Fast and Furious: NRA calls for Holder’s resignation — and urges you to do the same

posted at 7:56 pm on October 31, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Attorney General Eric Holder’s part in the Fast and Furious scandal that intentionally funneled U.S. firearms to Mexican drug cartels has been narrowed down to either (a) a lethally irresponsible knowledge (and presumed authorization) of the program or (b) a lethally irresponsible ignorance of the program. Either way, the president has precious little factual support for his undimmed confidence in his AG — and politicians and outside organizations are calling him on it.

The number of congressional representatives to call for Holder’s resignation, for example, has grown to 17. Newly in that group: Reps. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), Allen West (R-Fla.), Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Dennis Ross (R-Fla.).

Now, add the National Rifle Association to the list of those clamoring for Holder to exit. The NRA has launched an ad campaign to urge the American people to pick up the phone, call the president and demand that he “hold Holder accountable.” The ad is a concise summation of the scandal that, somehow, has still yet to reach the eyes and ears of many in the lefty media (and, consequently, to reach the minds of those who consume mostly left-leaning media):

So far, Holder has hewn to the line that his congressional testimony of May 3 (referenced in the NRA video — and suspiciously confusing) was “truthful and accurate.” But he only spoke up to defend himself on that front because one outspoken congressman, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), said any in the administration who knew of and accepted the program could potentially be an accessory to murder. Otherwise, the DOJ pattern from Holder down has been to stonewall the Congressional investigation of F&F.

The AG testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Tuesday, though, so we’ll see if he answers any questions convincingly then. It’s too much to hope he’ll inadvertently assume responsibility for either the program itself or his general incompetence, but no doubt that’ll be what Sen. Chuck Grassley will be gunning for.

One last reminder: NRA has a stake in this because the general plan of the program suggests it might have been politically motivated to “prove” that legally purchased weapons yet cross the border and do harm. As always, I hate to believe that, but have to admit it as a plausible possibility.

Update: Another new tidbit of information about Fast and Furious, via CBS reporter Sharyl Atkisson. Apparently, Lanny Breuer, head of the criminal division of the DOJ, definitely knew that the ATF had employed the gunwalking strategy during “Operation Wide Receiver,” a program started under the Bush administration. Why does that matter? Atkisson explains:

Today, Breuer issued a statement saying he “regrets” that he didn’t alert others in Justice Department leadership, apparently including his boss Attorney General Eric Holder.

In a separate ATF case reported by CBS News earlier this year, called “Fast and Furious” and started under the Obama Administration, Breuer says he likewise regrets not alerting leaders about the similarities in the cases. That, said Breuer, was a mistake.

Republican Congressional investigators say this new information contradicts the Justice Department’s original letter to them earlier this year insisting that gunwalking allegations were “false.”

 


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I believe that even “his people” are beginning to back away. Time to go, Eric while you may still be able to avoid Federal prison.

Mason on October 31, 2011 at 8:01 PM

Obama to the Public concerning Holder:

“I, ummm, never thought, ahhhh awwwww, that Holder, umm, had any part of this, ahhhhh uhhhhh, problem and I, ummmmm, will not let, ahhhhhhuhhhhhh, Holder resign. Have I, uhhh, made myself, clear, uhhhh? Holder will not ahh, resign, due to ahhhh my asking him to ummm stay on.”

TOTUS falls off stage again.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:03 PM

If Eric Bag Holder resigns, can he still be prosecuted? The only way I would want to see him go is knowing he can still be frog marched in front of the cameras.

Mr. Grump on October 31, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Holy crap. A two-minute television spot run nationally?

amerpundit on October 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

This thing has legs that go into the White House – remind me why we would let Obama scape-goat Holder when he’ll just replace him with someone else more radical?

Serious – there were emails reportedly informing White House Staff. I wouldn’t settle for JUST getting Holder.

HondaV65 on October 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

GunGate!

canopfor on October 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

Holy crap. A two-minute television spot run nationally?

amerpundit on October 31, 2011 at 8:05 PM

this is where your membership dues go to… commercials.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

I never liked the idea of resignations for these things. The man needs to be put in prison.

astonerii on October 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM

this is where your membership dues go to… commercials.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

It goes towards protecting the rights of All Americans, and some of it is in the form of commercials.

astonerii on October 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM

It goes towards protecting the rights of All Americans, and some of it is in the form of commercials.

astonerii on October 31, 2011 at 8:07 PM

and funding people like Reid. Please.. NEVER forget that.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM

I don’t want him to resign, I want him perp walked out the DOJ offices and put on trial.

You know, like those civilian trials you’re so fond of Eric.

