Breaking: Issa’s House committee votes to hold Holder in contempt; Update: Obama’s compounding the tragedy, says Brian Terry’s family

posted at 4:43 pm on June 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Next stop: The House floor for a vote by the full chamber. The Hill seems unsure about how many GOP votes it’ll get, but c’mon. Even recalcitrant Republicans who think a court battle with The One is a needless distraction have no choice but to go to the mat for Issa now that O’s pulled his power play with executive privilege.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.), approved a resolution along party lines to place Holder in contempt after battling him for months over access to internal agency documents about the gun-tracking operation Fast and Furious…

Even with 242 Republicans in the House majority, it remains unclear whether the contempt measure would have the backing of the full caucus. Many GOP members have resisted action on the Fast and Furious issue out of a desire to keep the 2012 election focus on the economy and jobs…

If the measure against Holder passes the House, it would be sent to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who would convene a grand jury that would decide whether to indict Holder. The U.S. Attorney’s office would be the designated prosecutor for the committee if Holder were to be indicted. The attorney general would face a maximum sentence of one year in prison if convicted by a jury.

Boehner just announced that the House will vote next week — unless, of course, O decides to play ball and turn over the documents Issa requested. Which, given that this is now a partisan death struggle in the middle of a campaign, I’m guessing he won’t do. What happens if the House votes yes? Three possibilities, according to CQ. One: The House could, er, have Holder arrested. Doubtful. Two, as noted in the Hill piece: Boehner and Issa could ask the DOJ to prosecute Holder. Since Holder runs the DOJ, let’s call that one doubtful too. Three: The House could file a civil lawsuit against Holder demanding the documents, at which point he and O would assert executive privilege and off we’d go to federal court for a constitutional battle over separation of powers. I would guess that you’ll see some sort of deal at that point since both sides will be leery of an adverse outcome. Obama doesn’t want a court ruling dropped on him in the last few months before the election compelling him to turn over damaging documents and the GOP doesn’t want to hand O a talking point about that damned obstructionist do-nothing Republican Congress sabotaging his progressive gunrunning scheme, etc, especially while Romney’s trying to get a word in edgewise about the misery of Obamanomics.

Multiple updates coming. Stand by.

Update: I saw chatter on Twitter this morning to the effect that Obama’s invocation of executive privilege proves that he must have been personally involved in Fast & Furious. Not so, apparently. At Breitbart, Ken Klukowski clarifies:

As I’ve written before, there are two types of executive privilege. One is a strong form rooted in the Constitution, called the presidential communication privilege. But there is another type, much weaker and rooted in common law instead of the Constitution, called the deliberative process privilege. That second, weaker variety is what President Obama invoked today regarding Holder.

It’s still the White House asserting the privilege, because only the president can assert executive privilege for his entire administration.

Shannen Coffin made the same point over at the Corner. The point of the “deliberative process privilege” is that you don’t want executive-branch officials afraid to be candid with each other in day to day operations for fear that their communications will later be subpoenaed by Congress and aired on the evening news. So Obama has an argument there; the counterargument is that, er, a privilege shouldn’t be abused as cover for hugely damaging and possibly illegal DOJ activity. Coffin thinks a court ruling on whether the privilege will be allowed here will turn on whether the documents are necessary to aid Congress in performing its lawmaking function. Granted, there’s no bill currently under consideration regarding gunrunning (I think), but there might well be in the future depending upon how bad this gets. As such, both Coffin and Klukowski think a court would rule to quash the privilege and make Obama turn over the documents — assuming we actually get that far.

Update: Needless to say, Brian Terry’s parents have had enough stalling on finding out how their son ended up being gunned down:

Terry family attorney Pat McGroder on Wednesday released the following statement from Terry’s parents Josephine Terry and Kent Terry Sr.: “Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth.”

The Terrys said that their son “was killed by members of a Mexican drug cartel armed with weapons from this failed Justice Department gun trafficking investigation. For more than 18 months we have been asking our federal government for justice and accountability. The documents sought by the House Oversight Committee and associated with Operation Fast and Furious should be produced and turned over to the committee. Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious.”

