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  • In 255-67 vote, House places Holder in contempt of Congress

    06/28/2012 1:57:36 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 99 replies
    In 255-67 vote, House places Holder in contempt of Congress By Jordy Yager and Pete Kasperowicz - 06/28/12 04:37 PM ET The House voted Thursday to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not complying with a congressional subpoena. Seventeen Democrats bucked party lines and voted with Republicans to pass a criminal contempt resolution in a 255-67 vote. House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) pushed that resolution as part of his 16-month investigation into a botched Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. Only two Republicans voted no on the measure, while 65 Democrats recorded...
  • Rep. Darrell Issa's Letter to President Obama on Executive Privilege and 'Fast and Furious'

    06/27/2012 10:17:37 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 57 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 26, 2012 | National Journal Staff
    Below is the letter that House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent to President Obama on Monday questioning the White House's use of executive privilege over subpoenaed documents related to Operation 'Fast and Furious.' Rep. Darrell Issa's Letter to President Obama
  • Issa escalates: Accuses Obama of involvement in Fast and Furious

    06/27/2012 8:01:07 AM PDT · by kingattax · 94 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 27, 2012 | Rick Moran
    Rep. Darrell Issa threw down the gauntlet to President Obama in a letter to the president that accuses him of being involved in the Fast and Furious operation. The Hill: Issa took issue with Obama's assertion of executive privilege over a cache of documents at the Department of Justice - including a February 2011 letter later withdrawn by the agency - that Issa believes includes information on Holder's role in Fast and Furious. "Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast and Furious and the fallout from it, including the false Feb. 4, 2011 letter...
  • "Blind Alleys:" Chairman Issa on the Contempt of Attorney General Eric Holder

    06/26/2012 5:43:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/26/12 | OversightDems
    This new video called "Blind Alleys" was released today and details how the investigation of gunwalking under Operation Fast and Furious being conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been based on a series of unfounded claims and unsubstantiated allegations that turned out to be inaccurate after investigation.
  • Issa letter to Obama: So … the White House is involved in Fast and Furious, then?

    06/26/2012 7:37:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    In case readers didn't already realize it ... it's on. The Daily Caller has a letter sent by House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa to President Barack Obama challenging the assertion of executive privilege in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. In the letter, Issa tells Obama that the assertion means one of two things: either the highest levels of the White House were involved in the effort to mislead Congress on OF&F, or Obama is deliberately obstructing the investigation: “[Y]our privilege assertion means one of two things,” Issa wrote to the president in a letter dated June 25. “Either...
  • 'Meet the Press' Panel Gangs Up on Rep. Issa, Dismisses Holder Contempt Vote as 'Distraction'

    06/25/2012 4:53:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    News ^ | June 25, 2012 | Kyle Drennen
    On Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, moderator David Gregory led the show's panelists in dismissing the House Government Oversight Committee holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal as a mere political "distraction" created by Republicans. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] The committee's chairman, California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, was also on the panel and interrogated by Gregory: "If you got everything you wanted, what do you think it would prove?....What would you be able to prove? I mean what the White House is saying is this is...
  • Issa: Fast and Furious might have been a political operation to push for gun control

    06/25/2012 9:34:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/25/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    The big question from last week's assertion of executive privilege by Barack Obama was what, exactly, was so troublesome that the White House couldn't have Attorney General Eric Holder release it. It certainly wasn't to protect the precedent of confidentiality of presidential advice; Obama and Holder have insisted that the President had no knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious until it made the headlines. Even the assertion of privilege attempted to skirt that issue by relying on deliberative process rather than direct presidential privilege, although it seems almost certain that deliberative process won't shield Holder and others at executive agencies....
  • New poll: Obama’s executive-privilege assertion not as popular as WH imagined (Only 29% back Obama)

