There’s concern in some corners of the internet, that when Mitt Romney is elected, he’s going to let the Fast and Furious investigation die.
Townhall’s Katie Pavlich caught up with Darrell Issa at the RNC, last week, and asked him about that.
Many have speculated that if Mitt Romney beats Barack Obama in November, the entire scandal will disappear, but that just isn’t the case. As long as Issa is Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, the Fast and Furious headache for DOJ and ATF officials responsible, isn’t going away. Criminal charges are very much on the table as a consequence of Fast and Furious, no matter who is sitting in the White House.
As reassuring as that sounds, it didn’t bode well that Fast and Furious, aka “Murdergate”, aka Obama’s “Watergate with a Bodycount” was MIA at the RNC, last week.
How can it be that the Obama administration’s gun walking program that led to hundreds of bloody murders, including federal agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata, was not deemed important enough to make it into the program?
If Romney won’t even do so simple a thing as pledge to revoke executive privilege protecting documents covering up an official lie, what else can we expect him not to do? There are many who feel even that does not go far enough—some are demanding Romney expand the pledge to include appointing a special prosecutor, and more. When you consider the GOP’s unfulfilled promised to make Fast and Furious a campaign theme—something they studiously avoided in last week’s convention, is it really too much to expect a man and a party who covet roles of leadership to show some on what’s been aptly described as “Watergate with toe tags”?
But just focusing on this one small piece of what a president is empowered to do, there are plenty of reasons why not making this an expectation would make stirring words we’ve been told appear hollow.
“Attorney General Eric Holder’s continued refusal to turn over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents to House investigators — even in the face of being held in contempt by Congress — is another symptom of the disease of lawlessness that has been rotting our republic ever since President Barack Obama took office,” NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action executive director Chris Cox wrote in an impassioned appeal, concluding “This is our country and it’s time to take it back.
“after a long heart&soul conversation with MittRomney today I concluded this goodman will properly represent we the people & I endorsed him,” Nugent tweeted to announce his support.
“The only thing fast and furious that ought to happen is a full-on murder investigation by the FBI of the government goons who hatched, authorized and now are covering up this brain-dead, criminal scheme, which ended up costing the life of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry,” he advocated in a more formal write-up.
Is it too much to expect that politically influential people who represent themselves as gun rights leaders use that influence to persuade Mitt Romney to do the right thing and show some leadership himself on this? It’s only small fry desperate to get an important story out who need to resort to incessantly banging pots and pans for media attention, political attention and “gun lobby” attention. Nugent and Cox would get the right people’s attention immediately.
If they won’t call for Romney to do this, if they truly believe it’s too much to expect, we’d be interested in hearing why, and how that comports with their rousing words about the need for Fast and Furious justice.
In a lengthy press release posted on its website, the Romney campaign laid out a series of examples of Obama’s transparency “hypocrisy.”
“President Obama has run one of the least transparent administrations in American history,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement accompanying the release. “Whether hiding lobbyists in coffee shops, cutting back-room deals on Obamacare, or concealing the records of ‘Fast and Furious,’ President Obama’s pledge to be transparent has turned out to be just another broken promise. With no rationale for reelection and no plan to help middle-class Americans, President Obama has resorted to running a campaign of distraction, distortion and dishonesty.”
The Romney campaign leads off its list of transparency failures with Fast and Furious. It points out how then-Senator Obama attacked President George W. Bush for using executive privilege in 2007, and how Obama is now asserting executive privilege to withhold Fast and Furious documents from Congress.