The family of ICE agent Jaime Zapata, who was also killed with a gun involved in Fast & Furious, announced today that they’re filing a wrongful death suit against the DOJ and other federal agencies.

Update: Video fun via the Examiner of The One declaring in 2005 that the Attorney General is the people’s attorney, not the president’s. Huh. Are the people clamoring not to know how the rolling, murderous clusterfark known as Fast & Furious came to be?

Update: On a similar note, Mediaite dug up this nugget of Holder doing his “above politics” shtick in 2009:

I understand that the attorney general is different from every other cabinet officer. Though I am a part of the president’s team, I am not a part of the president’s team in the way that any other cabinet officer is. I have a special and unique responsibility.

There has to be a distance between me and the president. The president-elect said when he nominated me that he recognized that, that the attorney general was different from other cabinet officers.

Three years later, he’s running to Obama for an ass-covering assertion of privilege. Which O, fearing yet another major election-year headache, was only too happy to grant.

Update: Right on cue, via Newsbusters, there’s an MSNBC contributor insisting that the GOP is the loser in all this, not Obama and Holder. I do think there are misgivings among the leadership about pursuing this (Fox News is hearing that too), not only because it’ll push Romney off center stage but because I think Republicans in Congress are still shellshocked by the political beating they took when they went after Clinton in the late 1990s. But this train has now left the station: They’re going to proceed at least to the point of challenging his assertion of the privilege. Besides, how exactly does O spin this? “Can you believe these Republicans wasting America’s time by demanding to know about my gunrunning operation?”


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Watergate was a third-rate burglary and a subsequent cover-up. Fast and Furious is a direct rending of the Constitution and overreach of Executive power in order to bring violence to Americans and others and then use that fomented and contrived situation to make a false case to illegally take away Americans’ 2nd amendment rights. Nothing comes close to this abuse of power in order to steal Americans’ liberties and Constitutional rights.

It is a disservice to compare this to Watergate, which wasn’t even in the same universe as this immense abuse of power in order to fundamentally deform America. This is historic and unprecedented in its actions and intentions and has to be treated as such.

Barky needs to be compared to Benedict Arnold, not Richard Nixon.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Does anyone else wonder if crr6 is/was Eric Holder?

Send Holder to Mexico!!

HornetSting on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I think crr6 is someone named “Chris” that used to (maybe still does) post on a usenet group called “alt.dreams.castaneda”.

Of course, that doesn’t mean he isn’t erik von holder too….

Wolfmoon on June 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Any thoughts on Steele’s comments today on MSNBC that this helps Obama by painting congress as obstructionists that are not concerned about the economy.

earlgrey133 on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

A lot of people have been waiting for action on this, so I don’t think he’s correct. Just my opinion.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The adults are in charge!

INC on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

One of the other Hot Gassers actually spotted getalife posting on the WaPo comments for the earlier EP story. I didn’t take the time to check it out for myself but the link should be in the massive original EP thread.

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

about time something happened. I bet MSLSD still leads with a story about Miley Cyrus.

kirkill on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The Dems will try to turn this into a political thing. They will pull out all the stops including the race card. This isn’t political, but the MSM will assist them in conveying that image to the public. They will make the whole thing appear partisan. Boehner should have the vote today instead of giving Team O and the Dems and their sycophants in the media a whole week to map out an Alinsky-like counter strategy. I’m probably a bigger Eeyore than AP about this.

Corporal Tunnel on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

The worst of Carter marries the worst of Nixon.

rbj on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Isn’t it interesting that the Constitutional Law professor seems to have sparked the largest volume of Constitutional debates in the courts with his various actions as President?

MadisonConservative on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

He didn’t study the Constitution to abide by it. He studied it to destroy it.

The government cannot take away ones right to speak or own fire arms, jail someone without just cause, take property without just compensation, and so on. These are “negative rights” according to Barack Obama.

But the “Second Bill of Rights” are “positive rights,” things that the government must give one. Jobs, education, health care, housing, and so on are not things that people have the right to acquire by their own effort. Government must give people these things.

