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From the Daily Caller

Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dumped documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder on the day it happened – December 15, 2010 – and that he was informed the weapons used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious on the same day.

An email from one official, whose name has been redacted from the document, to now-former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke reads: “On December 14, 2010, a BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol operations 18 miles north of the international boundary when he encountered [redacted word] unidentified subjects. Shots were exchanged resulting in the agent being shot. At this time, the agent is being transported to an area where he can be air lifted to an emergency medical center.”

That email was sent at 2:31 a.m. on the day Terry was shot. One hour later, a follow-up email read: “Our agent has passed away.”

Burke forwarded those two emails to Holder’s then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson later that morning, adding that the incident was “not good” because it happened “18 miles w/in” the border.

Wilkinson responded to Burke shortly thereafter and said the incident was “tragic.” “I’ve alerted the AG [Holder], the Acting DAG, Lisa, etc.”

Then, later that day, Burke followed up with Wilkinson after Burke discovered from officials whose names are redacted that the guns used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious. “The guns found in the desert near the murder BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about – they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store,” Burke wrote to Wilkinson.

“I’ll call tomorrow,” Wilkinson responded.

This is hardly the first time new evidence has come out that directly contradicts Holder’s congressional testimony. These new emails are written evidence that Holder was aware of Fast and Furious about five months before he testified in Congress that he had only learned of the gunwalking program a “few weeks” before a May 3, 2011, House Judiciary Committee appearance. Holder has since walked back that “few weeks” comment, amending it to more of a “couple months.”

“I did say a ‘few weeks,’” Holder said during a November 8 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, responding to a question from its chairman Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. “I probably could’ve said ‘a couple of months.’ I didn’t think the term I said, ‘few weeks,’ was inaccurate based on what happened.”

There have also been a series of documents containing the intimate details of Fast and Furious that were sent to Holder all throughout 2010 from several of his senior aides. Holder claims he did not read his memos. 

Holder will be appearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform next Thursday, Feb. 2. Though Holder has already testified before Congress three times about matters relating to Fast and Furious — twice before the House Judiciary Committee and once before the Senate Judiciary Committee — this is the first time the House oversight committee will have an opportunity to question Holder himself.

 
“The Judiciary Committee has multiple issues with the Attorney General,” House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller last week. “We have one issue: the issue of breaking the law in order to enforce the law.” 

“The oversight committee is investigating the Department of Justice, which is very different than his appearances before the Judiciary Committees in which they’re asking how things are going at Justice. What we’ve discovered in our investigations is a pattern of cover-up [and] delay. Ultimately Congress was given false information and now we’ve had people both resign and take the Fifth as we try to get to the basic elements of why and how was Congress lied to.”

A total of 103 members of the House have called for Holder’s resignation or firing, expressed “no confidence” in Holder via a formal House Resolution, or both. Two sitting governors, two U.S. senators and all the major Republican presidential candidates join those 103 congressmen in not trusting Holder. Many of those who have called for Holder’s resignation have pointed out that Holder claiming that he didn’t read his memos is a sign that he’s admitting incompetence to avoid charges of corruption

The "Holder, you're so busted thread" relates to this thread.

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Why Eric Holder must go

Elise Cooper says ever since he was confirmed as attorney general, Eric Holder has had his own agenda, supported by the Obama administration.  As chief law enforcement officer, many of his decisions have not been in the best interest of this country.

American Thinker interviewed congressmen who see the fiasco of "Fast and Furious" as the last straw and cite this as the final reason Eric Holder needs to resign.  In a 2009 operation ATF requested that gun shop owners sell guns, including AK47s, to straw buyers from the Mexican drug cartels.  There were approximately 2,500 weapons involved, and to date, only 600 have been recovered.  ATF field agents complained that allowing these guns into the hands of criminals set a bad precedent.
 
Border Congressmen Brian Bilbray (R-CA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Ted Poe (R-TX) are all in agreement that either Eric Holder is an incompetent attorney general because he did not know what was happening, or he knew and is trying to stonewall Congress and cover up the investigation.  It appears that it is the latter, since those in charge of the botched operation have been reassigned or promoted with their pensions intact while the ATF whistle-blowers face isolation, retaliation, and transfer.  Bilbray angrily stated, "Retaliation against the whistle-blowers is illegal.  This is just another case where Holder believes in employee rights unless it is an employee that is blowing the whistle on something this administration has done.  This is suspicious conduct which has the effect of silencing people who give information and promoting those who he knows was involved."
 
