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Issa Hopes White House Official Aware of Fast and Furious Will Testify
heritage.org ^ | 27 July, 2011 | Lachlan Markay

Posted on 07/29/2011 6:33:41 AM PDT by marktwain

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said on a conference call Wednesday evening that he will try to get a White House official who may have had knowledge of the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

But Issa, who chairs the committee, was not optimistic about the effort. “Try? Yes,” he said, asked whether he would try to get the official into his committee room. But Issa noted that there has been “political interference at the highest level” throughout the Oversight committee’s Fast and Furious investigation.

The White House official in question is National Security Director for North America Kevin O’Reilly. During a Tuesday Oversight hearing on Fast and Furious, former ATF Special Agent Bill Newell, who was instrumental in implementing the operation, said that he had spoken with O’Reilly about Fast and Furious as early as September 2010. Whether O’Reilly was made aware that the ATF had let guns cross the border into Mexico as part of the investigation was not clear.

Newell’s admission is the first indication that White House officials were aware of the Fast and Furious program while it was ongoing. The email was leaked to the Oversight Committee by a whistleblower, Issa said; it was not released willingly by the White House.

CBS News reported on the details of the message on Wednesday:

Congressional investigators obtained an email from Newell to O’Reilly in September of last year in which Newell began with the words: “you didn’t get this from me.”

“What does that mean,” one member of Congress asked Newell, ” ‘you didn’t get this from me?’ ”

“Obviously he was a friend of mine,” Newell replied, “and I shouldn’t have been sending that to him.”

Newell told Congress that O’Reilly had asked him for information.

“Why do you think he asked for that information,” Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) asked Newell.

“He was asking about the impact of Project Gunrunner to brief people in preparation for a trip to Mexico… what we were doing to combat firearms trafficking and other issues.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; castaway; cia; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; ice; issa; obama; whitehouse
The White House is too busy destroying the American economy to pay attention to domestic scandals...

Perhaps I should say the MSM is too busy destroying the American economy..

1 posted on 07/29/2011 6:33:46 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Issa Hopes?...........subpoena him!............or her.............


2 posted on 07/29/2011 6:37:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (PEAS in our time? Obama cries PEAS! PEAS! when there is no PEAS!..........................)
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To: Red Badger

Issa Hopes?...........subpoena him!............or her.............


You beat me to it.

HOPES?!?!

Of for crying out.....


3 posted on 07/29/2011 6:42:21 AM PDT by patriot preacher
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To: Red Badger

Issa Hopes?...........subpoena him!............or her.............


You beat me to it.

HOPES?!?!

Of for crying out.....


4 posted on 07/29/2011 6:42:27 AM PDT by patriot preacher
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5 posted on 07/29/2011 6:54:56 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Guns don't kill people, the obama administration does. (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: Red Badger

Absolutely. Where’s the accountability?????

Issa’s been on them very well, even in the face of obstructionsm. I think he should be in front of the cameras every few days with a summary...if the DOJ or WH continues stalling/obstructing, people need to know that!!!

I’m hoping he was misquoted on the word ‘hope’...unless he backs it up with formal subpoena if the cooperation doesn’t come voluntarily..


6 posted on 07/29/2011 7:02:13 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: marktwain

Darrell.. you have subpoena power. Use it. Don’t “hope” anything when it comes to dealing with the enemy.

And, face it... they ARE the enemy.


7 posted on 07/29/2011 7:02:18 AM PDT by ScottinVA (As a party that gives Obama what he wants, what again is the GOP`s 2012 selling point?)
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To: marktwain

Cmon Issa. You have the power to subpeona him. Do it. My guess is that he will have no recollection at which point you trot out the emails to refresh his memory. The bottom line is that there is a coverup under way. Start making the people perpetuating the coverup provide answers.


8 posted on 07/29/2011 7:02:31 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: Red Badger
"Issa Hopes?......

Two words: Executive Privilege.

He's a political appointee.

9 posted on 07/29/2011 7:06:24 AM PDT by cookcounty (Nullius in Verba. "Take no man's word for it.")
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To: Red Badger

Agree but guess which act will yield more results; s***’n in one hand or hoping in the other...


10 posted on 07/29/2011 7:06:59 AM PDT by Huaynero
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To: Red Badger

Clearly, Issa isn’t man enough for the job.


11 posted on 07/29/2011 7:17:45 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (I'll have what the gentleman on the floor is drinking.)
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To: Arm_Bears

all of the rinos are like that.

faced with a big, mean libtard goliath,

they melt away.

we need an opposition party with self-confidence and a commitment to the truth.


12 posted on 07/29/2011 7:30:09 AM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: marktwain
Issa Hopes White House Official Aware of Fast and Furious Will Testify

Yeah and I hope they'll handcuff themselves and throw themselves in jail for a long time too. NOTHING will come of this. These people can blatantly do whatever they wish and ain't nobody going to stop them. They are becoming bolder and bolder. By the end of the year this will be a distant, forgotten memory. I applaud the effort but the forces of evil now control too big a segment of power; the balance has tipped. This can only be solved in the streets.
13 posted on 07/29/2011 7:42:16 AM PDT by 762X51
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To: MestaMachine

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14 posted on 07/29/2011 7:52:38 AM PDT by gloryblaze (Don't forget to donate and keep FR going strong!)
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To: cookcounty
True, that's exactly why the "hope" word was used. But by going public with the incriminating e-mails that originated in the White House, as well as already recorded testimony describing the organized pressure that's been put on ATF non-political appointees, a case is coming together for a Special Prosecutor to be appointed to investigate a criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice (for people my age that has a very familiar ring).

