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  • White House, Congress should seek compromise (Milwaukee J-S barf alert)

    07/01/2012 5:20:38 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 july 2012
    According to the conventional wisdom, beginning in 2006, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms decided to allow guns to "walk" over the U.S. border with Mexico. Federal agents let suspected straw buyers for the Mexican drug cartels buy high-powered weapons from American dealers with the idea of tracing them into the inner recesses of the cartels. Instead, the agents lost track of nearly all of the 2,000 guns in the scheme dubbed "Fast and Furious," and the American government became an unwitting accomplice in the inhuman violence south of the border. As a result, a U.S. Border Patrol agent...
  • What’s next for Attorney General Eric Holder?

    06/30/2012 9:33:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/29/2012 | John Hayward
    Congress held Attorney General Eric Holder in both civil and criminal contempt yesterday, in historic bipartisan votes, for his refusal to provide subpoenaed documents in the Fast and Furious investigation. This has never happened before.  So what happens next? The first consequence will be that the last media outlets trying to protect the Obama Administration by refusing to report on the worst scandal in Justice Department history will be obliged to mention it, in considerably more detail than they would like. They'll try to bury the details as much as possible, and they will still absurdly describe Fast and Furious as...
  • Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’

    06/29/2012 3:42:49 PM PDT · by Tigen · 12 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 6-29-12 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and contributor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, and a member of Obama's transition team focusing on immigration issues, ended up in the Obama administration as the U.S. attorney in Arizona responsible for overseeing Operation Fast and Furious. When Obama nominated Burke to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Burke told...
  • The Biggest Scandal in U.S. History

    06/30/2012 8:30:38 AM PDT · by Sharkfish · 37 replies
    anncoulter.com ^ | June 27, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Forget executive privilege, contempt of Congress, "fast and furious," how many documents the government has produced and who said what to whom on which date. The Obama administration has almost certainly engaged in the most shockingly vile corruption scandal in the history of the country, not counting the results of Season Eight on "American Idol." Administration officials intentionally put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, so that when the guns taken from Mexican crime scenes turned out to be American guns, Democrats would have a reason to crack down on gun sellers in the United States. Democrats will...
  • No criminal prosecution of Holder for contempt

    06/29/2012 4:34:49 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    CNN Wire Staff ^ | June 29, 2012 | CNN Wire Staff
    Washington (CNN) -- The White House and the Justice Department made clear Friday what had been expected all along: Attorney General Eric Holder will not face criminal prosecution under the contempt of Congress citation passed by the U.S. House. Legal experts noted this week in the runup to Thursday's House vote that President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the case would prevent a criminal prosecution under a practice dating to the Reagan administration. The House also cited Holder for civil contempt to give it the option of filing a lawsuit compelling Holder to turn over documents sought by...
  • Issa Puts Wiretap Details in Congressional Record

    06/29/2012 11:52:14 AM PDT · by MindBender26 · 44 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Daniel Halper
    In the midst of a fiery floor debate over contempt proceedings for Attorney General Eric Holder, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quietly dropped a bombshell letter into the Congressional Record. The May 24 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the panel, quotes from and describes in detail a secret wiretap application that has become a point of debate in the GOP’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe. The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech...
  • DOJ Says It Will Not Prosecute Holder (Shocking!)

    06/29/2012 12:44:58 PM PDT · by NOVACPA · 29 replies
    Newser ^ | June 29, 2012 | NOVACPA
    The Justice Department has declared that Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won't be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
  • Justice Department won’t prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt

    06/30/2012 7:29:37 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 25 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Jun 29, 2012
    Justice Department won’t prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt ASSOCIATED PRESS Last Modified: Jun 29, 2012 08:50PM WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won’t be prosecuted for contempt of Congress. The House voted Thursday afternoon to find Holder in criminal and civil contempt for refusing to turn over the documents. President Barack Obama invoked his executive privilege authority and ordered Holder not to turn over materials about executive branch deliberations and internal recommendations. In...
  • Fast and Furious Noose Tightens Around Justice Department