The congressmen want Americans to observe how Holder answers their questions.  He never has the attitude that "the buck stops here," never takes responsibility, and is definitely not transparent.  According to Gosar, when responding to the Senate and House Committees during his testimony, Holder carefully worded his answer: '"I think we've been pretty accurate and truthful.'  I don't want we.  I want Mr. Holder to take accountability.  Holder impugned the sovereignty of another country, impugned the safety of both countries' citizens, and impugned the rule of law."
 
Congressman Poe concurs and wants the committees to receive all the information, including texts and e-mails, about what the DOJ knew regarding "Fast and Furious."  For example, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Brewer testified and sent a letter to the committees that he did not know about the operation.  American Thinker was told of evidence that he transferred from his government BlackBerry to his personal BlackBerry -- documents showing that he was involved.  As of yet, Holder has not fired Brewer or put him on administrative leave.
 
Since the attorney general "does not have the ability to enforce the laws of this country equitably, fairly, and judiciously," Gosar has a resolution declaring a vote of no confidence in Eric Holder.  Bilbray expects that the next time Holder comes before Congress, he will be declared a hostile witness since his approach is "adversarial rather than cooperative.  Holder has made a concerted effort to try to imply the border is under control by hiding as much information as the DOJ thinks they can get away with."
 
Holder is also taking away states' sovereignty through various lawsuits.  The AG took legal action against Arizona, arguing that federal law trumps states' rights.  The DOJ has filed a brief opposing the state's proof-of-citizenship requirement to vote, suing over the legality of SB 1070, pursuing attrition, and questioning the E-Verify provision, which the Supreme Court ruled was legal.  Other states being sued over their illegal immigration laws include Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia.  An interesting point made in Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's book, Scorpions for Breakfast, is that Congressman Poe had Holder and Homeland Security's Janet Napolitano admit, under oath, that they had not read the bill.  Brewer quotes the congressman as saying, "It's ten pages. It's a lot shorter than the health-care bill, which was 2,000 pages long[.]"  The governor directly commented to American Thinker in an earlier interview that "[e]ven though they have not read the bill they are criticizing it.  Isn't it outrageous?  And for them to admit it!  Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, with the support of the president of the U.S., acted like they knew all about it.  They took everything out of context."  Congressman Poe also directly commented on this incident, stating, "Last year as he was suing the people of Arizona over their immigration law, I asked him about it.  He was making comments about the law before he had read it -- this coming from America's chief law enforcement officer."
 
There are also the lawsuits that are attempting to block states from implementing voter ID laws.  The DOJ refused to give states such as South Carolina and Texas, which are covered under section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, clearance for their voter ID laws.  All states that want to or have enacted these laws are doing it to preserve the integrity of its electoral process, yet, as Congressman Poe believes, "Holder's interpretation of the law undermines the Constitution, and the attorney general is motivated by politics, not by equal justice under the law.  He is fulfilling a political agenda."  Because voter fraud is such an important issue, especially with the 2012 election coming up, it will be further examined in a future article.
 
This vendetta against the states shows that Holder is lawsuit-happy.  He is trying to use the power of the federal government to squash the Tenth Amendment, turning the Justice Department into a political machine.  His decisions appear to be based on politics rather than on non-partisan objectivity.
 
There is also the vendetta against the CIA, causing a risk-averse reaction by the agency.  Many in the CIA believe that because of Holder, it is not legal opinions that determine policy, but elections.  In 2009, Holder decided to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate supposed abuses by CIA operatives in which some cases are still pending.  As a former CIA official commented, "[h]ow can Holder be disgusted by what we did?  Even non-physical interrogation is not a pretty thing to watch.  We have been very successful in preventing future attacks.  This re-opening smacks of double jeopardy.  These cases were already examined by the DOJ and have been the subject [to] congressional oversight.  Besides, there was the release in 2009 of the CIA interrogation memos despite objections from CIA officials[,] and [those were] described in the Wall Street Journal as 'a victory for Attorney General Eric Holder[.]'"
 
Holder's agenda includes closing Guantánamo Bay, allowing terrorists to be Mirandized, and trying the terrorists in a federal court.  By Mirandizing them, actionable intelligence is lost, since the terrorist has the option of remaining silent.  The administration will not have to close Gitmo if it follows a policy of releasing terrorists.  Take for example the idea to hand over some of these terrorists to the Taliban in exchange for the Taliban coming to the negotiating table.  Congressman Rooney (R-FLA) believes that "there is a reason why they are still at Gitmo.  These guys have targeted and killed U.S. personnel, prevented girls from attending school in Afghanistan, and stoned women for adultery.  To release these really bad guys is absurd."  What is more absurd is that Holder did not attempt to try them in a military commission for the atrocities they committed against the U.S. military.
 
