Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

Let’s see… Issa’s committee is conducting contempt hearings against Eric Holder as we speak because the A.G. refuses to comply with a subpoena. During all that, President Obama, who had never heard of Fast & Furious and knows nothing about it, invoked executive privilege to protect something he’s totally unfamiliar with from being made public… whatever it is.

Today, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a woman with an IQ so low that she often trips over it, blamed Bush for the Fast & Furious debacle. If that’s the case, since when does the Obama administration go out of its way to protect Bush?

Speaking of blaming Bush, the Justice Department just retracted a claim Holder made last week that his Bush administration predecessor had been briefed on F & F. In other words, Holder lied to Congress.

This thing stinks to high heaven. Yes, presidents have invoked executive privilege many times, but in this case we’re talking about a program that got a federal agent killed.

As for the reason for the operation itself, if we give Fast & Furious a close shave with Occam’s razor the intent was painfully obvious.

It’s also kind of funny that the White House claimed executive privilege against releasing to Congress material that could help shed light on the murder of Brian Terry, but just yesterday Team Obama demanded that Karl Rove’s PACs release the names on their donor lists in the name of transparency.

Just for kicks, here’s Obama in 2007 criticizing Bush for “hiding behind” executive privilege:

Update: The House Oversight Committee just voted 23-17 to cite Holder with contempt of Congress. Boehner and Cantor announced that the full House will vote on the contempt measure next week.

The family of Brian Terry released a statement, which can be read here.


34 Responses to “Contempt-a-Palooza: Obama Declares Executive Privilege on Fast & Furious Documents; Update: Committee Votes 23-17 for Contempt Citation”

  1. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 3:39 pm

    Nixon resigned over the Watergate cover up in which no one dies.

    Obama doubles down by invoking EP over a program he, and Holder, claimed he knew nothing about and a BP Agent (as well as an untold number of Mexican nationals) died.

  2. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 3:46 pm

    Makes you wonder if the documents will provide proof of this:

    An investigative report, spearheaded by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), found that most of the weapons provided to Mexican criminals under the operation were going to the Sinaloa cartel, arguably one of the world’s largest drug trafficking organizations.

    “Mr. Zambada-Niebla believes that the documentation that he requests will confirm that the weapons received by Sinaloa Cartel members and its leaders in Operation ‘Fast & Furious’ were provided under the agreement entered into between the United States government and [a Mexican lawyer] on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel that is the subject of his defense …,” it said.

    “Mr. Zambada-Niebla believes that the documentation will also provide evidence showing that the United States government has a policy and pattern of providing benefits, including immunity, to cartel leaders, including the Sinaloa Cartel and their members, who are willing to provide information against rival drug cartels.”

  3. Marshall_Will on June 20th, 2012 3:47 pm

    "If that’s the case, since when does the Obama administration go out of its way to protect Bush?"

    Well… because uh..?

    Many of MM's posters can't get past the Contempt Vote issue and that's fine. It's important but I think voters have already decided on this issue. But not for the reasons most conservatives would think?

    Believe it or not, cops and G.I's die everyday. They feel it's just part of the job. Especially at the border. So they're not that upset about it. What DOES bother them ( as was the case w/ RMN ) is that they LIED about it. Even more importantly, the arrogance to think F & F was even a 'necessity'.

    In THIS economy?

  4. Doug on June 20th, 2012 3:52 pm

    True. I'm sure that the parents of Brian Terry understand their son died in the line of duty doing his job to monitor the border. But the knowledge that he might have died because US gun-grabbers may have been trying to manufacture evidence to validate their argument must disgust them.

  5. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 3:57 pm

    Exactly, If it took giving Holder immunity to get the truth then so be it. At least the truth would be known. The family deserves at least that.

    The contempt vote is just a means towards that end as it is obvious the only way to get to the truth is to force it to come out.

  6. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 4:01 pm

    I'm not convinced that most people have decided on this issue. Hell I am not convinced that everyone is even aware of this issue do to the fact that the MSM does not report much of anything on it.

    The only way this would ever be widespread reported on is if there ends up being a smoking gun in the documents.

  7. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 4:17 pm

    It sounds (and has for about a year) like the O`stration has connections to and preferences for the Sinaloa DC.

