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“Fast and Furious” Blows Sky-High
Powerline ^ | July 6,2011 | Edward Morrissey

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 Department’s 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 administration’s effort to slide Melson out of his position, making him the fall guy for the Fast and Furious operation, with Melson’s complaints to Deputy Attorney General James Cole, the number two official in the Department of Justice, about DOJ’s failure to respond adequately to Congress’s 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 Melson’s 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 Obama’s Department of Justice.

(Excerpt) Read more at powerlineblog.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; democrats; doj; dojisajoke; fastandfurious; gunwalker; holder; holdertruthfile; melson; meltdown; obama
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1 posted on 07/06/2011 1:45:06 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Shovel ready jobs for attorneys.


2 posted on 07/06/2011 1:48:05 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: cruise_missile

Only if it means we are burying them!


3 posted on 07/06/2011 1:49:21 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Hojczyk

“high crimes and misdemeanors”


4 posted on 07/06/2011 1:50:22 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Hojczyk
Letter
5 posted on 07/06/2011 1:51:08 PM PDT by taraytarah
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To: Hojczyk

Wow. The load probably took Powerline’s server offline.


6 posted on 07/06/2011 1:53:44 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: Hojczyk

Saturday Night Massacre Part II.......................


7 posted on 07/06/2011 1:53:47 PM PDT by Red Badger (Casey Anthony: "Surprise, surprise."...............)
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To: Hojczyk

Oh boy....where’s my popcorn.


8 posted on 07/06/2011 1:54:22 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: Hojczyk

WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!!!


9 posted on 07/06/2011 1:55:01 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who wonÂ’t leave.)
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To: Hojczyk

Maybe H0lder will finally get his due just-us based on all his previous transgressions against The People.


10 posted on 07/06/2011 1:55:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Hojczyk

I can’t get this smile off my face.

If it’s still there after 4 hours, who do I call?


11 posted on 07/06/2011 1:56:49 PM PDT by Gator113 (weak-coward-racist-white hating-lying-traitor= Surrender Monkey in Chief-B. Hussein Obama...)
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To: Paladin2

“The” People or “His” People?


12 posted on 07/06/2011 1:57:26 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Hojczyk
I really liked some of the interesting info in this article.

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

13 posted on 07/06/2011 1:58:13 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Hojczyk

Buh-bye Holder. Oh, and extradite him to Mexico to stand trial too....=.=


14 posted on 07/06/2011 1:58:41 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Hojczyk

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.


15 posted on 07/06/2011 2:00:59 PM PDT by majormaturity
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To: Hojczyk

Melson had better not accept any invitations to Fr. Marcy Park.


16 posted on 07/06/2011 2:00:58 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: taraytarah
One of the last lines in the letter....and it is a beauty.

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.

17 posted on 07/06/2011 2:01:10 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: cranked

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.


18 posted on 07/06/2011 2:01:14 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Hojczyk
Specifically, we have very real indications from several sources that some of the gun trafficking "higher-ups" that the ATF sought to identify were already known to other agencies and may even have been paid as informants.

Hang 'em all...

19 posted on 07/06/2011 2:01:53 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (explosive bolts, ten thousand volts at a million miles an hour)
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To: Hojczyk

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?


20 posted on 07/06/2011 2:01:53 PM PDT by bossmechanic (If all else fails, hit it with a hammer)
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To: Hojczyk

Umm, is there supposed to be a surprise somewhere in this?

ATF is an unconstitutional entity, they have to skirt the constitution just to exist.
DOJ and FBI have very little more justification to exist, if any.

All Fed. agencies are like cancer, they want to grow in size and power, the only way they can do so is at the expense of their host, the U.S. citizenry.

Time to abolish most federal agencies, and cut any that remain to a manageable size, with NO power to create law without the active participation of congress.

Until we do that, we have no real freedom in this country.


21 posted on 07/06/2011 2:03:21 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Hojczyk

Holder should have been gone LONG AGO, and if America had a fourth-estate media, he would be.


22 posted on 07/06/2011 2:04:02 PM PDT by tcrlaf (You can only lead a lib to the Truth, you can't make it think...)
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To: Gator113

Calling Helen Thomas!


