Skip to comments.Fast and Furious Goes Nuclear [state media predicts public too stupid to understand or to care]
Posted on 06/21/2012 2:06:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
The Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal, largely downplayed by the mainstream media for months, can no long be contained. President Barack Obama granted an eleventh hour written request by his embattled Attorney General Eric Holder and invoked executive privilege, withholding documents and communications by administration officials that occurred after Feb. 4, 2011. Those communications have been subpoenaed by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who had warned Mr. Holder that he would be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn them over. On Wednesday, Issa made good on his promise. The Committee approved a resolution 23-17 along party lines, holding the Attorney General in contempt of Congress. The ruling will now go to the full House for a vote.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued an immediate statement:
Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall. Today, the Administration took the extraordinary step of exerting executive privilege over documents that the Attorney General had already agreed to provide to Congress. Fast and Furious was a reckless operation that led to the death of an American border agent, and the American people deserve to know the facts to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the Attorney General reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week. If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.
For more than a year, Mr. Issa gave Mr. Holder every opportunity to provide the information. Yet a 20-minute meeting Tuesday night produced nothing in the way of an agreement. Mr. Holder reportedly insisted he would be willing to brief the committee on documents detailing what the Justice Department knew about the program. He also agreed to turn over some of the additional documents Issa wanted. In return Mr. Issa would have to drop the contempt effort. Issa didnt bite, saying he wanted to see the documents before deciding whether or not to proceed with the contempt vote.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and other Democrats claimed Mr. Holder never made such a demand, further contending that the AG had come to the meeting in good faith in the attempt to reach an agreement. Issa counter that Mr. Holder briefed the committee instead of providing the requested documents. Issa told Fox News that Holder didnt provide anything in writing.
February 4th is critical because a letter written by the Justice Department (DOJ) on that date contended that there had never been a gunwalking program, an assertion the DOJ was forced to withdraw in November when it didnt square with the facts in the case. Yesterday, the DOJ was forced to make a second retraction regarding Mr. Holders claim in a hearing last week that his Bush administration predecessor, Attorney General Michael Mukasey, had been briefed about a gunwalking program called Operation Wide Receiver. The DOJ is now saying Mr. Holder inadvertently made that claim to the Committee. That Mr. Holder inadvertently made it while under oath is apparently irrelevant
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee who started the Fast and Furious investigation eighteen months ago, minced no words regarding these so-called errors. In his eagerness to blame the previous administration, Attorney General Holder got his facts wrong, Grassley wrote. And his tactic didnt bring us any closer to understanding how a bad policy evolved and continued. Bad policy is bad policy, regardless of how many administrations carried it out. Ironically, the only document produced yesterday by the Department appears to show that senior officials in the Attorney Generals own Department were strategizing about how to keep gunwalking in both Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious under wraps.
Under wraps has now taken on a whole new meaning. Yesterday morning Deputy Attorney General James Cole sent a letter to Mr. Issa. I write now to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents, it read. Thus, for the time being, the release of the subpoenaed documents has been effectively prevented by the White House.
Yet the exercise of executive privilege also brings a whole new dimension to the scandal. The Supreme Court has concluded that executive privilege pertains to communications directly with the president. Thus, its invocation inexorably leads to one of two conclusions: either the president himself is involved with Fast and Furious, or his administration intends to challenge the scope of 1974 Supreme Court decision limiting executive power.
Sen. Grassley illuminated that reality. The assertion of executive privilege raises monumental questions, he contended. How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the president exert executive privilege over documents hes supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme? The contempt citation is an important procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances, he added.
Unsurprisingly, several Democrats attempted to politicize the scandal. They keep moving the goal posts, said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in reference to the requests made by Mr. Issa to get the additional documents. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), was horrified and claimed the investigation had become a political witch hunt. Rep Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) referred to the contempt proceeding as a kangaroo court, ultimately aimed at the president. The ever-colorful Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) apparently missed the DOJs retraction of Mr. Holders aforementioned assertion and offered up an all-too-familiar Democratic refrain. This Fast and Furious debacle started under the Bush administration, she said. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer also hammered Committee Republicans. Instead of creating jobs or strengthening the middle class, congressional Republicans are spending their time on a politically motivated, taxpayer-funded election-year fishing expedition, he said.
Fishing expedition is an incredibly callous assessment of an operation that claimed the life of Border Patrol Agent Brain Terry, more than 300 Mexican civilians, and possibly that of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata as well. Terrys parents were furious with the president for invoking executive privilege. Attorney General Eric Holders refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obamas assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy, Josephine Terry and Kent Terry, Sr., wrote in a statement released by family attorney Pat McGroder. The statements conclusion hit home. Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious, it read.
They were not alone in venting their disgust. On Monday, the National Border Patrol Council, representing all 17,000 of the agencys non-supervisory agents called for Mr. Holders resignation, with Council President George E. McCubbin III describing Mr. Holders actions in the case as a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country and an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government.
Ironically, it is the president himself who has amplified that failure. By invoking executive privilege, Mr. Obama has made a complete mockery of his promise that he would run the most transparent administration in history, and revealed the hypocrisy of his 2007 accusation claiming Bush administration officials hide behind executive privilege every time something a little shaky is taking place.
