Fast and Furious: Next Up on the Congressional Oversight Hot-Seat, White House Aide, Kevin O’Reilly (Video)

Ed Henry reporting for Fox News:

Two top Republican lawmakers investigating the Fast and Furious controversy are demanding the White House make a former aide available for testimony to see whether the scandal reached the upper echelons of the administration, according to a letter obtained by Fox News.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, fired off the letter Wednesday urging the White House to make available Kevin O’Reilly, a former National Security Council staffer who is currently stationed in Iraq for the State Department.

 The lawmakers are giving White House staffers the deadline of April 4 to respond, with Republican aides privately saying the back-and-forth could provoke a showdown over executive privilege if the administration tries to shield O’Reilly from talking to investigators.

Senator Chuck Grassley today joined Jon Scott on Fox News’ Happening Now to discuss the letter he and Congressman Darrell Issa sent to the White House.

Did you catch this at 3:22?:

Grassley: But that raises an important question for the congressional oversight that I’m involved in – we need to know what the White House knew about Fast and Furious, and there may be some evidence that we can get from Kevin O’Reilly on that matter, and is anyone in the White House implicated in the Fast and Furious operation? – Right now we can only take (it) to the highest levels of the Justice Department.

Outstanding.

It sounds like they’re satisfied with what they have on Holder, and are now focusing on the Prez.

Who is Kevin O’Reilly? I’m glad you asked…

Last Fall, Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars called O’Reilly a  “political Rasputin” who just happened to be emailing “Gunwalker Bill” Newell:

Typical, and reinforced by other accounts except on one major point, is this from a source with long government experience:

O’Reilly is a very left-wing operator. Has wide and long contacts with the “CHANGE” gang, Axelrod and Emanuel. . . (He is) a “One World” true believer, who has in the past three years, become close to U.S. Amb. to U.N. Susan Rice. This gives him an entree to the scab-suckers @ U.N.

The fact that he is in the N.S.C. is very troubling. The fact that he has so much juice … is dangerous !

He has John Donilan’s ear… which makes him the political Rasputin who gets to whisper the last thing into The N.S.C. Advisor’s ear before he talks to POTUS. He has some long-standing relations with Fmr. CIA’s John Brennan (Now Counter-terrorism Guru @ N.S.C.) but can’t pin it down to a time and place. May have been during the
election run-up in 2008.

He was a player in forcing Adm. Dennis Blair to resign as Director of National Intelligence, I am told. He made a reputation for himself as a very crafty … and clever. A staffer up on the Hill, who has a lot of Juice with left wing crowd.

(MBV Note: Probably refers to O’Reilly’s time as a Pearson Fellow in the office of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.)

My sources tell me that he was the “MOLE” inside the N.S.C. who pulled the rug out from under the best National Security Advisor we’ve had in a long, long time; Gen. Jim Jones, USMC (Ret). He under-mined the General and was rumored to being the leak
at the White House on some very key matters, such as Troop “Surge” in Afghanistan, the McChrystal mess and the embrace of the Obama-labeled “Arab Spring” bullshit. .

MORE BACKGROUND:

Late Friday WH Fast and Furious Document Drop Shows Extensive Communications Between Phoenix ATF Office and WH

ATF Phoenix Manager shared Fast and Furious Info with White House (With Videos)

The Latest On Gunwalker: Remember the name, Dan Restrepo

SEE ALSO:

Anthony Martin, The Examiner: Gunwalker’s Kevin O’Reilly–the man who knows too much?

UPDATE:

Issa was also on Fox, today: White House Ordered Kevin O’Rielly Not To Speak To Oversight about Fast & Furious:

He said investigators want to know who knew about this operation on the political end, but the White House has ordered O’Reilly not to Oversight…

Eric Schultz, the White House Spokesman who was hired to provide disinformation to the media on Fast and Furious, (and is notorious for screaming and swearing at reporters on the phone), sent the Committee what Issa characterized as a “mealy mouthed letter”:

“White House Counsel is reviewing the letter and will respond as appropriate. But broadly speaking, while some personnel in the White House were made aware of ATF’s efforts to combat gun trafficking along the southwest border, including Operation Fast and Furious, there has been no evidence to suggest that anyone at the White House knew about any decision to allow guns to ‘walk’ to Mexico.”

“No evidence?”

We’ll see about that.

Barack Obama – Married to the Mob

In her latest column, Ann Coulter commented on the false narrative that the left wing media nurtured for nearly two weeks in the wake of the tragic Trayvon Martin killing.

On the basis of little else, the media conjured a Hollywood script: A “white” man was “stalking” a little black kid — who could be Obama’s son! — confronted him, beat him senseless as the small black child screamed for help, and finally shot the kid dead, “just because he was black.”

Two weeks of nonstop hysteria later, it turns out that every part of that gripping plot is based on nothing that could be called a reasonable assumption, much less a fact.

In addition to  the numerous angry demonstrations and marches, the non stop hysteria included the  retweeting George Zimmerman’s (incorrect) Home Address, and a million dollar bounty from the New Black Panther party, who are also calling for a militia of 5,000 black volunteers to help capture George Zimmerman. (With still not a peep about this criminal behavior from the DOJ or the White House.)