    06/25/2012 5:57:36 AM PDT · by sunmars · 65 replies
    Via Jammie Wearing Fool, the numbers are as brutal as he says. In a poll taken by The Hill after last week’s assertion of executive privilege by Barack Obama in the Operation Fast and Furious probe, only 29% of likely voters supported Obama’s move to block access to Department of Justice documentation, while a clear majority disapproved: A clear majority of likely voters believes President Obama has exercised his executive power inappropriately — particularly in blocking the release of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious, according to a new poll for The Hill. … The Hill Poll found that...
  • Rep. Darrell Issa Admits There Is No Evidence Connecting White House To Fast & Furious Scandal

    06/24/2012 5:49:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 30 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6/24/12 | Josh Feldman
    Congressman Darrell Issa is leading the investigation into the Fast & Furious ATF scandal and his committee recommended Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt charges, but he admitted to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday today that so far, there is no evidence connecting the scandal directly to the White House and Obama administration. Wallace played a clip of House Speaker John Boehner saying that the invocation of executive privilege is “an admission” of guilt on the part of the White House. Wallace asked Issa directly if “any evidence” currently supports the claim that White House officials were at all...
  • Issa on ABC "This Week" on Fast and Furious, Holder Contempt Charges & Obama Executive Privilege

    06/24/2012 10:07:18 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6/24/12 | ABC
    Learn More at Oversight Watchdog Darrell Issa (R-CA) discusses Attorney General Eric Holder's stonewalling of the truth about Operation Fast and Furious, President Obama's assertion of executive privilege over the deadly gun walking operation documents, and next week's vote in the US House of Representatives to hold AG Holder in contempt of Congress. 6-24-12: ABC News' This Week
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 June 2012

    06/24/2012 4:32:04 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 165 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 24 June 2012 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows June 24th, 2012 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Issa; Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; former Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas; former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Stephanie Cutter, deputy campaign manager for President Barack Obama; Eric Fehrnstrom, adviser to Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.THIS WEEK (ABC): Issa and Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Ed Gillespie, adviser to Romney's campaign; Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; former...
  • W.H.: Ex-staffer can't be questioned on Fast and Furious

    06/22/2012 1:11:23 PM PDT · by sunmars · 85 replies
    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...
  • 2008:Issa Voted to Fund Project Gunrunner & Merida Initiative - Liberals say no limitations

    06/21/2012 2:45:15 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 42 replies
    DK ^ | June 21 2012 | Daily Kos- by cc
    The Merida Initiative is the, and was the, basis for the 2008 HR-6028 Bill which specifically funded "Project Gunrunner." Darrell Issa pretends he has never heard of Project Gunrunner, yet in 2008 he specifically voted to fund Project Gunrunner. Apparently, there is more than just a huge connection between Merida Initiative and Project Gunrunner whereby Project Gunrunner funding, per HR-6028, is directly enveloped into the Merida Initiative. In October 2007, President Bush and President announced the Mérida Initiative, is a Billions of dollar aid package to support Mexico's President Calderón's war on drugs by, among other things, sending military grade...
  • Levin Outlines 'The Right Way To Proceed' To Get Holder Documents

    06/21/2012 1:25:04 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 16 replies
    CNS news ^ | 6/21/12 | By Craig Bannister
    Last night, radio host Mark Levin outlined the five steps that should now be taken to compel Attorney General Eric Holder to produce Operation Fast and Furious documents. “There is no need for Senate action,” Levin explained. Instead, he said, a civil lawsuit should be pursued by House Oversight Committee Chair Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). Levin outlined what he believes is “the right way to proceed”: 1. Hold Holder in contempt by resolution of the House. 2.Seek authorization from the House for the Committee to proceed by civil action to compel production of the documents. 3.Chairman Issa should file suit in...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 06-21-12 (Vast and Nefarious: The conspiracy to take down Our President)

