WH scrambles on leaks after press conference

posted at 9:31 am on June 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like Barack Obama’s statement on the private sector doing “fine” wasn’t the only booby trap from his press conference yesterday.  Asked during the morning event about the series of leaks from his administration and their oh-so-coincidentally complimentary view of his own leadership, Obama pronounced himself offended by the insinuation that his team would leak sensitive information in an election year to save their jobs:

Later that evening, however, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice had opened an investigation into these very leaks:

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday he had assigned two U.S. attorneys to lead investigations into the possible leaking of state secrets.

“The unauthorized disclosure of classified information can compromise the security of this country and all Americans, and it will not be tolerated,” he said in a statement.

Holder assigned U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr., a Democratic appointee, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, a holdover GOP appointee, to lead the investigations.

“These two highly respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI. I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads,” said Holder.

This looks like a compromise between an internal DoJ probe and the appointment of a special prosecutor.  Obama and the White House had rejected the appointment of the latter just a day earlier, but the rising bipartisan anger — and then the press interest in it — clearly forced their hand.  While Democrats objected to the Republicans’ accusation of political motivation behind the leaks, everyone on Capitol Hill was outraged by the leaks themselves, and refusing to investigate it at all was simply not an option after yesterday’s presser.

I’m no fan of special prosecutors; the mechanism almost always produces a prosecutor running amok, looking for any crime to justify the continuing probe, without any effective oversight or accountability.  That’s true in Republican and Democratic administrations.  The Department of Justice should normally conduct its own investigations and ensure that the investigations don’t run far afield from their mandate and the purported crime that required the probe in the first place.  In Holder’s DoJ, however, there is little confidence that they have the integrity and competence to investigate this issue, after the serial misrepresentations made to Congress by Holder himself and his deputies in the Fast and Furious probe.  This choice, to have two competing probes by US Attorneys appointed by different Presidents, looks like a good compromise.

That should not keep Congress from conducting its own investigation, however.  The DoJ is part of the executive branch, and it’s Congress’ duty to ensure that the executive branch hasn’t indulged in corruption or worse in pursuit of its own power.  The Senate and the House could follow up on Holder’s actions by appointing ad hoc bipartisan panels of inquiry into White House leaks, or perhaps form a joint committee where Republicans in the House balance out Democrats in the Senate.

Clearly, that’s what Holder’s announcement is intended to prevent.  It shows that the White House may be hitting the panic button over more than just a revealing remark about Obama’s cluelessness on economics.


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Yes, I trust Holder implicitly to get the job done. /

rubberneck on June 9, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Who would have ever predicted that so many missteps would occur in succession like this?
They need to roast the leaker but I’m sure it won’t happen due to their position….
For those who watch the panel on fox at 5:45 pm cst Kirsten Powers has mentioned at least twice that “the president can declassify the information”.
This is true and in a clintonian sense he could say “Look I declassified it before we had these discussion from which the leak came”.
As for Feinstein and the Dems being engaged — speaks to the magnitude of the breach but as noted above everyone could get a pass on this.
Elections have consequences.

Bradky on June 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

In Holder’s DoJ, however, there is littleno confidence that they have the integrity and competence to investigate this issue, after the serial misrepresentations made to Congress by Holder himself and his deputies in the Fast and Furious probe.

ted c on June 9, 2012 at 9:39 AM

“Oh, yeah, we’ll get right on that. Trust us! Have we ever lied to you before? Of course, we’ll have to finish our Fast and Furious investigation firs, so this may take some time…” — The DONJ (Department of No Justice)

RoadRunner on June 9, 2012 at 9:40 AM

This is a farce. An independent counsel is needed lest Obama’s and Holder’s flunkies conduct a cover- up.

rplat on June 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Later that evening, however, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice had opened an investigation into these very leaks:

If you don’t mind Ed, I’m just going to transport my comment from the headline thread about this.

Well that’s reassuring. I’m sure they’ll leave no stone left unturned. Including the one that Obama slithers out from under every morning.

