Faster And Furiouser: Darrell Issa Strikes Back, Holds Eric Holder In Contempt

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After earlier none other than Obama stepped up and invoked an executive privilege, hoping the next step would be avoided, Darrell Issa just called the president and the AG's bluff:


But wait, there's more:


... And now to give some illegal immigrant voters pseudo-amnesty. So aside from this soaring acrimony between Republicans and Democrats, the "Fiscal cliff" issue will be promptly resolved. Promise.

From Bloomberg:

A U.S. House committee brushed aside President Barack Obama’s claim of executive privilege and held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents related to a law enforcement effort to track guns to Mexican drug cartels.


In a party-line vote, the Republican majority on the House Oversight and Government Reform panel voted to approve the first contempt citation for a Cabinet member in 14 years. Republicans said Holder failed to comply with a subpoena for documents in the Fast and Furious gun operation, which allowed illegally purchased firearms from the U.S. to wind up in Mexico.


The 23-17 committee vote marks an escalation in a standoff that began last year between Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration. The full House would have to approve the measure before it could refer the case to the U.S. attorney in Washington to determine whether prosecution is warranted for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena.


The House panel is seeking documents describing internal Justice Department discussions about a February 2011 letter to lawmakers that Holder later said mistakenly contained incorrect information.


The Justice Department says it already has provided more than 7,600 pages of documents in the case.


This is the first time Obama has invoked executive privilege, according to the White House.


Executive Privilege


Executive privilege is a principle that says the executive branch can’t be forced by the legislative branch to disclose confidential communications when they would harm operations.


Documents responsive to the House panel’s subpoena relate to “sensitive law enforcement activities, including ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions,” said Deputy Attorney General James Cole in a letter today to Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California, the chairman of the House panel.


Guns in Fast and Furious ended up “lost” and will turn up at crime scenes on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for years, Holder told lawmakers last year.


Two of about 2,000 guns that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed to be carried away were found at the scene of the December 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Arizona, according to a congressional report.


Holder has said he didn’t learn of the tactics in the operation until after it was the subject of news reports. Since then, he has banned the use of similar law enforcement methods.


Holder last year told a Senate hearing that he regretted a Feb. 4, 2011 letter the Justice Department sent lawmakers that indicated the ATF hadn’t “knowingly allowed” the tactics in the law enforcement operation to be employed. Information in the letter turn out to be inaccurate, he said.

Previously: Obama Asserts Executive Privilege Over Fast And Furious Fiasco

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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:29 | 2544953 ACP
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This is true irony: The top lawman in the country is also the biggest scumbag.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:36 | 2544983 SilverTree
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Issa holds Holder.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:01 | 2545069 El Oregonian
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I hope this Administration brings their welder's glasses 'cause their about to be blow-torched.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:30 | 2545159 DoChenRollingBearing
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What's good for the goose is good for the gander.  Especially for the worst administration in America.  Let's see how much courage Congress musters up to get at the truth.

If "Fast and Furious" is so benign, and/or that the administration has nothing to hide, then why invoke Executive Priviledge?  Because someone is guilty of serious crimes.  My guess: Eric Holder.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:35 | 2545184 john39
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just the errand boy... 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 22:02 | 2545805 eatthebanksters
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If it was Holder he would have fallen onthe sword and stifled the whole thing by resigning long ago.  I believe this goes to the top and in addition there will be a hidden agenda uncovered regarding the manipulation of public opinion with respect to 2nd ammendment rights through gun running. People will go to jail for this one.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 23:47 | 2545965 Calmyourself
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Sipseystreet and David Codrea;  +1,000  without these two this story never hits, never progresses the Woodward & Bernstein of Fast & Furious, these two cover all aspects of the 2nd Amendment implications.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 00:15 | 2545986 iinthesky
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Ok... Now what happens?

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 01:51 | 2546090 Freddie
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Of course it was designed to let them push more gun, er...people, control.   An American border agent was murdered with one of those guns and many Mexican civilians died.  This is no Watergate.  No one died from Watergate.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 04:34 | 2546180 bdc63
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Watergate with a body count ...