There was also Holder's attempt to try major al-Qaeda leaders such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in federal court.  Michael Hayden, the former CIA director, correctly commented, "You have major figures like Attorney General Holder wanting to do it in this venue to showcase our justice system.  Yet, they talk about guilt being evident.  This is at the beginning of a process in which KSM is presumed innocent.  Oh, by the way, if he is declared innocent, what are we going to do with him?  We have already made it clear we are never going to release him."
 
What Holder has done well is his due diligence in investigating what happened to CIA officials in 2010.  Journalists were provided information about CIA officers who then gave that information to the Guantánamo terrorist defense team. After taking pictures of the CIA operatives, the defense team showed the photos to the terrorists at Gitmo, putting the CIA officers at increased risk.  Many former CIA officials agree with the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Peter King (R-NY), that the DOJ and Eric Holder should name the journalists who received the leaks as well as identify the lawyers who showed the pictures to the terrorists since this incident involves more than "criminal legal liability.  There is the big question of moral culpability for these journalists and lawyers[.] ... The Department of Justice will not have fully discharged its duties until it publicly identifies the journalists and criminal defense lawyers involved."
 
As the most important law enforcement officer in the land, Attorney General Eric Holder makes partisan decisions.  He has exclusively chosen the laws he wants to uphold and has quietly looked the other way when other laws needed to be enforced.  It appears that Eric Holder as attorney general has used his office as a political tool for the Democratic base, and the only way to stop him is to make sure President Obama is not re-elected in 2012.


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The testimony on the 2nd should be interesting, especially if he's deemed a hostile witness.  One way or another, he needs to be gone.  What gets me is the document dump this last Friday was approved by the White House and it's clear that Holder was informed.  Did he not read that memo either?  How is he going to spin this one? And what else are they NOT releasing???
Once Holder is out, the cards are going to start falling a little quicker.


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The lady lawyers on FOX just said he has till Feb 6th if I'm not mistaken to come up with the goods or he's toast. 
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It’s time to return Holder’s contempt

Michael A. Walsh says "Contempt of Congress" is a pretty strong term, and one with tangible legal consequences, but how else to describe Attorney General Eric Holder’s continuing obstructionism in the burgeoning Fast and Furious scandal?

It’s been 14 months since news broke that a federal agent had been killed with weapons that Holder’s Justice Department intentionally allowed to cross the border into Mexico, with no plan on how to track them and without alerting Mexican officials. In all, the Obama administration sent thousands of guns south to the drug gangs under the misbegotten operation.

But since last May, Eric Holder has been stonewalling congressional attempts to get to the bottom of Fast and Furious -- a mess hatched on his watch by Obama appointees at the office of the US attorney for Arizona and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

On Tuesday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif) -- whose House Oversight Committee is leading the congressional investigation -- sent Holder another in a series of stern letters, demanding that Justice comply with committee subpoenas that it’s been pretty much ignoring since Oct. 12.

The letter was prompted by Justice’s failure to meet a Feb. 9 deadline to make witnesses available and turn over hundreds, if not thousands, of pages of internal documents. Holder’s crew requested a further extension -- while publicly decrying Issa’s probe as a political witch hunt.

Of course, as Issa writes, it’s Justice’s own "delay tactics" that "have extended this investigation into a presidential-election year." Indeed, "had the department demonstrated willingness to cooperate with this investigation from the outset -- instead of attempting to cover up its own internal mismanagement -- this investigation likely would have concluded" last year.

"In reality," Issa continues, "it is the department that is playing political gotcha games, instead of allowing a co-equal branch of government to perform its constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch.

"We cannot wait any longer for the deparment’s cooperation."

Tough words. But will there ever be more than words?

Issa’s letter still offers Holder an out: "Please specify a date by which you expect the department to produce all documents responsive to the subpoena."

But it’s clear Holder is trying to stall through Election Day. Holder and Barack Obama are joined at the hip, and if Holder falls, Obama is severely damaged. Were Democrats to regain control of the House, they could shut down Issa’s probe.

So what can Issa do?

As he pointedly notes in his letter, willful failure to comply with a congressional investigation is a federal misdemeanor, "punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 nor less than $100 and imprisonment in a common jail for not less than one month nor more than 12 months."