Yet the biggest error Mr. Obama made is political. By invoking executive privilege he has turned Fast and Furious into a national story, one even the most hopelessly compromised members of the mainstream media can no longer ignore. Nothing reveals the extent of that ideologically tainted compromise better than this excerpt from a Washington Post column by blogger Chris Cillizza. Note the sneering contempt for the public as well:
While the debate over Fast and Furious and the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches is an important one, it is also decidedly complex, meaning that most undecided voters simply wont engage on it
No matter how Fast and Furious ultimately turns out, this will be (yet another) motivator for an already very enthusiastic Republican base to turn out in hopes of ousting President Obama from office. For everyone else, its not likely to move many voteseither way.
In other words, unless one is an enthusiastic Republican, one cant possibly be bothered to follow a complicated gunwalking scandal that armed Mexican drug cartels with thousands of weapons, killed American agents and Mexican civilians, and might involve some of the highest-ranking officials in the current administration, including the president himself. This is whistling past the graveyard in the extreme.
Barring something currently unforeseen, the next stop in this saga will be a full vote on contempt of Congress charges in the House of Representatives whether the mainstream media bothers to cover it or not. And contrary to Mr. Cillizzas assessment, one suspects the general public will indeed be alarmed at this bloody debacle once it has gotten the publicity it deserves.
Obama Orders Launched Fast and Furious
Project Gun Runner (Fast and Furious) was launched under the orders of President Barack Obama with the knowledge of Attorney General Eric Holder. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the Obama Administration’s new and aggressive ‘comprehensive plan’ on March, 24, 2009. The plan was aimed at disrupting gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico.
Full C-SPAN Video Link 3-24-2009
obutthead knew for sure
It’s summer ...gas prices are heading down ...the average American moron who gets his or her news from CNN or NBC ( of which there are far too many ) doesn’t give a crap about this .
And of course nobody in the MSM is going to ask her the obvious question: if it is "Bush's fault" (like every other friggin' thing in the whole wide world) then why not release the documents?
I thought Hillary was also publicly pushing the 90% gun thing.....She started that figure rolling. And she started rolling after about two years after Wide Receiver concluded that “There is NO iron pipeline from the US to Mexico”.
Now the treasonous and usurpatory conduct of the Obama fascist regime will be re4vealed to all of America.
Obama and all of his running dogs deserve the complete hatred and contempt of the People, for breaking the laws of our nation, precipitating an act of war on a foreign nation, Mexico,all done for the specific purpose of restricting 2nd amendment rights in Red States where the left have NO foothold.
Obama conducts warfare on his own people, and the People need to be rid of him and all of his running dogs who now falsely occupy government offices.
No one seems to be mentioning this fact. Gun dealers did what the law said to do but were circumvented by ATF.
You don't happen to have the link to the FR thread that mentioned this?
“Its summer ...gas prices are heading down ...the average American moron who gets his or her news from CNN or NBC ( of which there are far too many ) doesnt give a crap about this .”
Exactly ... this whole thing will go down the memory hole in a week or two and Obama and Holder will come out as victims of the evil Republicans.
Sorry, any Freeper that believes this will take out Holder or make Obama look bad is dreaming. Thats just the way it is ... America has beecome two stupid and ignorant to rule themselves these days.
You are mistaken. Most Americans, like myself some days, get their news from drive time top of the hour headlines on the radio. Until I got home last night and listened with one ear to Hannity on Fox News, I had no idea that Obama had invoked executive privilege, although I did hear the radio news headlines. Unless or until the AP feed (and Fox news headlines are the same with old Shep) monopoly is broken, that is the most effective way for leftists to shut off the flow of information.
Your right she was
I have little doubt those arms were sent to destabilize the Constitutional government there, and then expected to trickle up north...
I also have little doubt that she knew the data for the talking point were being generated over at the DOJ. Gun Control has always been high on her wish list.
It remains the stealth reason for Nationalized Health Insurance (It isn't Health Care!!!!), to price gun ownership right out of the park.
Prime time for the Obama machine to orchestrated a diversion
52% (who voted for 0bummer in ‘08) don’t care; he’s their Marxist/racist/hate-America-filled hero, no matter what happens. Well, that’s “dwindled” to 46 or 48%, at last poll. The LSM is right: majority of GP is too stupid to care.
“this whole thing will go down the memory hole in a week or two and Obama and Holder will come out as victims of the evil Republicans.”
I think you’re right. Hussein & Holder pray that this will be a distraction enough to run out the clock until the elections — drawing attention away from the economy and Hussein’s socialist actions.
F&F IS huge. Every American should be outraged. We still need to focus on getting the asshat out of the White Hut.
What continues to piss me off is comparisons made between F&F and Watergate. Watergate was a day at the beach compared to this. Watergate was a bunch of bumbling doofuses breaking into an office and trying to cover it up. Here we have hundreds (thousands?) of kick-ass weapons and hundreds of bodies, including two American lives lost — and a cover-up.
So tired of the lib pundits shouting “Bush!” or “Watergate!” That Tamara Holder bitch on Fox is too awful for words.
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