Attorney General Eric Holder, “Fast & Furious”, Contempt and Executive Privilege 1


House Republicans vote to cite Holder for contempt in 'Fast and Furious' scandal

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The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., center, considers whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 20.

Well, is the heat being turned up on Attorney General Eric Holder regarding operation Fast & Furious today, and what will the resulting outcome be?  The House Committee holds Holder in Contempt.  The party-line vote was 23-17. The controversy goes next to the full House, which is to vote next week unless there is some resolution in the meantime.

The vote followed a decision by President Barack Obama earlier in the day to assert executive privilege for the first time in his administration in order to protect the confidentiality of the documents.

There is committee chairman, Darrell Issa of California,heading the investigation in Arizona of gun-running into Mexico, called Operation Fast and Furious.  This operation resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  Agent Terry was shot on December 14, 2010 and he died the following day. Fast & Furious has also claimed the lives of over 300 Mexicans.

Issa said that “more than eight months after a subpoena and clearly after the question of executive privilege could have and should have been asserted, this untimely assertion … falls short of any reason to delay today’s proceedings.”

According to the DOJ, In Fast and Furious, agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Arizona abandoned the agency’s usual practice of intercepting all weapons they believed to be illicitly purchased. Instead, the goal of gun-walking was to track such weapons to high-level arms traffickers, who had long eluded prosecution, and to dismantle their networks.

If you believe that at face value I have property on the most pristine oceanfront beach locations in Arizona I would love to sell you, along with a few bridges, lol.

Add to this the President calling for executive privilege to what appears a power play to keep the Legislative branch along with the American people from every finding out the truth.  So what is Obama’s role and involvement with this more than shady operation.  The president is doing his best to avoid accountability, so why?

The last Cabinet member to be cited by a congressional committee for contempt was Attorney General Janet Reno in President Bill Clinton’s administration.

The family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry are simply saying that they deserve the truth.  Sadly as we have seen in many recent administrations, truth would require transparency, and that is something often mentioned and never given up to the American people by those in power, anymore than the government will relinquish any power, taxes or ability to regulate it was able to obtain.

Josephine Terry appeared on Philadelphia Talk Radio 1210 WPHT today. She was asked about President Obama asserting executive privilege over the Fast & Furious documents.

“The only thing I can say is, if he did that they apparently don’t want Issa to get the documents to see what’s in there. My son and I were very, very close,” she said. “And my son was a person that believed in justice and he believed in telling the truth. He was a man of his honor. And if anybody knew him, they knew that. And I know he would be saying ‘you know what, I died for my country.’ He was a true American and I think he deserves the truth and I think everybody should know the truth. And if this was a bad thing they did with Fast and Furious it should be acknowledged so it never happens to anybody else’s son.”

Let’s look at a few stories and videos surfacing from today’s events.

First we have Rep. Lankford, as covered at http://justpiper.com

Then we see the story, with video below, the MSM spin in much of it, if not all of the story, strongly supporting the party line battle and claiming this murder investigation is simply a election year effort.  The Obama press corps could not have spun this any better than NBC on this one.  Maybe someday this country will look at an issue and determine right or wrong, not black, white, red or blue.

In this article it states: “A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner suggested administration officials had lied earlier or were now “bending the law,” while Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings said the committee’s GOP chairman “had no interest” in resolving the issue and was trying to pick a fight.”  If this is suppose to be the best representation from the two main parties I am so unimpressed and sadly laughing in both efforts.

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Committee chairman, Darrell Issa of California answers questions in the video below.  Then comments from Rep. Elijah Cummings, referencing Janet Reno and the wisdom or insight of then Speaker Newt Gingrich.  Is that the same Speaker Newt that was fine around $300k of ethics violations?

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Then we have additional coverage found at http://www.breitbart.com

House Committee Holds Holder in Contempt

 

And finally: Family of Slain Border Agent to Holder: We Deserve the Truth by Mary Chastain

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s mother and father released a statement today on President Obama’s executive privilege.

  • Jerry Alexander

    Rep. Elijah Cummings is Black,right? I find it odd that all of the Blacks that have spoken are on Holders side.Coincidence…I think not.