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 05:08 | 2546199 jeff montanye
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if lenny bruce died from an overdose of police, frank wills died from an overdose of watergate:

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:42 | 2545206 barliman
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I am thinking this was a High Priority item with players like Clinton and Jarret in the mix. You never know ... good lord willing and the cricks don't rise ... maybe they could share a cell.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:48 | 2545226 Not Too Important
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Bingo. State was in it up to their eyeballs. But didn't it start under Bush, and Obama just continued it? Hard to say.

And what about who Sandusky was sharing the boys with? That seems to have been forgotten about. Might have to reopen the case of the missing DA?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:37 | 2545341 Buckaroo Banzai
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"Hard to say"?? Actually it's easy to say. I never liked Bush, but his version of Fast And Furious was much more limited in scope, and unlike Obama's version, was implemented with the full cooperation of Mexican authorities.

Holder and Obama are GOING DOWN for this blatant assault on the 2nd Amendment, and the Constitution in general.

Now, regarding your question about Sandusky...that's legitimate. The rumor is that Paterno was told to show a blind eye to Sandusky because some big Penn State donors were, um, partaking as well. Funny how Paterno died so conveniently, hmmm?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:50 | 2545368 Benjamin Glutton
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Guns don't kill people. Attorney Generals, who refuse to prosecute bankers while the Congress kisses banker ass, kill people.


this is where the line is drawn?



Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:59 | 2545391 dwdollar
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Meanwhile, I get pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt today... going 35 down mainstreet. Ah... land of the slaves home of the cowards.

You truly can't make this shit up.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:17 | 2545431 Bicycle Repairman
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Yeah, Holder is shaking in his boots.  BTW, how did things turn out for, say, Ed Meese or Cap Weinberger or Janet Reno or John Ashcroft.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:23 | 2545445 dwdollar
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Yeah really... and I'm sure it will all change when puppet 44 is replaced with puppet 45. Right...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 22:49 | 2545896 Sabibaby
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I'll take the .44 mag over the .45 ACP.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 20:21 | 2545585 AmCockerSpaniel
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Don't FORETABOUTIT! First single stap.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 05:13 | 2546204 jeff montanye
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well while john mitchell got out of jail on a medical discharge, holder looks real healthy.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:49 | 2545516 prodigious_idea
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I was cited by a meter-maid for not having my front plate attached properly.  The ticket: $150.  The lesson: priceless.  But these are local law enforcement issues, right?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 20:18 | 2545570 dwdollar
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Yes, but the problem is systemic (like all the major problems of today).

No doubt this sudden enforcement of "law" (if that's what you want to call it) has something to do with the city's deficit problem.

I don't know about you, but $150 isn't small money for me.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 21:41 | 2545749 Cyrano de Bivouac
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I got a 479$ red light ticket. I think they are enforcing the mickey mouse laws for revenue as well as formatting our brains for more intrusive government control in all matters. Ticket was for a rolling right turn too, not driving drunk through an innersection at 40 mph.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:13 | 2545289 q99x2
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Holder covered up the FBI/ATF bombing of Oklahoma City that is the main reason Soetoro made him Attorney General.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:39 | 2545345 Buckaroo Banzai
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Bingo. "We reward our friends, and punish our enemies."

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 21:41 | 2545754 Bringin It
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Rumsfeld and Cheney were congressional aides to Gerald Ford, covering up things on the Warren Commission.

I guess once you see how the beast works from the inside you're made for life??

Colin Powell came out of obscurity to cover up Mai Lai.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 23:56 | 2545971 Calmyourself
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Well he did a shitty job of "covering" it up, ask calley...

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 02:25 | 2546118 Moe Howard
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Colon Powell was an affirmative action cover up dude.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:20 | 2545436 WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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Someone grab some rope.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:08 | 2545095 falak pema
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pen wise or classical grip of unzippered racket?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:27 | 2545156 flacon
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To HAVE and to HOLDER. This story is so gay. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:40 | 2545000 barliman
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We HAVE been HERE before ...