However, issuing a subpoena and letting the WH claim executive privilege might also help move that process forward. It could also (though I wouldn't hold my breath over it) help move this story from page 10 to page 3 or even page 1 on the national news screen.

15 posted on 07/29/2011 7:59:06 AM PDT by katana
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16 posted on 07/29/2011 8:19:57 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: marktwain

The probability of that traitor testifying is -100. Even if he wants to, he will not see that truck bearing down on his miserable ass.


17 posted on 07/29/2011 8:34:50 AM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (I have a liberal arts degree, do you want fries with that?)
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To: marktwain

Really, who the F**k cares if the White House knew or ordered it. Start putting some asses in jail and I’ll be Issa and Grassley get to the bottom of this thing in a quick hurry. Once one person starts doing time, that will start the domino effect of those looking for some immunity deal.


18 posted on 07/29/2011 9:05:08 AM PDT by qaz123
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To: marktwain

“Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said on a conference call Wednesday evening that he will try to get a White House official who may have had knowledge of the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation to testify”

Fat chance. The coverup is in full swing with 99% of the media helping.

Which was a more serious abuse of power?

A-Nixon aides breaking into Watergate.

B-obama arming drug cartels with military grade weapons.

Libs would choose A hands down.


19 posted on 07/29/2011 9:12:57 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: patriot preacher

“HOPES?!?!

Of for crying out.....”

We can already see how far this “investigation” will go.


20 posted on 07/29/2011 9:15:04 AM PDT by chessplayer
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To: cookcounty
“Issa Hopes?......

Two words: Executive Privilege.

He's a political appointee.


But claiming executive privilege in front of the committee and cameras would make a great clip for the 2012 election...:^)

21 posted on 07/29/2011 9:37:17 AM PDT by az_gila
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To: marktwain

What is with all the hand-wringing bed-wetters on this thread? It is a figure of speech. It’s way too soon to accuse Issa of being weak. He’s been a bulldog on this.


22 posted on 07/29/2011 11:04:44 AM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: Red Badger

Bet that they claim “executive privilege” on all white house communications.


23 posted on 08/01/2011 7:31:04 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: Munz

Once they do, the clock starts counting down to either impeachment or resignation..............


24 posted on 08/01/2011 7:45:02 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Arm_Bears

>Clearly, Issa isn’t man enough for the job.<

I think he has done a remarkable job getting what he has. He has not stopped and is hitting the administration on every angle that there is. But he also realizes that Obama has executive privilege on all communications coming into the white house.

He is playing by the rules. I bet that if he doesn’t get the guy to come in, he will get him another way. he has made statements like this before. He brought melson in through the back door despite Obama’s threats didn’t he?


25 posted on 08/01/2011 7:45:36 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: TigersEye

your dead on.

Issa has been Obama’s worst nightmare. he has hammered him on EVERYTHING from every angle. If anyone can take Obama down it will be Issa


26 posted on 08/01/2011 7:47:04 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: Red Badger

Impeachment won;t happen with the senate the way it is. Probably even this congress wouldn’t do it.

But resignation is a very good possibility. I would say a probability with the way things have been going.


27 posted on 08/01/2011 7:48:05 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: chessplayer

>We can already see how far this “investigation” will go.<

Issa already has enough for perjury charges on Holder. He has worked a meticulous case. He is going for the big fish and snaring them in more and more traps daily. It is going far. It will be bigger than watergate and iran contra combined when he is done.


28 posted on 08/01/2011 7:50:15 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: qaz123

It is going to take a while. Perhaps years. But it will happen.


29 posted on 08/01/2011 7:51:11 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: Munz

THE REAL QUESTION IS:

WILL HOLDER FALL ON HIS SWORD FOR THE MESSIAH?..................


30 posted on 08/01/2011 7:55:51 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: MarineMom613

b/m for later


31 posted on 08/01/2011 8:07:20 AM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: Red Badger

He may try to. But I think that Issa is going to make that moot. He is going to lock Obama in as well. So if holder wants to take the fall, he can, but a pardon will be hard from a guy who is in the same sinking boat.


32 posted on 08/01/2011 8:24:32 AM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: Munz

Thank you. Issa and Grassley have both been very methodical and tenacious. They haven’t let up at all and they are not outrunning their defense and making a bunch of hyperbolic accusations they can’t back up just for press coverage. That kind of beltway sensationalism might be emotionally satisfying to the keyboard cowboys but it would be the surest way to undermine the investigation and have it die on the vine.


33 posted on 08/01/2011 10:57:07 AM PDT by TigersEye (No dark sarcasm in the press room ... Hey!, Barry!, leave them bills alone.)
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To: TigersEye

Issa and Grassley really have done an excellent job. But people expect things over night and they expect headlines. Without them it is just condemnation and trashing them.

He has followed the line right up and built a good case.
There is a lot that they are doing that is not making headlines. They are already talking about a special prosecutor. He is going after Obama on campaign financing and on bills that he snuck in. I think at the very least he will make Obama politically a hot potato for 2012. If he is not rushed, it is going much further than people realize.


34 posted on 08/01/2011 4:59:06 PM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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