Obama, Holder Called Out for Not Enforcing Gun Laws
” A group of 23 Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Friday sent letters to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding existing gun laws be enforced before additional limitations are passed.
The committee, which has held hearings in recent weeks on ways to prevent gun violence, again called into focus statistics that show a dramatic drop in federal weapons prosecutions over the past decade.
The letters cite a Syracuse University study that show firearms prosecutions under President George W. Bush peaked at 11,015 in 2004 while the Obama administration has prosecuted about 7,774 firearms cases in 2012.
A prosecution rate this low is not indicative of a Department of Justice that takes the act of illegally attempting to acquire a firearm seriously,” Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement accompanying the letters.”
Fast and Furious: Post-Election, Golden Parachutes Deployed
“There is no reason to believe that Grindler
deceived Attorney General Holder about
this or any other matter, and it is frankly
curious that Chairman Issa and Senator
Grassley are accepting this farfetched
explanation. Unfortunately, unless a
criminal case is eventually filed to compel
Grindler to provide more information, it is
likely that his termination is the last we’ll
hear of his role in the cover-up.
Grindler is not the only DOJ official who has
apparently been forced out. The Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) has reportedly fired three officials and
demoted two, while
“Background: the Spanish-language media organization Univision has apparently been building up quite the head of steam over Operation Fast & Furious, which was an operation where we blithely let guns get handed over to Mexican narco-terrorist gangs with precisely zero oversight, hesitation, or interest in what said gangs would do with said weapons. What they did with them, of course, was to use those guns to murder Mexican nationals. The administration is stonewalling the investigation into all this (particularly the investigation into US Border Agent Brian Terry’s murder, as OF&F guns showed up at the murder scene); and Univision is promising a long, hard look at the ongoing debacle tomorrow.”
” ‘Being ignorant of your department’s biggest scandal is no cause for relief’ “
“Andrew Cohen, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and legal analyst for CBS News’ “60
Minutes,” believes Attorney General
Eric Holder must resign following this week’s scathing report by the Justice Department’s inspector general, which sharply criticized the
administration’s handling of
Operation Fast and Furious.
“In the end, the much-heralded,
much-maligned Office of the
Inspector General’s report on the
‘Fast and Furious’ gun scandal tells us what we already know: Attorney
General Eric Holder should resign if
President Barack Obama wins
another term,” Cohen wrote in a
Friday column for The Atlantic. “
Fast & Furious Update
“The Republican senator leading the inquest into Fast & Furious said he has a mixed reaction to the Sept. 19 Justice Department Inspector General report on the operation that day.
“Operation Fast and Furious was the height of irresponsibility on the part of a number of people from the ATF Phoenix field office all the way up to the Justice Department headquarters,” said Charles E. “Chuck” Grassley (R.-Iowa), who with Rep. Darrell E. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, is trying to piece together the facts as to what really happened inside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives program that facilitated the flow of illegally purchased firearms into the hands of Mexican crime organizations.
The 512-page report, “A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters,” contains many details of the internal machinations of the rise and fall of gun walking scandal, yet many of the passages and footnotes are redacted.”
“Double-dipping: ATF ‘rewarding’ man who ran Operation Fast and Furious”
” One of the federal law enforcement officials that Congress regards as most responsible for
Operation Fast and Furious received extended paid leave from his government job, which allows him to draw a second salary working at JP Morgan.
The paid leave also allows McMahon to get a larger pension when he finally, officially, leaves
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.”
“Report: GOP investigation finds five top ATF officials responsible for Fast & Furious ”
” Fearless prediction: Whatever happens on election day, we’re going to have ourselves a
new Attorney General next year . Obama wouldn’t dump him before for fear of looking weak by caving to GOP pressure, but if he wins
in November, he’ll have a perfect excuse. Just normal administration turnover; all presidents do it. No need to read anything into it just
because this particular turnover involved a guy who oversaw guns being walked to Mexican drug lords.
This is Obama’s idea of transparency .
