barrington....


13 posted on 03/29/2012 5:52:50 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: UCANSEE2; All

” Well, Reilly may not have long to live, now.”

Keep him out of the Brentwood Inn at Sunset & Barrington....


14 posted on 03/29/2012 5:52:50 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

” If O’Reilly was not in the F&F loop, why would Hussein care if he has a few words with Congress?”

He is in deep trouble, on a number of fronts!


15 posted on 03/29/2012 5:55:22 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: DrDude

General question. Doesn’t this extend to Hillary since it involves mexico? Has she been asked any questions or given any statements? Maybe she is busy f^&89g up the middle east situation.


16 posted on 03/29/2012 5:59:42 PM PDT by DrDude (Governor of the 57th State)
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To: Nachum; MestaMachine; harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; ...
MestaMachine wrote:
"Push until they fall over.

That's a Rog. This whole affair has dragged on now for what... about a year and a half now?

These struggles are always long, drawn-out spectacles. So it's a test of perseverance to see if Big Goverment is finally held to task... or gets away with it red-handed.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

17 posted on 03/30/2012 5:42:57 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Joe Brower
Right now, it's like pushing a Weeble. It wobbles, but it ain't fallin' down...

We don't have time for a protracted dog and pony show.

18 posted on 03/30/2012 5:56:54 AM PDT by Dead Corpse (Steampunk- Yesterday's Tomorrow, Today)
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To: Joe Brower

It’s not a scandal if ABCNNBCBS won’t cover it.

They are GGTV: Gangster Govt TV. They are part of the gang.


19 posted on 03/30/2012 6:00:33 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee; Joe Brower
This whole 'hurry up and wait' situation is frustrating.
Once again we'll have to wait to see what happens.
20 posted on 03/30/2012 6:07:54 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: DrDude
Oh, yeah, she has testified on the Hill and as usual says she knows nothing. And there is so much for her to know nothing about...

"Grenade-walking" part of "Gunwalker" scandal

And this...

Worse Than Gunwalker? State Dept. Allegedly Sold Guns to Zetas

Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapons:

Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso.

(snip)

“They’ve found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,” Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor.

More about State Department involvement...

— has sources claiming “Obama’s man in the State Department,” (former) Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg, was the State Department operative who helped Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General David Ogden formulate the strategy that led to the tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious.

Steinberg took office as Deputy Secretary of State on January 28, 2009

A little more than two years later, it was announced that Steinberg's time in the Obama State Department was over. From the New York Times, 30 March 2011:

Mrs. Clinton heaped praise on Mr. Steinberg, describing him as an “indispensable” partner. “On every foreign policy challenge, big and small, he has helped formulate our policy and oversee its execution,” she wrote. Mr. Steinberg, she said, played “Oscar to Jack Lew’s Felix,” referring to Jacob J. Lew, her other deputy, who left earlier this year to become Mr. Obama’s budget director.

Want to read even more about State Dept. involvement? ...

Sipsey Street Exclusive: "In at the beginning." The State Department & the Gunwalker Scandal.

21 posted on 03/30/2012 12:24:04 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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