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Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the House Judiciary Committee today about when he first became aware of the tactics used by the ATF’s failed sting operation aimed at gun smugglers.
Previously, Holder vowed that the tactics used during operation Fast and Furious would never be used again by the Justice Department. The operation allowed guns to be smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border in order to establish links between arms dealers and drug cartels.
The Attorney General has also said that the Justice Department never knowingly provided Congress with false information about Fast and Furious, a charge leveled by House and Senate Republicans. Mr. Holder will testify before the full House Judiciary Committee.
I can tell you right now, it’s going to be frustrating to sit through the thick skulled Democrats’ attempts to misdirect and whitewash. It’s started already with John Conyers, who’s speaking now about the importance of ending gun violence —blablabla. You know how we do that, Senator? We prosecute the members of the Obama administration who are complicit in increasing gun violence through their disastrous gunwalking policies.
Oh my God. He’s now saying Eric Holder has achieved “impressive results” in the area of gun trafficking and civil rights – DOJ whistleblower, J Christian Adams would beg to differ! (Read Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department).
Issa takes exception to Conyer’s comments – The question is about gun control – not controlling the guns and drugs flooding across the border, he said.
Wow, Issa is letting Holder have it with both barrels: (paraphrasing):
I hope you don’t point your finger in people’s faces saying this isn’t organic – there’s nothing more organic then border patrol agent, Brian Terry being dead with fast and furious guns.
The president has said he has full confidence in the Atty General – I have no confidence in a president who has no problem with the etc….
Another Dem speaking now – yep, it’s clear that they’re going to use this hearing to promote increased gun control laws. His comments have no relationship – none at all – to the subject at hand – (the fact that the ATF under Holder, sold thousands of guns to straw purchasers and allowed them to walk across the border to kill people with.)
I don’t know how the Republicans can keep their composure while these morons misdirect and obfuscate.
Now Holder is saying that the gunwalking was inexcusable, and when he heard about it, he immediately took action….blablabla…
He too, is using the hearing as a forum to push gun control.
A reminder, via Ann Barnhardt:
Psychopaths ‘like Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and all the rest, feel nothing when they lie and thus do it almost constantly. Oaths are something that they laugh at as the domain of stupid religious rednecks. If we don’t acknowledge this plain, obvious truth and stop treating these people as if they are psychologically normal and honorable and presuming that they are honest and bound by any oath, then they will destroy all of us with their lies and deceit.’
As Holder yammers on and on about all of his “progress” stopping the flow of guns across the border, he offers no explanation as to why this operation existed. None.
Lamar Smith, deferring Fast and Furious questions to his colleagues, opts to ask Holder questions about Elena Kagan’s nomination to the Supreme Court, and her involvement while working for the Obama administration, with the health care bill.
He’s asking why the Department has refused to comply his queries about the case – is he asserting a legal privilege? Holder is giving a long, confusing answer -Lamar concludes, no – he hasn’t asserted illegal privilege.
Smith says, “is there any reason why I should not get the documents, and interview the people I need t talk to?”
Looks like Smith is getting a little frustrated from repeatedly hitting Holder’s stonewall.
Conyers is throwing softballs now. Time to get up and refresh my coffee.
Rep. James Sensenbrenner (Wis) seconds Senator Grassley’s call for Asst. AG, Lanny Breuer to step down. Whoa! Sensenbrenner threatens Holder with the “I” word – impeachment – out of his frustration with the DOJ’s obstruction.
Holder says “no one in the Justice Dept. has lied.” They have only made misleading statements.
Sensenbrenner’s use of the “I” word has clearly ruffled some feathers in the hearing with other congressmen rising up to ask for clarification. Apparently, Sensenbrenner hasn’t been entirely clear about who he means to see impeached.
Now they’re taking a break so the House can vote on some bills.
The big takeaway so far – Holder is doubling down – he thinks he can just brazen his way through this. At least one Republican is considering Holder’s impeachment as one possible recourse.
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