    A special LEO org. makes occasional large drug busts on I-40 in WNC of Mexican nat`ls. When the paper reports the busts and mentions drug cartel connections, it`s NEVER the Sinaloa gang. Hmmmmm.

    I always wondered how this org. knew which vehicles to grab; if they were alerted to watch for it and allowed the vehicle to get to WNC, FAR away from the border.

  8. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 4:18 pm

    The interesting thing about Holder's request for Obama to use EP is as follows:

    "They (the documents Holder wants protected) were not generated in the course of the conduct of F & F. Instead, they were created after the investigative tactics at issue in that operartion had terminated and in the course of the Dept's deliberative process concerning how to respond to congressional and related media inquiries into that operation"

  9. Marshall_Will on June 20th, 2012 4:20 pm

    Oh, and just so we're clear, I'm not faulting the Avg. American for not being "sufficiently remorseful" on this. Right now they have plenty to be mournful over. The home that used to be theirs. The camaraderie lost on a job that ISN'T coming back! And dozens of daily reminders.

  10. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 4:20 pm

    I`m with you on this`n. The msm has been quite complicit in keeping widespread knowledge to a minimum !

  11. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 4:26 pm

    But what level of coercion will get the job done ?

  12. Marshall_Will on June 20th, 2012 4:29 pm

    Isn't the fact they'll now be defending WHY they had to issue EP to SIT on the doc's damning enough?

    If this were the height of the dot.com or housing boom people may not have even noticed. I mean w/ no internet up at our lodge on the lake? I'm also convinced that once those still in the dark -become- aware they'll be repulsed.

    Exactly what Bammie is afraid of.., or had no way of knowing or..?

  13. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 4:41 pm

    My point is that the MSM will avoid reporting anything more than a blurb about it, unless a smoking gun is uncovered and then they will report on it only because they would know that if they failed too to do so would prove once and for all just how in the tank they are for this guy.

  14. Marshall_Will on June 20th, 2012 4:55 pm

    There probably isn't any proof. I agree. But what are the real possibilities Holder acted on his own. He's not an idea guy, he's a political FIXER guy!

    Not to wear out my welcome on (2) blogs btw, but just because people aren't on the street corner, wearing flowing robes and dousing themselves in gasoline doesn't mean they aren't, at the very least 'aware' of what the implications are and what it means.

    Just as they aren't 'intimate' w/ what happened at MF Global ( because they're not finance people ) That doesn't mean they don't know Corzine is a thief?

  15. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 5:20 pm

    That is a very good question considering the Obama adminstration flaunts court orders and the Constitution whenever they want.

    I doubt we will get to the truth until after Obama is out of office and then only if the GOP continues the investigation (which I wont hold my breath on).

  16. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 8:06 pm

    There are lots of emails with incriminating statements. One I heard on a talk show last week, the guy wanted to be kept in the loop and wanted the whole F&F thing to continue; he wanted to use it as a tool to push for "gun control" ! This from docs. Issa already has in hand !

  17. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 8:09 pm

    That sounds incriminating to me, just as the use of the EP does ! Why even prepare for a cover up if there`s nothing TO cover up ?

  18. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 8:25 pm

    Per the update; It will be interesting to see what the WH does to protect Holder between now and the vote next week. I wouldn`t hold my breath that the vote will actually happen; someone will get to "Weepy" Bonehead and Can`t-or-won`t. I have little faith in those two !

  19. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 8:50 pm

    I fear that as well. The only reason the vote may be held is the weepy and cantor have an out. If they vote to find him in contempt with the EP in effect they cannot actually do anything to Holder without first taking it to court and having a court say the EP is not valid. This way they could have the vote, but not pursue it in court making it a null and void deal. At least this is my understanding of the process now that the EP is in effect.

  20. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 8:51 pm

    O/T…I just saw this and though how fitting of Obama:

    Obama Spends More Than He Raises as Aides See Romney Advantage

    I guess we have found one thing Obama is consistent about.

  21. Granny55 on June 20th, 2012 9:01 pm

    As we speak, two hot shot, up and coming reporters with an inside knowledge of the DOJ, thru their confidant "Deep Throat" informer are working 24/7 to get to the bottom of F/F and who knew what and when. They will report daily on the goings on of DOJ, ATF, DEA and others regarding F/F. However, this information will never be made public because those two hot shot reporters will never, never, ever, ever let it see the light of day to protect their idol – BHO.