*rolls eyes*

Flora Duh on June 8, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Flora Duh on June 9, 2012 at 9:41 AM

I’m guessing that there will be no more press conferences in the next 6 months.

joe btfsplk on June 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

White House now scrambling to find the designated fall guy who will be the firewall between the prosecutors and Obama/Jarrett/Axelrod.

Wethal on June 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Obama pronounced himself offended by the insinuation that his team would leak sensitive information in an election year to save their jobs:

Offended, huh? Really. As if that is some defense, pal. Answer the questions.

ted c on June 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

This choice, to have two competing probes by US Attorneys appointed by different Presidents, looks like a good compromise.

Who BOTH ultimately WORK for Obama.

Rosenstein isn’t on some grandfathered/lifetime deal. He can be replaced in a heartbeat.

kevinkristy on June 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Joe Biden seems like a natural pick to be the fall guy.

Philly on June 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

In Holder’s DoJ, however, there is little confidence that they have the integrity and competence to investigate this issue, after the serial misrepresentations made to Congress by Holder himself and his deputies in the Fast and Furious probe.

Brit Hume ‏@Kimsfirst

Thought Obama would not be burdened with major scandals this year, but Nat Sec leaks and Fast & Furious stonewall making me start to wonder.

Flora Duh on June 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Looks like Barack Obama’s statement on the private sector doing “fine” wasn’t the only booby trap from his press conference yesterday.

..well, Mr Morrissey, when one is a boob, everything is trap.

:-D

The War Planner on June 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Holder’s DoJ is going to investigate? Oh really?

I’m betting the “investigation” will consist of the attorneys being locked inside a broom closet with boxes and boxes of irrelevant material.

This is just to give everyone the appearance they’re taking this serious. It’s all smoke and mirrors, just like everything else from this White House.

ButterflyDragon on June 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

INDEPENDENT SPECIAL PROSECUTOR

Nothing less is acceptable. Cry-baby Boehner; are you listening???

Rixon on June 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Prezzy Loose Lips must be floating a trial balloon with Powers saying they could just declassify the leaked info. The whole thing would then become a non-story in the msm and disappear. Poof! What leak? We’re watching and waiting to see how long this investigation takes.

Kissmygrits on June 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

They should be able to find something but then again who knows how many people in the Regime now have Top Secret clearance? The number probably includes the entire re-election campaign, ACORN, the New Black Panthers and Salad Buffet’s ubiquitous secretary.

CorporatePiggy on June 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

The DoJ will get right on it… as soon as they have finished fighting all the states that want to foght voter fraud by requiring valid ID to cast a ballot…

Khun Joe on June 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

“Holder assigns prosecutors lackeys to investigate coverup leaks”

Fixed CNN’s headline.

Russ86 on June 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

…fight…

Khun Joe on June 9, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Joe Biden seems like a natural pick to be the fall guy.

Philly on June 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Yep. Wait for it… “well, you know, that’s just Joe being Joe…”

bofh on June 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

“These two highly respected and experienced __________ prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI. I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow __________ the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads __________.” said Holder.

..for anyone so motivated, please fill in the above form.

So many straight lines, so little time.

The War Planner on June 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

What offends me is having a sitting president stand before us who is either a) a total idiot who never reads the NYT or had any idea that classified information had been leaked 5 times now (or maybe more), or b) he knew damn well there were leaks in his administration and could care less as long as it makes him look competent. It’s a lose lose situation.

scalleywag on June 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Kissmygrits on June 9, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Powers is a professional and more objective than most. Just because she leans left doesn’t take away from that.
Read up on the meaning of Original classification authority and the DOD 5200 series and you will see that what I described could indeed happen.
No need for a trial balloon.

Bradky on June 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday he had assigned two U.S. attorneys to lead investigations into the possible leaking of state secrets.

Well I know that I am confident that the truth will come out now.
This is like having Tom Hagen investigate the Corleone family for criminal activities.

Rio Linda Refugee on June 9, 2012 at 9:51 AM

The most damaging “intelligence leaks” of all occurred in November 2008 when this clown was elected.

Some of the most “intelligent” people I know voted for him.

