Skip to comments.White House thumbs nose at Grassley, Issa over F&F request(gunwalker)
Posted on 04/08/2012 1:06:26 PM PDT by marktwain
President Barack Obamas White House counsel has essentially told Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley to dream on if they think a recent request to interview former National Security Staffer Kevin OReilly about Operation Fast and Furious is going to happen.
The Gun Rights Examiner has obtained a copy of an April 5 letter sent to Issa and Grassley by Kathryn Ruemmler, counsel to the president. In the letter, she tells them:
Over six months ago, the White House produced documents responsive to your prior request for communications between Mr. OReilly and ATF agent William Newell that relate to Operation Fast and Furious or any ATF gun trafficking cases in Phoenix, AZ. At the time we produced these documents, you had already received many of those same documents from the Department of Justice. And what was true then remains true today: none of these limited communications between Mr. OReilly and Mr. Newell revealed the existence of any of the inappropriate investigative tactics at issue in your inquiry, let alone any decision to allow guns to walk.
Issa and Grassley, as this column reported, want to speak to OReilly now assigned to a job in Iraq about what he may have known and when he knew it, regarding Fast and Furious. Newell was forced to acknowledge that he had had some communications with OReilly that mentioned Fast and Furious when he testified before Issas House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last July, which this column discussed.
Newells responses to questions from Issa and his fellow committee members became so frustrating that Issa called him the paid non-answerer.
Ruemmlers letter to Issa and Grassley may aggravate that frustration. A Capitol Hill staffer noted to this column:
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When will he get schooled. So far he gets away with doing whatever he wants. He ignores laws, judges and subpeonas. Things the rest of us would be thrown in jail for. I completely understand why he continues—because he can.
Your assessment is completely correct.
Our entire system is based upon a presumption of virtue -- that people will be honest and live up to their contract, that people will tell the truth (as opposed to committing perjury) and that governmnent officials, in particular, will comply with the law.
This administration is not inclined to do that.
It is therefore incumbent on the other branches of government to rein them in. Which isn't easy -- given the separation of powers.
Clinton got away with a lot -- and hge was impeached (though not convicted). Obama is getting away with even more.
In the end, only one branch of government can bring malfeasance to a halt -- the voters.
Simple. Grassley and Issa should issue a warrant for the communist’s arrest and force his testimony under penally of indefinite imprisonment. He will then have to wait 9 months for an Obama pardon.
“Simple. Grassley and Issa should issue a warrant for the communists arrest and force his testimony under penally of indefinite imprisonment.”
Grassley is a benign old fart without a stitch of power to do anything but mouth off. Issa, on the other hand has considerable power, which he pi$$es away through the use of his pie hole rather than his power to compel action. They are typical of the RINOs we have elected. As the truckers say, they are all horn and no drive shaft!