    06/21/2012 11:45:58 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 40 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | June 21, 2012 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    The Rethuglicans can't stand having a black man in the White House. The Rethuglicans can't stand having a black man as Attorney General. The Rethuglicans can't stand having a black man--or two black men--selling guns to Mexican drug lords. Racism--that's what's really behind this manufactured Fast and Furious "scandal." And so you have this "House Oversight Committee" and their "Chairman" Issa going on a witchhunt to take down Our President. How dare the Oversight Committee try to exercise some oversight! Who do they think they are? Really! "Oversight"? They're more like the Committee to Overthrow and Unelect the President...
  • Pelosi: Contempt vote really about stopping Holder from fighting voter suppression in our country

    06/21/2012 8:37:33 AM PDT · by sunmars · 72 replies
    therightscoop ^ | June 21st, 2012 | The Right Scoop
    At Pelosi’s weekly press conference this morning, she made the point several times that there was a huge difference between George W. Bush asserting Executive Privilege over the firing of US Attorneys and Obama using it yesterday. When asked what the differences were she deferred to Elijah Cummings on the issue. But then she took a moment to tell the press what this contempt vote was really about, to stop Holder from fighting voter suppression in this country: Contempt of Congress? Contempt of Congress? To frivolously use that really important vehicle to undermine the person who’s assigned to stop the...
  • GOP, Holder open to talks before contempt vote

    06/21/2012 6:12:45 AM PDT · by Skeez · 28 replies
    AP ^ | 6/21/2012 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Both House Republican officials and Attorney General Eric Holder say they're willing to negotiate an end to a potential constitutional confrontation in a dispute related to the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation. The conflict turned nastier Wednesday, when a House committee voted to hold the attorney general in contempt and President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege to avoid turning over some documents related to the operation. However, House Republican leaders said they were willing to negotiate if the administration turned over more emails and memos. And Holder said Thursday that resolving the conflict through negotiation was...
  • ICE agent's family files wrongful death claim against Justice Dept.

    06/20/2012 4:31:01 PM PDT · by Southnsoul · 51 replies
    CBS News ^ | June 20, 2012 4:09 PM | Sharyl Attkisson
    CBS News has learned that the family of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata has filed a claim for wrongful death against the Justice Dept. and other federal agencies. Zapata was gunned down by suspected drug cartel members in Mexico in Feb. 2011 with weapons later linked to an ATF case in the Texas area. Joining the claim is Zapata's surviving partner in the attack: Victor Avila. In an interview last November, Zapata's family told CBS News they feel that U.S. law enforcement could have stopped the sale of a gun used to kill their son. CBS News obtained law enforcement...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations (Dec 2011)

    06/20/2012 9:30:30 PM PDT · by txnuke · 91 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 7, 2011 | Sharryl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • A Pointless Partisan Fight

    06/21/2012 4:54:00 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 62 replies
    NYT Editorial ^ | 6-20-2012 | Editorial
    The Republicans shamelessly turned what should be a routine matter into a pointless constitutional confrontation. And the White House responded as most administrations do at some point: it invoked executive privilege to make a political problem go away. (snip) Executive privilege cannot and should not be allowed to shield the executive branch from regular, valuable Congressional oversight. There was no reason the House committee and the Justice Department could not work out a deal to produce the documents requested, or some form of them. Instead, they show again that every issue, large or small, can be turned into ammunition for...
  • MARK LEVIN: "Executive Privilege" And How the House Should Move Forward Legally

    06/21/2012 3:28:53 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    Mark Levin ^ | June 20, 2012 | Mark Levin
        On Wednesday's Mark Levin Show:A House Congressional panel has voted to place Eric Holder in contempt of Congress regarding the Fast and Furious investigation.Also, President Obama has cited executive privilege and refuses to hand over evidence or documents regardingwhat he knew or when he knew it.Mark applauds the Republicans for standing up and delivering a blow to the tyranny that is going on, and urges them to keep at it. Mark explains the history of executive privilege, as well as the power of Congress versus the power of the Executive. It is clear that Eric Holder is at...
  • Fast, furious, and in contempt