    06/29/2012 3:33:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 29, 2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Explosive reports are now surfacing that Justice Department officials clearly knew about the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” tactic, in which the federal government — actually, a task force comprised of Justice Department agencies and led by ATF, a Justice Department agency — allowed upwards of 1400 illegally purchased firearms to be routed to violent Mexican drug gangs. This recklessness led, quite foreseeably, to the murder of at least one federal agent, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and probably a second, Homeland Security Agent Jaime Zapata. There are reportedly also scores of victims in Mexico. The reports, including this one from...
  • Issa’s secret gunwalking wiretaps revealed in Congressional Record

    06/29/2012 12:03:55 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 75 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 29, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Rep. Darrell Issa managed to push the details of a secret wiretap application from the botched “Fast and Furious” gunwalking operation into the public domain this week when he entered summaries into the Congressional Record, apparently using Congress‘ protection under the speech and debate clause to get around legal boundaries. The summary of a March 2010 wiretap application shows that federal agents repeatedly lost track of guns they knew were being trafficked back to cartels in Mexico — a violation of Justice Department policy that should have raised red flags with top department officials who signed off on the wiretaps,...
  • Revealed secret wiretap tapes trouble for Attorney General Eric Holder and DOJ

    06/29/2012 10:26:31 AM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 57 replies
    San Antonio Examiner ^ | June 12, 2012 | Jack Dennis
    Anonymous sources presented secret wiretap applications last week to the chairman of the Congressional committee which could spell disaster to Attorney General Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious defense. The evidence reveal high-level Department of Justice officials approved the “gun walking” tactics that could have led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The committee has been trying for 15-months to get information from Holder, who has used every legal, and arguably illegal means, to stall the committee from furthering their investigation with information from the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record

    06/29/2012 10:20:30 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 61 replies
    Roll Call ^ | June 29, 2012 | Jonathan Strong
    In the midst of a fiery floor debate over contempt proceedings for Attorney General Eric Holder, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quietly dropped a bombshell letter into the Congressional Record. The May 24 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the panel, quotes from and describes in detail a secret wiretap application that has become a point of debate in the GOP’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe. The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech...
  • Eric Holder Continues To Show Contempt Of Congress

    06/29/2012 9:26:39 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | June 29, 2012 | Scott Paulson
    In the second most interesting political story of the day to come out of Washington, D.C. yesterday, United States Attorney General Eric Holder was voted by the House of Representatives as “in contempt” for not turning all requested documents regarding “Fast and Furious” over to Congress. As anyone who has followed the story could have predicted prior the Congressional vote, Holder said publicly: “Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided – and politically motivated – investigation during an election year. By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused...
  • Was Fast and Furious coverup planned all along?

    06/29/2012 8:16:05 PM PDT · by BerserkPatriot · 18 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | Posted at 9:06 pm on June 29, 2012 | Twitchy Staff
    This evening, explosive new details are emerging in the Fast and Furious scandal that led to the contempt vote yesterday against Attorney General Eric Holder. Grassley didn’t confront the Justice Department or ATF with those questions until Jan. 27, 2011, but ATF headquarters had prepped internal talking points as early as Jan. 12, 2011. In that Jan. 12, 2011, memo, ATF officials laid out expected questions about gunwalking in Fast and Furious and Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder with Fast and Furious weapons – and canned answers ATF officials were supposed to give to press or anyone else asking...
  • Report points to Clinton-era gunwalking

    The first official identified by name in the Fast and Furious gunwalking investigation has been tied to a similar Minnestoa operation in 1996 where “more than 150 guns flow[ed] into the Twin Cities underworld,” Kevin Diaz of the Star Tribune reported yesterday. Identifying supervisor George Gillett, Jr., who is now a cooperating witness in House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigations, Diaz reveals “Gillett was a street agent tracking gun store sales to ‘straw buyers’ working for suspected gang members. Some of those guns turned up in drug busts and crime scenes, including one that was found at the...
  • Family steps up quest for answers in ICE agent's murder

