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W.H.: Ex-staffer can't be questioned on Fast and Furious
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Posted on 06/22/2012 1:11:23 PM PDT by sunmars

The White House said a former National Security staffer who communicated with ATF's Special Agent in charge of "Fast and Furious" cannot be interviewed by Congressional investigators.

The ATF Special Agent, Bill Newell, testified to Congress in July 2011 that he's a longtime friend with then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly. The two emailed and talked on the phone during the controversial Fast and Furious gunwalking operation, according to documents and Newell's testimony to Congress.

In one email exchange about Fast and Furious on Feb. 11, 2011 O'Reilly asked Newell, "Would ATF be willing to put you or others in front of US media that gets pickup in Mexico (CNN en Espanol, perhaps) to tell this story?"

At the time, the Justice Department and ATF were denying any gunwalking had occurred, and were looking for ways to promote stories about gun traffickers buying weapons in the U.S. and taking them to Mexico.

"Kevin as we discussed last night," answered Newell, "these are some examples of what we could get translated and use in the Mexican media . . . The 'Fast and Furious' indictment is listed under 'U.S. v Avila.'"

The two also emailed about the case in July 2010, exchanging anecdotes and photographs of gun seizures in the case.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: 2deadfeds; 300deadmexicans; atf; banglist; billnewell; cultureofcorruption; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; gunwalking; holder; ice; issa; kevinoreilly; murdergate; obama; obamascandals; stonewalling
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Contemptible SOB's, they will fight this all the way to make sure the truth never comes out.

Pursue them to the ends of the earth, this is beyond contemptible.

1 posted on 06/22/2012 1:11:29 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars
Definitely NOT a person covered by executive privilege!
2 posted on 06/22/2012 1:14:38 PM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

next it’ll be the cleaners and janitor banned from talking.


3 posted on 06/22/2012 1:16:52 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

This is making Watergate look like a walk in the park. No Woodward and Bernstein on this one, though. Are there a couple of conservative Woodward and Bernsteins out there?


4 posted on 06/22/2012 1:18:25 PM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
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To: sunmars

If he’s an ex-staffer, I don’t think the White House can protect him.


5 posted on 06/22/2012 1:19:09 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: sunmars

“At the time, the Justice Department and ATF were denying any gunwalking had occurred, and were looking for ways to promote stories about gun traffickers buying weapons in the U.S. and taking them to Mexico.”

Arm the drug cartels, destabilize the Mexican government and disarm Americas. What ambitions that fit in so well with the Obama agenda. Hugo will be proud.


6 posted on 06/22/2012 1:19:29 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: All

They’ll do what Clinton did and tie-up everyone that ever spoke or wrote to anyone related to the WH into legal pretzels and it’ll take a generation to get even the menus..


7 posted on 06/22/2012 1:19:43 PM PDT by newnhdad (Where will you be during the Election Riots of 2012/2013?)
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To: sunmars
Of course. Nobody goes down without a fight, especially leftwing traitor/perps whose grip on power is at stake. But this is why we should be grateful that we have a bulldog like Issa working for us. Occasional morons light here and want impeachment yesterday, oblivious to the realities.

But I been sayin' for months now, this investigation is in good hands. Issa won't quit, and he won't cave. You watch. Issa will gnaw on these crooked rat-bastards like a big dog with a meaty bone.

8 posted on 06/22/2012 1:20:26 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: sunmars
What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

What did the pResident know? And when did he know it?

9 posted on 06/22/2012 1:20:51 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: JimSEA

Just in case the connection between the cartels and Marxist governments in the Americas isn’t clear.


10 posted on 06/22/2012 1:22:20 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: hinckley buzzard

I mean Obama will have to play this out during the campaign and this is going to make him look dirtier than hell, its a major and complete distraction to his whole re-election, it could well derail it.


11 posted on 06/22/2012 1:22:21 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

Only if the press covers it.


12 posted on 06/22/2012 1:24:29 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: sunmars

CBS is behind on the story...

04/06/2012

The Obama administration is stonewalling two lawmakers’ requests to interview a former member of the National Security staff in connection with the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program, according to a March 28 letter obtained by The Daily Caller.

California Rep. Darrell Issa and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, both Republicans, requested a response by April 4 to their letter, which asks for an interview with Kevin O’Reilly, that former staffer. But the White House, according to the letter, is blocking access to him.

Through staff, both Grassley and Issa confirmed to TheDC on Thursday that April 4 came and went without any response from the Obama administration.

In their letter to White House Counsel Karen Ruemmler, Grassley and Issa cited a cryptic email exchange between O’Reilly and William Newell, the special agent in charge of the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives at the time Fast and Furious was implemented. The emails, their letter suggests, indicate that Newell was going around his chain of command to personally brief the White House about developments in the gun-walking program.