Fallon on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Beyond the full House contempt vote, the only recourse is to raise Hell with members of Congress and put sufficient pressure on the Administration to appoint a special prosecutor.

That would be the best means to keep it in the news this summer.

matthew8787 on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Does anyone else wonder if crr6 is/was Eric Holder?

Send Holder to Mexico!!

HornetSting on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I think crr6 is someone named “Chris” that used to (maybe still does) post on a usenet group called “alt.dreams.castaneda”.

Of course, that doesn’t mean he isn’t erik von holder too….

Wolfmoon on June 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I thought we had already concluded that crr6 = Sandra Fluke?

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

What does this all really mean? What will change from this?

Congress can’t even get anything done about the illegal recess appointments, the illegal amnesty that was granted last week, and now this?

karenhasfreedom on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 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 June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

We need a Hot Air Comment Hall of Fame…guaranteed nominee..

hillsoftx on June 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Well Holder is now saying that he’s going to remain focused on the Justice Department’s mission to protect his fellow citizens.

Sounds like he knows he’s screwed.

PetecminMd on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Brian Terry was one of his fellow citizens.

Bitter Clinger on June 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Any thoughts on Steele’s comments today on MSNBC that this helps Obama by painting congress as obstructionists that are not concerned about the economy.

earlgrey133 on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I’ll just be diplomatic in saying that Steele is about as effective a political pundit as he was head of the RNC.

The GOP needs to be as ruthless as the Dems when they try to spin this as obstructionist or a distraction. Just bring forward the Terry family and dare the Democrat-media complex to smear them or downplay their tragedy.

Doughboy on June 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

We need a Hot Air Comment Hall of Fame…guaranteed nominee..

hillsoftx on June 20, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Definitely up there.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

This day would be joyfully complete if someone were to catch Biden on a hot mic saying “this is a big f’ing deal”!

Mouse1 on June 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

If any one thinks an all black DC grand jury will indict a black USAG you’re smoking crack, just like most of the DC Grand Jury members…

Doomsday on June 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

On the AM station that I’m listening to (News and traffic at the bottom and top of the hour)…

… the emphasis of the reporting is that the vote was along “Party lines”. Not so much as to the substance of the wrong doings.

It looks like our friends in the Press are going to make this a Republican vs Democrat issue…

(vomit)

Seven Percent Solution on June 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Any thoughts on Steele’s comments today on MSNBC that this helps Obama by painting congress as obstructionists that are not concerned about the economy.

earlgrey133 on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

So Meghan McCain’scolleague thinks that the Congress can’t walk and chew gum at the same time ? Hussein and Holder should be running guns and laundering money for mexican drug cartels because the economy is in the crapper ?
Maybe Holder will raid a guitar company or something to distract the Congress !

burrata on June 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Boehner just announced that the House will vote next week — unless, of course, O decides to play ball and turn over the documents Issa requested. Which, given that this is now a partisan death struggle in the middle of a campaign, I’m guessing he won’t do.

Let’s note that this is only “in the middle of a campaign” because of the idiot Holder delaying the process for so many months. A more intelligent AG would have pushed to have this over and done with long ago.

slickwillie2001 on June 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Definitely up there.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

one of my all-time favorites from crr6:

Thank you, President Obama!

Or this:

Count it!

UltimateBob on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I thought we had already concluded that crr6 = Sandra Fluke?

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Nah, fluke is too busy hard wiring her ankles to the backs of her ears to bother with things other than how to maximize the space between her legs.

Wolfmoon on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Bob Beckel is on Fox now spinning like a dreidel.
It’s not working.

either orr on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Has anyone decried this as a lynching yet?

SouthernGent on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

What about the 31 Democrats Issa said he had?

ChrisL on June 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

That’s for when the vote comes to the House floor. There are only 40 members of the Oversight Committee– 23 Republicans, 17 Democrats– and they split along partisan lines on this vote. Issa anticipates that the House vote will be bipartisan.

de rigueur on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Obama may catch a break because the whole process will drag out past the election in November. The main stream media will also keep this off of pageone as much as possible before then. OTOH, too much attention on this may help Obama escape scrutiny of the wonderful job he’s done on the economy.