    06/29/2012 11:09:32 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    Vally Central.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Action 4 News Staff
    A Brownsville family is stepping up their quest for answers in the death of an ICE against killed by a weapon linked to the "Fast & Furious" scandal. The family of slain U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata held a press conference in Brownsville on Friday morning. Zapata's mother Mary Zapata says they still don't have answers more than year after her son's February 2011 murder in San Luis Potosi. Zetas drug cartel leader Julian Espinoza-Zapata (aka "El Piolin") is facing federal charges in Washington DC but little other information about the case has come out. Fast...
  • House could arrest Holder with inherent contempt power

    06/29/2012 8:29:49 AM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 52 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Friday June 13, 2012
    Despite voting to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, there’s little House Republicans can do in the short term to compel him to turn over documents — unless it wanted to revisit a long-dormant power and arrest him. The thought is shocking, and conjures up a Hollywood-ready standoff scene between House police and the FBI agents who protect the attorney general. It’s a dramatic and unlikely possibility not least because Congress doesn’t even have a jail any longer. But in theory it could happen. Republicans say it’s not even under consideration, with House Speaker John...
  • Just How “Presidential” is Barack Obama?

    06/29/2012 8:07:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 29, 2012 | Demetrius Minor
    As President Obama embarks upon his quest for re-election, it's time to evaluate exactly how “presidential” he has been in his first term. I am going to attempt to compare him to just a few of our nation’s past inhabitants of the Oval Office. Let’s begin with Lyndon Baines Johnson and a quick glance at The Great Society. Its primary purposes were to implement social reforms to eliminate poverty and unchain the shackles of racial injustice. In all actuality, it was a clever political mechanism installed to keep minorities voting Democrat in every election. Liberal supporters argued that this benefited...
  • Nancy Pelosi Botches Brian Terry's Name While Addressing Congress on Holder Contempt Charges

    06/28/2012 5:04:57 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 15 replies
    Nancy Pelosi Botches Brian Terry's Name While Addressing Congress on Holder Contempt Charges By Noel Sheppard Created 06/28/2012 - 4:31pm House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), while speaking on the House floor opposing the contempt charges of Attorney General Eric Holder, actually botched the name of slain border patrol agent Brian Terry. As she expressed condolences to his family, Pelosi called him "Brian Tay, Tay, Terry" (video follows with transcript and commentary): NANCY PELOSI: I think we all also agree, I think we all very, very much agree that we are very sad and seek justice for the family of...
  • House Finds Holder in Contempt: 17 Democrats and 2 Republicans break with their parties

    06/28/2012 2:01:33 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 94 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 28, 2012 | 4:58 p.m. | Billy House
    The Republican-controlled House on Thursday voted 255 to 67 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a historic and divisive election-year action that GOP leaders cast deadly serious and Democratic leaders dismiss as petty politics. The unprecedented House censure of a sitting attorney general -- the Obama administration’s top lawyer – over Holder’s refusal to release internal documents tied to a botched gun-trafficking investigation saw both sides dig in. The White House asserted this week the documents are protected by executive privilege. Republicans pressed an emotional trump card that guns that slipped into the hands of drug...
  • Holder contempt citation -- just remember that people died because of 'Fast and Furious'

    06/29/2012 3:15:00 AM PDT · by richardb72 · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 28, 2012 | John Lott
    People died. It is something to remember during today’s historic House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt. Never before has a sitting attorney general been held in contempt. With all the hoopla over past scandals from Watergate to Filegate to Pardongate, the cover up was always worse than the crime. Yet, in "Fast and Furious," the guns that the US government supplied to Mexican drug gangs have been used to kill one American border agent and over 300 Mexican citizens and commit numerous other crimes. To date, because of administration stonewalling, we don't have answers to the...
  • House holds Holder in contempt over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents

    06/28/2012 1:57:57 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27,2012 | By Stephen Dinan
    The 256-67 vote amounted to a political spanking for Mr. Holder and President Obama, and 17 Democrats joined with Republicans in demanding the documents be released. Most Democrats, however, walked out in protest of the vote. It marks the first time an attorney general has been held in contempt by a chamber. But the White House dismissed the proceedings as a sideshow, and the vote does nothing to break the impasse, though it further poisoned feelings in an already bitterly divided chamber. “No Justice Department is above the law, and no Justice Department is above the Constitution,” said House Speaker...
  • Black caucus to stage walkout during Holder contempt vote in House (NOT racist)

    06/27/2012 5:18:12 PM PDT · by Libloather · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/27/12 | Jordy Yager
    Black caucus to stage walkout during Holder contempt vote in HouseBy Jordy Yager - 06/27/12 06:57 PM ET Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) plan to stage a walkout during Thursday’s vote on whether to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The CBC is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on Thursday to discuss the details of the walkout and is planning to circulate a letter to House Democrats requesting that they join them on the Capitol steps for a press conference during the contempt vote. The move comes less than 24 hours before the House...
  • Fortune’s Horribly Bad Reporting on Fast and Furious

    06/27/2012 3:39:22 PM PDT · by Qbert · 7 replies
    Macsmind.com ^ | 6/27/2012 | MacRanger
    This is perhaps the worst case of agenda driven reporting I’ve seen. Fortune’s Katherine Eban, a leftwing shrill for Obama who writes for several leftwing rags such as Variety, published this “blockbuster investigative report” that she claims shows that Fast and Furious never happened.The problem is that the report is a hack job of the first order and flies in the face of numerous other reports to the contrary. A spokesman for Issa’s committee nails it. “Fortune’s story is a fantasy made up almost entirely from the accounts of individuals involved in the reckless tactics that took place in Operation...
  • LZ Granderson and David Brooks: Don't Be Nosy, Just Shut Up and Follow Obama

    06/27/2012 2:10:01 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh. com ^ | June 27, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Have any of you heard of an individual by the name of LZ Granderson? Snerdley? He has not heard of LZ Granderson. Dawn, have you? Brian, have you heard of LZ Granderson? Prior to last night I had not heard of LZ Granderson. However, LZ Granderson was named the Journalist of the Year by the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender crowd. He has a column at CNN.com, and he also writes for ESPN. LZ Granderson named the Journalist of the Year. In an op-ed posted at CNN.com yesterday, LZ Granderson, talking about Operation Fast and Furious, said times...
  • House Democrats break ranks to back Holder contempt as vote looms

    06/27/2012 10:24:40 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 17 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | June 27, 2012
    At least three Democrats have joined the ranks of Republicans planning to vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over his refusal to turn over Operation Fast and Furious documents. The Democrats who have taken that stance so far are all conservative-leaning lawmakers facing perilous political circumstances in their home districts. Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who is leading the charge on contempt, predicted to Fox News that up to 31 Democrats could be considering voting against Holder -- in reference to a letter signed by 31 Democrats last year expressing concern about Fast and Furious. Sources told Fox...
  • Holder in peril as Dems break ranks on contempt resolution (VIDEO)

    06/27/2012 12:29:15 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 109 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2012 | Chad Pergram
    The congressional contempt vote against Attorney General Eric Holder is looking more and more like a fait accompli, as House Speaker John Boehner presses ahead with a Thursday floor vote and conservative Democrats one-by-one announce they will side with Republicans. At least four Democrats so far have said they plan to vote to hold Holder in contempt over his refusal to turn over Operation Fast and Furious documents. Sources told Fox News that roughly 20 are likely to break ranks.
  • Brian Terry - Murdered by Eric Holder and the Obama Administration - In Honor ...