    06/20/2012 3:32:15 PM PDT · by Bobalu · 7 replies ^ | Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | Jerry Pournelle
    A House Committee has voted that the Attorney General is in contempt of Congress. The vote was along party lines, which is a pity, because the contempt is obvious and definitely indicated. This should not be a Party Lines affair. The Congress is the Grand Inquest of the Nation, and constitutionally is empowered to see that the President does indeed take care to see that the laws are faithfully enforced. There is no compelling reason for withholding the documents demanded by Congress in this matter. To make it more interesting the President has bought into the ownership of Fast and...
  • House Panel Votes To Hold Holder in Contempt

    06/20/2012 2:29:09 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 43 replies
    wsj ^ | June 20, 2012 | EVAN PEREZ
    WASHINGTON—A House committee voted to sanction Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress, escalating a standoff between Republicans and the Obama administration over documents about a botched gun-trafficking operation. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in a party-line vote, approved the measure by the panel's chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), after a nearly six-hour hearing that largely devolved into partisan bickering. House Republican leaders immediately said they would bring the contempt measure to the House floor next week. Just before the committee began its meeting Wednesday morning, the White House said President Barack Obama had asserted executive...
  • NBC News to GOP Rep: 'You're Not Entitled To Those Documents'

    06/20/2012 10:20:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 90 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/20/12 | staff
    NBC News' Thomas Roberts accuses Rep. John Mica (R-FL) of "sour grapes" and having "an axe to grind" for requesting Fast and Furious documents that, according to Roberts, Congress is "not entitled to." s
  • Video: Obama not a big fan of executive privilege in 2007

    06/20/2012 11:32:40 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on June 20, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    With Barack Obama asserting executive privilege for the first time over Department of Justice documents related to Operation Fast & Furious, perhaps a historic look at his views on the legal maneuver are in order. When a few political appointees get fired — which is perfectly within the prerogative of a President — and the 2007 version of Barack Obama rejects its use entirely. When two American law-enforcement officers get killed, along with hundreds of Mexicans, by guns run across the border in an illegal operation at the Department of Justice? Not so much:
  • Issa: 'Our Purpose Has Never Been to Hold the Attorney General in Contempt'

    06/20/2012 11:33:45 AM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 6/20/12 | Fred Lucas
    In a last-minute maneuver before a House panel voted on a contempt of Congress charge against embattled Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department notified the House that President Barack Obama was invoking executive privilege to shield documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious. (Snip) “Our purpose has never been to hold the attorney general in contempt. Our Purpose has always been to get the information the committee needs to complete its work that it is not only entitled to do but is obligated to do,” Issa told the committee Wednesday. “If the Justice Department had delivered the documents they
  • White House Mocks Issa Fast & Furious Investigation as "Political Theater"

    06/20/2012 10:03:23 AM PDT · by kristinn · 129 replies
    CBS News via Twitter ^ | Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | Mark Knoller
    WH Comms Dir @pfeiffer44 slams Oversight Cmte for pursuing "a politically-motivated, taxpayer-funded election-year fishing expedition."In written statement, @pfeiffer44 says House GOP should work with Presd Obama "to create more jobs, not more political theater.”
  • Issa pushes ahead with Holder contempt vote despite Obama intervention

    06/20/2012 8:48:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/20/2012
    Rep. Darrell Issa said Wednesday that he is pressing ahead with a committee vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, despite an 11th-hour move by President Obama to exert executive privilege over the Fast and Furious documents at the heart of the dispute. The announcement immediately touched off a caustic debate on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, as Democrats accused Issa of prosecuting a "political witch hunt" and Republicans stepped up their criticism of Holder's "stonewalling" over the Fast and Furious probe. Even for Washington, the tone at the hearing was decidedly bitter and...
  • Obama Joins Holder In Contemptuous Cover-up

    06/20/2012 8:12:49 AM PDT · by CaroleL · 6 replies ^ | 06/20/12 | CaroleL
    When it comes to the government's Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation, Attorney General Eric Holder is running out of places to hide. But now he has President Barack Obama aiding and abetting his efforts to keep the truth about the program from both Congress and the American people. Facing a House committee vote today on whether he is in contempt of Congress for not turning over requested documents, the desperate Mr. Holder sent a letter to the White House today requesting that the president, " assert executive privilege over the identified documents." And Mr. Obama has complied.
  • Obama Tries to Protect Holder With Executive Privilege

