Issa Promises a “Slew of Subpeonas” on Operation Fast and Furious

Town Hall reports that after months of stonewalling from the Obama Justice Department, Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of  The House Oversight Committee, isn’t playing softball in his investigation into Operation Fast and Furious:

“This is not a discovery process of what happened. We know what happened. We know that this Administration at the highest levels approved a process that allowed thousands of high powered weapons, basically AK-47s and M-16 look alikes, to go to the worst of the worst on both sides of the borders.”

“This was an operation approved in Washington.”

“We have a slew of subpeonas that we expect to be issuing for people here in Washington.”

Issa has scheduled an Operation Fast and Furious Hearing to be Held June 13th:

This hearing will examine the constitutional questions raised by both the Department of Justice’s refusal to comply with a Congressional subpoena as well as the withholding of documents from a Congressional subpoena. It is the first in a series of hearings on Operation Fast and Furious.

The following witnesses are currently slated to appear at the hearing. Testimony will be posted online as it becomes available. The hearing will be webcast live at Oversight.House.Gov.


• Professor Charles Tiefer, Commissioner, Commission on Wartime Contracting

Professor Tiefer was chief litigator for the House of Representatives and was a courtroom advocate in numerous major cases. He served in 1996 as deputy minority counsel of the U.S. House “Bosniagate” investigating sub-committee and in 1987 as the Special Deputy Chief Counsel for the House Iran-Contra Committee. Professor Tiefer has had extensive immersion in investigative processes on diverse issues, including oversight investigations of foreign affairs and government contracting. He was appointed to his current role by Senator Harry Reid.

• Mr. Morton Rosenberg, Former Specialist in American Public Law with the American Law Division of the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress.

Mr. Rosenberg specialized in the areas of constitutional law, administrative law and process, congressional practice and procedure, and labor law, and in the problems raised by the interface of Congress and the Executive which involve the scope of the congressional oversight and investigative prerogatives, the validity of claims of executive and common law privileges before committees, and issues raised by the presidential exercise of temporary and recess appointment power.

• Mr. Todd Tatelman, Legislative Attorney, Congressional Research Service’s American Law Division

Mr. Tatelman specializes and advises Members of Congress, Committees, and Staff in the areas of Congressional Laws and Procedure (oversight and investigations), Constitutional Law, Transportation Law, and International Trade Law.


Holder On The Hot-Seat For Project Gunrunner

Video: Issa Subpoenas ATF to Break Through Its Stonewalling on Project Gunrunner

“Operation Fast and Furious” Needs To Be A Bigger Story

Report: Weiner Coached Porn Star On How To Lie To Media

This is via TMZ, and they don’t recount how they came upon the emails, but if  this is true, it’s very damning:

Weiner and former porn star Ginger Lee exchanged scores of sexual emails over a long period of time.  When the underwear scandal broke on May 28, Lee began receiving calls from the media, and Weiner was more than happy to help her control the situation … by lying.

On June 2, Weiner emailed Lee, “Do you need to talk to a professional PR type person to give u advice?  I can have someone on my team call. [Yeah, my team is doing great. Ugh].”

Who does he mean by “My team?” If it’s his congressional staff, then he may have run afoul of House Ethics Rules.

Weiner put on a full court press, urging Lee to lie about their relationship.  On June 1, he emailed her:  “The key is to have a short, thought out statement that tackles the top line questions and then refer people back to it.  Have a couple of iterations of: ‘This is silly.  Like so many others, I follow Rep. Weiner on Twitter.  I don’t know him and have never met him. He briefly followed me and sent me a dm saying thank you for the follow.  That’s it.'”

Weiner suggested a nice touch — some good ol’ Southern charm: “And then maybe insert some y’alls in there.”

Again, I have no idea how TMZ got this, but they report that Weiner sent Lee this proposed statement she could give to the press:

“I have nothing to do with the situation involving Rep Weiner.  I follow his twitter feed.  And for a brief time he followed me.  Much has been made of the fact that I have posted about my admiration for Rep Weiner and his politics.  All I can say about that is that I’m a fan of his.  Rep. Weiner sent me one short direct message thanking me for following him.  I have never met Rep. Weiner and he has never sent me anything innappopriate (sic) …”

Lee gave this statement to the DC Caller on #Weinergate 6/1:

“I haven’t met Rep Weiner. I follow him on twitter because I support him & what he stands for,” Lee said in an email to TheDC last Wednesday morning. “I have been hounded by his political opponents but that hasn’t changed my view of him and what he fights for.”

Weiner lied to Wolf Blitzer in his June 1 interview with CNN, saying that the direct message Lee received was generic and automated.

“I — most likely what she’s referring to is, as a pro forma thing, thank you for following Congressman Anthony — thank you for following me, please stay tuned to for updates of other things going on,” Weiner said. “That’s probably what she’s referring to.”

I still say Weiner doesn’t survive this.
Dems are no longer circling the wagons.

Pundit and Pundette: Anatomy of a liar

John Nolte, Big Government: Anthony Weiner’s Refusal to Resign Raises More Questions About His Character

Betsy Mccaughey at New York Daily News: Anthony Weiner: Stick in a fork in him, he’s done

At no point during the press conference or in the preceding week did integrity make an appearance. He lied as long as he could, then said he made a mistake. That’s a weasel word. It is reminiscent of how President Bill Clinton discussed his sexual escapade with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. What Weiner actually meant was he made a political mistake. He got caught lying about who he is. “Mistake” masks the importance of the personal crime.

It is apparent he can no longer effectively advocate for the people of New York or the policies he claims to support. He is a leading advocate for the Obama health law, but how can he advocate for it when he is no longer considered a person of sound judgment or moral values?

I feel that way about virtually all Dems. Why is it only when they’re caught lying about personal matters that scandals erupt? Reid/Pelosi/Obama et al  flagrantly lie to the American people every day about policy matters and no one bats an eye.


Verum Serum: Direct Comparison: Gennette C’s Statement and Weiner’s Cover Up Advice

Newsbusters: Recap: The Most Ridiculous Leftist Defenses of Anthony Weiner

Video: RT Lib Talker Telegraphs How Obama Will Punish Red States For Republicans Not Raising Debt Ceiling

I see more tears in Speaker Boehner’s future….

These are exactly the sort of Chicago-style  hardball tactics Obama is known for, and I have no doubt in my mind – none – that he would do it. This is Obama’s ace in the hole.

I’m sure Obama doesn’t need some Commie from RT TV to tell him how to go forward.

Hat tip:  The Blaze

Just an aside:

Trevor Loudon has updated his file on Communists Vernon Garrett (Valerie’s dad) and Frank Marshall Davis (Obama’s mentor).

Communist Frank Marshall Davis worked closely with comrade Vernon Jarrett in 1940′s Chicago. Davis moved to Hawaii where he eventually met and mentored a young Barack Obama. Meanwhile Vernon Jarrett helped elect communist/socialist backed Harold Washington to the Chicago mayoralty. Washington’s victory inspired Barack Obama to move to Chicago, where his career was promoted by both Vernon Jarrett and the Communist Party.

Vernon Jarrett’s daughter-in-law Valerie Jarrett, worked for Harold Washington. Later she employed Barack Obama’s fiancee, Michelle Robinson, befriended the family and became one of President Obama’s most trusted advisers.

In Chicago and nationally, the Communist Party threw its entire weight behind Obama’s Senate and Presidential campaigns.

Is this is all mere coincidence?

More importantly, given the connections of Frank Marshall Davis and the Communist Party USA to Soviet networks of the time, are there serious security implications here?