BRunner on June 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

First he says the private sector is doing fine and partially walks it back by saying I didnt mean the economy is doing fine the he’s asked if theres a leak and he never says no he just says Im offended you would ask. All Romney needs to do is continue hitting the economy, put forth his plan, not make a mistake and be the adult in the room. Obama truly believes the private sector is doing fine hes seriously delusional. Small business is stagnant because they have no idea what tax liability, obamacare, regulation, energy costs ect… will be. Its uncertainty created by the administration that doesnt allow for any long term planning. Its hard to understand that they dont get this. Its not rocket science.

ldbgcoleman on June 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Nothing less is acceptable. Cry-baby Boehner; are you listening???

Rixon on June 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

..too busy hugging San Fran Nan and weeping over her 25 years in Congress.

The War Planner on June 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

the mechanism almost always produces a prosecutor running amok, looking for any crime to justify the continuing probe

In this administration, the prosecutor wouldn’t be running amok. They’d be busy just investigating the one’s we know. There’s probably more that we don’t know about yet.

TulsAmerican on June 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Worst. President. Ever.

scalleywag on June 9, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder said on Friday he had assigned two U.S. attorneys to lead run interference on the investigations into the possible leaking of state secrets.

Fixed!

Seriously, the Administration has announced they are taking charge and doing something. That’s on the record now and can be referred to along with a curt “no comment” and “will not compromise the investigation”, ad nauseum from here on out by Jay Carney and anyone else asked about it, but nothing will come of it.

Dusty on June 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

As NRO’s Mario Loyola points out, yes, the President can declassify information BUT…
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/302287/white-house-leaks-americans-need-some-answers-mario-loyola

OT/ “The Corner” has a provocative squib about who is really behind the Houla (Syrian) massacre, and it isn’t Assad.

onlineanalyst on June 9, 2012 at 9:54 AM

This is true and in a clintonian sense he could say “Look I declassified it before we had these discussion from which the leak came”.

Bradky on June 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

The President just can’t declassify information as he wishes. there are procedures the president has to follow and that will leave a trail. If the president could do this, then all information could be declassified at the president’s whim.

It doesn’t matter if it was a leak or it was declassified,the guy who helped get Bin Laden gets to rot in prison for the next 33 years. Who is going to help the US after that fiasco?

banzaibob on June 9, 2012 at 9:56 AM

The DoJ will get right on it… as soon as they have finished fighting all the states that want to fight voter fraud by requiring valid ID to cast a ballot…

Khun Joe on June 9, 2012 at 9:48 AM

And, after they distribute more billy clubs to the New and improved Black Panther for the fall, after they get more guns into Mexico, after they wrestle Joe Arpaio to the ground and challenge various states upholding of immigration laws and after… Ah, they’ll get to it pretty soon.

Fallon on June 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

This is more about ego…dems always want to exaggerate what they do. He probably really thinks he is Lincoln and can kill the Vampires (Republicans).

tomas on June 9, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Some of the most “intelligent” people I know voted for him.

BRunner on June 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

By the quotes around the word intelligent I assume that these people are the only ones who consider themselves
“intelligent”.

Rio Linda Refugee on June 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I’m guessing that there will be no more press conferences in the next 6 months.

joe btfsplk on June 9, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Amazing, isn’t it, what a mess he made. Smartest man EVAH!

esr1951 on June 9, 2012 at 9:59 AM

I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads,” said Holder.

Which means the NYT reporters and editors who printed the story are going to jail.

Do not offend The One.

BobMbx on June 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Clearly, that’s what Holder’s announcement is intended to prevent. It shows that the White House may be hitting the panic button over more than just a revealing remark about Obama’s cluelessness on economics.

clean up in aisle Won! Clean uP in Aisle Won!

ted c on June 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Nothing less is acceptable. Cry-baby Boehner; are you listening???

Rixon on June 9, 2012 at 9:45 AM

..too busy hugging San Fran Nan and weeping over her 25 years in Congress.

The War Planner on June 9, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Still waiting for some couch time with Nancy.

