Skip to comments.Quayle on Fast and Furious report: Holder ‘lied to my face’ during House testimony
Posted on 09/20/2012 2:02:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Quayle said the Department of Justices inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing.
I saw earlier that Holder is basically doing a victory dance and that he thinks this [inspector general] report exonerates him and there was no dishonesty with Congress thats just a blatant lie, Quayle said in a phone interview. I mean, he lied to me to my face during questioning, saying they had reviewed the wiretap applications after the fact and claiming that there was no reference to gunwalking, which is blatantly false.
Holder told Quayle during congressional questioning that wiretap application affidavits and summaries from Fast and Furious did not, upon his review, mention anything about gunwalking that would have raised the concerns of senior Justice Department officials who signed and approved them.
Ive looked at these affidavits. Ive looked at these summaries. Theres nothing in those affidavits as Ive reviewed them that indicates gunwalking was allowed, Holder said during the hearing. Lets get to the bottom line. I didnt see anything in there that would put on notice a person who was reviewing either at the line level or at the Deputy Assistant Attorney General level, that you would have knowledge of the fact that these inappropriate tactics were being used.
Quayle followed up by asking: Are you saying in the summaries or in the whole affidavit?
Holder confirmed that his statement was about in the summary as well as in the affidavit.
The DOJ inspector general came to the opposite conclusion about those very same affidavits, essentially implying that that Holder statement is not true.
We reviewed the wiretap affidavits in both Operation Wide Receiver and Operation Fast and Furious and concluded that the affidavits in both cases included information that would have caused a prosecutor who was focused on the question of investigative tactics, particularly one who was already sensitive to the issue of gun walking, to have questions about ATFs conduct of the investigations, the inspector general wrote in its report released Wednesday.
If House members were to pursue perjury charges against Holder for this apparently false statement to Congress, they would likely run into the same roadblock they encountered in holding Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. (RELATED: Key Holder deputy resigns as inspector general releases Fast and Furious report)
This summer, a bipartisan group of House members voted Holder into both criminal and civil contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a congressional subpoena into Fast and Furious. The criminal contempt resolution stalled because Holders DOJ told Ron Machen, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, not to enforce it.
House members, however, remain intent on pursing the civil contempt charges in court with the ultimate goal of having a federal judge overturn President Barack Obamas use of executive privilege to help Holder withhold Fast and Furious documents.
DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not responded to TheDCs request for comment about the inspector general contradicting Holders testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.
The 512-page report grills Attorney General Eric Holder and his inner circle at DOJ, and excoriates the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for Fast and Furious.
House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa ripped the DOJ in a statement. The Inspector Generals report confirms findings by Congress investigation of a near total disregard for public safety in Operation Fast and Furious, Issa said. Contrary to the denials of the Attorney General and his political defenders in Congress, the investigation found that information in wiretap applications approved by senior Justice Department officials in Washington did contain red flags showing reckless tactics and faults Attorney General Eric Holders inner circle for their conduct.............................................."
Ping! Ping! Ping! Ping! We have a fighter!
Nothing at all will ever come of Fast and Furious because democrat DOJs are never held to account for anything....
Now if it had been a Republican DOJ, well....
Isn’t lying under oath giving false testimony considered purgery ? .. yeah, I thought so.
>> Now if it had been a Republican DOJ, well....
That’s because the Leftwing media facilitates the political will by hyping the stories — creating the emotional drive to action.
I may be mistaken, but I do not think Holder was under oath when he testified...
40 lashes with a wet noodle.
Purgery is when you eat a whole box of prunes.
Yeah , sorry, not good at spelling sometimes, but was close.
In the article is says “ if House members peruse Perjury charges “ , so we can take a good guess that he was under oath.
Yeah, wouldn’t that be a not so nice experience, just make sure the bathroom is close by.
You are correct, he was under oath. This whole administration will go down and the entire MSM along with it. Beck will own Blackrock one day.
Isnt lying under oath giving false testimony considered purgery ? ....I don’t think so. But it sure as hell is perjury.
your right, nothing is going to happen
The REAL REASON to be pi$$ed here is that the Repubicrats lead by weepy Boner are UNWILLING (NOT unable) to do one single thing about this.
(Ya see, they’re BLACK. Melanin camoflage, and all that—or should it be Melanin ARMOR PLATE??)
Wasn’t there some technicality - like under oath but not really? I seem to remember something very odd about that situation.
Bingo!...To even pursue it would bring a charge of RACISM from every corner of the MSM and every left wing columnist......THEY'D LOVE THAT TO BE THE HEADLINES GOING INTO THIS ELECTION!!......(they cant win on the economy, job growth, foreign policy, domestic policy etc...
think about it..Alinsky’s Rules
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.
Ask Roger Clemmons how it felt to be persecuted for lying to Congress! No lives were lost if Roger used performance enhancing drugs and Holder refuses to cooperate with the investigation gets off scot free.
John Edwards was right - there are two Americas - one for those who have the power and one for the rest of us.
Just when we thought Issa was going to do what was right,....