    06/27/2012 11:55:52 AM PDT · by skeama · 4 replies
    douglasjame.es ^ | 06/24/2012 | David Gilmour (Cover)
    Misic (David Gilmour Cover) & Video Tribute - Brian Terry - Murdered by Eric Holder and the Obama Administration :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: Please go :: HERE :: to watch/listen to tribute. :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: :: A song for Brian Terry - lyrics below (David Gilmour), murdered by a Mexican Cartel member who may be a paid informant to the US Government, Fast and Furious, Eric Holder & Barack Obama Administration, accomplices having intentionally supplied over 2000 guns including...
  • Fast and Furious: A Timeline

    06/28/2012 4:03:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 28, 2012 | NRO Staff
    What led up to the House vote on whether to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress. October 26, 2009 to June 20, 2012U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
  • Democrats Defend Holder: Maloney on Fast and Furious, ‘There’s Nothing There’

    06/27/2012 3:36:12 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 34 replies
    House Democrats defended Attorney General Eric Holder, who faces a contempt of Congress vote against him on Thursday for withholding documents related to the botched gun-walking program Operation Fast and Furious. Also, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said his support for contempt votes against Bush administration personnel were not comparable to the situation today. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), a supporter of stricter gun control laws, said there is “nothing there,” in reference to Fast and Furious, a Justice Department program that began in the fall of 2009 and allowed guns to flow to Mexico. It was halted when two guns from...
  • THE BIGGEST SCANDAL IN U.S. HISTORY

    06/27/2012 3:06:29 PM PDT · by Sneakyuser · 59 replies
    AnnCoulter.com ^ | 6/27/2012 | Ann Coulter
    Forget executive privilege, contempt of Congress, "fast and furious," how many documents the government has produced and who said what to whom on which date. The Obama administration has almost certainly engaged in the most shockingly vile corruption scandal in the history of the country, not counting the results of Season Eight on "American Idol."
  • Flashback: Obama Blames US Guns For Mexican Violence… Then Runs 2,000 Guns to Mexico (Video)

    06/27/2012 2:41:53 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 29, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, September 29, 2011, 12:02 PM     In April 2009 Barack Obama traveled to Mexico and blamed US gun sellers for “This war being waged with guns purchased not here but in the United States.” Just to be sure, a few months later the Obama Administration started running their own guns to Mexico, at least 2,000. Barack Obama, April 16, 2009: “This war is being waged with guns purchased not here but in the United States… more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun...
  • Fast and Furious: The Second Amendment conspiracy theory(barf alert)

    06/27/2012 12:50:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    baltimoresun.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | David Horsey
    <p>The brouhaha over Attorney General Eric Holder and the contempt of Congress charge brought by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa is providing new evidence that the lunatics are running the Republican asylum.</p> <p>Mr. Issa, the California Republican who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, would have us believe President Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the dispute -- "an eleventh-hour stunt," he called it on Fox News -- is part of a White House cover up of something much more sinister.</p>
  • Slain officer’s parents call President Obama a liar

    06/27/2012 12:23:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    thenewsherald.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Scott Held
    WASHINGTON — A slain former Downriver police officer is at the center of criticism of President Barack Obama’s dealings with an investigation into a federal program that allowed guns to end up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and bandits. The parents of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was fatally shot by bandits, appeared on a Fox News program last week and called Obama a liar after he asserted executive privilege to keep Attorney General Eric Holder and other Department of Justice officials from a congressional investigation of “Operation Fast and Furious.” “It sounds like they’re hiding something,”...
  • The Contemptible Eric Holder

    06/28/2012 4:30:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 28, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert
    <p>Today the House of Representatives will decide whether or not to find Attorney General Eric holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents in the gunrunning scandal known as Fast and Furious. A pair of eleventh-hour meetings between White House officials and Republicans at the Justice Department (DOJ) and the White House attempting to avert the showdown were not fruitful. The DOJ showed GOP staffers 14 documents a senior administration official characterized as a “representative sample” of what Republican had been seeking. At one of the meetings, DOJ officials reportedly offered to provide all the documents requested if Republicans would drop contempt proceedings. That offer was rejected.</p>
  • Barack Obama has suppressed Fast and Furious email "smoking gun"