BobMbx on June 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

This is just another slick move. By conducting their own “investigation”—no matter who they pick to do it—they create another way for the DOJ to hinder any congressional investigation that may be undertaken. They can now pull the same BS they do in the Fast & Furious debacle:

“Sorry, we can’t disclose any of that info because it would harm our ‘ongoing investigation.’”

Too slick by half.

IrishEi on June 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Uh, so, the obama-puppet Holder and his obama-controlled DOJ is going to investigate the leaks which are being choreographed by obama and his re-election team? Yeah, right – give me a break.

Pork-Chop on June 9, 2012 at 10:04 AM

(fixed)

Uh, so, obama-puppet Holder and his obama-controlled DOJ are going to investigate the leaks which are being choreographed by obama and his re-election team? Yeah, right – give me a break.

Pork-Chop on June 9, 2012 at 10:05 AM

These guys make Watergate look like a day at the zoo. The two most corrupt, unAmerican and criminal thugs to ever hide behind their skin color.

Hening on June 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

“My White House…”

Did the World’s Greatest Orator say that in the clip posted here? I can’t bring myself to watch it again.

Drained Brain on June 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Seriously, “special prosecutors” are unconstitutional because they represent a 4th branch of government. Yes, this DoJ investigating itself is a sham and would look that way even if it wasn’t. This is where the Founders intended for all three branches to get in the act because they recognized politics were unavoidable, yet didn’t provide a solution other than the powers vested in the three branches of the government. Having lost credibility with Fast & Furious, voting rights and a bunch of other issues, it rests with congress to investigate and use their power of impeachment–if they have the stones– to settle it. If not it’s up to the people to punish at the ballot box.
I really get tired of the legal hand-wringing about “what reaches the level if an impeachable offense?” The constitution specifically says treason and bribery but goes on to say “…other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” Substitute “Felonies” for “high Crimes” and it means they can be impeached for anything that’s against the law. IF there’s the political will to do it. If not it’s the ballot box.

cartooner on June 9, 2012 at 10:10 AM

These guys make Watergate look like a day at the zoo. The two most corrupt, unAmerican and criminal thugs to ever hide behind their skin color.

Hening on June 9, 2012 at 10:07 AM

They make the Watergate Plumbers look like the Apple Dumpling Gang.

Rio Linda Refugee on June 9, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice had opened an investigation into these very leaks

Holder will get right on it after he convinces Issa he ain’t got no more stinkin’ documents.

Herb on June 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

“These two highly respected and experienced investigated prosecutors will be directing separate investigations between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m every other Thursday. currently being conducted by the FBI. I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the my orders and find the facts to be what I say they are. and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads,” said Holder.

lynncgb on June 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

“Sorry, we can’t disclose any of that info because it would harm our ‘ongoing investigation.’”

Too slick by half.

IrishEi on June 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

A congressional subpoena trumps the DOJ “ongoing investigation” statement.

If Congress decides to blow open an investigation, it has all the authority it needs to do so.

In the end, Congress can simply forbid any funds to be used in the “ongoing investigation”, which would have the effect of removing the “ongoing” modifier. Boom.

BobMbx on June 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Later that evening, however, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice had opened an investigation into these very leaks:

According to unnamed souces inside the administration: It’s Bush’s Fault!

Laura in Maryland on June 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Nobody will find anything. Obama already sent a message at the beginning of his occupation. He fired Walpin, the inspector general that was getting to close to the truth of irregularities in the Kevin Johnson case out in CA. Johnson was a big Obama supporter. That was the dead fish warning, Chitcago style politics.

jbinnout on June 9, 2012 at 10:18 AM

According to unnamed souces inside the administration: It’s Bush’s Fault!

Laura in Maryland on June 9, 2012 at 10:17 AM

By next month they will start to blame Bush/Romney or Romney/Bush and the little libtards will nod their heads in approval.

VegasRick on June 9, 2012 at 10:20 AM

“My White House…”

Did the World’s Greatest Orator say that in the clip posted here? I can’t bring myself to watch it again.

Drained Brain on June 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM

My husband asked me the same thing a little while ago. Yes, he did say it, and when he did I screamed at the TV, “it’s not YOUR House Champ, it’s OURS and you’ll be receiving your eviction notice on November 6.”