Bob in VA on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Has anyone decried this as a lynching yet?

SouthernGent on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Chris Matthews did.

tetriskid on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I’m sure we’ll see the Hot Gassers who just a couple of days ago were spouting that Issa didn’t have the ballz to go through with this vote (you know who you are) issue public mea culpas.

Flora Duh on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Thank you Flora, I was in need of a good laugh. ; )

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I hope this gives Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family some comfort that Holder is in hot water.

HornetSting on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Terry Family statement which was read into the record today:

“Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth. Our son, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was killed by memebers of a Mexican drug cartel armed with weapons from this failed Justice Department guntrafficking investigation. For more than 18 months, we have been asking our federal government for justice and accountability. The documents sought by the House Oversight Committee and associated with Operation Fast and Furious should be produced and turned over to the Committee. Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious.”

Flora Duh on June 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

This day would be joyfully complete if someone were to catch Biden on a hot mic saying “this is a big f’ing deal”!

Mouse1 on June 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

He is busy rehearsing The Oath Of Office acceptance.

hillsoftx on June 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The GOP needs to be as ruthless as the Dems when they try to spin this as obstructionist or a distraction. Just bring forward the Terry family and dare the Democrat-media complex to smear them or downplay their tragedy.

Doughboy on June 20, 2012 at 5:07 PM

When one must confront a ruthless viscous and vulgar adversary one has to be ready to beat them.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

The worst of Carter marries the worst of Nixon.

rbj on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Jimmy Millhouse Obama.

Cringe.

MichaelGabriel on June 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Has anyone decried this as a lynching yet?

[SouthernGent on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM]

Somebody on Chrissy Matthews show did before the vote.

Dusty on June 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Has anyone decried this as a lynching yet?

SouthernGent on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

yes

txmomof6 on June 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Trey Gowdy is awesome. Awesome day.

the new aesthetic on June 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

His released statement today included this:

“So, my question to the President is: What are you asserting privilege over? Did you know about Fast and Furious before Brian Terry’s murder? Did you approve the operation? Did you participate in the drafting of a false letter to congress? Unless the answer to all of those questions is yes, there is no matter over which the President can assert privilege. It is merely the latest ploy to delay the investigation.”

Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-4) is a former federal and state prosecutor who prosecuted scores of firearms cases while working for the United States Attorney’s Office.

INC on June 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Thank you for your public service, Congressman Issa.

kingsjester on June 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

“If Congress has time to look into Major League Baseball, the BCS and invite Stephen Colbert to come to a committee hearing, surely to goodness we have time to get answers on a fundamentally flawed, lethal investigation like Fast and Furious!”

Rep. Trey Gowdy

the new aesthetic on June 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Three possibilities,……..

(in my best Yoda voice) No. There is another.

Issa has an ace in the hole, a mole on the inside. He knows what the documents show, at least some of them. Another option is that the mole decides to come in from the cold, and testify. Probably could not provide the documents without legal cconsequences, but he/she could testify as to what went on with Fast and Furious.

At that point, DOJ and Oblamer would probably start destroying evidence (Fawn Hall, please pick up the white courtesy phone….), but the damage would be done. And that might have a multiplier effect, and others with a soul in DOJ might start talking.

OK, maybe a fantasy, but a plausible one.

iurockhead on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Chris Matthews did.

tetriskid on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

No surprise there. He’s a sad hack.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Fast & Furious rapidly becoming radioactive for this Administration. It’ll be interesting to see how the LSM will ignore it considering that Holder is under threat of indictment now.

