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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...