God willing Eric Holder will end up doing prison time so we can prove America does not discriminate when it comes ot putting scumbags in jail AND John Mitchell isn't the only Attorney General to have the honor of doing time.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:10 | 2545104 Abiotic Oil
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"Hey Eric, bro, I dropped the soap.  Can you bend over and grab that for me?"

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:16 | 2545125 Waffen
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although Eric Holder being pounded in the ass until he gets AIDS would be more justice then the Children killed at OKC will ever see, it is time we stop finding humor in Prison rape


it is incredibly immoral that we allow this in our prisons.


Dostoevsky said it best: The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:38 | 2545196 barliman
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Completely agree with regard to prison rape. What is more difficult to sort out is "What then?"

Unfortunately, Eric Holder's chances of getting ass raped in a federal prison are vitually nil.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:52 | 2545232 wee-weed up
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Holder's not worried about prison - he knows Barack Milhouse Obama will pardon him.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:01 | 2545257 Sauk Leader
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And if he wins in November, appoint him as Justice of the supreme court.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 22:11 | 2545832 eatthebanksters
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He'll hang out at Corzine's pad...

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 07:43 | 2546337 Disenchanted
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from your second link:


Russians commonly perceived Jews as dominating the Soviet government, a situation that resulted in anti-Jewish attitudes. A Jewish observer is quoted about the situation in 1923:

"The Jew is in all corners and on all levels of power.” “The Russian sees him as a ruler of Moscow, at the head of the capital on Neva [Leningrad], and at the head of the Red Army, a perfected death machine. He sees that St. Vladimir Prospect has been renamed Naumson Prospect… The Russian sees the Jew as judge and hangman; he sees Jews at every turn, not only among the communists, but among people like himself, everywhere doing the bidding of Soviet power… . Not surprisingly, the Russian, comparing present with past, is confirmed in his idea that power is Jewish power, that it exists for Jews and does the bidding of Jews.

damned if that don't sound very familiar...  



Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:52 | 2545235 Dingleberry
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not sure about Dostos quote....Japan has insanely tough prisons and their society is pretty well behaved. I say bring on the harsh punishment. I don't care about rehabilitation as much as I care about justice and vengeance.

If you don't want to take a chance on getting ass-raped, then just don't go to prison. Or is that too difficult?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:01 | 2545258 Not Too Important
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If you post on ZH . . .

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 18:16 | 2545297 icanhasbailout
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No matter how angelic your life is, the only thing between you and prison in the USA is a prosecutor's desire to put you there. EVERYONE in the USA is a felon, the web of laws is so thick that you cannot avoid being one.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:08 | 2545409 bigkahuna
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As much as I really do hate to even think it - you are right.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 20:42 | 2545640 BidnessMan
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40,000+ laws and regulations became active on Jan 1, 2012.  I am still reading - everyone is guilty of many.  A number are in direct conflict with others.  "Do you enjoy beating your wife" laws.

My concern is I won't get through reading this year's batch of 40,000+ by December 31.  Likely another 40,000+ next year too.  icahhasbailout is right.  Everyone is a felon.  Just a matter of whether you have teed off a prosecutor, or one decides to pump up his conviction stats with you. Completely arbitrary.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 23:39 | 2545960 Dingleberry
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I must be one of the lucky ones to avoid 40k laws and stayed out of the pen and avoid ass rape.  Don't know how I did it all these years.....I think I'll buy some lotto tickets tomorrow.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 06:09 | 2546227 BeetleBailey
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"There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone?

But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of law-breakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."

Ayn Rand - "Atlas Shrugged"

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 19:52 | 2545522 prodigious_idea
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The thought of a prison ass-rape is the only deterrent I need.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 07:40 | 2546333 General Decline
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That's right, prodigious idea.  You're not going to see me driving around without my seat belt on anytime soon. 

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