To understand what is going on, Chairman Ann’s DEMONIC is essential reading: CHAPTER 10: CIVIL RIGHTS AND THE MOB:  GEORGE WALLACE, BULL CONNOR, ORVAL FAUBUS AND OTHER DEMOCRATS:

  It was the Democratic Party that ginned up the racist mob against blacks and it is the Democratic Party ginning every new mob today— ironically, all portraying themselves as the equivalent of the Freedom Riders. With real civil rights secure—try to find a restaurant that won’t serve a black person—modern civil rights laws benefit only the mob, not the victims of the mob, as American blacks had been. Just as fire seeks oxygen, Democrats seek power, which is why they will always be found championing the mob whether the mob consists of Democrats lynching blacks or Democrats slandering the critics of ObamaCare as racists.

Democrats have gone from demagoguing white (trash) voters with claims that Republicans are the party of blacks, to demagoguing black voters telling them Republicans are the party of racists. Any mob in a storm.

The liberal fairy tale that Southern bigots simply switched parties, from Democrat to Republican, is exactly wrong. What happened is: The Democrats switched mobs. Democrats will champion any group of hooligans in order to attain power. As Michael Barone said of the vicious segregationist (and Democrat) George Wallace, he was “a man who really didn’t believe in anything—a political opportunist who used opposition to integration to try and get himself ahead.”

This is why the Democrats are able to transition so seamlessly from defending Bull Connor racists to defending Black Panthers, hippies, yippies, Weathermen, feminists, Bush derangement syndrome liberals, Moveon.org, and every other indignant, angry mob.

Imagine if you will – this scene from To Kill a Mockingbird: It begins with Atticus Finch sitting outside the jailhouse where the black man he is defending from the charge of rape is being held. Emotions are running very high among certain elements in the town. A lynch mob approaches, demanding what could be called, “street justice”, or an “eye for an eye”.

“He in there, Mr. Finch?” a man said.

“He is,” we heard Atticus answer, “and he’s asleep. Don’t wake him up.”

In obedience to my father, there followed what I later realized was a sickeningly comic aspect of an unfunny situation: the men talked in near-whispers.

“You know what we want,” another man said. “Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch.”

“You can turn around and go home again, Walter,” Atticus said pleasantly.

What if, instead of that, Atticus had said, “you know what boys,  if I had a sister, she’d look like Mayella.” Would that have been helpful? Would it have defused the situation?  No, it would have made the mob even more to determined to get ‘im.

Now imagine the scene with the President sitting in front of  Zimmerman’s safe house.

When the  reporter asked him to comment on the Trayvon Martin shooting, instead playing into the racial narrative with, “you know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”,  the President could have said, “You know –  I understand emotions are raw in the wake of this tragic incident, but there’s no reason to believe at this point that there was a racial component in the altercation that led to Trayvon’s death.   There’s an investigation going on to see if a crime has been committed, but until there are any charges, and a verdict – in America –  a man is still presumed innocent until proven guilty.

What if the President had pleasantly sent this message to all those people who are marching in the streets,  demonstrating,   ransacking stores, terrorizing innocent people, trying to hunt Zimmerman down: “You can turn around and go home again, folks.”

It is possible to defuse an angry mob – but you have to actually want to.

SEE ALSO:

Sultan of Knish on The Bankrupt Race Card

The fortunes of too many black politicians have been tied to white guilt and black rage. The worst sort of black politician channels black rage to score points with black supporters while playing on the guilt of white voters, promising to heal the social conditions that bring about that anger and protect them from its ravages. But never before has that game been played out of the Oval Office.

The last two Democratic presidents were Southern governors, but the current occupant is a veteran of the corrupt urban political machine where there are only two games in town and when the money runs out, this is the one you play. The money is running out, the polls are running down and accordingly we have been treated to an episode of grievance theater, with our beloved leader in the role of healer and inciter.

Obama helped Al Sharpton achieved an unprecedented national profile in order to marshal that part of his base which cares less about jobs, than about finding someone to blame. The Trayvon Martin circus is a bullhorn urging that all of us, black or white, to stop focusing on the economy and start focusing on race.

It’s Community Activism 101 to divide and conquer the electorate by breaking them down and feeding local anxieties, whether it’s about birth control or racial injustice. And it’s a win-win for Obama, who at worst gains a distraction from economic turmoil and a few thousand guilty voters and at best, upends the national dialogue by asserting the dominance of the racial narrative. While his associates wield the bullhorns, he carefully plays healer and if there is violence, then his currency as racial healer increases.

What does it say about America that what was once a form of political theater rising out of the grimy urban blocks of the failed city is now a national art form? Nothing good. A local dysfunction has become a national dysfunction, not because every city has become New York and Chicago, but because the people at the center of power hail from New York and Chicago.

Meanwhile, the burning tensions in the  city of Sanford, FL are like a  “tinderbox” ready to blow.