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Hume on Fast and Furious: ‘The scent of a cover-up is pretty strong’
The Daily Caller ^ | 06/24/2012 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 06/24/2012 9:18:41 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum

On this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume made the case that there could indeed be evidence that the Department of Justice is involved in a cover-up of operation-turned-scandal Fast and Furious.

Hume questioned the Obama administration’s use of executive privilege to withhold documents pertaining to the program.

“I think the scent of a cover-up is pretty strong,” Hume said. “The documents are being withheld — I don’t think there is any evidence that this is not executive privilege made because of presidential communications, which is where the strongest privilege lies, are involved here. This is internal Justice Department deliberations that, so far as we know, don’t involve the president or the White House. And what the Justice Department is saying is we got to have confidentiality here and not have Congress snooping in our internal deliberations. Well, the courts recognized some privilege in that area but not much, and I think it is basically a frivolous claim.”

According to Hume, Congress has acted legitimately during its investigation of Fast and Furious, despite the several criticisms of overreach.

“There was a false letter sent here and evidence of cover-up,” he continued. “The committee is trying to get to the bottom of it and see who said what to whom and when and what the process was. This is the kind of things that investigating committees in Congress are entitled to, where executive agencies which are creatures of Congress by the way — they’re part of the executive and created by Congress and funded by Congress, are supposed to investigate. But the effect of it will be to delay matters until probably after the election. That I think satisfies the Obama White House and the Holder Justice Department’s purpose here, which is to put this off.”

Later, Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers and Hume sparred over the of the legitimacy of the investigation.

Transcript as follows:

WALLACE: Don’t you think in the scrambling around in the months after there might be interesting information that comes out? “Well, wait a minute, I told you about that. I told Lanny Breuer or head of the criminal division. You know, Holder got that memo on that day.”
POWERS: It is interesting, but how is it going to change anything?
HUME: But Kirsten, the Congress is manifestly entitled to investigate these processes that led to a false letter and the aftermath of. They are investigating two things. What happened that led to the agent’s death and what happened in the aftermath.
POWERS: We know what happened in regards to the agent’s death.
HUME: Are they not entitled to investigate the aftermath?
POWERS: It was the program. What they are trying to do is pin it on Eric Holder. That’s all they’re trying to do. It is not whether the program was good or bad. That program was bad. It was stupid. It has been shut down and investigated.
HUME: A false letter was written. How did that come about?



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2deadfeds; 300deadmexicans; atf; banglist; brianterry; brithume; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; ffexecutiveprivilege; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; holdercontempt; ice; jaimezapata; murdergate; obama; terry; zapata
What did the pResident know, and when did he know it?
1 posted on 06/24/2012 9:18:45 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
I find it difficult to believe that only two people (Obama and Holder) would be involved in the cover-up. What about Obama’s “inner circle?” I think that when it's all said and done, more than just a few heads will roll, and a few people may be looking at prison time...
2 posted on 06/24/2012 9:26:04 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

I know if I were in charge of Fox News, I’d fire that b!tch in a heartbeat. She’s no more of a ‘news contributor’ than I am. She’s nothing but a liberal mouth.


3 posted on 06/24/2012 9:29:45 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Cowboy Bob
My bet is that Hillary will take the fall, because she is not one of Eric Holder's people.

Evidence shows Hillary a mastermind behind Gunwalker

4 posted on 06/24/2012 9:29:45 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
POWERS: We know what happened in regards to the agent’s death.

Yes, we do, but after 18 months Holder still can't name the person who authorized Fast and Furious. (among other ATF operations that did the same thing)

FBI Criminal Informant Complicit in Brian Terry’s Death (PJM Exclusive)

The rip crew was in Peck Canyon that evening with the intention of stealing money and drugs from a specific shipment of which they had prior knowledge.

(snip)

The rip crew knew to be in Peck Canyon that December evening because a CI working for the FBI found out about a smuggling run — from the FBI.

(snip)

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) — through its own CIs and communications intercepts — was also aware of the planned assault.

Neither the DEA nor FBI warned Border Patrol about the expected criminal activity.

(snip)

The federal government will still not reveal if one of the two WASR-10 AK-pattern semi-automatic rifles located near the scene — provided to the Sinaloa cartel via Operation Fast and Furious — was the weapon that put a bullet through Brian Terry’s heart. The existence of a third recovered gun, an SKS carbine, has been disputed by the FBI despite the fact it had been talked about openly in the beginning of the investigation among federal agents.

Multiple sources tell PJM that this third weapon “disappeared” because it was the weapon carried by the FBI CI who ran the rip crew. When it was recovered near the scene of the murder and subsequently traced by the ATF, it traced back to the FBI CI via the gun shop in Texas where it was purchased.

Brian Terry’s murder was entirely preventable. The incompetence of the DEA and FBI let his Border Patrol unit walk into an ambush. After the ambush, it appears the FBI tampered with evidence to cover up that one of their informants was involved with the murder of a federal agent.


5 posted on 06/24/2012 10:02:02 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Obama granting amnesty to 1 million illegals just ahead of the House Committee’s contempt vote IS NO COINCIDENCE! It is highly likely Obama rushed to do this in an attempt to keep Mexican officials’ mouth shut on Fast & Furious!