Tomolena1 on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

The MSM have wasted no time in framing this as “The Republicans voted along party lines”. How about the fact that the Dems did the same? I’m disgusted with the Dems, the MSM, and those lazy Americans who put this idiot and his minions in office in the first place. Are you happy now? You’re getting your part of Obama’s Stash right now but come November when he and his thugs are ousted we will take over. First order of business is to slash food stamps, welfare, make EVERYONE pay taxes, voter ID laws, put Conservatives in the courts…well you get the idea. This is just the beginning. Wait lefties, you have woken a sleeping giant and he’s ANGRY!

neyney on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Elderly woman taunted to tears

For anyone who hasn’t seen this yet, I can’t recommend watching it but it’s important that as many people know about it as possible because it defines liberalism and what our liberal ‘culture’ has wrought.
Hopefully Drudge will post it.
http://www.mediaite.com/online/video-of-middle-schoolers-mocking-bus-monitor-is-the-most-unpleasant-thing-youll-see-today/

AmeriCuda on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

So will Woodward and Bernstein be asked for their perspectives for the evening news broadcasts?

txmomof6 on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Bob Beckel is on Fox now spinning like a dreidel.
It’s not working.

either orr on June 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Ahson gadol hayah poh.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Let’s note that this is only “in the middle of a campaign” because of the idiot Holder delaying the process for so many months. A more intelligent AG would have pushed to have this over and done with long ago.

slickwillie2001 on June 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

This is just another instance of overconfidence by this administration. They thought this would all just go away if only Holder stalled long enough and made enough excuses for not turning over the documents that were subpoenaed. After all, as 0bama is so fond of reminding us, he won.

But they didn’t count on the tenacious bulldog known as Darrel Issa.

UltimateBob on June 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

libfreeordie is still waiting for her new set of DNC Talking Points.

No. He claimed to be a black man with a partner. A writer. A teacher or professor.

oldroy on June 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

The family of ICE agent Jaime Zapata, who was also killed with a gun involved in Fast & Furious, announced today that they’re filing a wrongful death suit against the DOJ and other federal agencies.

Hey Latinos, Obama doesn’t care about you.

Kataklysmic on June 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Well Holder is now saying that he’s going to remain focused on the Justice Department’s mission to protect his fellow citizens.

What fellow citizens is Holder protecting? Brian Terry was a fellow citizen; how well was he protected? Those of us who live near the southern border are fellow citizens; how well are we being protected by a DOJ that has delivered thousands of guns and other dangerous weapons into the hands of the vicious Mexican drug cartels that plague us here in the southwest U.S.?

AZCoyote on June 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Many GOP members have resisted action on the Fast and Furious issue out of a desire to keep the 2012 election focus on the economy and jobs…

If they don’t intend to hold the DoJ to account, why care about who wins the damned election?!

disa on June 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

A new low for this corrupt administration.

Holder belongs in a jail cell.

WisCon on June 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Probably could not provide the documents without legal cconsequences, but he/she could testify as to what went on with Fast and Furious.

iurockhead on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I think Issa just protected the mole or moles with this contempt ruling and I also believe he has the goods on Holder and Obama. This story will be huge.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I’d like to know if this does drag out long past the elections, what happens to those wanted documents? Do they meet the shredder? Does a courier have an “accident”? Or does the next president scour every corner of holder’s office and home for evidence of further treason?

Wolfmoon on June 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

So humor me a bit before calling me meshuggah:

1 – if the economy continues to totally tank,
2 – if O-care is struck down and AZ immigration upheld,
3 – F&F totally blows up in the regime’s face
4 – Holder is forced out by a group including Dem candidates up for reelection looking to save face with their constituents
5 – Romney continues to play offense against Team SCOAMF and gains ground,

I can see a move to dump Obama in favor of Hillary and a possible VP pick of Corey Booker to save what’s left of the Democrat Party. And considering his narcissism, he may not go quietly.

If that scenario plays out – a big long shot – go long on popcorn futures because the internecine war in that party will be epic. Enough to possibly cause the ultra ultra leftists to split off and form their own family.

Result? Republican domination for at least a generation.

Even if only 1-5 happen without that scenario, buy your popcorn and pudding now.

Good times!

Rixon on June 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

The worst of Carter marries the worst of Nixon.

rbj on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Not even close. This is so far beyond anything that has happened in our history that it boggles the mind.

