AG Holder: That contempt vote? Nah, doesn’t bother me

posted at 12:51 pm on February 28, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And why should it, really? Executive-privilege pulling President Obama and his dutiful administration managed to escape pretty well unscathed from Oversight’s investigation into their deadly gunwalking operation, which resulted in the deaths of at least two Americans and countless Mexicans, by stonewalling at every available turn. The ol’ Deny & Redact strategy worked out pretty well for them — who really cares anymore that the investigation did at least uncover that the scandalous operation was the direct result of, at absolute best, gross negligence and incompetence on the behalf of his department? Why should he lose sleep at night? Via ABC:

In a wide-ranging, exclusive interview Wednesday, ABC News’ Pierre Thomas asked Holder how he reacted when House Republicans voted with 17 Democrats to hold him in contempt of Congress last June over ATF’s “Fast and Furious” gun scandal.

“It’s something that I think was unfortunate,” Holder said. “I think it’s a result of this kind of partisan sport that I think we engage in here in Washington far too often.” …

“But I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder told ABC News. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.” …

And of course, Holder had to get in yet another shot at those loathsome Republicans and do a little sequestration-scaremongering of his own:

“I mean, I think this president came into office with the notion that he wanted to change how Washington does business. I think this president has extended his hand on any number of occasions,” Holder said.

“And I think we’ve seen too often the opposition not being what I would call a responsible opposition party, but a part that simply is opposed to anything the president has wanted to do,” Holder said. “And I think that has led to partisan gridlock that the American people are not satisfied with and that frankly does not serve the interests of this nation.”

Oh, Obama has ‘changed Washington,’ alright — and how. But hey, you know what else doesn’t serve the interests of this nation? Deliberately doing your worst to bring out the most horrendous possible consequences of sequestration, so you can continue to hype the need to raise taxes on the wealthy while having no serious plan to address our ever-growing $16 trillion debt. And no, merely closing loopholes for fat-cat millionaires’ corporate jets and whatever else because you simply can’t find the room for spending cuts is not a solution — not that the Obama administration has a problem with spending taxpayer money on their own version of corporate jets, mind you. Via CBS News:

Congressional Republicans are raising questions about the alleged misuse of government aircraft by senior Justice Department officials, including FBI Director Robert Mueller and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Two Gulfstream jets that the FBI told Congress would be used primarily for counterterrorism efforts have been used by Holder and Mueller for business and personal reasons – to the tune of $11.4 million – according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report requested by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. …

In an August 2012 letter to Mueller, Grassley, along with now-former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., and GOP Reps. Lamar Smith and Frank Wolf, wrote, “We are aware that the Attorney General is required to travel by government aircraft for security purposes…We also understand that travel is an inherent and expected part of the job for any Attorney General.” …

In a separate press release, Grassley insisted that there must be a thriftier alternative. “These luxury jets were supposedly needed for counterterrorism, but it turns out that they were used almost two-thirds of the time for jet-setting executive travel instead.”

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