6 posted on 06/24/2012 10:07:14 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Obama granting amnesty to 1 million illegals just ahead of the House Committee’s contempt vote IS NO COINCIDENCE! It is highly likely Obama rushed to do this in an attempt to keep Mexican officials’ mouth shut on Fast & Furious!


7 posted on 06/24/2012 10:07:46 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Obama granting amnesty to 1 million illegals just ahead of the House Committee’s contempt vote IS NO COINCIDENCE! It is highly likely Obama rushed to do this in an attempt to keep Mexican officials’ mouth shut on Fast & Furious!


8 posted on 06/24/2012 10:07:59 AM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
“I think the scent of a cover-up is pretty strong,” Hume said.

You think? What was the first clue? I think it is pretty obvious that Obama approved the plan and that Holder has been covering up for him. Now, with the "Executive Priviledge" BULLSHIT, Obama is covering up for Holder. Switched positions..I wonder who is the "Bitch" and who is the "Bull".

9 posted on 06/24/2012 10:25:22 AM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

10 posted on 06/24/2012 10:37:51 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: TigersEye

This all happened because some undercover DEA agents got in a battle with some undercover FBI agents using guns that ATF agents forced gunshops owners to sell to undercover CIA agents who were ‘gun mules’, and Agent Terry’s unit got caught in the crossfire.

The FEDS have recently been supporting the Sinola cartel with the most undercover agents and guns, and have already opened up ARIZONA to them to use as an illegal trafficking corridor.

The deal is which ever gang wins, controls drug traffic/illegal immigrant traffic/general mayhem/rape of young girls , and gets Arizona, all under the approval and monitoring (payoffs) of the US and MEXICAN government.


11 posted on 06/24/2012 10:46:24 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2
LOL!... What the *Quack!* :-D
and, that IS desperation.

12 posted on 06/24/2012 10:49:47 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (WA DC E$tabli$hment; DNC/RNC/Unionists...Brazilian saying: "$@me Old $hit; different flie$". :^)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Prison Time ???

LOL...if anyone in this adminstration get close even to the hint of possible prison time...

Obama will be passing out pardons like candy..after he goes down in flames this election


13 posted on 06/24/2012 11:18:29 AM PDT by Popman (When you elect a clown: expect a circus...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Just the question I was asking.


14 posted on 06/24/2012 1:41:56 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Dead right.


15 posted on 06/24/2012 1:44:58 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Or perhaps to appease Latino voters since so many Mexicans were killed with guns sent to Mexico on his order.


16 posted on 06/24/2012 2:39:06 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

But isn’t Valerie Jarrett our defacto President?


17 posted on 06/24/2012 2:42:04 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It’s Watrergate with body bags...


18 posted on 06/24/2012 4:44:10 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: All

19 posted on 06/24/2012 4:45:19 PM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
POWERS: It was the program. What they are trying to do is pin it on Eric Holder. That’s all they’re trying to do. It is not whether the program was good or bad. That program was bad. It was stupid. It has been shut down and investigated.

I'd like to know TWO THINGS, Ms. Powers.

1) I'd like to see any communication between the President and Eric (With)Holder about the primary motivation of the effort, especially as regards to changing public opinion about gun control efforts, and,

2) If there is any indication that the Obama administration has chosen sides and thrown it's support behind the Sinaloa Drug Gang.

20 posted on 06/24/2012 4:51:02 PM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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“What did the pResident know, and when did he know it?”

This article by Doug Hagmann states that “Eric Holder”, “Janet Napolitano”, “Sec. of State’s office” & “White House” (Robert Gibbs)

were all aware of “Project Gunrunner” on “March 24th,2009”!!

Link to c-spanvideo at end

Exerpt:

Foreknowledge memorialized in a press conference - in 2009/Doug Hagmann http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/47529

Two years earlier: On March 24, 2009, a 30-minute news conference was held at the “White House” by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs that included Department of Homeland Security Secretary “Janet Napolitano”, newly appointed “Deputy Attorney General David Ogden”, and “Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg”.

About 13 minutes into the press conference, Ogden, was introduced to discuss “joint DOJ and ATF operations”.

Ogden, who had been on the job for a mere 12 days,

“referred to Project Gunrunner and other ancillary ATF programs by name”, and stated that:

“he was working ‘directly’ with the Attorney General” on the “implementation of these programs that included Project Gunrunner”.

For reference purposes, the entire news conference is memorialized here.

It should be noted that Ogden resigned his position in February, 2010, less than a year later after allegedly being at odds with Holder over undisclosed procedural issues.

link:

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/284798-4


21 posted on 06/24/2012 5:26:20 PM PDT by ebysan (ebysan)
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Re: POWERS: We know what happened in regards to the agent’s death.

So who was fired?

What did the operation look like?

How many were involved?

How high up did it go?

These effing people cannot answer one of these damn questions and yet have the audacity to sit there sanctioniously saying that we know everything. I won't say what I think should happen to such people.
22 posted on 06/24/2012 5:35:41 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Read SCOTUS Castle Rock vs Gonzales before dialing 911!)
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