The only decent comparison is Benedict Arnold trying to cost us the Revol… [you know]. That’s about it. But even Arnold contributed greatly to our cause before he turned traitor. These domestic enemies don’t even have that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Any thoughts on Steele’s comments today on MSNBC that this helps Obama by painting congress as obstructionists that are not concerned about the economy.

earlgrey133 on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I tried to find Issa’s committee proceedings on the TV box, but the CSPAN channels were showing Senate and House deliberations on matters unrelated to the idiot Holder and Fast and Furious. I only caught snippets of the committee on Fox News.

Thus far only a few House members in one of many committees has been fully engaged on this. It’s not even ‘walking and chewing gum’, it’s more like Congress is a functioning city and Issa’s committee is a tire and battery shop on the West side.

How much of the House’s time will be taken up by the vote next week? A couple of hours?

Glad that Steele is gone.

slickwillie2001 on June 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

So will Woodward and Bernstein be asked for their perspectives for the evening news broadcasts?

txmomof6 on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

I hope that even as the media assumed the mantle of sanctimonious, self-righteous arbiters of the news during Watergate, they will now have it snatched away during Fast & Furious.

INC on June 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

And, the Supreme Court is supposed to rule on Obamacare very soon. It sounds like Obama’s house of cards is falling all around him.

SC.Charlie on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Major screw up by Obama. Now the election will have him fighting it out in court all the while looking Nixonian. I don’t know who advises him, but we need to put them on the GOP payroll.

Snake307 on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Terry Family statement which was read into the record today:

“Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth. Our son, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was killed by memebers of a Mexican drug cartel armed with weapons from this failed Justice Department guntrafficking investigation. For more than 18 months, we have been asking our federal government for justice and accountability. The documents sought by the House Oversight Committee and associated with Operation Fast and Furious should be produced and turned over to the Committee. Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious.”

Flora Duh on June 20, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Bet it’s read into the record during the House floor debate, as well. That’s going to be one very instructive debate for the majority of Americans who haven’t heard about F&F and Special Agent Terry. The reasons for whose murder Obama now claims Executive Privilege to conceal.

de rigueur on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Its gonna get some airtime now.

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

iurockhead on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Yoda: “An ace in the hole has Issa. Knows he what the documents show.”

oldroy on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

is there any topic you can not find tape of OBUMMER saying one thing and now doing the other???????????? ANY???????

SDarchitect on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

This is just another instance of overconfidence by this administration. They thought this would all just go away if only Holder stalled long enough and made enough excuses for not turning over the documents that were subpoenaed. After all, as 0bama is so fond of reminding us, he won.

But they didn’t count on the tenacious bulldog known as Darrel Issa.

UltimateBob on June 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

i think this comes from the sure knowledge that the leftist media will protect him and attack the Rs

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/303158/obama-s-they-did-it-campaign-victor-davis-hanson

vdh has a preview of the next several months…a preview that we all know is coming

and this will just be another attack point

r keller on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Your post made me laugh so hard I woke my daughter up. LOL

Grace_is_sufficient on June 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Don’t worry about the AG. I’m sure there’s a Terrorist needing to be defended back at his old law firm.

kingsjester on June 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

The Dems will try to turn this into a political thing. They will pull out all the stops including the race card. This isn’t political, but the MSM will assist them in conveying that image to the public. They will make the whole thing appear partisan. Boehner should have the vote today instead of giving Team O and the Dems and their sycophants in the media a whole week to map out an Alinsky-like counter strategy. I’m probably a bigger Eeyore than AP about this.

Corporal Tunnel on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Well if you are a RINO and working for the progressive commie side as Boehner is that won’t happen.

bgibbs1000 on June 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

The MSM have wasted no time in framing this as “The Republicans voted along party lines”. How about the fact that the Dems did the same? I’m disgusted with the Dems, the MSM, and those lazy Americans who put this idiot and his minions in office in the first place. Are you happy now? You’re getting your part of Obama’s Stash right now but come November when he and his thugs are ousted we will take over. First order of business is to slash food stamps, welfare, make EVERYONE pay taxes, voter ID laws, put Conservatives in the courts…well you get the idea. This is just the beginning. Wait lefties, you have woken a sleeping giant and he’s ANGRY!

neyney on June 20, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Is there even a question that Holder was in contempt of Congress? Holder said he would work with the committee and turn over documents. Holder shows up to a meeting with Issa without any documents. Holder gets voted in contempt.