  22. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 9:22 pm

    I just saw that Boehner has released a statement saying that the full House will vote on the contempt charges next week and the only way to avoid it is if Holder turns over all the documents by then.

  23. MarkJ on June 20th, 2012 9:28 pm

    Obama arguing with Michelle: "Hey baby, we CAN'T be out of money 'cause we still have CHECKS!"

  24. BeeKaay on June 20th, 2012 9:35 pm

    “most transparent administration evah!” /sarc

    Fast and Furious is the US Government aiding and abetting the providing of guns to Mexican drug cartels who then use those guns to kill innocent civilians by the hundreds and overthrow the Mexican government.

    This is an ACT OF WAR and a WAR CRIME by Holder and Obama. 300 dead Mexicans is a war crime.

    Meanwhile the conservative media is silent on this point. Nobody has called it for what it is: A WAR CRIME.

  25. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 9:37 pm

    No doubt these "up and comers" work for the NYT or the like and will actually discover who is or might leak info and report them to Holder. Everyone must remain loyal to the Chief LEO and the King, right ?

  26. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 9:41 pm

    OK, Holder will release a handful of docs and pull another stall maneuver and of course Boehner will fall for it.

    As I said, I have little faith in Weepy Bonehead.

  27. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 9:45 pm

    You can believe it; from his own statement, Zero was surprised and disappointed that the insurance co. wouldn`t fix his Datsun, not knowing that only having liability ins. will not get your car fixed.

    But, Obama is the most brilliant pResident ever !

  28. SignPainterGuy on June 20th, 2012 9:51 pm

    And the whole thing is made worse by the fact that this administration cared not about the ramifications of this action; gun control was their main goal. That is the taking of our constitutional rights of gun ownership ! All in the name of power and control over the general populus !

  29. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 10:37 pm

    That would not surprise me. What has surprised me is that they have not manufactured documents proving that this whole deal was cooked up by Bush while he was on vacation at the Crawford ranch.

  30. Truesoldier__ on June 20th, 2012 10:44 pm

    I saw this over on Foxnews.com regarding Holder requesting Obama invoke EP:

  31. SamIsDying on June 21st, 2012 6:37 am

    Wonder if advocates for the UN Small Arms Treaty could have used this operation as leverage to force the US to change their 2nd Amendment laws? If any such goal is mentioned in the DoJ documents, this is high treason due to it's covert attempt to subjugate Constitutional law and national sovereignty absent due process and Congressional oversight. In other words, it's dictatorial policy-making through subterfuge.

  32. AnneLee on June 21st, 2012 5:46 pm

    Since the NRA seems to be directing the course of this "committee" with paranoid speeches about losing 2nd Amendment rights, it seems pretty obvious this is being pursued. They are screaming about one ATF agent being killed in a program begun by the ATF in late 2005, carried through 2006, 2007, 2008 and stopped by AG Holder in 2009 when he was made aware of it. I would like to know why these same republican reps are not yelling about the THIRTY THOUSAND Americans who are killed every year by guns.
    The former director of the ATF has testified that the AGs office did not know about it and in fact when former AG Alberto Gonzalez was questioned about it, he could not answer any questions about it.
    This is a joke, a clown circus carried about for political gain – and chaired by Issa who has way too much scandal in his own background to be mouthing off this way.

  33. SignPainterGuy on June 21st, 2012 6:05 pm

    Promoting pro-anti-2nd Amendment rights was the goal all along and proof is in emails included in the docs asked for by Issa.

  34. SignPainterGuy on June 21st, 2012 6:19 pm

    Unlike the Operation Gun Walker (aka, Fast & Furious) by Obama, Holder and Napolitano (among others), the op run under Bush actually DID track the flow of guns to Mexican drug cartels for the purpose of arresting them, without a partnership with the Sinaloa Drug Cartel, again, unlike the Holder version.

    Guns don`t kill people, people kill people, whether they have a gun, a stick, a pipe or their fists. Where there is the will to kill, people will find or make a way ! Honest studies confirm this !!

    The Obama kool aid is meant to be sipped, not guzzled thru a funnel from a 5 gal. jug ! Just sayin`.

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