Skip to comments.Fast and Furious: Eric Holder’s bizarre House Judiciary testimony
Posted on 06/08/2012 3:45:46 AM PDT by marktwain
Attorney General Eric Holder attended hearings into Operation Fast and Furious by the House Judiciary committee on Thursday. His testimony brought one major breakthrough: it turns out he doesnt hate David Axelrods guts after all. There have been accounts that Holder nearly came to blows with President Obamas top political advisor, but Holder told House Judiciary they have a great relationship, and he doesnt think Axelrod has ever done anything that I would consider inappropriate.
Whew! Glad we got that out of the way! In other news, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry is still dead because of Operation Fast and Furious. The Attorney General still maintains he and his top deputies didnt know anything, cant remember anything, and have no intention of complying with lawful subpoenas from Congress. Holder acknowledges that hes only turned over 7,600 of the 140,000 Fast and Furious documents hes sitting on, and thats about as good as its going to get.
This did not sit well with the clearly exasperated Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and the lead House investigator into Operatin Fast and Furious. Youre not a good witness, Issa snapped at one point, when Holder made one of his periodic efforts to pretend that coughing up five percent of the required material constitutes fulfillment of his subpoenas. A good witness answers the question that was asked.
How about those wiretap applications, smuggled out of Justice by a whistleblower, which prove beyond question that Holders inner circle was well aware of gun walking tactics, long before Agent Terrys death? Well, according to the Attorney General, thats all George Bushs fault.
Holder claimed that high officials in his department dont review wiretap applications before signing them they skim over brief summaries and ignore details not directly related to the request for electronic surveillance. You know, little peripheral matters like the ATF losing hundreds of guns to Mexican drug cartel hit men. They do not look at the affidavits to see, if in fact to review all that is engaged all that is involved in the operation, the Attorney General explained.
For his part, now that Issa and his whistleblowers have kindly brought the wiretap applications to his attention, Holder has read them in full. I have read those, and I have read Wide Receiver as well, he said, referring to the vastly smaller Bush-era gun walking program. I can say that what has happened in connection with Fast and Furious was done in the same way wiretap applications were done in the same way under the previous Administration in Wide Receiver.
Asked when the White House was made aware of the gun walking tactics employed by Operation Fast and Furious, Holder essentially said his staffers briefed the White House but didnt brief him, so he doesnt know what anybody said, or when they said it. He allegedly still hasnt found the time to gather specifics about the case, even though he easily made the time to conduct a political seminar for black preachers recently. When Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) demanded to know who authorized Fast and Furious, Holder referred him to the eternally in progress internal Justice Department investigation, which is apparently being conducted by Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. He even said he doesnt know how many guns have been recovered, or even more appalling, how many are still missing.
Holder also complained about having to keep giving the same non-answers to investigative committees eight times now, moaned about how he feels under attack, and of course slipped in a call for more gun-control legislation.
Unbelievably, while he was being read an email from Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein that discussed gun walking by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Holder said it was actually about the Bush-era Operation Wide Receiver even though the email actually referred, verbatim, to Fast and Furious.
An astonished Chaffetz said, The email says Fast and Furious, you say it doesnt. Ive got it in black and white.
I have superior knowledge, was Holders ultimate response.
There is no question this nonsense would be yielding 24-hour wall-to-wall news coverage from hyperventilating anchors if Holder was a Republican attorney general. Hed already be a staple of late-night comedy routines. Instead, expect a total media blackout of this incredible hearing.
House Democrats, especially Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee of Texas, were happy to aid Holder in covering up his malfeasance by interrupting legitimate questions from the serious members of Congress, in an obvious bid to run out the clock on the Judiciary hearings. It was rather like watching a group of little kids squabble over the rules of a softball game. Except that several hundred people have already been killed by this particular game, so it sure isnt softball.
It is simply impossible to watch this testimony without concluding that Eric Holder is either a dangerous incompetent, or a liar. If what he says is true, his removal from the Justice Department would cause nary a ripple hes so disconnected from vital operations that nobody would even notice he was gone. Otherwise, he should be up on charges, most definitely beginning with contempt of Congress.
I cannot prove this, of course, but this scandal is far worse than Watergate or Iran Contra. Reading the AP releases on is is like reading pages out of Orwell's 1984.
Gunwalker / Murdergate ping.
Watergate was about an after-the-fact coverup of a breakin whose purpose was ‘opposition research’.
F&F is about conspiracy, subversion and murder.
Which is worse in the scheme of things?
Holder is an unidicted criminal.
Holder is protecting the President.
It’s just that simple.
What the hell, why not. If Barry and Holder want a Constitutional Crisis, bring it on.
Unbelievable! This smug, arrogant POS is no AG, he's an AH - enough of this nonsense, Issa! drag Holder out of chambers by his ear and lock him up in a small, dark room for 30 days.....then see what he has to say.
He’s a shameless two bit racist. Throw him out of office.
Did that POS REALLY say “I have superior knowledge”? OMG!
All that is being accomplished in these committee hearings is that the committee is looking pretty weak and foolish.
I say LEAD THE SOB AWAY IN HANDCUFFS!!!! Show some spine, committee members -- if you have any.
I wonder if anyone had the presence of mind to ask just what this "superior knowledge" was and ask for documents to provide proof of it....I know; stupid question.
Where are the Woodwards and Bernsteins of today? Nowhere to be found. They are part of the coverup.
Welcome to the USSA, home of American Pravda, ABCNNBCBS, the WaPo, NYT, LAT etc.
Eve though Eric H. is a libability to B. Obama, Barack has kept this clown.
If Holder goes under the bus, he very well could take Obama down with him. However, this is just wishfull thinking.
Another missed opportunity. I don't think even Mark Levin would have been able to hit this one out of the park off the cuff, but in retrospect with time to think about it, there is a counter-dance move.
Couldawouldashoulda: "Mr. Holder, are you saying YOU know more than this committee about this matter?"
AH: "That's correct."
Couldawouldashoulda: "Then we must compel you to educate us on this matter. If you have more knowledge than we have, then it is your responsibility to bring us up to speed with the appropriate informative materials. Which of the subpoenaed documents that you have withheld from this committee contain this superior knowledge?"
It's more likely the other way around.
Holder must help prop/protect the mob boss as Baracka is his final firebreak.
If Clinton keeps pulling the Jenga blocks out fromm under the admin, everything could collapse catastrophically...very...very...dangerous.
If anyone from the Obama administration should be indicted, tried and convicted/imprisoned, it is Holder and Napolitano.