Flora Duh on June 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Remember, remember, the fifth sixth of November …

OldEnglish on June 9, 2012 at 10:26 AM

A congressional subpoena trumps the DOJ “ongoing investigation” statement.

If Congress decides to blow open an investigation, it has all the authority it needs to do so.

BobMbx on June 9, 2012 at 10:15 AM

That’s good to know. But why, then, have they not blown up F&F. It is exasperating listening to those hearings and watching smarmy Holder thumb his nose at Congress with his “superior knowledge” crapola.

IrishEi on June 9, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Another bogus investigation like F&F. We already know who the culprits are.

Wigglesworth on June 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

The Senate and the House could follow up on Holder’s actions by appointing ad hoc bipartisan panels of inquiry into White House leaks, or perhaps form a joint committee where Republicans in the House balance out Democrats in the Senate.

Perhaps they could have as much success as Issa and company have had with their “Fast and Furious” investigation… Erick Holder just testified before lied his a$$ off to congress, and when pressed on leaked E-mails by way of explanation Holder told Congress, Shut Up, that’s why. (Those leaked e-mails are most likely what Erick Holder is really investigating)

SWalker on June 9, 2012 at 10:29 AM

There is no way this White House can be trusted to investigate itself. Of course they will find nothing.

I would like to know what things BHO was willing to the the Russians that he was not willing to tell the American People. What classified information did he give to the Ruskies?

The Rock on June 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Later that evening, however, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Department of Justice had opened an investigation into these very leaks

…yes…and a Fox will investigate who got into the hen house!

KOOLAID2 on June 9, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Yeah, this will be a real “investigation”. And we’ll NEVER hear of any results. Just like the on-going IG “investigation” of Fast and Furious.

Most corrupt administration, evah!

GarandFan on June 9, 2012 at 10:34 AM

There is no way this White House can be trusted to investigate itself. Of course they will find nothing.

I would like to know what things BHO was willing to the the Russians that he was not willing to tell the American People. What classified information did he give to the Ruskies?

The Rock on June 9, 2012 at 10:31 AM

My money is on them trying to find out who sent those damning e-mail about “Fast and Furious” to Daryl Issa.

SWalker on June 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Will the leaks mysteriously and suddenly stop because those responsible are afraid of being identified, have accomplished their objective(s), or will they continue undaunted because they have no fear of accountability?

diogenes on June 9, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Philly on June 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

That scandal is one to watch out for. The MSM will be desperate for a distraction and it has Mark Foley written all over it.

joekenha on June 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Philly on June 9, 2012 at 10:36 AM

That scandal is one to watch out for. The MSM will be desperate for a distraction and it has Mark Foley written all over it.

joekenha on June 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Upperovertheside is on it. Or vice versa.

de rigueur on June 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads,” said Holder.

For reminding everyone about Obummer’s favorite comfort food, Holder will be called into the oval office for a lashing.

KS Rex on June 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

“You have reached the voice mail of Darrell Issa, I am currently busy reviewing Fast & Furious documentation, please leave a message and I will get back to you”.

hillsoftx on June 9, 2012 at 10:48 AM

This is just another slick move. By conducting their own “investigation”—no matter who they pick to do it—they create another way for the DOJ to hinder any congressional investigation that may be undertaken. They can now pull the same BS they do in the Fast & Furious debacle:

“Sorry, we can’t disclose any of that info because it would harm our ‘ongoing investigation.’”

Too slick by half.

IrishEi on June 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

This also gives them an opportunity to interview all the witnesses or guilty parties, find out what they think they know, and warn them not to talk to anyone else. It allows them to build files on their own people to help keep them in line on the next scandal.

slickwillie2001 on June 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Someone might have already posted the cartoon by Ramirez on this issue. It is great as usual!

http://news.investors.com/editorialcartoons/cartoon.aspx?id=614346
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letget on June 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Notice that Obama said that the notion that “my White House would purposely release national security information is offensive.” He did not say “my administration“. They will find some mid-level lifer, or some appointee who is already out of government, from the national security beaurocracy to take the fall on this.