    06/20/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 18 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 6-20-2012 | MOTUS
    ...Butt getting back to the violence in Rahm’s Chicagoland: can you believe it? 7 dead, 35 wounded - just last weekend! I know it has nothing to do with the fact that the Illinois, unlike almost every other state, makes it nearly impossible to own a gun…unless you’re a criminal. Is it any wonder that our Attorney General wants to demonstrate that all those guns coming in from Mexico (or is that the other way around? I get confused) via the Fast and Furious program are reason enough to eliminate that pesky Second Amendment right to bear arms. And Ricky...
  • Rep. Issa ‘disappointed,’ says contempt vote against Holder will move forward

    06/20/2012 2:58:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/19/12 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Issa ‘disappointed,’ says contempt vote against Holder will move forwardBy Jordy Yager - 06/19/12 05:55 PM ET A House panel is expected to vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress after a last-ditch effort to reach a deal over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious appeared to fail. After a Tuesday evening meeting with Holder and other lawmakers in the Capitol, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he was “disappointed” that the attorney general had not come with the documents demanded by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa, Holder’s chief interlocutor in...
  • Darrell Issa: Contempt vote coming on Fast and Furious

    06/19/2012 6:48:38 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/19/12 9:30 PM EDT | By JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    House Republicans are charging head first into their most direct conflict with President Barack Obama’s administration over the extent of executive branch power, as they prepare to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Wednesday. Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) failed to reach an agreement on what documents the administration would fork over to help Republicans investigate the Fast and Furious program, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives operation that put guns into the hands of Mexican cartels. ...
  • Treaty Negotiated In Secret – Hidden Even from Congressmen Who Oversee Treaties...

    06/14/2012 7:25:28 PM PDT · by Errant · 61 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/14/2012 | George Washington
    The normally-reserved Yves Smith asks whether Obama should be impeached over it. Democratic Senator Wyden – the head of the committee which is supposed to oversee it – is so furious about the lack of access that he has introduced legislation to force disclosure. Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is so upset by it that he has leaked a document on his website to show what’s going on. What is everyone so furious about? An international treaty being negotiated in secret which would not only crack down on Internet privacy much more than SOPA or ACTA, but would...
  • Republicans open door to negotiating with Holder over contempt push

    06/13/2012 3:40:31 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 39 replies ^ | 6/13/12 |
    Top Republican lawmakers opened the door to negotiating with Eric Holder Wednesday in order to potentially avoid a contempt vote in Congress, a day after the attorney general said he's willing to make "compromises." Republican lawmakers and Holder are at a standoff over documents pertaining to the failed Fast and Furious gunrunning operation. After Holder said he's willing to reach a compromise, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Wednesday sent a letter to the attorney general urging him to make the committee an offer. "Let me be clear -- if the Department of Justice submits...
  • Issa, Boehner decline ‘Fast and Furious’ meeting with Holder until DOJ satisfies document

    06/12/2012 12:34:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/12/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Attorney General Eric Holder publicly asked House Speaker John Boehner, House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley during a Tuesday morning hearing to meet with him one-on-one about Operation Fast and Furious. But the leading congressional investigators said a House subpoena from October 2011 is still pending and the ball is in Holder’s court. “I want to make it very clear that I am offering to sit down, by myself, offering to sit down with the Speaker, with the chairman, with whomever, to try to work our way through this in an attempt to avoid a constitutional
  • Sheriff Joe Strikes Back: Asks Court to Dismiss Eric Holder DOJ’s Lawsuit

