Skip to comments.“Fast and Furious” Blows Sky-High
Posted on 07/06/2011 1:45:00 PM PDT by Hojczyk
This morning, Issa and Senator Charles Grassley released a letter that they sent yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder. It is explosive, to say the least. You should read it in its entirety; here are some excerpts:
Yesterday, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson participated in a transcribed interview regarding Operation Fast and Furious and related matters with both Republican and Democratic staff. He appeared with his personal counsel, Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods LLP. His interview had originally been scheduled through the Justice Department to occur on July 13 in the presence of DOJ and ATF counsel. As you know, however, under our agreement Department witnesses who choose to attend a voluntary interview with their own lawyer are free to exercise that right rather than participate with counsel representing the Departments interests.
After being made aware of that provision of our agreement, Acting Director Melson chose to exercise that right and appeared with his own lawyer. We are disappointed that no one had previously informed him of that provision of the agreement. Instead, Justice Department officials sought to limit and control his communications with Congress.
Issa and Grassley link the Obama administrations effort to slide Melson out of his position, making him the fall guy for the Fast and Furious operation, with Melsons complaints to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the number two official in the Department of Justice, about DOJs failure to respond adequately to Congresss requests for information about Fast and Furious:
However, two days after he told Acting Deputy Attorney General Cole about serious issues involving lack of information sharing, The full transcript of Melsons testimony, when released, will be a fascinating document. In the meantime, it appears clear that the Fast and Furious scandal reaches to the very top of Barack Obamas Department of Justice.
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Shovel ready jobs for attorneys.
Only if it means we are burying them!
“high crimes and misdemeanors”
Wow. The load probably took Powerline’s server offline.
Saturday Night Massacre Part II.......................
Oh boy....where’s my popcorn.
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!
Maybe H0lder will finally get his due just-us based on all his previous transgressions against The People.
I can’t get this smile off my face.
If it’s still there after 4 hours, who do I call?
“The” People or “His” People?
I especially liked “the review of 100 plus documents” “sick to my stomach” and best of all the existence of” wire tap transcripts” . Melson is acting ATF Director, which is kind of high level ( I can't remember an example in my lifetime where an actual Agency Director turned States evidence for Obstruction of Justice) , so some of the correspondence he has should have an interesting list of people on the CC lists which should make good copy for subpoenas of people or documents and ultimately for indictments
Buh-bye Holder. Oh, and extradite him to Mexico to stand trial too....=.=
Zero and holder will stall as long as they can. Then Holder will request a special prosecutor. Then the SP will take months to come to the conclusion (drum roll!) THAT HOLDER KNEW! In a semi-apologetic speech, Holder will resign. Zero will then appoint another Chicago puppet who will be just as bad. Nothing accomplished - the public thinks Holder is a creep, Zero is unscathed, and Obamabots come away thinking 1) Obama is so ethical! and 2) Obama is such a strong leader for rooting out the evil Holder and appointing a better successor. The only way to kill a snake is to cut its head off.
Melson had better not accept any invitations to Fr. Marcy Park.
Any decision about Mr. Melson's future with the Department would need to be justified solely on the basis of the facts and the needs of the agency, rather than on his decision to speak to us. We encourage you to communicate to us any additional significant information about any such decision so that we can work together to ensure that it would not impede our investigation.
Holder's only interest at this juncture would be to impede Grassley's investigation. But I suspect he and Issa know that all too well.
I want heads to roll and Obama impeached, convicted and tossed to the curb over this one.
I want to make sure that it is widely known that this program had the specific goal of advancing unpopular gun control laws in America.
Hang 'em all...
It sounds like Justice is trying to coverup what is essentially a CF between agencies. Secrecy and/or lack of cooperation/communication is (unfortunately) understandable but seems like it would be much simpler to admit incompetence than flog this coverup.
The whole thing was obviously a very stupid idea but why keep digging the hole deeper?
Agreed Holder is a racist partisan weasel but was this idiocy supposed to accomplish some other purpose?
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