Mr. Arkadin on June 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Someone might have already posted the cartoon by Ramirez on this issue. It is great as usual!

http://news.investors.com/editorialcartoons/cartoon.aspx?id=614346
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letget on June 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

LOL thanks. Love the Ramirez cartoons, he’s always so spot on.

Flora Duh on June 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Obama and the White House had rejected the appointment of the latter just a day earlier, but the rising bipartisan anger — and then the press interest in it — clearly forced their hand.

Funny — although this amazingly got front-page treatment in our local paper this morning (byline of “Tribune Washington Bureau”, whatever that is), the article claimed only “conservative critics” were upset about the leaks.

KS Rex on June 9, 2012 at 10:56 AM

For those who watch the panel on fox at 5:45 pm cst Kirsten Powers has mentioned at least twice that “the president can declassify the information”.
Bradky on June 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Stipulating for argument’s sake that Kirsten is right, how does Obama defend declassifying such damaging information?

Joe Biden seems like a natural pick to be the fall guy.
Philly on June 9, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I wouldn’t put it past Biden to be involved in this either wittingly or unwittingly due to his high halfwit quotient. But putting that aside and assuming he’s innocent but will be made a fall guy, it’s a great excuse to bring in a new veep nominee. Cory Booker is out. Clinton may or not want to run with O. Evan Bayh?

Buy Danish on June 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Holder: Yup, we looked and looked…nothing to see here. Now move along.

OccamsRazor on June 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

The Obamanation Administration is scrambling all right, but the question is, what is the real reason they are scrambling. This is what I believe the real reason is, don’t let yourself be deceived or distracted.

http://thewildernessofmirrors.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/erick-holder-investigate-fast-and-furious-e-mail-whistle-blower/

SWalker on June 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

OT: the libs are cheering that mitt’s gaffe about gov’t workers is WORSE than dear leader’s private sector is fine

SERIOUSLY???

and crickets from the lsm on this probe…..absolute crickets

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

It allows them to build files on their own people to help keep them in line on the next scandal.

slickwillie2001 on June 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

True. But they already know exactly who is responsible for these leaks.

“We have met the enemy, and he is us.” ~Pogo

IrishEi on June 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

de rigueur on June 9, 2012 at 10:46 AM

True dat. I’m more concerned that Crist allegedly, in a drunken stupor, tried to run over someone with a golf cart.

Philly on June 9, 2012 at 11:00 AM

In Holder’s DoJ, however, there is little confidence that they have the integrity and competence to investigate this issue

THIS!!!!!!

that’s why we need an outside person

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Holder will just cover up and stonewall, just as he’s done with fast and furious. No one in this administration has any integrity.

It’s all theater for the campaign. DISGUSTING.

dogsoldier on June 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

perhaps form a joint committee where Republicans in the House balance out Democrats in the Senate.

works for me….anybody but holder

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 11:02 AM

issa??? he’s not pounding as hard as he should be with fast and furious…maybe we need someone new?

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Buy Danish on June 9, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I don’t think Joe, for as candid as he is, is dumb enough to compromise national security. Maybe I am being too generous.

If Zero wanted to replace him, this is a prime opportunity. Let’s see who uses a compliant mainstream media to cover their butts and sling mud backhandedly over the next few months. Let the knives come out. That will tell the tale of who’s about to be hung out to dry.

Philly on June 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

scalleywag on June 9, 2012 at 9:50 AM

door #2 monty

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Bradky on June 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

In a legal sense you’re correct they can give themselves a pass, but they are reminding everyone why they cannot be trusted with national security like Carter did. The electorate is stupid and has a short memory but they are not so stupid, nor so besodden they can’t remember that Scooter Libby went to jail for not outing a Non Covert “Sekrit Agent”…..

Bambi is a kid standing in gasoline tossing matches with this stuff….

I always said his raw ego and fawning fans would be his undoing.

He has not let me down thus far.

harlekwin15 on June 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM

BobMbx on June 9, 2012 at 10:00 AM

judith miller?