    06/12/2012 2:28:02 PM PDT · by montag813 · 28 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 06-12-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With ArizonaSheriff Joe Arpaio's attorneys have filed a "Motion to Dismiss" in response to Eric Holder's ridiculous lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Sheriff and his deputies against "Latinos" through their enforcement of existing Federal immigration laws. Arpaio's lawyers have called on a Federal court in Phoenix to dismiss the DOJ's lawsuit, in a 23-page response, asserting that Holder failed to back his claims with "sufficient statistical evidence." Such evidence is required in Federal discrimination lawsuits, and the DOJ has provided none. The filing also asserts that the DOJ has no ability to even sue the sheriff's office...
  • Issa on Fox News: Fast & Furious - Not About Contempt, It's About Legitimate Discovery (video)

    06/11/2012 3:12:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/11/12 | fox news
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News' Happening Now to discuss the scheduled date for the Committee to consider a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to produce documents specified in the Committee's October 12, 2011, subpoena.
  • Issa on Fox News: What's Next For Fast & Furious?

    06/08/2012 3:08:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6/8/12 | fox
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News' On the Record with Greta Van Susteren to discuss the latest on Fast & Furious, including the June 7th Judiciary Committee hearing with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
  • Rep. Issa questions Holder, Democrats turn hearing into circus

    06/07/2012 10:24:46 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 6/7/12 | Staff
    The meat of what happens here is that Issa questions Holder about the wiretaps and Holder essentially blames Bush, justifying their handling of the wiretap applications based on how the Bush administration handled similar applications. But during Issa’s intense questioning of Holder, Democrats Sheila Jackson Lee and Mel Watt ran interference for him, constantly interrupting over Issa’s refusal to allow Holder to use up his time filibustering. Democrat Ranking member Conyers steps into the fray after the questioning to object to Issa’s style of questioning. Basically the Democrats turned what was legitimate and necessary questioning of Holder into a circus:
  • Ahead of Fast and Furious hearing, Issa tells Holder ‘lead or resign’

    06/06/2012 10:13:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/6/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Ahead of a Thursday morning House Judiciary Committee hearing to question Attorney General Eric Holder on Operation Fast and Furious, House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa made his message clear: “Lead, follow or get out of the way.” “When you’re attorney general, you don’t get to follow,” Issa added during an appearance on the Fox News Channel on Wednesday morning. “So [Holder needs to] lead or resign.” On Tuesday, Issa announced that his committee had obtained evidence proving that senior Department of Justice officials approved the tactics used in Fast and Furious. In a letter to Holder, Issa specifically...
  • Darrell Issa: Wiretap approvals show high-ranking DOJ were plenty aware of Fast & Furious gunwalking

    06/06/2012 1:28:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/6/12 | Erika Johnsen
    From the beginning, the Obama administration’s line on the deadly gunwalking operation known as Fast & Furious has been that the whole affair was a “botched” program that somehow spun out of control among the lower levels of government. As Katie Pavlich has fastidiously documented, the higher-ups in the Justice Department have denied, denied, denied that they knew anything about it at the time, and stuck to the story that this was just a well-meaning crime-fighting initiative gone awry — but their insistence is looking increasingly desperate. And House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, it seems, can smell fear. Issa and...
  • Wiretap memos from Issa to Holder on

    06/05/2012 10:40:48 AM PDT · by NeverEVERKerry · 29 replies ^ | 6/5/2012 | Darrell Issa
    Saw this tweeted a few minutes ago. Another sternly written memo or will something finally come out of this? Looks like Issa got hold of some of the wiretap apps and is calling Holder out. From the last paragraph: "With the wiretap applications in possession of the Committee, the Department can no longer push such information away from its political appointees. These appointees were responsible for approving the reckless tactics used during Fast and Furious. Because of the wiretap applications, we now know which senior Department officials made these serious mistakes. It is time for you to honor your commitment...
  • Rep. Issa might not have the votes to push forward Holder contempt charge