Knucklehead on October 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Knucklehead on October 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM

yeah right, like Holder is going to resign.. or if Obama would let him resign. I don’t think so.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:11 PM

This from the same NRA who refused to oppose Holder’s nomination. I canceled my membership after that.

Les in NC on October 31, 2011 at 8:11 PM

this is where your membership dues go to… commercials.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

If it goes to notifying more Americans about the scandal and getting the anti-gun AG who conducted F&F to resign, I’m good with it.

At the very least, any gun control attempts for the rest of the Obama presidency are now done. Any moves would be tainted by the scandal.

amerpundit on October 31, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Someone is fixing to resign to spend more time with the family..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Not the first time they’ve called for his resignation. LaPierre called for his resignation some time ago. They are just kicking up the pressure.

clement on October 31, 2011 at 8:14 PM

I am a NRA life member, so I make up for you…

And PROUD of them on this one!

golfmann on October 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

amerpundit on October 31, 2011 at 8:13 PM

ummm.. the nra does quite a few good things and lots of stupid or bad things. I was a life member, until I found out that they were giving funds to Reid. Why oh why do I want an association that I thought was for the 2nd, to be part of the liberal establishment?

nope, not doing it.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

He’ll never serve time for assisted murder. Barack will pardon him.

SouthernGent on October 31, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Speaking of Policy!
=====================

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secrectary
March 24, 2009
***************

ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER SECURITY POLICY: A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE & COMMITMENT
**********************************************

WHO: Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and United States Deputy Attorney General David Ogden

WHEN: TODAY, Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 10:15AM

WHERE: White House Brady Briefing Room

Today, Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and United States Deputy Attorney General David Ogden will lay out the Administration’s comprehensive response to the situation along the border with Mexico. President Obama and his Administration are focused on all aspects of the U.S. relationship with Mexico because it is vital to core U.S. national interests.

The President is concerned by the increased level of violence, particularly in Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana, and the impact that it is having on the communities on both sides of the border. He believes that the United States must continue to monitor the situation and guard against spillover into the United States. And the President is firmly committed to ensuring our borders are secure and we are doing all we can to reduce illegal flows in both direction across the border.
We are taking steps on both sides of the border, working with our Mexican partners, to support the Mexican government’s campaign against the violent cartels and to reduce contraband in both directions across the border.

■Increasing focus on investigations and prosecutions of the southbound smuggling of guns and cash that fuel the violence and corruption;
■Addressing any instances of spill-over violence into the U.S.;

◦ATF is increasing its efforts by:
■Relocating 100 personnel to the SW border in the next 45 days, using dedicated resources from the economic stimulus, to fortify its Project Gunrunner aimed at disrupting arms trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico that has resulted in ATF referring more than 1,500 defendants for prosecution involving more than 12,000 weapons; and
■Continuing its eTrace Initiative which works with Mexican officials to forensically track weapons used in drug cartel violence. In FY07, Mexico submitted approximately 1,112 guns for tracing that originated in TX, AZ and CA.
(More….)
===============

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Administration-Officials-Announce-US-Mexico-Border-Security-Policy-A-Comprehensive-Response-and-Commitment

canopfor on October 31, 2011 at 8:22 PM

this is where your membership dues go to… commercials.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:06 PM

This commercial was done by the NRA-ILA. So no, membership dues did NOT go towards this commercial.

clement on October 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM

SouthernGent: Please note that resignation, AFAIK, does not stop impeachment proceedings, and a conviction due to being impeached is the one area where the President cannot execute a pardon.

So if Holder is impeached, there is no pardon that can protect him.

Scott H on October 31, 2011 at 8:26 PM

clement on October 31, 2011 at 8:24 PM

and yet this is suppose to go nation wide? Where are they getting the money for that?

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:27 PM

One last reminder: NRA has a stake in this because the general plan of the program suggests it might have been politically motivated to “prove” that legally purchased weapons yet cross the border and do harm. As always, I hate to believe that, but have to admit it as a plausible possibility.

Really, Tina, there was no other possible explanation for FF than that. They wanted to use these discovered illegal weapons to push for more gun control. It’s, unfortunately, that simple.

TXUS on October 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM

I am a NRA life member, so I make up for you…

And PROUD of them on this one!

golfmann on October 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Me, too, my NRA-LM brother!

TXUS on October 31, 2011 at 8:31 PM

SouthernGent: Please note that resignation, AFAIK, does not stop impeachment proceedings, and a conviction due to being impeached is the one area where the President cannot execute a pardon.

So if Holder is impeached, there is no pardon that can protect him.