23 posted on 07/06/2011 2:05:49 PM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: Hojczyk

Someone put Holder in a holdng cell.


24 posted on 07/06/2011 2:06:37 PM PDT by 4Speed
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To: Hojczyk

Woodward and Bernstein - or more likely the new crop of liberal wannabes - have jumped on this and are “following the money” even as we speak, right?

Funny, all I hear is crickets.


25 posted on 07/06/2011 2:06:58 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: taraytarah

Obstruction of Justice charges should be filed against Eric Holder:

“Mr. Melson also said he was not allowed to communicate to Congress the reasons for the reassignments. He claimed that ATF’s senior leadership would have preferred to be more cooperative with our inquiry much earlier in the process. However, he said that Justice Department officials directed them not to respond and took full control of replying to briefing and document requests from Congress. The result is that Congress only got the parts of the story that the Department wanted us to hear. If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively muzzled while the DOJ sent over false denials and buried its head in the sand. That approach distorted the truth and obstructed our investigation. The Department’s inability or unwillingness to be more forthcoming served to conceal critical information that we are now learning about the involvement of other agencies, including the DEA
and the FBI.”


26 posted on 07/06/2011 2:07:24 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: majormaturity
The only way to kill a snake is to cut its head off.

I rather suspect that gutting it and then roasting it over a fire with the head attached would kill it pretty well. Let's try.

27 posted on 07/06/2011 2:08:54 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: MrB

We, The People.


28 posted on 07/06/2011 2:09:32 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: bossmechanic
The whole thing was obviously a very stupid idea but why keep digging the hole deeper?

It's the Obama administration's own Watergate.

29 posted on 07/06/2011 2:10:21 PM PDT by 6SJ7 (atlasShruggedInd = TRUE)
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To: Hojczyk

Where there is smoke there is fire...


30 posted on 07/06/2011 2:12:01 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Hojczyk
Until it lands on the front page of the New York Times, The Washington Post and the L.A. Times...it hasn't "blown" anywhere.

When the Democrats threw over 400 "ethics violations" at Newt, the NYT attacked him on its front page for 56 weeks in a row. And when he was completely exonerated, nothing. Not a word.

When you say, "Gunwalker", and every news-reading American knows what you're talking about...its a scandal. Until then, its only a story in the conservative media.

31 posted on 07/06/2011 2:13:15 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Hojczyk; All

The evidence gathered by Issa’s oversight committee suggests that the Obama administration may actually have financed the purchases of firearms by known criminals, which then wound up in the hands of Mexican gangs and were involved in murders, including the murder of an American border patrol agent:

“The evidence we have gathered raises the disturbing possibility that the Justice Department not only allowed criminals to smuggle weapons but that taxpayer dollars from other agencies may have financed those engaging in such activities.

While this is preliminary information, we must find out if there is any truth to it.

According to Acting Director Melson, he became aware of this startling possibility only after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the indictments of the straw purchasers, which we now know were substantially delayed by the u.s. Attorney’s Office and Main Justice.”

I wonder if any of this will be making the NBC Evening News tonite???


32 posted on 07/06/2011 2:14:25 PM PDT by tcrlaf (You can only lead a lib to the Truth, you can't make it think...)
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To: Hojczyk

My right field thought while reading this was Boama as the fall guy for Sorros.


33 posted on 07/06/2011 2:14:25 PM PDT by mountainlion (AMERICA LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT.)
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To: pingman

LOL


34 posted on 07/06/2011 2:16:34 PM PDT by Gator113 (weak-coward-racist-white hating-lying-traitor= Surrender Monkey in Chief-B. Hussein Obama...)
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To: MrB

“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”

Then you had BETTER BE DOING SO YOURSELF, because you won’t be hearing about ANY of this on the alphabet evening news shows....


35 posted on 07/06/2011 2:20:57 PM PDT by tcrlaf (You can only lead a lib to the Truth, you can't make it think...)
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To: Hojczyk

Shhhhhhhhh!