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

the howls during the plame case and crickets now….

unstinkingbelievable…

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

And Mitt’s campaign had better get a plan to deflect the Crist issue in FL. Crist jumped ship and became an Independent, but that doesn’t matter. The moonbat media will refer to him as a Republican.

Philly on June 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

This has to be the worst week yet for Bambi ….

Until next week that is.

PackerBronco on June 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Holder assigned U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr., a Democratic appointee, and U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein, a holdover GOP appointee, to lead the investigations.

“These two highly respected and experienced prosecutors will be directing separate investigations currently being conducted by the FBI. I have every confidence in their abilities to doggedly follow the facts and the evidence in the pursuit of justice wherever it leads,” said Holder.

Machen’s report: “Leaks? What leaks?”

Rosenstein’s report: “Frogmarch guilty White House operatives.”

Result for Machen: promotion; Democrat superstar status.

Result for Rosenstein: DOJ initiation of competency hearing to have him committed to a mental-health facility; yearlong derision as a vindictive, unqualified crackpot on NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and CNN and in the NYT, WaPo, the Boston Globe, and the LA Times.

BuckeyeSam on June 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Bradky on June 9, 2012 at 9:38 AM

True enough… Dear Leader has a history of not throwing minions within a certain level of power to the wolves.

Everyone he’s thrown under a bus has not been ‘inner circle’ type; the sorta exception was Van Jones. He got bagged before he could he could safely emplaced, so he’s reduced to ‘telecommuter’-status minion.

These leaks came from somebody VERY high in the administration. My guess: Jarrett, or one of her key people.

Someone at her level ain’t going down… not without a SP involved.

CPT. Charles on June 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM

issa??? he’s not pounding as hard as he should be with fast and furious…maybe we need someone new?

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I don’t presume to know all about F&F, but I think Issa’s problem is Boehner and other GOP leaders in the House. Notice how little Boehner and other GOP leaders talk about it.

The House GOP has to have some national-security pitbulls to go after the Administration. I pick King from NY. Also, I think Dr. K was right on Special Report last night. For starters, the heat will be only as hot as Diane Feinstein wants it to be. And so far, she seems to be angry enough to turn it up. She may be a CA liberal, but she seems to take national security seriously.

BuckeyeSam on June 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I feel certain they will work feverishly over the weekend and pronounce the Obama administration completely cleared of any wrongdoing.

Night Owl on June 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Rosenstein’s report: “Frogmarch guilty White House operatives.”

BuckeyeSam on June 9, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I think you’re being much too optimistic. They never would have picked Rosenstein if they thought for a minute that he would honestly conduct this “investigation.” I don’t care who appointed Rosenstein (for all we know, he may be one of the numerous original Clinton DOJ appointees whom Bush decided to reappoint.) His report will mirror Machen’s.

IrishEi on June 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

judith miller?

cmsinaz on June 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

The CIA should employ her at GITMO; listening to that voice is worse than being waterboarded.

slickwillie2001 on June 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I get the feeling Uncle Joe Biden will be asked to take the fall on his sword for this transgression – but only if the White House can talk Hillary into being the VP running mate.

However, I think Hillary will wait untill 2016 to make her move. No doubt Wild Bill Clintock is telling her to bide her time after the heavy lifting is done by Romney.

If you think the country is divided now wait until the next year or two when tough choices will have to be implemented – the unrest in Greece will be a cakewalk by comparison. If the Occupy movement is mad now under Obama wait until a Republican takes office. If Romney is elected and does his job right to restore fiscal sanity he may only be a one term president.

Texas Mike on June 9, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I think you’re being much too optimistic. They never would have picked Rosenstein if they thought for a minute that he would honestly conduct this “investigation.” I don’t care who appointed Rosenstein (for all we know, he may be one of the numerous original Clinton DOJ appointees whom Bush decided to reappoint.) His report will mirror Machen’s.

IrishEi on June 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Oh don’t get it phucked up, Erick Holder genuinely wants an investigatio0n into leaks, you are just being misdirected regarding which leaks they are investigating.

SWalker on June 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Hillary would be wise to wash her hands of the stink of Zero. But these are Clintons, and power trumps common sense.

Philly on June 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

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