Republicans to File a Civil Suit Over Executive Privilege, Says Boehner (Video)

In an interview Sunday morning with Nora O’Donnell on ABC’s Face The Nation, House Speaker John Boehner said  that Republicans are preparing to file a civil suit in an attempt to gain access to more information regarding the Justice Department’s handling of the lethally flawed Fast & Furious operation.

ABC News reports:

The planned civil suit, which comes on the heels of a letter sent by the Justice Department stating that the DOJ would not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder following a House vote to hold him in criminal contempt of Congress.

“It’s not clear to me that the U.S. District Attorney will in fact, go down that path. That’s why we’re going to file, in District Court, a civil suit, over the issue of executive privilege,” Boehner said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

The Obama administration, in response to a request by Holder, asserted the right to executive privilege several weeks ago, in effect blocking Congressional access to documents pertaining the affair. . . .

“The American people have a right to know what happened,” Boehner said today. “Brian Terry’s family has a right to know what happened here.”


Matthew Boyle, The Daily Caller: Lew won’t confirm or deny whether President Barack Obama involved in Fast and Furious cover up, maintains claims this admin ‘most transparent ever’:

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Lew refused to answer when asked if Fast and Furious documents now protected by Obama’s executive order detail consultations with the president himself.

“There has to be the ability for a president to get confidential advice,” Lew told Crowley. “There has to be an ability for Congress to use its speech and debate clause.”

Crowley followed up by pushing Lew about the level of the president’s involvement in Fast and Furious.

“Were there things in the documents that involved consultation with the president?” she asked Lew. “Is that why you invoked executive privilege?”

Lew balked and accused Republicans of playing politics.

“I’m not going to speak to the specific documents,” he responded. “There was an unprecedented amount of cooperation and providing insight into all the decisions made up to the point of the correction that Congress was given about the policy itself and about the testimony. What they are looking for now are internal kinds of documents that they know are not appropriate.”

According to a release grassroots organizers sent to the press, the protest will start at approximately 10 a.m. outside the White House’s north lawn gates. The protest will last for about two hours.

“We want justice for the victims and families affected by this scandal,” event organizer Oliver Darcy said in the release. “We are protesting to let Barack Obama and AG Holder know that the truth must prevail. They should fully disclose all documents related to the case in order to bring closure to a dark moment in our country’s history. Anything less is a fraud of justice.”


Video: Paul Ryan On This Week Blasts Roberts Ruling: He “Had to Contort Logic and Reason”

Rep. Paul Ryan, appearing  on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, this morning, blasted Chief Justice John Robert’s ObamaCare ruling, saying he had to “contort logic and reason” in order to make the individual mandate constitutional.

“I’m very disappointed in the ruling.  I think the chief justice had to contort logic and reason to come up with this ruling,” he said. “So one man decided against the dissenting opinion, against what I, you know, thought were his — his principles and judicial jurisprudence, he decided to leave this up to the American people.  So now the stakes of this election could not be higher.”

This next clip from the show almost looks like a campaign ad for Romney:

Was Paul Ryan auditioning for VP, there?


Gateway Pundit: Busted: Audio of Obama Lawyer Arguing Obamacare Is a Tax Stuns WH Chief of Staff Jack Lew (Video)

Jack Lew, the Obama White House Chief of Staff, was trying to persuade Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday that Obamacare was not a tax. But it didn’t work out so well for Lew when Wallace played audio of the Obama lawyer arguing that Obamacare was a tax in front of the Supreme Court.

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Byron York, Beltway Confidential: Conservative anger growing over Obamacare decision:

…on Saturday afternoon, I sent out a couple of tweets in which I said: “My sense is that conservatives are getting angrier, not calmer, about Roberts opinion. Shocked/confused on Thursday. Angry of Friday. Really angry on Saturday. Unhappiness trending up, not down.”  The tweets sparked an outpouring of impassioned responses.

Sultan Knish: There Ain’t No More Middle-Ground:

In a free country, you are not obligated to do things simply for the privilege of breathing oxygen north of the Rio Grande and south of Niagara Falls. But this isn’t a free country anymore; this is a country in which you get things for free. And there is a big difference between those two things.

We are a nation in which everyone is entitled to everything, except the right to opt out of all the entitlements and the cost of paying for them. We may not have the Bill of Rights anymore, but we have a hell of a bill to settle and, every year, the deficits keep making it bigger and bigger. Our forefathers passed on to us a Bill of Rights, and we shall pass on to our descendants a Bill. A tremendous Bill which can be unrolled from the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam… and all the way across the ocean to China.

Big Government: No Bounce: Poll Shows Obamacare Ruling Did Not Help Obama:

The November election tracking results are the same after the SCOTUS decision as they were before, according to Rasmussen. Obama received 45 percent of the vote among those surveyed on Sunday and remained tied with Romney.

Pirate’s Cove: Oh My: White House Wants Democrats To Campaign On Obamacare:

The White House is encouraging congressional Democrats to go on the offensive after the Supreme Court upheld the president’s signature healthcare legislation Thursday, urging members on the campaign trail to “illustrate how the President and Democrats in Congress are standing up for the middle class.”

The memo, written by White House senior adviser David Plouffe and sent to the House and Senate Democratic caucuses, says the party should be happy to debate Republicans on taxes.

Good luck with that…

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Twitchy: Bobby Jindal says he will not implement ObamaCare in Louisiana:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday morning. He made it clear that he is joining Florida Gov. Rick Scott in not implementing ObamaCare in his state.

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Volokh Conspiracy: Breaking from CBS: Roberts Switched His Vote From Invalidating the Mandate to Upholding It:

O’DONNELL:  We’ll start first Jan because you’ve done some reporting.  The big question was why did Chief Justice John Roberts do what he did? You’ve learned new details.

CRAWFORD:  That’s right, what was striking about this was that it was the conservative chief decisive vote, joining the liberal signature achievement and that was something no one would have expected in 2005 when President George W. Bush put him on the Supreme Court and that was something that not even the conservative justices expected back in march when the court heard arguments in this case. I am told by two sources with specific knowledge of the court’s deliberations that Roberts initially sided with the conservatives in this case and was prepared to strike down the heart of this law, the so-called individual mandate, of course, that requires all Americans to buy insurance or pay a penalty. but Roberts, I’m told by my sources, changed his views deciding to instead join with the liberals.  He withstood–I’m told by my sources–a month-long desperate campaign by the conservative justices to bring him back to the fold and that campaign was led, ironically, by Justice Anthony Kennedy and why that’s ironic is because it was Justice Kennedy that conservatives feared would be the one most effort, of course, was unsuccessful, Roberts didn’t budge, the conservatives wrote that astonishing joint dissent united in opposition and Roberts wrote the majority opinion with the four liberals to uphold the President’s signature achievement.

Ann was soooo right about this guy.

Your Sunday Hymn: The Battle Hymn of the Republic

The Battle Hymn of the Republic as  sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir  at the Church of Latter-Day Saints Conference Center:


Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
While God is marching on!