Easier said than done. Issa’s full committee would have to approve a contempt citation and then forward it to the full (Republican-dominated) House for approval by a majority vote. After that, it goes to the US attorney for the District of Columbia, "whose duty it shall be" to take it to a grand jury. But the US attorney for DC is another Obama appointee -- who reports to Holder. Think there might be more delays?

Since 1975, 10 high officials have been cited for contempt; most cases ended with negotiated agreements between the White House and Congress. Sometimes, as in the case of former Environmental Protection Agency chief Anne Gorsuch in 1982, Justice simply refuses to prosecute. The last contempt citation acted on was in 1983, against former EPA official Rita Lavelle, who got a fine and prison term for lying to Congress.

These fights don’t go quickly, so Issa and the House GOP leadership must up the ante now. Holder’s plainly not going to voluntarily comply with Issa’s subpoenas; presumably, the evidence would just be too explosive.

One approach may be to start pushing other federal agencies; in more news, a federal agent is now saying that the Homeland Security Department knew more about Fast and Furious than has been disclosed -- to the extent of even blocking some gun transfers from ATF to the bad guys.

The shell game has gone on long enough. The country deserves answers -- not gotcha games.

For months now, Holder has been dodging, obfuscating, withholding evidence and outright lying in his attempt to evade responsibility for the deadly program that has cost the lives of two federal agents and countless Mexican nationals.

Contempt of Congress? Contempt for the American people is more like it.


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Holder loses his cool

Matthew Boyle is reporting that a visibly frustrated Attorney General Eric Holder slammed the table when responding to a question about Operation Fast and Furious during a Tuesday budget hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.
 
"That was a fundamentally flawed program, fundamentally flawed," Holder said of Fast and Furious. "And, I think that I can agree with some of my harshest critics that there are legitimate issues that need to be explored with regard in which the way Fast and Furious was carried out."
 
"But, I think one thing that also has to be understood is that once this was brought to my attention" -- Holder said before slamming his hand on the committee room table he was sitting at -- "I stopped it. I stopped it."
 
During an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly shortly after Holder’s comments, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa -- the lead congressional investigator into the Fast and Furious scandal with Sen. Chuck Grassley -- said he and others in Congress don’t think Holder is telling the full truth.
 
"Well, certainly one of the reasons we doubt the legitimacy of that claim is, on Feb. 4 [2011], we received what was in fact an untruthful, a lie, a false letter that has now been retracted," Issa said. "Lanny Breuer, one of his chief aides and number three at Justice, was in Mexico lobbying for more gun-walking. Additional evidence shows that [U.S. agent] Jaime Zapata was killed with a similar program weapon. In other words, this was a policy change that happened and continued up until fairly recently. We need to get to the bottom of it."
 
In addition, Issa said that if Holder wants to show he’s cooperating with the congressional investigation and is interested in really ending gun-walking, he’d fork over the rest of the lawfully-subpoenaed documents he’s still hiding from Congress. (RELATED: Full coverage of Eric Holder)
 
"The inspector general at Justice has 80,000 pages and we have 6,000 pages, but even in those 6,000 pages we find damning evidence that high-ranking people in Justice knew all along and not only didn’t stop this program, but believed in it," Issa said.

Holder insists that "...once this was brought to my attention, I stopped it."

Wait!  First Holder started it.  Deputy Attorney General David Ogden told us that.  And he probably did stop it -- after agent Brian Terry was killed and Fast & Furious made the six o'clock news.

But the key is, Holder started it, at Obama's direction.

Of course Holder's not telling the truth, but the question is -- will Issa do anything about it?


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More Democrats critical of Holder’s handling of Fast and Furious
 
Matthew Boyle is reporting that two House Democrats have come forward demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice release findings from an internal investigation into Operation Fast and Furious before the upcoming November election.

Democratic Reps. Nick Rahall of West Virginia and Gene Green of Texas told The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket that they want the inspector general to release her report before the election to ensure that any officials from President Barack Obama’s administration who are responsible for Fast and Furious are held accountable.

Green said the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General was taking too long to release the report. “Yeah,” he said. “They ought to deal with this problem, because there is no reason at all that that many weapons should have made it over to Mexico to be exported into Mexico without controls on it and it’s such a black eye on the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] and the Department of Justice and our government that we allow that to happen.”

Rahall said the Obama administration needs to take care of the problem now. “I know there’s embarrassment at ATF and I know this program is not just under President Obama,” the Democrat said. “It was going on previous to that, but they ought to deal with it. They ought to clean it up and make sure that doesn’t happen.”

