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Obama Asserts Executive Privilege Over Fast And Furious Fiasco

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If there was any confusion whether Obama is in fact Bush, or maybe even Nixon, this has now been squashed. From Fox:

President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway.

Holder, whose guilt is implicitly proven by this action, is now likely absolved of everything as the TOTUS has effectively onboarded all of his "balance sheet risk." And why not. The Fed does it for everyone else every day.

As a reminder, from the WSJ:

A showdown Wednesday in the House between Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa comes down to this: Who will blink first in a dispute over Justice Department documents Mr. Issa is demanding related to the botched Fast and Furious gun-trafficking probe?


California Republican Mr. Issa is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and he has called a 10 a.m. meeting of his panel to vote on a resolution to sanction Mr. Holder with contempt of Congress. The two men held a meeting Tuesday that lasted only 20 minutes. And from their accounts, it has become a game of chicken, with each side insisting the other act first to resolve the standoff.


Mr. Holder said Mr. Issa rejected his offer to provide documents because the lawmaker wouldn't agree that they would fulfill the subpoena, effectively ending the contempt threat. Mr. Issa said the attorney general didn't come prepared to provide documents and that the contempt threat can't be removed until the documents are produced.


At issue are Justice Department documents that Mr. Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa) have sought and that the department resisted turning over in the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious. The department said the documents reflected internal deliberation or were related to continuing criminal investigations and therefore weren't subject to congressional subpoena.


If a majority of the committee votes for contempt Wednesday, the matter then could be taken up by the full House. If the House votes in favor, then a contempt citation could be referred to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, an appointee of President Barack Obama who is in Mr. Holder's chain of command. And then things become legally more uncertain. It isn't clear if Congress can compel an executive-branch official to prosecute the attorney general. In the Bush administration, the House voted to hold White House officials in contempt in a similar documents dispute and the Bush-appointed attorney general ordered the U.S. attorney to disregard it. The matter was eventually settled with the production of documents before a civil-court battle ran its course.


The main issue in Fast and Furious remains the contention by Messrs. Issa and Grassley that the Justice Department is improperly withholding documents. The department has turned over thousands of documents—about 7,000 or 8,000, depending on which side is counting—and says it is being forthcoming. By comparison, the inspector general has had access to about 80,000 documents, including those the department has declined to share with lawmakers.




The matter has become a political fight, with little real impact on Mr. Holder, who is expected to serve out his tenure through the end of the current administration in January. Democrats accuse Republicans of using the contempt measure as a political tool against Mr. Holder and the president. Democrats did some of the same against President George W. Bush's attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, who resigned under pressure in a controversy over the firings of U.S. attorneys.

And now back to your regularly scheduled farce of a democratic republic.

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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:09 | 2543091 pupton
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One thug protecting another...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:18 | 2543143 GetZeeGold
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It's the Chicago way......it's transparent......you just can't see it is all.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:20 | 2543185 Deo vindice
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That's what transparent government is - you can see right through them.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:22 | 2543198 Marginal Call
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Waiting for Benny?  It's red meat time.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:45 | 2543342 SilverTree
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Obama is in on it!!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:01 | 2543714 Sauk Leader
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Obama was involved in it. He is protecting himself.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:28 | 2543805 Bicycle Repairman
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The US is no longer a democracy or a republic.  After 9/11 Bush declared an emergency and ended it.  The Commander-in-Chief can do whatever he wants.  The CinC will play ball with congress and the supremes when they give him what he wants.  It's good optics.  Otherwise, he'll ignore them.  Likewise for the people.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:02 | 2544327 Bananamerican
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note to self: new avatar?? hmmm...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:14 | 2544406 Chuck Walla
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Hey Bike Repair,

The US is no longer a democracy or a republic.  After 9/11 Bush declared an emergency and ended it.  The Commander-in-Chief can do whatever he wants.  The CinC will play ball with congress and the supremes when they give him what he wants.  It's good optics.  Otherwise, he'll ignore them.  


Did you ever hear of Franklin Roosevelt?

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 21:06 | 2549427 Bicycle Repairman
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Yeah, I've heard of FDR and Wilson and Lincoln before him.  If your point is "know your history" = +1.  If it's: "Bush isn't to blame" = -1,000

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:34 | 2543837 FlyoverCountryS...
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Every single day brings a new outrage from this criminal administration.

Yet, CNN has yet to show IT'S OWN 2007 video of Obama saying on Larry King that the whole idea of 'Executive Privilege' Was a farce.

I wonder why???


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 21:48 | 2545766 Hive Raid
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Well, Malcolm O did just launch his black voter campaign ad "We've got your back."

True, given that he walked away from the slam dunk case against the New Black Panthers on blatant voter intimidation. And now high-yella brotha Holder gets his propers after murdering an American border agent and who knows how many Mexicans.

Black gangstas and Jews running the country... what could possibly go wrong?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:59 | 2543410 canardo
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So transparent, it's like it's not even there ...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:21 | 2543188 SilverTree
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It's like a brown filter over everything.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:04 | 2543434 jayman21
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I still do not see the trees and flowers being planted.  The Chicago way goes two ways.   This is only going one way.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:17 | 2543147 Azannoth
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It's funny how all the Presidents and most politicians have alleged skeletons in their closets ie.

did Bush doge the Vietnam draft ?

did Clinton have an affair with an intern ?

did Nixon knew about Watergate ?

but Obamba BLOWS everybody out of the water with his

is he a natural born citizen

is he Muslim

is/was he an Indonesian citizen

is he Gay

is his Birth Certificate real

is his Social Security Number real

was/is he an asset of the CIA

was/is he using narcotics and to what extent

did he study where he says he studied, without any records and any proof

why does he keep ALL his past records classified

etc. etc.