    06/27/2012 10:00:41 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 8 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/27/2012 | Doug Book
    Under questioning by Senator Charles Grassley, Attorney General Eric Holder testified that a handful of emails written to Department of Justice officials by then ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson are being withheld illegally from congressional committees as a result of Barack Obama’s claim of executive privilege. Kept now under lock and key thanks to the June 20th order, the emails have been described by Melson as “smoking guns” in that–-contrary to Holder’s testimony to congress–-they “show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gun walking tactics in Fast and Furious.” (1) Fifteen months ago, Melson began his own investigation...
  • Issa accuses Obama of involvement in 'Fast and Furious' operation

    06/27/2012 10:01:15 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/26/12 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday accused President Obama of either obstructing a congressional investigation or of involvement in the "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation. In a seven-page letter to the president, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leveled his most direct allegations yet at Obama just two days ahead of a full House vote on whether to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to respond to a subpoena. Issa took issue with Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over a cache of documents at the Department of Justice — including a...
  • 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
  • Pressure on House Dems as NRA to score Holder contempt vote

    06/27/2012 7:13:20 AM PDT · by Qbert · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 6/27/2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    Allahpundit briefly mentioned this last night, but it’s worth a closer look — as it may be a bellwether of bad news to the Obama White House.  Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT), who faces a tough challenge in November from Republican Mia Love, has announced that he will vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt tomorrow, assuming that the Obama administration can’t cut a deal before the vote in the morning.  He’s the first Democrat to break ranks, but he may not be the last: Rep. Jim Matheson will vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of...
  • Team Obama's Brother Sharpton Moment

    06/27/2012 4:34:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 27, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Attorney General Eric Holder's people have no shame. After months of stonewalling, misinformation and petulant disregard for the victims of the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal, President Obama's Justice Department is hiding behind the most despicable race-card demagogues on the planet. "Post-racial" America never looked so bitter, clingy and cowardly. At a Tuesday press conference in Washington, D.C., human shield Al Sharpton condemned the upcoming House vote on a contempt motion against Holder as "reckless" and "morally reprehensible." Yes, the infamous hate-crimes hoaxer, cop-basher and riot incitement specialist is now the self-appointed sheriff of Capitol Hill morality. A Huffington Post...
  • A primer on the "Fast and Furious" scandal

    06/27/2012 5:27:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson
    <p>"Gunwalking" is law enforcement vernacular for the concept of allowing criminal suspects to "walk" off with guns, without police interdicting or tracking them. It's widely considered taboo, since "walked" guns may be used in violent crimes, including murders.</p> <p>What is "Project Gunrunner"?</p>
  • Border Patrol Being Taught To Run, Hide & Throw Things, Not Shoot

    06/26/2012 8:04:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | June 26, 2012 | Tim Brown
    It appears that the Obama administration is not only getting in the face of the American people with their immigration policies, but they are also running a little private campaign of their own when it comes to the border patrol. Instead of the border patrol doing their job in an aggressive case in public, they are now being taught to run away and hide and only as a last resort are they to open fire. Wait! No! They can’t do that. They are supposed to become “aggressive” and “throw things. You heard that right. Local 2544 posted a brief statement...
  • Issa's Right: Tougher Gun Laws Fast And Furious Goal

    06/26/2012 6:29:36 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 29 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 26, 2012
    Scandal: The head of the House oversight panel suggests the real reason for the administration's invoking executive privilege in the Fast and Furious case is to hide proof that the operation was part of a push for gun control. Defenders of President Obama's use of executive privilege to provide cover for Attorney General Eric Holder in the gun-running fiasco that resulted in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata may dismiss it as just another conspiracy theory. But the suggestion by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that the deadly operation was conceived to advance the...
  • Rep. Jim Matheson intends to vote in favor of holding A.G. in contempt(D-Utah)