I find it highly partisan of the Dems to not vote in favor of contempt. There will be some who vote in favor when the House gets it next week.

Partisanship is a 2 way street. For it not to be about the Dems this time is ridiculous. Holder turned over 7,000/140,000 documents that were requested. That is the definition of Contempt.

weaselyone on June 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

From Houston Cronicle

CBS News is reporting that Jaime Zapata’s ICE partner, Victor Avila, who survived the attack committed with a gun linked to a Texas ATF case, has joined the case.

William Amos on June 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

No. He claimed to be a black man with a partner. A writer. A teacher or professor.

oldroy on June 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

‘Tenured Professor of the Humanities’….

BigWyo on June 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Rixon on June 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

The dems may ask her but if she’s smart she will say no. Holder and Obama will sink on this issue now.

Terry and Zapata are US Law Enforcement killed by the actions of the administration along with 300 Mexican people.

Obama thinks no one cares about these people or what he and Holder did. He is about to find out how wrong he is.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Update: Video fun via the Examiner of The One declaring in 2005 that the Attorney General is the people’s attorney, not the president’s. Huh. Are the people clamoring not to know how the rolling, murderous clusterfark known as Fast & Furious came to be?

“The president is not the AG’s client, the people are”.

I dare for Obama to look in the mirror. It will shatter.

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

So humor me a bit before calling me meshuggah:

Result? Republican domination for at least a generation.

Rixon on June 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Meshuggah! Unstable this afternoon?

oldroy on June 20, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Is this just a SHINY OBJECT?

This guarantees the focus won’t be on the economy right?

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Grace_is_sufficient on June 20, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Thank you, Grace_is_sufficient. I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your waiter.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

So next week could see an Obamacare ruling, an AZ immigration ruling, and a House vote to hold Holder in contempt.

Missy on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

By next Friday, Uhhhbama will be staggering around like Sylvester the Cat, just after the bulldog drops a piano on him.

TheClearRiver on June 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Oy. Andrea Tantaros is on The Five agreeing with Bob Beckel that this will backfire on the GOP.

Two agents died, and the family and fellow citizens want to know WTF happened. The Obama administration cannot clam up.

I hate litigation, but I’m glad that Zapata’s family is suing the DOJ.

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I don’t know who advises him, but we need to put them on the GOP payroll.

Snake307 on June 20, 2012 at 5:16 PM

David Axelrod or Jim Messina. Two creepy dudes. Just sayin’.

visions on June 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Gawsh. I dunno. Maybe Americans can actually focus on more than one thing at a time. Like Holder, Obamacare, the economy, Michelle and the Food Police…etc.

kingsjester on June 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Is this just a SHINY OBJECT?

This guarantees the focus won’t be on the economy right?

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Something tells me Obama would welcome a discussion on the economy right about now. All the spin in the world won’t hide the fact that he and Holder are involved in a coverup in which people are dead.

Doughboy on June 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

From Houston Cronicle

CBS News is reporting that Jaime Zapata’s ICE partner, Victor Avila, who survived the attack committed with a gun linked to a Texas ATF case, has joined the case.

William Amos on June 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM

This may be what the stalling has been about all along. There is some document somewhere that will remove governmental immunity for the wrongful death.

txmomof6 on June 20, 2012 at 5:24 PM

ted c on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

These pretzels are making me thirsty…

affenhauer on June 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Is this just a SHINY OBJECT?

This guarantees the focus won’t be on the economy right?

PappyD61 on June 20, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Romney needs to stay focused on the economy, period, end of story. There’s plenty of other Republicans (and hopefully some Dems) that will stay on top of F&F.

visions on June 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Oy. Andrea Tantaros is on The Five agreeing with Bob Beckel that this will backfire on the GOP.

