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Holder to Hearing: Ask Somebody Else Holder to Issa: You're 'Shameful'
theatlanticwire.com ^ | 5-15-2013 | Philip Bump

Posted on 05/15/2013 1:41:20 PM PDT by servo1969

As predicted, Wednesday afternoon's testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder focused heavily on revelations that the Department of Justice subpoenaed phone records from the Associated Press following their publishing leaked information about a terror attack. The House Judiciary Committee had the wrong guy at the witness table, though, since Holder, who'd recused himself from the matter couldn't offer much new information. This left the committee members to fill the time by attacking their opponents, and allowed for a dispute that resulted in Holder calling a Congressmember's behavior "unacceptable and shameful."

At the start, it seemed as though the focus might not be the AP investigation. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the committee, either didn't have time to update his talking points for the hearing or let his own priorities slip through. During his opening comments, Goodlatte raised the following issues as topics, in order: the Boston terror attacks, spending at the department, questionable farm loan payments (known popularly as "Pigford"), the problems at the IRS, and, finally, the department's seizure of phone records from the AP.

Or, perhaps, it was because the chairman knew what questions he was likely to get answers to. When Goodlatte kicked off the questioning, he and Holder had a brief back-and-forth on the FBI's use and sharing of information about the Tsarnaevs prior to the Boston attacks. Holder agreed with Goodlatte, for example, that the law regarding the immediacy of reading Miranda rights didn't reflect what he sees as current needs. When Goodlatte moved on to the AP, the responses were less forthcoming. "I don't know" why a subpoena was necessary, Holder insisted, "I was recused."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: ap; benghazi; boston; california; firstamendment; goodlatte; holder; holderhearing; impeachnow; irs; issa; obama; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; pigford
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1 posted on 05/15/2013 1:41:20 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Typical left-wing spin.


2 posted on 05/15/2013 1:44:00 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Arguing with a marxist is like playing Chess with a Pigeon.)
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To: servo1969

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin had a little more luck. Stating that he wanted to “pin down” who authorized the subpoenas that yielded the AP records. Was it deputy attorney general James Cole, Sensenbrenner asked? After repeating that he couldn’t be sure due to his recusal, Holder confirmed that it was — but only after receiving a note from his staff. (Multiple members subsequently suggested Cole should testify, though Holder noted that he probably couldn’t respond.) Sensenbrenner continued: Why were you recused? “I was interviewed as one of the people who had access to the info,” Holder replied — in other words, he was a potential suspect in the leak. Sensenbrenner, frustrated at not getting a response, suggested Holder go to the Truman Museum and “take a picture of the thing on his desk that said ‘the buck stops here.’”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsleG4ueHYw


3 posted on 05/15/2013 1:44:24 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

WHY?

Why did Holder recuse himself? I mean, he must know.

Other people don’t recuse you when you are literally the man in charge.

Who “recused” Holder?

The Inspector General? If so, say so, because that means Holder is the target of an investigation.

0bama? If so, say so, because it probably means the cover-up is well underway, and 0bambi wants to protect Holder, and possibly himself.

How lame is it that the Attorney General recuses himself? Is he to be impeached because he can’t execute his responsibilities without becoming the target of the investigation?

WTF is recusal about here?


4 posted on 05/15/2013 1:46:10 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (WHO IS ON THE ENEMIES LIST?)
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To: servo1969

That POS went after Issa. FUEH. Comes in there with a diaper full of doo doo and then questions how Issa does HIS job!


5 posted on 05/15/2013 1:46:20 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Uncle Miltie

I’m going to speed home.
If I get pulled over, I’ll tell the cop that I’m recused.


6 posted on 05/15/2013 1:47:48 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: servo1969

assholes like Holder are precisely why I’d never make it in congress. I’d have gotten up and beat his ass.


7 posted on 05/15/2013 1:47:56 PM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: servo1969

Holder just can’t stand upitty white boys!


8 posted on 05/15/2013 1:49:41 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: servo1969

You can look at it as lying, covering up, but also these guys are incompetent. Lazy. Entitled. They just make up crap as they go along.


9 posted on 05/15/2013 1:50:41 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Again...you/we/all of us have the legitimate questions. They will never be answered, unfortunately.


10 posted on 05/15/2013 1:51:38 PM PDT by CitizenM (Obama - The architect of the decline of the U.S.)
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To: servo1969

Holder went into the hearing with one task: cover his rear-end. He is a sad excuse for an AG. America deserves better. In fact, America deserves an overall better Administration. This one is a corrupt fiasco.


11 posted on 05/15/2013 1:51:43 PM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Mastador1

Holder knows his melanin is bullet proof.


12 posted on 05/15/2013 1:51:44 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: servo1969

***During his opening comments, Goodlatte raised the following issues as topics, in order: the Boston terror attacks, spending at the department, questionable farm loan payments (known popularly as “Pigford”), the problems at the IRS, and, finally, the department’s seizure of phone records from the AP. ***

.... but nothing about Fast and Furious????


13 posted on 05/15/2013 1:52:06 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: servo1969

***During his opening comments, Goodlatte raised the following issues as topics, in order: the Boston terror attacks, spending at the department, questionable farm loan payments (known popularly as “Pigford”), the problems at the IRS, and, finally, the department’s seizure of phone records from the AP. ***

.... but nothing about Fast and Furious????


14 posted on 05/15/2013 1:52:29 PM PDT by Alex in chains
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To: servo1969

This is the “dog ate my homework” White House.

Every answer is like the one that started this exchange - “I’m sure there was a very good reason we withheld the information, I just have no idea what that reason is”.

OK, then you don’t know there was a very good reason, you are just wasting everyone’s time.


15 posted on 05/15/2013 1:53:19 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Uncle Miltie

>>Why did Holder recuse himself? I mean, he must know.<<

He CAN’T recuse himself. He isn’t a judge. He is the boss of the department and answerable to the people (and Congress) for its actions and activities.

This is like killing your parents and then saying you should be given leniency because you are an orphan!

Let’s see if the Republicans can FINALLY get this guy tossed out AND start Impeachment proceedings against obozo.


16 posted on 05/15/2013 1:53:46 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: servo1969

In other words, a collosal waste of time.


17 posted on 05/15/2013 1:54:46 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: Alex in chains

Oh great, the nice young man Issa, just sits there and takes it....the GOP needs a BULL-damn-DOG in that committee. Issa failed at F&F and he’ll miss this opportunity too.


18 posted on 05/15/2013 1:54:49 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: freedumb2003

Rush actually said it today - it has been established that no [leftist] African American politician will ever be removed from office due to misconduct or malfeasance.


19 posted on 05/15/2013 1:56:04 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: servo1969
"I Hear ya Bro! ...Not You! ...And Not Me Either!"


20 posted on 05/15/2013 1:56:07 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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