“You didn’t get this from me,” Newell wrote to O’Reilly in a Sept. 3, 2010 email about Fast and Furious, according to the letter from Issa and Grassley.

“Just don’t want ATF HQ to find out,” Newell wrote in am earlier email, “especially since this is what they should be doing (briefing you!).” (RELATED: Full coverage of Operation Fast and Furious)

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Issa chairs, has not yet made complete copies of those emails available to reporters.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/06/issa-grassley-hammer-white-house-for-stonewalling-on-fast-and-furious-witness/#ixzz1yYVy9u77


13 posted on 06/22/2012 1:24:55 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: sunmars

When are Hillary’s “friends” going to start doing the dirty work of taking them for “a walk in the park”?


14 posted on 06/22/2012 1:26:12 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

He knew everything from the beginning.
It was his baby.
He conceived it and Holder and his underlings executed it.

THAT is why they are so damn ready to claim EP.

It would mean resignation AND criminal prosecution, unless BITEme PARDONED HIM!................


15 posted on 06/22/2012 1:26:28 PM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The only “truth” that makes any sense is:

Obozo knew all and from the very beginning. It was HIS PLAN!

Fry the Lying Commie Bastard in his own slime.


16 posted on 06/22/2012 1:29:09 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: a fool in paradise

i think the opposite, Hillary would be marching Obama’s lot up to congress herself if she could, she would love to see him go down in flames.


17 posted on 06/22/2012 1:29:09 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: newnhdad

Clinton bribed some witnesses into silence, others like Monica were bribed to lie under oath.

Still others were threatened with violence and vandalism (dead cats, tires slashed, remarks about what the witness’ kids were seen wearing that day...).


18 posted on 06/22/2012 1:29:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: sunmars
What did the President know and when did he know it?
19 posted on 06/22/2012 1:29:49 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: "One can argue about whose fault it is, but not ... whose responsibility it is: it's his")
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To: sunmars
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20 posted on 06/22/2012 1:30:13 PM PDT by baddog 219
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To: sunmars

If Hillary can secure the VP slot, she’d like Obama to be viable until 2013 when she could then ascend the throne.


21 posted on 06/22/2012 1:30:40 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The media ignored the 40th anniversary of Bill Ayers' Pentagon bombing but not Watergate. Ask Why.)
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To: a fool in paradise

Hillary will not break this out, she is in it up to her eyeballs too.


22 posted on 06/22/2012 1:30:52 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: sunmars

If I were an ex-staffer, I’d be talking.


23 posted on 06/22/2012 1:32:01 PM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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To: sunmars
Denis McDonough, Obama's most influential national policy advisor, personal friend, & basketball buddy who has gone to Hawaii with Obama on vacation, is the one keeping O'Reilly under wraps.

Yet other sources have recently reported to this writer that O'Reilly, who was suddenly transferred to a State Department job in Iraq when the White House discovered that the Issa committee wanted to talk to him about his contacts with Newell, owes his continued Fast and Furious anonymity to McDonough. Said the source, "NSC Deputy Director, Denis McDonough is the guy protecting Kevin O'Reilly," adding "DEA knows what O'Reilly did." According to the latest reports from my sources, O'Reilly remains essentially out of reach of Issa's investigators in Iraq.

"Obama’s most influential foreign policy adviser" and the Fast & Furious Cover-up.

24 posted on 06/22/2012 1:35:27 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: sunmars

“Deep Throat, paging Deep throat, please pick up the courtesy phone in the lobby.”


25 posted on 06/22/2012 1:37:26 PM PDT by Mat_Helm
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To: sunmars
Citing Executive Branch confidentiality interests, Ruemmler said, "There is an insufficient basis to support the request to interview Mr. O'Reilly."

These people are pathetic liars.

26 posted on 06/22/2012 1:37:51 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Jonty30
If he’s an ex-staffer, I don’t think the White House can protect him.

Why does he need protection from the Pubbies. They don't have the stones to pay hardball and grab this guy.

More to the point, what has the WH "suggested" will happen to him if he talks?

27 posted on 06/22/2012 1:38:24 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: sunmars
Executive Privilege cannot be used to quash a legal subpoena.
28 posted on 06/22/2012 1:40:05 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: sunmars

1st Amendment?? What 1st Amendment?


29 posted on 06/22/2012 1:48:16 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Jonty30

Possibly. If he was like an ex chief of staff or something. I think it probably varies depending how high up they are, how close they were, were they advising etc.


