Video: Hume: The Obama DOJ reminds me of nothing so much as the Nixon Justice Department

posted at 7:45 pm on July 10, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Last week, of course, was a big week in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, the international gunrunning scandal that Obama administration officials still refuse to clear up. Today, Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume characterized the ongoing scandal perfectly:

“This Obama Justice Department reminds me of nothing so much as the Nixon Justice Department,” Hume said on Fox News Sunday. “You have the scent of high-level knowledge of serious wrongdoing and you have the smell of cover-up and I think the stench of cover-up on this gun-running operation is very strong indeed.”

Hume’s commentary comes after Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, last Monday gave secret and exclusive testimony to congressional investigators Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) to the effect that ATF was not the only agency involved in the scandal, taxpayer money was used to finance the gunrunning and Department of Justice officials explicitly instructed ATF officials not to respond to congressional inquiries.


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“Tricky Dick” to “Just A Dick”.

I’m gonna put that on a tee shirt. That’s priceless!!

SteppedInWhat on July 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM

I look forward to him leaving, Nixon-style, the last time. In his case though it’ll be the middle finger to the temple vs the double vee-sign.

slickwillie2001 on July 10, 2011 at 7:53 PM

And then Joe Biden saying “Welcome to our long national nightmare, part Deux.”

infidel4life on July 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM

orbitalair on July 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM
That’s exactly right.
Which indicates 2 things that shouldn’t surprise anyone but are infuriating.
The first is that no one apparently thought this needed hiding and second even if they did, the didn’t care about being caught.
Think about that for a minute. These people think they have unlimited power and unless this goes somewhere, they do.

ORconservative on July 11, 2011 at 9:51 AM

President Obama don’t resign.
Please do not impeach President Obama!

Do you really want President Biden?
Do you really want Vice President Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Presidential nominee in 2012?


barnone on July 11, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Yep, barnone. Hillary is as guilty as obami. Biden is survivable.
We are in grave danger if having Obama for another 4 years. Any and all ways to dump him should be considered.

ORconservative on July 11, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Having lived through Watergate, the enemies list, etc., I would agree with Brit that this is like another Nixon administration.

Ward Cleaver on July 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Watergate pales in comparison. Nobody died as a result of Watergate. Here we have an administration taking an active role in activities that have directly resulted in the deaths of US citizens.

Watergate was political shenanigans, this is murder.

Big difference. Articles of impeachment for Holder should be drawn up immediately. For Obama pending the result of the Holder trial.

crosspatch on July 11, 2011 at 12:11 AM

Not just Watergate, but no presidential scandal in history matches this in seriousness. Political shenanigans vs setting up a narrative to remove our rights. Nothing comes close.

bbhack on July 11, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Four more years of Obama could be a bridge too far. Nothing he does surprises me any more, and he is clearly heading us into big trouble. He is converting the US population into welfare junkies right before my very eyes. He would love to flood the voting booths with “Legal” amnesty voters. He simply can’t see the end game of this non-sense or he can and wants that sorry outcome.

Obama is big trouble with his crazed spending. His people just don’t understand the program if they truly want economic growth and success to be the outcome. It seems unreal to me.

saiga on July 11, 2011 at 10:45 AM

For those who wonder whether or how far above ATF this goes, here is a little thought exercise to help out. First, bureaucracies shun risk on their own initiative. ATF is a bureaucracy. Second, remember ATF’s past transgressions – Waco and Ruby Ridge (both ATF cases that were badly conceived and handled). Try to imagine the powers that were then NOT creating new and restrictive polices to limit ATF’s initiative to conceive and execute risky polices on its own. Now – third – understand that no supervisory authority (a higher level bureaucracy) is ever going to loosen or eliminate policy restrictions on a subordinate bureaucracy once those restrictions are imposed. That leaves us with the inescapable conclusion that authorities above the ATF had to know for these open-ended gunrunning operations across international borders to proceed. HAD TO KNOW. ATF could not have done this on its own – would not have done it on its own — not with its history.

UreyP3 on July 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM

UreyP3 on July 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Had to know, and, most likely conceived and ordered the operation.

20 bucks says this originated from the DOJ and/or the White House, not the ATF.

infidel4life on July 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Mr. Hume, I don’t remember American citizens being murdered by Nixon’s DOJ policies? And this is exactly what is happening with this criminal enterprise being run out of Obama’s and Holder’s DOJ.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on July 11, 2011 at 1:13 PM

This is much worse than Watergate. 150 plus people did not die in Watergate and government officials did not turn depraved indifference into a policy; as was said by a supervisor in ATF, “you can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs” when concern was expressed by agent(s) about the possible violent use of the weapons by the narco-terrorists. 30 years ago, having been up close and personally involved in protesting private industry committees which knowingly accepted fraudulent data and testing causing me to lose my job, I have strong feeling about this. Those who sat around accepting F & F and Castaway in joint task force meeting should be fired and those pushing it prosecuted. My experience is that those in such positions worry more about careers than consequences. It is time to say your lack of character also has serious consequences; you lose your job and your freedom.

amr on July 11, 2011 at 1:18 PM

UreyP3 on July 11, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Had to know, and, most likely conceived and ordered the operation.

20 bucks says this originated from the DOJ and/or the White House, not the ATF.

infidel4life on July 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2011 at 1:40 PM

C’mon Hume, these guys make Nixon look like an Eagle Scout.

MJZZZ on July 11, 2011 at 2:07 PM