” “We just learned that ATF senior management placed two of the main whistleblowers who have
testified before Congress about Fast and Furious under the supervision of someone who vowed
to retaliate against them,” they wrote before describing how senior political figures have made dangerous threats before. ”
What an open and honest administration we have .
” Thomasson also allegedly said that: “All these whistleblowers have axes to grind. ATF needs to f—k these guys.” ”
Yes , by all means , let’s crush the few men of integrity within the Justice Dept . Can’t have a few honest individuals sullying the reputations of the many .
A little common sense from the bench is most welcome .
” Poor Eric Holder, he cannot catch a break. His latest loss come via a Clinton-appointed federal Judge who ruled that there is nothing in federal voting laws to prevent a state from identifying voters who may not be US citizens even if its close to an election.
The obviously racist judge said federal laws are designed to block states from removing eligible voters close to an election. He said they are not designed to block voters who should have never been allowed to cast ballots in the first place. “
The New York Sun has a fine editorial today on why we should all rejoice at the repudiation of the 5 year , multi-million dollar waste of taxpayer funds that was the Roger Clemens witchhunt .
It’s always nice to see the Justice Dept receive a black eye but it is especially sweet today given the politicization of Holder’s JD .
” The acquittal yesterday of Roger Clemens of all charges that he had lied to Congress and tried to obstruct an investigation into whether he used steroids is a moment to savor for those who maintain a decent respect for the Constitution. It’s just not every day that an ordinary citizen throws a no-hitter in the courtroom against batters as powerful as the combined might of the Congress and the Department of Justice. The government’s five-years-long pursuit of the great hurler was ended by a jury in just a few hours. The prosecutors, according to the Associated Press, slinked away from the courthouse without comment, and the Justice Department put out a statement claiming, “we respect the judicial process.”
Once again Bob Owens leads the way on “Fast & Furious” developments.
Though he credits others for a lot of the indepth investigative reports , Bob has been instrumental in keeping this national disgrace in the public eye . Kudos to him both through his own blog and at PJmedia .
Good for him , good for US .
” Before he was murdered with them, ICE Agent Jaime Zapata intercepted weapons from one of the Texas-based “Fast and Furious” gun-walking plots
Mike Vanderboegh does it again, breaking another exclusive in the Fast and Furious investigation that shows deception inside Janet
Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security in regards to the various Obama Administration
gun-walking plots: “
“Fast and Furious reporting earns Sharyl Attkisson an Edward R. Murrow Award”
We are happy for Sharyl in winning an award for her “Fast & Furious” coverage on CBS . We admire her work and detract from her and her well deserved accolades not in the least , yet can’t but wonder , on what CBS station was she allowed to make public her investigative findings ?
While we openly concede that we absorb very little of what purports to be “news” issuing forth by the LSM , we can’t recall any of the big three broadcasters giving any play at all to “Fast & Furious” . Certainly none of them have offered up ” Stop the Presses” or “Breaking News” bulletins
Constitutional CYA Crisis is More Like It
It would appear that someone/s is/are getting nervous . Go Issa .
” Facing a possible contempt charge and Republican calls for his resignation, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder signaled to Congress Tuesday a new desire to cooperate with an investigation into the Fast and Furious gun walking operation to avert what he believes could become a “constitutional crisis.”
Holder, who was made his ninth appearance before Congress, indicated that he wants to stave off an embarrassing contempt vote against him.
Still, by Tuesday Holder was fielding calls for his resignation from Republican senators with a growing list of gripes, including Holder’s reluctance to turn over documents about Fast and Furious, his decision to allow his own deputies to investigate possible White House leaks of sensitive national security information, and his efforts to prevent Florida from purging illegal immigrants and dead voters from the state’s rolls.”
Can we expect a rebate from Holder’s salary ? He is certainly not taking care of the people’s business as he spends most of his working hours lying to Congress . Of course with Harry Reid in command the Senate hearings are sure to produce nothing of consequence .
” When Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, he will likely face a barrage of questions about the pending threat of contempt proceedings over what the House oversight committee has called a failure to comply with a subpoena related to Operation Fast and Furious.”