Scott H on October 31, 2011 at 8:26 PM

No, the purpose and ultimate result of impeachment is removal from office. A resignation obviates and stops the entire process. Hence, the reason Nixon resigned. A “conviction” by the senate is not a conviction in the criminal law sense. You’re partly right, however, in that if Holder were removed via impeachment, there is nothing Obama could do to stop that removal. Theoretically, he could re-appoint Holder, but there’s no way a senate who has just convicted him is going to vote affirm his nomination.

TXUS on October 31, 2011 at 8:41 PM

People died, Holder lied. Beginning of story.

chickasaw42 on October 31, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Maybe he shouldn’t resign. His presence in the Obama Admin would make some nice campaign commercials. Let the Dems defend him.

SlaveDog on October 31, 2011 at 8:50 PM

…I was a life member, until I found out…

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Just curious, how do you go about stopping being a life member?

MikeA on October 31, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Sadly 202-456-1414 (after 5pm DC) only gets you a sappy message about whitehouse.gov, which of course gives you the options to sign up for email then to “In the upper right corner press Contact Us…”

MidWestFarmer on October 31, 2011 at 9:09 PM

BREAKING:

FBI raids NRA HQs and all other offices nationwide.

“As always, we can’t discuss ongoing tyranny”

BobMbx on October 31, 2011 at 9:13 PM

He’ll never serve time for assisted murder. Barack will pardon him.

SouthernGent on October 31, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Not if he’s convicted after The Won gets kicked out of office.

Oldnuke on October 31, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Today, Breuer issued a statement saying he “regrets” that he didn’t alert others in Justice Department leadership, apparently including his boss Attorney General Eric Holder.

Looks like they are going to offer up Breuer as the sacrifical lamb, and try to stop it from going any higher than him. I wonder what they offered him to get him to take the heat and claim Holder didn’t know.

TXUS on October 31, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Actually, I think that is the cover story for far more nefarious ends.

novaculus on October 31, 2011 at 9:17 PM

That ad sucks, is absolutely fails to communicate the reason why gun-rights advocates should care about Fast & Furious. They need to spell out what everyone suspects: the Obama Administration trafficked guns to cartels in order to strengthen their argument that American gun sales were responsible for the violence in Mexico, which has been their primary talking point when discussing the “need” for more restrictive federal gun sales laws.

“This war is being waged with guns purchased not here but in the United States… more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that lay in our shared border. So we have responsibilities as well.”

~ President Barack Obama, April 16, 2009

Lawdawg86 on October 31, 2011 at 9:30 PM

and funding people like Reid. Please.. NEVER forget that.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM

The NRA is single-issue focused in their support of the 2nd Amendment and why they are so effective. Although they are most often on the same side of the issue with Republicans, as weasel R’s have shown (Pete King R-NY, magazine capacity limit HR post Gabby Giffords shooting), those can be as unreliable as most D’s when it comes to supporting the 2nd. The weasel Reid has an inconvenient history of voting pro-2nd on most props all the way back to his early years. If a Congressman is solid on guns he gets the NRA’s support regardless of party.

/it pains me to say it

roy_batty on October 31, 2011 at 9:54 PM

The only way Holder leaves is if he has a secret pardon hidden in his pants legs on the way out. Any other way out the door and Obama probably falls also.

chemman on October 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM

NRA gave my dues to Harry Reid.

I quit NRA.

I will never give another $ to Reid.

crash72 on October 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

crash72 on October 31, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Why in any sane world would anyone voluntarily give dingy hairy a red cent?

Bambi on October 31, 2011 at 11:10 PM

We have no time for this! We have got to get Cain and Rubio.///////

jainphx on October 31, 2011 at 11:21 PM

Looks like they are going to offer up Breuer as the sacrifical lamb, and try to stop it from going any higher than him. I wonder what they offered him to get him to take the heat and claim Holder didn’t know.

novaculus on October 31, 2011 at 9:17 PM

i agree with that theory. Slaughter the lamb, preempt the house hearing, make it go away and LOOKIE THERE, it’s almost Christmastime and who but them awful Republicans going to steal Christmas from Eric and his kiddos…..//

ted c on October 31, 2011 at 11:49 PM

and funding people like Reid. Please.. NEVER forget that.

upinak on October 31, 2011 at 8:09 PM

You probably wouldn’t be a worthy opponent in poker, if you can’t understand strategy.

I sent the NRA an extra $1000.00 today, when I learned of this ad. The only thing I don’t agree with, is Holder MUST go to jail, not just resign.
It wouldn’t hurt if Obozo was held accountable for his part in this either, but then, that would be asking “Liberals” to indict their messiah, and we all know that ain’t gonna happen.