According to Picket, Rahall’s confidence in Holder’s ability to continue doing his job depends on what comes out in that inspector general’s report.

“Pending that report, I have a great deal of confidence in [Holder],” Rahall said. “Pending my reading of that report, that is.”

Democratic Rep. Ron Kind of Wisconsin also expressed some concerns in an interview with Picket. “We want to see these reports,” Kind said. “These investigations proceed expeditiously, because if there are things that need to be fixed, we need to be working on that right now other than delaying it any further.

 

These Democrats’ concerns come on the heels of Oklahoma Democratic Rep. Dan Boren openly refusing to defend Holder from the surge of calls for his resignation over the program. “No comment,” Boren said when The Daily Caller asked him if he still has confidence in Holder after Fast and Furious.

There appears to be bipartisan angst for Holder building in Congress.

Boren, Kind, Rahall and Green were each one of the 31 Democratic co-signers on a June 3, 2011 letter to Obama demanding he direct Holder and the DOJ to cooperate with the ongoing congressional investigation into Fast and Furious. To date, the Obama administration has failed to cooperate with that investigation, providing only about 7,000 pages worth of more than 80,000 lawfully-subpoenaed documents. House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has set the stage to hold Holder in contempt of Congress in the near future if he doesn’t turn over the information. Holder has provided no legal justification for his decision to withhold the documents and information he’s currently keeping from Congress.

Other Democrats -- including Rep. John Dingell of Michigan -- have been critical too. Just this week, Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, told TheDC that he’s not entirely thrilled with Holder either and that the decision to remove Holder from office would be one that would have to come from the president.

 

Related’No comment’: Democrat refuses to support Holder amid resignation calls

 

Related:  More senators express disappointment in Holder’s job performance

 


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Republicans prepare contempt citation against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious

Sharyl Attkisson is reporting that House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious scandal plan to pursue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, senior congressional aides told CBS News.

The resolution will accuse Holder and his Justice Department of obstructing the congressional probe into the allegations that the government let thousands of weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

The citation would attempt to force Holder to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents related to the probe, which has entered its second year.

For months, congressional Republicans probing ATF's Fast and Furious "Gunwalker" scandal -- led by California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, have been investigating a contempt citation. They've worked quietly behind the scenes to build support among fellow Republicans, since it could ultimately face a full House vote.

CBS News has confirmed that House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, was provided a 48-page long draft by Issa, who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

"While there are very legitimate arguments to be made in favor of such an action, no decision has been made to move forward with one by the Speaker or by House Republican leaders," a Republican leadership aide told CBS News.

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Boehner is stalling, not Issa.  They don't want it to look "political" and there isn't enough press coverage about it to show it's about what is right and illegal.  Unless people have been following the F&F scandal,  contempt charges will come as a shock to the American public thanks to the media...

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Boehner is blocking Issa..but I don't understand why unless someone has something on him. 

And Holder is now using the race card to explain why the Republicans are pushing F&F.  This will likely trump the contempt charge, at least in the public's eye. 
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The race card? In F&F?  You've got to be kidding me.  So now we're playing rock, paper, scissors with our legal system?!  Black rights to obstruct justice trump Brown hispanic rights to live without the US Government providing illegal weapons to the drug cartels??  

I say the Republicans point out that Justice is supposed to be blind and even Black people like Holder are expected to obey the law.  Period.  End of Story.  If Holder wasn't obstructing justice by not handing over the information he is required by law to provide, there would be no case.  
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Holder CAN speak truthfully

 

  

Holder:  "We must brainwash people into thinking sbout guns in a vastly different way."

 

 


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GOP hits Holder on "Fast and Furious," pushes ban on DoJ lying to Congress

Pete Kasperowicz is reporting that House Republicans on Wednesday presented an amendment to a Department of Justice spending bill that would prevent the Department of Justice (DoJ) from using taxpayer funds to lie to Congress.

The bill, which is likely to pass, was presented by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and supported by several other Republicans who are outraged over a February 2011 letter from the department that denied any involvement in a gun-walking program. That program allowed guns to enter Mexico and fall into the hands of drug cartel members.

The DoJ later retracted the letter and acknowledged that the so-called "Fast and Furious" program was flawed. Since then, Republicans have sought documents related to the operation, and accused Attorney General Eric Holder of stonewalling in response.

