Texas Senator John Cornyn offered a brief respite from today’s otherwise dry and tedious, Leaky Leahy chaired Senate Judiciary hearing, this morning, when he blasted Holder for a litany of offenses, and called for him to resign.
The litany included all the ways Holder had lied and stonewalled on Fast and Furious, his refusal to appoint a Special Counsel on the national security leak scandal, (opting instead to appoint an attorney with a clear conflict of interest), and his blocking of state attempts to combat voter fraud. Cornyn concluded by saying that Holder had violated the public’s trust, and should resign.
It is more with sorrow and regret than with anger that you leave me no alternative than to join with those who call upon you to resign your office.”
Holder smugly shot back with “Yeah, uh — with all due respect, Senator, there is so much that’s factually wrong with the premises that you started your statement with that it’s simply breathtaking, and we’ll just leave it at that.”
Of course, he just left it at that, rather than point out where Cornyn was factually wrong because he couldn’t do that….because Cornyn was factually correct. What our beloved AG could do was pat himself on the back for being the guy who put an end to the “misguided tactics” (that he made sure to remind everyone, started under another Attorney General under the name “Wide Receiver”), *Drink!*
Wide Receiver, one. more. time – was a completely different, and short-lived Bush era operation that was ended in 2007.
Wide Receiver was a botched, small-scale, law enforcement gun-smuggling interdiction effort that involved local Phoenix-based ATF agents working in conjunction with Mexican law enforcement. When guns were lost — roughly 200 — irate supervisors immediately shut down the program.
Wide Receiver could hardly be any more different than Fast and Furious.
Fast and Furious used elements of at least four cabinet-level departments: Justice, State, Homeland Security, and Treasury. U.S. attorneys, the directors of the FBI and DEA, the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, and senior DOJ officials were briefed. High-level State Department approval was critical, in order to avoid breaking arms export control laws. Even the White House National Security Counsil (NSC) had direct communications about the operation.
Unlike Wide Receiver, Operation Fast and Furious excluded Mexican government officials. Instead of working in conjunction with Mexican law enforcement in order to prevent gun smuggling, the operation was designed to ensure that more than 2,000 guns would be successfully smuggled into Mexico by the drug cartels to be used in violent crimes.
The same supervisors that were appalled at the failures of Wide Receiver seemed to be giddy at the “success” of Fast and Furious when the weapons they sent over the border were found at murder scenes, or taken from the bodies and stash houses of narco-terrorists.
Cornyn asked Holder at a Judiciary hearing, last November if he knew the difference between Fast and Furious, and Wide Receiver…
Senator Cornyn asked him, almost as an after thought, “by the way, do you know the factual differences between Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious?” After fumbling around a bit, Holder finally admitted that he knew the difference between the two operations, and claimed he was not trying to equate the two. This, after watching several Dem Senators try to equate the two, and not opening his mouth to correct them.
Holder really is shameless. He really does hold Congress and the American people in contempt if he thinks we believe his b.s.
He needs to go, but fully intends to ride out the storm.
“I have no intention of resigning,” he told Cornyn. He assured the Senator that the President has “full confidence” in him and how he has handled the Fast and Furious scandal.
CNS News reports on another area in which Holder is stonewalling: Holder Refuses to Provide Testimony on Kagan’s Involvement in Obamacare:
Attorney General Eric Holder has refused to provide written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to “questions for the record” submitted to him by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.) that focus on Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan’s involvement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act–AKA Obamacare–while she was President Barack Obama’s solicitor general.