KMC1 on November 1, 2011 at 12:32 AM

My thoughts exactly, Knucklehead. I don’t want a resignationI want an indictment. And the perp-walk will make a great shot in a campaign ad.

This administration makes my nose bleed. Even the whole FOIA nonsense just makes them all look eminently corrupt, but since real journalism has gone the way of the dodo, most Americans have no idea the criminal mischief the president is up to. Where are the Woodward’s and Bernstein’s? Or is the media so invested in this thugocracy they’ve helped create that the president could shoot his own wife and they’d ignore it?

av8tr on November 1, 2011 at 12:42 AM

A Liberal Scumbag participates in an effort to discredit U.S. gun owners by becoming involved in breaking the law and murder and we hear mewling by people who “used” to support the NRA except for Reid, jackbooted thug comments, single-mindedness, or whatever.
I call B.S. on you, your statements, your truthfulness, manhood, parentage, and any other way that I could possibly insult you or any other similar creatures that crawl from beneath rocks and leave slime trails.

Brought to you by a real NRA life member.

trl on November 1, 2011 at 1:25 AM

Lanny Breuer’s “Bush Did It” argument has already been disproven:

http://thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/gunwalker-update-holder-document-dump-lanny-breuer-mumbles-something-something-bush-did-it/

http://thepatriotperspective.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/gunwalker-update-holder-ignored-5-memos-bush-didnt-do-it-atf-management-changes/

http://pjmedia.com/blog/gunwalker-gunning-down-the-bush-did-it-too-lie/

http://pjmedia.com/blog/gunwalker-did-bush-walk-guns-too/

Wide Receiver really was a botched operation – cartel smugglers knew how long the ATF air had on standby, and the RIFD trackers failed. Fast and Furious was designed to send guns to Mexico so they could be discovered at crime scenes in order to “prove guns were going south”. Wide Receiver was keystone cops, Fast and Furious was a criminal conspiracy the likes of which we haven’t seen possibly ever before.

CPL 310 on November 1, 2011 at 1:32 AM

trl on November 1, 2011 at 1:25 AM

You nailed it, brother.

Mr. Grump on November 1, 2011 at 7:09 AM

No, the purpose and ultimate result of impeachment is removal from office. A resignation obviates and stops the entire process. Hence, the reason Nixon resigned. A “conviction” by the senate is not a conviction in the criminal law sense. You’re partly right, however, in that if Holder were removed via impeachment, there is nothing Obama could do to stop that removal. Theoretically, he could re-appoint Holder, but there’s no way a senate who has just convicted him is going to vote affirm his nomination.

TXUS on October 31, 2011 at 8:41 PM

You’re absolutely correct re: impeachment. However, neither impeachment and removal from office nor resigantion before impeachment precludes later criminal prosecution and doesn’t constitute double jeopardy. Holder is still accountable for crimes committed while in office even after leaving office. Most likely secnario is that Holder eventually resigns and Obama pardons him for “any crimes committed while in office.” case closed.

Trafalgar on November 1, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Where are the Woodward’s and Bernstein’s? Or is the media so invested in this thugocracy they’ve helped create that the president could shoot his own wife and they’d ignore it?

av8tr on November 1, 2011 at 12:42 AM

Woodward’s and Berstein’s? They only crawl out of their holes when there’s a Republican administration. Remember, Democrats are our “natural” political rulers and merit special protections so they can perform their nation-saving duties without undue obstruction or oversight. But don’t worry. These amateur proctologists are lining up their gloves and KY just waiting for the next Republican administration so they can perform their media anal exam and report on all the horrible things they want you to think they found.

SKYFOX on November 1, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Someone is fixing to resign to spend more time with the family other trustees in the prison laundry..:)

Dire Straits on October 31, 2011 at 8:13 PM

FIFY

iurockhead on November 1, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Today, Holder.

Tomorrow, Obama.

RebeccaH on November 1, 2011 at 9:58 AM

Lanny: “Why am I holding this bag, Eric?”

mojo on November 1, 2011 at 11:29 AM

“NRA has a stake in this because the general plan of the program suggests it might have been politically motivated to “prove” that legally purchased weapons yet cross the border and do harm. As always, I hate to believe that, but have to admit it as a plausible possibility.”

Why would you think otherwise, Tina? Don’t you remember all the big MSM stories citing the fed stating that gun shops were the largest providers of illegal weapons to Mexican cartels? Open you r eyes to what has been going on.

woodNfish on November 1, 2011 at 9:23 PM