A Call For A New Office Of Independent Counsel

The big news, yesterday was that House Republicans were calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious.

“Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled Members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel,” said Smith in his letter to Obama.

“I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible.”

I was under the naive impression that Congress would have a say in who would be appointed. But AoSHQ’s resident attorney, Gabriel Malor set me straight on Twitter on that score.

David Codrea of The Gun Rights Examiner also voices concern with the obvious conflict of interest. How can we trust a corrupt DOJ/White House to appoint a truly independent Counsel. Surely there must be some recourse?

Currently, the only mechanism available is through U.S. Code, which authorizes the Attorney General, or if recused, the Acting Attorney General to appoint a Special Counsel. There was another way, but the Office of Independent Counsel, reporting to the Congress, was terminated in 1999.

What is needed is to reenact authorization for that office, and to maintain such powers under the coequal branch of government comprised of our elected representatives.  Permanently.

Anything less would make the entire investigative effort suspect.

I’ve been saying the same thing, but in more blunt terms. It would be a farce.


Thursday morning, 10/06:

On the Laura Ingraham Show, this morning, substitute host, Dan Patrick, asked  Congressman Ted Poe what Congress can do if the DOJ continues to stonewall, and a Special Prosecutor isn’t appointed. He said Congress has many recourses including  articles of impeachment for Holder.


Reliving His Glory Days, Obama Reads Book About Himself To School Kids

Proving once again that he is oblivious to self parody, the Narcissist-in Chief, Barack Obama read a kid’s book about himself to Texas school children yesterday.

USA Today reported:

Before his speech Tuesday at Eastfield College in Mesquite, Tex., President Obama stopped by an early childhood education laboratory with children ages 3 to 5.

Among his reading selections: A book about the presidential dog Bo, including a drawing of the president himself.

Some of the kids didn’t seem to think the caricature looked much like their guest.

“That’s because when they made this book I didn’t have any gray hair,” Obama said.

Never-mind that. Who’s that guy guy standing beside him at the podium?

Could it be…..

Oh – of course! – Tsakhia Elbegdorj, the president of Mongolia.


Hat tip: Gateway Pundit

Linked by S. Weasel and Pundit and Pundette, thanks!


Issa: Bush Era Gunwalking Involved “Very Small Amount Of Weapons – Much More Intensive Following”

The Department of Justice is leaking to the media that “Wide Receiver”, a gun-walking operation similar to “Fast and Furious” was employed during the Bush years, but Darrell Issa, when asked about it last night on CNN, characterized it as much smaller in scope, and more “intensely” followed.

Here is what the AP is reporting:

When Bush, a Republican, was president, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Tucson, Ariz., used a similar enforcement tactic in a program it called Operation Wide Receiver. The fact that there were two such ATF investigations years apart in separate administrations raises the possibility that agents in still other cases may have allowed guns to “walk.”


Federal law enforcement officials familiar with the matter say Operation Wide Receiver began in 2006 after the agency received information about a suspicious purchase of firearms. The investigation concluded in 2007 without any charges being filed.

After Obama took office, the Justice Department reviewed Wide Receiver and discovered that ATF had permitted guns to be transferred to suspected gun traffickers, according to the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the practice is under investigation by Congress and the Justice Department inspector general’s office.

Anderson Cooper asked Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Congressman Darrell Issa about the report, last night on CNN.

Anderson Cooper: I’d always thought this was the first time this kind of a program had been tried. There are new revelations tonight coming out that the Bush Administration had a similar weapons program, something called Operation ‘Wide Receiver.’ Do you know about that? Do you think officials from that Administration should be looked at, as well?”

Rep. Darrell Issa: “Well, Anderson, we’d know a lot more about it except that’s among the documents we’re still waiting to get. What we do know about ‘Wide Receiver’ somewhat is very small amount of weapons, much more intensive following, but, in fact, we will get to the bottom of whether or not this practice in a smaller way may have begun on the Bush watch. We’re not putting it past any Administration and giving anyone a pass. The American people and the people of Mexico expect us to have a zero tolerance for letting drugs come into our country or weapons go into Mexico.”

Cooper also asked Issa about DOJ allegations that he was also briefed about Fast and Furious in 2010:

Anderson Cooper: “I want to read you what a Justice Department official has told CNN cause they’re pushing back on what you’re saying. They said, ‘Chairman Issa, of all people, should be familiar with the difference between knowing about an investigation and being aware of questionable tactics employed in that investigation since documents provided to his committee show that he was given a briefing that included the Fast and Furious Operation in 2010 – a year before the controversy emerged.’ So I mean, did you, yourself know about the operation last year?”

Rep. Darrell Issa: “That is an outright lie that the Justice Department has been spinning. They shopped that to the newspapers until they found one that would print it. The fact is Kenneth Melson, a man who under oath very, very well recorded, has said he didn’t know about much of this, and clearly did not brief me in one briefing that was about gun trafficking into Mexico. And let’s understand something, Anderson. They would have you believe that I knew, that I knew what the Attorney General didn’t know, that I knew what they were deliberately withholding from ATF, DEA, and Justice agents in Mexico City and from the M- U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. So as this cover-up and this game of spin-and-delay continues, the problem is it’s only creating problems that didn’t initially exist. Initially, this was a dumb program that led to very adverse consequences. Now it’s about a cover-up, about deception, about slow-rolling discovery of this and other committees. Understand I got involved in this because Senator Grassley was denied any discovery because he wasn’t the Chairman over in the Senate, and I got involved somewhat on his behalf, and my committee has taken a lead on it. But this was about stonewalling of the Senate long before I got involved.”

So the blame shifting deflections and cover-up continues apace.


One user at the whistler-blower site, Clean-UP  ATF wrote about the Bush era gun running operation:

Op. Gunrunner worked great from 2006 when it was idealized and funded. The reason that Op. Gunrunner went sideways is that this Chicago Thugocracy couldn’t connive their way into new gun control. So the multi-agency task forces, led by one or two ATF handlers, were talking to co-operative licensees and….unlike the later incarnation of the Op….were actually intercepting straw purchasers and the guns before they got to Mexico…

Once the Chicago Thugocracy took office, the local cops and deputies which made up the multi-agency Gunrunner task forces were magically “no longer needed”…what it really was, was the idea that local cops/deputies couldn’t be intimidated into silence when they realized that the guns were going across the fence into Mexico.

I know several of the locals who were on the task force. As one of them angrily told me over a few beers “I guess no one is smuggling guns anymore…the problem must be FIXED!!!!” (he was a bit POd)


Sipsey Street Irregulars has the same concern I have about an Obama/DOJ appointed Special Prosecutor: Why should we expect that ANY “Independent” Counsel selected by Eric Holder will be anything other than another instrument of cover-up?


Here’s a remarkable  CNN report from Sept 29, where reporter Drew Peterson informed Anderson Cooper, ( finally getting up to speed on the scandal that had percolating all year) that the the F&F operation is gaining traction among the gun crowd as a gun ban attempt.   Peterson says “as wacky as that sounds, there really is no other theory that makes sense” in reference to the  growing evidence this was done to increase violence on the Mexican border to blame the U.S. for the guns being used. Peterson’s report starts at around 3:23. He about the “conspiracy theories” at around the 6:00 minute mark.
The  Sheriff Babeu interview, which I’ve already posted, is also included on this video.