    05/23/2012 7:21:58 AM PDT · by bkopto · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 5/22/2012 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) might not have the votes in his own committee to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. A number of Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are wary of moving forward with Issa’s proposed measure, putting the powerful chairman in an awkward position as he attempts to build support for the move. Two of the committee’s 23 Republicans have declined to support the measure at this point, while five other GOP panel members did not respond to repeated requests for comment over the last two weeks. When compared with the 16...
  • THE CRISIS OF LEGITIMACY: Boehner said to be blocking Issa committee vote on contempt

    05/22/2012 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Nachum · 39 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 5/22/12 | Dutchman6
    Lapdog AP reporter Jordy Yager writes: Rep. Issa might not have the votes to push forward Holder contempt charge> Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) might not have the votes in his own committee to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. A number of Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are wary of moving forward with Issa’s proposed measure, putting the powerful chairman in an awkward position as he attempts to build support for the move. . . Two of the committee’s 23 Republicans have declined to support the measure at this point, while five other...
  • Fast and Furious: Why Eric Holder Will Lose the Legal Fight

    05/21/2012 11:32:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    Big Government ^ | May 17, 2012 | Ken Klukowski
    Federal courts could soon decide a fight between Congress and Attorney General Eric Holder on the Operation Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. If Republicans persevere, this is a battle that Holder should lose in what would be a humiliating defeat for President Barack Obama.  Most Americans have now heard that our government allowed drug cartels to illegally smuggle thousands of guns from the U.S. into Mexico. The National Rifle Association has relentlessly pursued the White House and Department of Justice (DOJ) about Fast and Furious for over a year, and the massive gun-rights organization has only increased its focus in...
  • House Offices Burglarized: All GOP, One Issa’s Committee

    05/19/2012 12:17:24 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 49 replies
    P J Tatler ^ | May 18th, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    Congressional Republicans have been targeted by a crime wave this spring, with burglars curiously able to repeatedly break into offices without security noticing. Despite security in the Hill office buildings, the offices of Reps. Jon Runyan (R-N.J.), Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) were burglarized last month, with Runyan’s office hit twice. Also hit was the Oversight and Government Reform Committee office and the staff office for the Appropriations subcommittee on Homeland Security, both under control of the Republican majority.
  • Issa to Holder: You can still avoid contempt if you give up Fast and Furious documents

    05/08/2012 11:10:41 AM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/07/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    A spokeswoman for House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder could still avoid the contempt of Congress proceedings on the horizon — if he cooperates with the congressional subpoena he's thus far failed to comply with. "The Justice Department can still avoid contempt," Issa spokeswoman Becca Watkins told TheDC. "They need to pledge their cooperation and stop stonewalling on critical documents outlined by the committee in the draft contempt report."Watkins said those "critical documents" include "what high ranking officials knew about Fast and Furious and when they knew it, information about...
  • Eric Holder’s contempt of Congress citation takes shape - It’s go time.

    05/04/2012 12:02:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 81 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 05/03/2012 | John Hayward
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is preparing contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder for his failure to cooperate fully with the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama Administration’s deadly gun-running program. Warnings were issued, deadlines have passed, and it’s just about “go time.” To this end, Issa has prepared an extensive staff briefing(PDF) on the case, along with a draft of Holder’s contempt citation. A press release from the House Oversight Committee says the briefing paper “explains what happened in Operation Fast and Furious, the hardships faced by the family...
  • Elijah Cummings to Darrell Issa: Stop ‘witch hunt’

    04/30/2012 5:33:45 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/30/12 | DARIUS DIXON
    Rep. Elijah Cummings warned Rep. Darrell Issa against turning a potential contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal into “an election-year witch hunt,” he wrote in a letter late last week. “Holding someone in contempt of Congress is one of the most serious and formal actions our Committee can take, and it should not be used as a political tool to generate press as part of an election-year witch hunt against the Obama Administration,” the Maryland Democrat wrote Friday to Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Last...
  • House committee could cite Holder for contempt

    04/27/2012 10:57:27 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 27, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A House Committee is preparing a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder in a dispute over access to documents from a flawed gun-tracking operation. An official of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee said a final decision on issuing the citation has not been made.