Obama fast and furiously intervenes on behalf of Holder
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today continues to stonewall on releasing requested documents detailing what the Justice Department knew about the failed Mexican gunrunning program known as Fast and Furious. The botched operation that supplied more than 2,000 guns to the violent Sinaloa drug cartel and was linked to countless murders in Mexico also resulted in heads rolling in the Arizona office.
U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke was out the door in record time and Patrick Cunningham, the chief of the Criminal Division invoked his Fifth Amendment protections against self incrimination, refusing to testify when called before Congress. The operation was finally shut down after the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in the Arizona desert. The fraud perpetrated on the American public through this rogue ATF scheme demands answers.
This morning, Barack Obama, going to extraordinary lengths to suppress information, has stepped in and asserted executive privilege as requested by Holder. U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee promises a contempt vote. With 22-16 Republicans to Democrats on the House Committee, passage should be assured.
Although this memorial to honor Agent Terry won unanimous approval in the senate, refresh your memory by watching Holder’s warped utterances, as he steadfastly refused to apologize to the dead agent’s family. And while still heading up the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office Dennis Burke went out of his way to disqualify Agent Terry’s family as crime victims, since that would further implicate him and his minions.
In October 2011, ten Arizona sheriffs met in Phoenix to denounce the bungled scheme and demand a Special Counsel look into Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for their roles in “Operation Fast & Furious.” There was not a peep from CD 7 Democrat Raul Grijalva in whose district the murder of Agent Terry occurred.
Corruption in this administration is not kept under wraps as the documents are. It is there for all to see. Eric Holder should be held in contempt and removed from office. Ditto for Barack Obama in November.
Holder found in contempt of Congress by House Oversight Committee
By a vote of 23 – 17, the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee has voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to produce documents specified in the Committee’s October 12, 2011, subpoena. The vote went along party lines with all 23 Republicans on the panel voting for contempt, and all 17 Democrats against the contempt resolution.
A contempt resolution will be brought to a vote in the full House next week unless Holder hands over the documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious.
Holder’s angry statement — no doubt crafted by staffers who anticipated his arrogantly unresponsive and inadequate performance before Issa’s committee would result in such action, can be read HERE