36 posted on 07/06/2011 2:22:25 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Hojczyk
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Oh no, a letter from the Hans Blix wing of the Republican party.

37 posted on 07/06/2011 2:22:40 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: bossmechanic
The whole thing was obviously a very stupid idea but why keep digging the hole deeper?

Only a Community Organizer who thinks he owns the press would think he could get away with this by burying it. This is Obama's WATERGATE. We are in the cover up phase where the pawns such as Holder and Ass't AG lie to obstruct justice to protect the king.

Issa realizes that only Obama has the horsepower and stupidity to try something like this, don't you?

38 posted on 07/06/2011 2:28:13 PM PDT by politicianslie (Democrats are COMMUNIST, Repubs are SOCIALIST, and Barry's a Muslim manipulating USEFUL RINO IDIOTS)
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To: Hojczyk

We shall see who rolls over on the terrorist hero boy zero first ay?


39 posted on 07/06/2011 2:29:59 PM PDT by Tigen (I shall raise you one .)
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To: 6SJ7

“It’s the Obama administration’s own Watergate.”

All so Obama could achieve the Democrat Socialist wet dream of taking away the Constitutional Rights of Americans.

TRICKY DICK NIXON DIDN’T EVEN TRY TO DO THAT....


40 posted on 07/06/2011 2:31:35 PM PDT by tcrlaf (You can only lead a lib to the Truth, you can't make it think...)
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To: Hojczyk
The incompetent Mexican government could easily be brought down by the narco terrorist with the help of the socialists in Washington. Then with the help of the interest parties, the newly installed rogue government next door could help strike the final blow against the already weakened American government. The majority of it's citizens being self absorbed, drug addicted, or dependent on government would not realize the danger until it was too late.
My paranoia sees subversive plans by the Obama Administration behind every innocent mistake.
41 posted on 07/06/2011 2:31:53 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Breitbart for a Pulitzer Prize)
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To: Gator113
I can’t get this smile off my face.

If it’s still there after 4 hours, who do I call?

THOMAS:"You rang?"

42 posted on 07/06/2011 2:34:23 PM PDT by frogjerk (Liberalism: The ideology of envy.)
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While swearing they’re both pure as nuns,
seems Obozo and Holder ran guns.
Down to old Mexico
did these firearms go
and their hubristic plot simply stuns.
Dick Bachert


43 posted on 07/06/2011 2:37:48 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (a)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

The only way to kill a snake is to cut its head off.


I rather suspect that gutting it and then roasting it over a fire with the head attached would kill it pretty well. Let’s try.


YES!!! I vote for your method.


44 posted on 07/06/2011 2:39:16 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Hojczyk

bflr


45 posted on 07/06/2011 2:39:55 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: MrB
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.

THAT will absolutely not happen. (see tag)

46 posted on 07/06/2011 2:40:27 PM PDT by Roccus (ABLE DANGER????.......What's an ABLE DANGER????)
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To: frogjerk

THAT is cruel.

I would sooner bobbit....


47 posted on 07/06/2011 2:43:00 PM PDT by Gator113 (weak-coward-racist-white hating-lying-traitor= Surrender Monkey in Chief-B. Hussein Obama...)
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To: Hojczyk

I want to believe....but I am skeptical. I can just picture the RINOs coming to the rescue. After all....it would be “mean” to blow up the Obama admn during a financial crisis/sarc.


48 posted on 07/06/2011 2:44:49 PM PDT by blasater1960 (Deut 30, Psalm 111...the Torah and the Law, is attainable past, present and forever.)
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To: Paladin2

Send Holder to a Mexican prison.


49 posted on 07/06/2011 2:45:45 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: bossmechanic
The whole thing was obviously a very stupid idea but why keep digging the hole deeper?

I think it may be the motivations behind the program that they are still trying to cover up.

If evidence exists that dozens of Mexicans, and an American border control agent, were killed by guns provided by the ATF to foreign drug gangs, in an effort to swing public opinion towards more gun control, then the coverup attempts will all make sense.

Heads will roll, but more importantly to the left, gun control efforts will suffer a once-in-a-generation level set back.

50 posted on 07/06/2011 2:49:16 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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