"What is totally and wholly unacceptable … is that the DoJ would knowingly and willfully present a letter back to Congress on February 4 [2011], that was so inaccurate and so wrong," Chaffetz said. "They basically lied to Congress, and it took months and months and months and months to get to the point where they finally had to rescind that letter."

"They will not be … allowed to be able to use taxpayer funds, federal dollars, to knowingly, willfully skirt the law and lie to Congress," he said of his amendment.

One Democrat, Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.), said many believe Holder is "one of the best that's ever served in this position," and said he has punished those involved. But Republicans said there is no evidence that anyone has been punished or fired for Fast and Furious.

"No one has been punished," Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said. "There hasn't been a demotion, there hasn't been a firing, there hasn't been a sanction, there hasn't been a frowny-face on a performance evaluation."

"No other state has suffered consequences like we have in Arizona," Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) said, while Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) said Congress should go further by defunding parts of Justice.

"We have got to cut off the money to the employees like Eric Holder who stonewall at best, and lie more likely," he said.

On Tuesday night, the House voted to strip $1 million in funding from Justice in response to the Fast and Furious scandal.

The Chaffetz amendment would amend H.R. 5326, a bill making appropriations for Justice, the Commerce Department, NASA and other agencies. A vote on his amendment is expected early Wednesday evening.


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Let's see, Obama loses several counties in W.V. primary to incarcerated felon, but Boehner is afraid to confront him and the unindicted felons in his administration over their criminal acts? Puhleese!

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Obama will fire Holder if Fast and Furious threatens his re-election

Matthew Boyle is reporting that South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, one of the most outspoken Congressional critics of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, said Thursday that he thinks Barack Obama may end up firing Attorney General Eric Holder before the election.
 
"Oh, I think the thing that drives 99.9 percent of all elected officials is very easy to put your finger on," Gowdy said in an interview with NRA News' Ginny Simone. "It starts with a 're' and ends with 'election.'"
 
"I think that if he [Obama] believes that the Attorney General has become something of an albatross, and is impacting his ability to carry some swing states, Eric Holder will be in the private practice of law quicker than you say Marc Rich," Gowdy said.

Rich is the billionaire commodities trader who was under federal indictment for illegally making oil deals with Iran during the hostage crisis in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Holder ultimately facilitated President Bill Clinton's pardon of Rich on Clinton's last day in office.
 
Gowdy said that he, Rep. Darrell Issa and others pushing for accountability on Operation Fast and Furious will not stop until they get all the answers.
 
Gowdy also said he and Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz had privately discussed how they think they would be similarly aggressive with a Republican administration in regards to Fast and Furious. However, Holder has not complied with an Oversight Committee subpoena, and his defenders have criticized Republican efforts to go after the Attorney General.
 
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa served Holder a subpoena on Oct. 12, 2011. Holder has thus far failed to comply with all 22 categories of the subpoena that requires him to provide Congress with documents relating to Fast and Furious. With 13 of the categories, Holder has provided no documents. When it comes to the other nine subpoena categories, Holder is still far from compliant, as TheDC reported late last week.

Later in the interview, Gowdy criticized the White House's policies beyond Fast and Furious. "We've been in full campaign mode for, what, almost 12 months now?" Gowdy said. "Everything that comes out of his mouth, whether it's an epiphany on marriage, whether it's XL Keystone, everything is tailored toward being re-elected, and as Obama told the Russian president, he hopes to have more 'flexibility' in a second term."
 
That comment to outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, Gowdy said, "ought to scare the ever-living daylights out of everyone."

Audio here . . .


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Traitors to their oaths

 

Dutchman6 says with a bit of hyperbole, Newswmax reports that Dem support for the principal Gunwalker at DOJ is "collapsing" when maybe it is just cracking the facade a bit.
  

With a bit of hyperbole, Newswmax reports that Dem support for the principal Gunwalker at DOJ is "collapsing" when maybe it is just cracking the facade a bit.

 

David Codrea, however, draws our attention to this Politico story entitled "GOP leaders go slow on Eric Holder contempt vote."

 

I seem to recall my being vilified for running stories early on that Boehner and his GOP "leadership" were trying to help the Gunwalker Conspiracy by roadblocking the investigation. They denied it then. Now, they are hiding.

Hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt? Not so fast, says House Republican leadership.
Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California have decided to slow Rep. Darrell Issa’s drive to hold the attorney general in contempt over the controversial Fast and Furious program, a move that could infuriate conservatives who have been calling for Holder’s resignation.
The delay could be a month or even longer, according to lawmakers and aides familiar with the issue.
Some within House GOP leadership circles would like Issa to abandon his plan for a committee and floor vote, which was sparked by a 64-page memo last week, which laid out the case for contempt.
They fear negative political fallout from citing the U.S. attorney general with contempt of Congress in an election year.
House GOP leaders are remaining mum on their plans. On Wednesday, Boehner, Cantor and McCarthy met privately — without any staff present — to discuss how to handle what many House Republicans complain is a glacially slow investigation into the scandal, according to several sources with knowledge of the meeting. . .
Republican leaders are pushing Issa to do more committee work and to build bipartisan support for the contempt resolution before they let it come to the floor for a vote.
But Republican leadership’s resistance to a contempt vote is a major development in the Fast and Furious scandal and one that risks the wrath of the conservative movement. The botched federal program has become a cause célèbre for conservatives, who cite it as an example of what they consider a corrupt and reckless government. . .
Yet despite the detailed committee memo and more than a year of hearings, GOP leaders still don’t think the case is “rock solid,” according to an aide.
The three top House Republicans are worried about both the legal and political implications of the move, especially six months before what is already expected to be a razor-close election. And now, committee sources say they’ll have to wait at least another month — or even longer — before the panel even brings up the contempt measure. . .
Boehner declined to comment to a reporter in the Capitol on Wednesday. Cantor, who is responsible for committee chairs, told POLITICO to “stay tuned.” A Cantor spokesman said he was unavailable for an interview Wednesday, and his staff has permanently canceled the majority leader’s weekly pen and pad. McCarthy’s office also declined an interview request.
The committee didn’t predict the situation to play out this way. Earlier this week, members of Issa’s investigatory panel were hoping to vote next week to hold the attorney general in contempt for not sending requested information to Capitol Hill.

So, that's that. So much for the denials. So much for the denigration of my sources and my stories. They were right all along. The question is, WHAT DO YOU INTEND TO DO ABOUT IT?

These traitors to their Constitutional oaths have taken their decision -- from politics or blackmail, who is to say -- and now they are hiding from it. The least we can do is smoke them out -- burn up their switchboards, fax machines, overload their emails, Facebooks, and Twitters. There are a whole bunch of so-called "conservative" commentators out there. Are they going to let this pass without comment? These are political creatures who live in front of the camera. New media journalists ought to be grilling them every time on why they are protecting the Obama administration's law-breaking. And YOU can help this process along by asking every one of our so-called friends why they aren't frying these traitorous bastards in the court of public opinion. If you don't fight the cover-up, you are part of it.

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They better show some leadership and determination, (or at least fake it) even if it makes the Appeasers cry and the Media howl.
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I had trouble thinking that there was any doubt that Holder and the Halfrican were the instigators of it all along....aided by support and dollars from the Brady bunch.(I am truly sorry for Mr. Brady, but disarming American citizens will never heal him.)

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Boehner pushes Obama to make Holder comply with Fast and Furious subpoena

House Speaker John Boehner reportedly pushed President Barack Obama on Wednesday to make Attorney General Eric Holder comply with the congressional subpoena of Operation Fast and Furious documents.

Boehner was meeting for lunch with the president and “other congressional leaders” to discuss upcoming issues. An aide in Boehner’s office told The Daily Caller the president talked about his “to-do-list” and the group discussed several other major topics on the political horizon.

The Boehner aide said one topic the Speaker brought up was Holder’s failure to comply with the Fast and Furious subpoena. “The Speaker also asked the President to encourage the Attorney General to provide the information Congressional investigators have sought about the Fast and Furious operation,” the Boehner aide said in an email.

It’s unclear what, if anything, Obama said in response. The White House did not immediately respond when asked.


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Darrell Issa says he has wiretaps that prove Holder is lying

Sharyl Attkisson is reporting that The lead House Republican investigating Operation Fast and Furious, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), today said senior Justice Department officials had specific information that their federal agents were using controversial "gunwalking" tactics.

Justice Department officials have consistently denied that was the case. But today in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Issa revealed that he has reviewed sealed wiretap applications in the case, which were signed off on the authority of Holder's Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. Issa wrote Holder "having seen the wiretap applications, we now know that the information coming from the (Justice) Department has been misleading. That must stop."

Issa and others familiar with the wiretap applications say they contain a "remarkable level of detail about these objectionable tactics." That appears contrary to Holder's testimony to Congress on Nov. 8, 2011 when Holder stated, "I'd be surprised if the tactics themselves about gunwalking were actually contained in those, in those [wiretap] applications. I have not seen them, but I would be surprised [if] that were the case." Holder later made a similar statement to Congress on Feb. 2, 2012.