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Andrea Tantaros is smoking hot, but she’s not exactly the sharpest right-wing pundit on that network. Come to think of it, none of the ones on The Five are all that impressive.

How will this backfire on the GOP? Because the Democrat-media complex is gonna play the race card? Yeah, that’s really got a lot of life left in it at this point.

Doughboy on June 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Hey Latinos, Obama doesn’t care about you.

Kataklysmic on June 20, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Dead, or alive

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

What about the 31 Democrats Issa said he had?

ChrisL on June 20, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I think they were joining in the resignation calls, weren’t they? Anyhow, the real test will be to see if any join in voting for contempt on the House floor, assuming it gets to the House floor.

totherightofthem on June 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I’d like to know if this does drag out long past the elections, what happens to those wanted documents? Do they meet the shredder? Does a courier have an “accident”? Or does the next president scour every corner of holder’s office and home for evidence of further treason?

Wolfmoon on June 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

If the investigation drags into a new Congressional session, all the work done by this Congress goes bye bye. Assuming the Republicans keep control of the House, they would have to start all over again.

Flora Duh on June 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Over/under on number of lynching references from MSNBC before the weekend?

Chuck Schick on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I put the line at infinity and wager the “under” through the weekend but will take the “over” if/after the House actually votes against him.

Betenoire on June 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

By next Friday, Uhhhbama will be staggering around like Sylvester the Cat, just after the bulldog drops a piano on him.

TheClearRiver on June 20, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Or the coyote dropping an ACME anvil on himself, after falling off a cliff. Meanwhile the road runner watches from above….

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Three years later, he’s running to Obama for an ass-covering assertion of privilege. Which O, fearing yet another major election-year headache, was only too happy to grant.

At this point he’s probably just looking for ways he can finish out his one-term presidency.

Dusty on June 20, 2012 at 5:27 PM

The worst of Carter marries the worst of Nixon.

rbj on June 20, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I think you’re too optimistic. IMO, Obama is worse than Carter, Nixon, and Clinton combined. Worst POTUS evah!

Gladtobehere on June 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

This will not backfire. People respect the rule of law and expect LEADERS to enforce the law.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

But even Arnold contributed greatly to our cause before he turned traitor. These domestic enemies don’t even have that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Yeah, I was going to say he’s worse than Arnold who was essential to winning at Saratoga.

INC on June 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

“If Congress has time to look into Major League Baseball, the BCS and invite Stephen Colbert to come to a committee hearing, surely to goodness we have time to get answers on a fundamentally flawed, lethal investigation like Fast and Furious!”

Rep. Trey Gowdy

the new aesthetic on June 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC 4) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT 3) were particularly outstanding in the Committee debate leading up to the vote today. Aggressive and in complete command of the facts. In general, the Republicans appeared far more knowledgeable about the case, while the Democrats were saying anything (most, “Bush started this”) to delay the vote.

de rigueur on June 20, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Oy. Andrea Tantaros is on The Five agreeing with Bob Beckel that this will backfire on the GOP.

BuckeyeSam on June 20, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Who cares? I want answers to the reasons why Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata are dead.

txmomof6 on June 20, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Top secret information is only leaked by Obama when it makes him look good. Executive privilege is used when it doesn’t.

Django on June 20, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Unfortunately, OBOZO’s imbecile AG (and Black Panther Party supporter and defender) holder is BENEATH CONTEMPT.

For willfully failing to protect and secure America’s borders and for authorizing the most stupid and ill-conceived operation in American history, Fast and Furious, “the border has never been more secure” wrong-way napolitano, “You Lie!” hussein and imbecile AG holder should all be charged as accomplices to murder in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

holder’s Department of IN-Justice has become a sham of a joke of a travesty of a parody of a farce of a law-respecting and law-enforcing organization. It’s time for the total failure, racist, incompetent joke and disgrace to America known as “holder” to be fired or impeached.

TeaPartyNation on June 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Wow! Those racists ‘Rats on the committee are…well…racists ‘Rats.

d1carter on June 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Voila! FIFY

Sweet_Thang on June 20, 2012 at 5:34 PM

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