    06/26/2012 5:35:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    deseretnews.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Dennis Romboy
    WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Matheson said Tuesday he intends to vote in favor of holding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress regarding a government operation gone wrong. Utahns expect and deserve transparency and accountability from government officials, especially when a tragedy such as the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent occurs, he said. The tragedy, he said, is compounded when both sides play politics instead of releasing the facts. "Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable," Matheson said. In an operation known as “Fast...
  • Hoyer: Some Dems Will Vote To Hold Holder In Contempt For Fast And Furious

    06/26/2012 4:37:03 PM PDT · by PhilosopherStone1000 · 25 replies
    CBS DC ^ | 06/26/2012 | Unknown
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Now that the politically potent National Rifle Association is keeping score, some Democrats may join House Republicans if there’s a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress in a dispute over documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation. The chief Democratic House head counter, Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, declined to tell reporters how many defections he expected, but acknowledged that some in his party would consider heeding the NRA’s call for a “yes” vote. -snip
  • The 5 Biggest Differences Between Operation Fast and Furious and Operation Wide Receiver

    06/26/2012 7:14:10 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    Ever since the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted in favor of holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt last week, the Left has been conducting a public relations push to downplay operation “Fast and Furious” and convince Americans that the failed gunrunning initiative was actually started under former President George W. Bush under the name “Wide Receiver.” The insinuation is that Fast and Furious is somehow a continuation of the Bush-era operation. The only problem with that theory is that it’s not true. Even White House Press Secretary Jay Carney last week attempted to shift the blame from...
  • Issa's Right: Tougher Gun Laws Fast And Furious Goal

    06/26/2012 5:23:33 PM PDT · by marktwain · 34 replies
    investors.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | NA
    Scandal: The head of the House oversight panel suggests the real reason for the administration's invoking executive privilege in the Fast and Furious case is to hide proof that the operation was part of a push for gun control. Defenders of President Obama's use of executive privilege to provide cover for Attorney General Eric Holder in the gun-running fiasco that resulted in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata may dismiss it as just another conspiracy theory. But the suggestion by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that the deadly operation was conceived to advance the...
  • CBS News Launches 'Fast and Furious' Web Site

    06/26/2012 10:46:08 AM PDT · by kristinn · 36 replies
    CBS News ^ | Tuesday, June 26, 2012
    What is "Fast and Furious?" In late 2009, ATF agents noticed a surge in gun purchases in the U.S. by suspected Mexican drug cartels and were tasked with following the guns. Sharyl Attkisson reports on the infamous program now known as "Fast and Furious." (Click and bookmark source link for Fast and Furious reporting by Sharyl Atkisson and CBS News.)
  • Issa Letter Hammers Obama on Operation 'Fast and Furious'

    06/26/2012 7:18:30 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 20 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 26, 2012 | By Major Garrett
    ---------- snip ---------- THE MONEY QUOTE "Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it...or, you are asserting a Presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation," Issa wrote. "To date, the White House has steadfastly maintained that it has not had any role in advising the Department with respect to the congressional investigation. The surprising assertion of executive privilege raised the question of whether that is still the case."
  • Obama Pioneers White House Gun Scandal Cover-Up, says Gun Dean

    06/25/2012 7:01:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    expertclick.com ^ | 24 June, 20112 | John M. Snyder
    "Obama is the pioneer of the White House attempt to cover-up the federal government gun scandal," gun rights expert John M. Snyder said here today. Human Events has noted that Snyder is the gun dean. "There's no doubt about it now," said Snyder. "President Obama has put himself right in the middle of the Fast and Furious scandal. His invocation of executive privilege places him at the center of the situation as he seeks reelection." Snyder said that, "Obama's move could be a crucial factor in November. The Fast and Furious scandal has upset the entire Second Amendment community. It...