"The wiretap applications obtained by the [House Oversight] Committee show such statements made by senior [Justice] Department officials... to be false and misleading," said Issa's letter. He added the applications "detail specific actions taken by agents in Fast and Furious. This includes conscious decisions not to interdict weapons that agents knew were illegally purchased by smugglers taking weapons to Mexico," also called "gunwalking."

The Justice Department had no immediate comment. Issa said he provided Democrats on the House Oversight Committee copies of the wiretap applications for their review.

In response, the lead Democrat on the Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings wrote Issa to say that his allegations "mischaracterize the contents and significance" of the wiretap applications. Further, Cummings said testimony to date indicates senior Justice Department officials never saw the actual wiretap applications, but instead were presented with summaries.

Six wiretap applications used in ATF's Operation Fast and Furious were intended to allow agents to listen in on phone calls as part of their investigation. They have been sealed by a federal judge but copies were obtained by Congress. Since the documents are technically under seal, Issa said they will be not provided for public review. In the past, Holder has threatened anyone who passed along information in, or divulged contents of, the wiretaps with prosecution, since they are under seal.

  

So?  What is Issa going to do about it?

 


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It boggles my mind that Issa hasn't addressed this video that clearly shows Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announcing that Project Gun Runner (Fast and Furious) was launched under the orders of Barack Obama with the knowledge of Attorney General Eric Holder. 

    


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Jim Kouri says while Rep. Darryl Issa (R-CA) is eager to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of congress for failing to provide all records and information regarding the controversial Operation Fast and Furious gun-smuggling fiasco, a number of GOP members of his committee appear to be getting "cold feet at the thought of going up against Holder," a law enforcement source in Washington, D.C. said on Sunday.

As a result Rep. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, may not have the full support of his fellow Republicans in taking action against Holder and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and therefore he'll lack the votes to proceed with the contempt resolution and his investigation, according to the Law Enforcement Examiner source.

Operation Fast and Furious is blamed for, among other things, the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and possibly the death of Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata.

 

If passed by a House vote, the contempt citation would order the controversial Attorney General to deliver to the House Oversight Committee and to the Judiciary Committee thousands documents related to the probe of the gun-smuggling operation.

According to the Law Enforcement Examiner source, too many Republican members on Issa's committee are fearful of pursuing the proposed action so close to the November elections.

"Apparently some feckless GOP lawmakers are willing to allow Holder and his minions to escape any scrutiny or punishment for an operation that cost lives on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border," said former NYPD detective and military intelligence officer Mike Snopes, who has been following the aftermath of what he called a "blown covert operation."

An anonymous police source told the Law Enforcement Examiner that only about 15 Republicans on the committee are in favor of the Holder contempt charge, with about eight GOP caucus members preferring to stay out of the fray.

"It's like I have said all along: GOP lawmakers don't possess the strong stomach for confrontation the way their opponents do. Democrats -- especially progressives -- apparently possess the intestinal fortitude to do battle in the House of Representative," said Det. Snopes.

In fact, most of the Republican leadership has reluctantly shown minimal support for Issa’s investigation of Holder and his Justice Department underlings, according to several sources.

Issa and his colleagues on the Oversight Committee at first conducted an intensive probe of the Justice Department’s approval of the Fast & Furious “gun walking” operation. Issa repeatedly alleged that the covert action had to have the approval by upper-echelon members of the DOJ and he wanted to know their names, according to his frequent appearances on Fox News and CNN.

When Issa issued a second subpoena last October for thousands of files pertinent to the gun-walking tactics, he hoped to at least identify those ATF and DOJ members involved in the failed operation.

Issa complained last week on the Fox News Channel that DOJ officials stopped turning over records and documents for the committee thereby violating a congressional subpoena. And earlier this month, he began circulating a draft copy of a resolution that would hold Obama's attorney general in contempt of Congress.

With only 15 committee Republicans supporting the resolution -- and with none of the Democrat members signing on -- Issa won't have the 21 votes needed to pass the contempt resolution out of the 40-member Committee onto the floor of the House, said the law enforcement source close to the investigation.

"This is a perfect example of why Republicans in congress are held in such low regard. Rather than play hardball when they are in the right, they attempt to appear civil while the Democrats and their comrades in the news media paint them as unreasonable and harsh," said Det. Snopes.


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