30 posted on 06/22/2012 1:54:33 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: sunmars

Cool.... this could be fun to watch. Problem is, I doubt Romney will go after it (needs to focus on the real issues), and the MSM will be too busy talking about oversize soft drinks and popcorn to give it much air time.


31 posted on 06/22/2012 1:56:05 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Red Badger

They WILL NOT be able to contain this.


32 posted on 06/22/2012 2:05:23 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker
Only if the press covers it.

And the communists MSM will cover or spin. Millions of Americans will never know what is going on.

33 posted on 06/22/2012 2:10:40 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: sunmars

All this is an adjunct to the insane WOD


34 posted on 06/22/2012 2:13:38 PM PDT by uncbob
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To: Logical me

” And the communists MSM will cover or spin. Millions of Americans will never know what is going on. “

More to the point, millions of Americans will have a completely false impression as to what is going on...

(Yes, the MSM Spin/Propaganda machine is that effective..)


35 posted on 06/22/2012 2:15:28 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Texas Fossil

Hillary will not break this out, she is in it up to her eyeballs too.


^^^^^^^^ BINGO ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


36 posted on 06/22/2012 2:15:28 PM PDT by Hogblog
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To: sunmars

If Obama isn’t covering up something what posible damage to the president or the country could result from this man’s testimony?


37 posted on 06/22/2012 2:15:54 PM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: sunmars

Newell already admitted in public testimony that ICE, IRS, FBI, ATF and DEA were aware of the tactics used in FnF

No wonder he wont be allowed to testify.

Here is the clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WANSbwmYlYI


38 posted on 06/22/2012 2:26:28 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: sunmars

This is the same Sharyl Attkisson that the White House screamed and cussed at while she was investigating F&F! One of only a couple of REAL reporters left! Ed Henry and Jacob Tapper are a couple of others. God bless and protect them all!


39 posted on 06/22/2012 2:42:43 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: sunmars

My Advice to ATF Special Agent, Bill Newell.

PLACES TO AVOID: PARKS, AIRPLANES, DUMPSTERS.

Always stay in a group of at least 3-4 good trusted friends at all times too.


40 posted on 06/22/2012 2:43:01 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Signalman

We need another Breitbart and damn quick.


41 posted on 06/22/2012 2:46:34 PM PDT by kempster
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To: sunmars

If anyone knows this guy’s email address, we can all send.emails with questions. so many emails that their server will blow up.


42 posted on 06/22/2012 2:52:17 PM PDT by bergmeid
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To: GlockThe Vote; sunmars

SO ...is Newell the whistle blower and WithHolder and 0 are trying to smoke him out?


43 posted on 06/22/2012 2:53:25 PM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: GraceG

AND hire someone to start your car....


44 posted on 06/22/2012 2:54:26 PM PDT by hoosiermama ( Obama: " born in Kenya.".. he's lying now or then?)
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To: Uncle Ike

“Yes, the MSM Spin/Propaganda machine is that effective..”

If the MSM Marxists are such a mighty and unstoppable machine, why is that the rats have lost every federal and major state election since Buckwheat got elected?

The New York Times is nearly a penny stock, Newsweak was sold for a dollar and liberal newspapers are sinking into the tar pits.


45 posted on 06/22/2012 3:06:08 PM PDT by sergeantdave (Public unions exist to protect the unions from the taxpaying public)
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To: Signalman
Are there a couple of conservative Woodward and Bernsteins out there?

I've never found any.

And I've looked.

46 posted on 06/22/2012 3:08:19 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Talisker

This just in: Obama revives NASA and the first astronaut being launched into space is an ex-staffer named O’reilly


47 posted on 06/22/2012 3:26:33 PM PDT by spawn44 (moo)
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To: Signalman

Where’s O’Keefe? Maybe he’ll get on it!


48 posted on 06/22/2012 3:49:23 PM PDT by Mean Maryjean
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To: All

To all in the media who say this is too complicated for us ordinary folks, including Megan Kelly, here’s a simple explanation:

“This program was designed to disarm the American people by claiming guns were being bought in the U.S. by Mexican drug cartels thus turning public sentiment against gun ownership.”

However, sadly, this is probably too complicated for THOSE WHO WORSHIP HIM and will still vote for him.


49 posted on 06/22/2012 4:05:49 PM PDT by Terry Mross (To My Liberal Kinfolk: Don't call, email or write until you've gotten your brain fixed.)
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To: sunmars
..... Well ...... I think the fact that there was a briefing filmed by C-SPAN in March 2009 referring to the president ordering 37 additional agents into Mexico and naming "Project Gunrunner" by name kinda gives a reasonable assumption that His Majesty the Prez knew about it way back in 2009 don't you think!!!
50 posted on 06/22/2012 4:06:59 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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