If there ever was a Manchurian Candidate in the White House he HAS to be IT

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:23 | 2543207 Bastiat
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You left out his Selective Service registration which is the most obviously forged document made available--a mis-aligned Post Office stamp with a 2 digit rather thatn 4 digit date??  "80" instead of "1980."   


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:10 | 2543461 aerojet
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Does anyone really need more proof that the executive branch of the US government has been completely captured by the elite?  Obama is a cut-out, it is 100% obvious that both he (and Bush, for that matter) were nothing but puppets dancing on strings. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:02 | 2544328 Bastiat
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. . . or more proof of just what the news media has become?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:17 | 2543766 icanhasbailout
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Also his Social Security number belongs to a deceased relative of his wife (Harrison J Bounel)

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:54 | 2543973 Bastiat
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I knew it was a Connecticut SS number of a deceased person and that neither he nor his parents ever lived in CT but I was not aware of the connection to Michele.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 13:04 | 2544030 icanhasbailout
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It's amazing, whever you think you see the bottom of the rabbit hole, there's always another turn

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:24 | 2543209 Manthong
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I'm with you on this, except your first point..

I'm no fan of Bush but National Guard service was no more dodging the draft than taking a legal tax deduction is tax evasion (V avoidance).

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 13:08 | 2544056 FeralSerf
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What about Romney's Mormon "missionary service"?  Would you consider that dodging the draft?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:00 | 2544325 Bastiat
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When you use family priviledge to get to the front of the line for the Texas Air National Guard, maybe it's not "draft dodging" but it's something else that doesn't smell too nice. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:51 | 2544835 prole
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Using family influence and pulling strings to keep your children safe and one million miles from the battlefield, while children of the NOT rich-and-famous are kidnapped and sent overseas to have their heads blown off.

Works the same in any country.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:26 | 2543228 Marginal Call
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A lot of those apply to Bush.  Gay?  probably.  Narcotics?  You bet.  CIA?  Maybe.  Did he study what he says?  Bush didn't study, see narcotics and gay questions.


Everyone of the inbred fucks that came before him has just as many skeletons.  Y'all just hate this guy extra. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:45 | 2543344 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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At least the inbred fucks know who their father was.

Barrack Hussein Obama is not the biological child of Barrack Obama a natural born kenyan. 

Barrack Hussein Obama is the biological child of Frank Marshal Davis.

Why would a person do this? Is he ashamed of his father, Frank?



Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:11 | 2543467 Marginal Call
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Do you guys realize how fucking loony you look when a dem is in the white house?  It was just as bad with Clintoon.  Fucking nutters going crazy everywhere.  Where were y'all when Saint Ronny and Ollie were running drugs and guns and starting little wars and revolutions?


It's one big criminal gang.  O is no different than the others.  Or were you expecting hope and change? 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:19 | 2543506 DaveyJones
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each president will get exponentially worse and controlled until this place blows

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:25 | 2543533 Marginal Call
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This seems likely.  But I'd argue it's the perception that is worse for two reasons:  the speed of information and rumors today, and each is inheriting a more out of control situation than the prior.  IOW the job is getting harder and harder to keep the lid on, and we are getting the same caliber crook. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:50 | 2543666 12ToothAssassin
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+13908754983475983 to this thread

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:33 | 2543811 DaveyJones
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agree and this is exacty why (1) the executive will become more and more dependent on criminal international gigantic structures that created these problems and have huge interests in hiding, denying and deflecting them and (2) out of "necessity," the executive will justify exponential erosion of the bill of rights and true capitalism

See: (a) histories of most empires and mix with it (b) the rapidly depleting world resources

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 13:15 | 2544094 FeralSerf
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"No different" is a stretch, but I agree about them being part of the big criminal gang.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:31 | 2543819 Yardfarmer
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in an age where personal political fabrication and obfuscation are the norm, the computer generated freeze dried doppelganger Obama/Soetero/Davis ?? is a living monument to falsity. http://kushmonster.blogspot.com/2012/03/whos-your-daddy.html

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:12 | 2543476 aerojet
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Since when was Bush gay?  His father was/is CIA, so of course he is, too.  Bush's national guard stint was based on privilege, which is not unusual for the DC crowd.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 13:03 | 2544018 Bastiat
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Jeff Gannon.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:36 | 2543289 ExploitTheMarket
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a few other "skeletons"


Obama started a few "pot-smoking trends" among his high-school friends

He also got into a car accident during a drag race with the "Choom Gang"

Obama thanked his drug dealer in his high school yearbook

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:43 | 2543330 overmedicatedun...
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I used to call them bushbots and now obumabots are all over this thread..the simple fact is this guy who ever he is barry or AKA's is breaking what was US law right and left..D AND R's trolls we face else where on the net too bad we have em on ZH like flies on shit.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:01 | 2543418 Lucky Guesst
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"Obama thanked his drug dealer in his high school yearbook"

that is classic lol

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:15 | 2543485 aerojet
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It's a stupid thing to bring up at all.  Plenty of people have high school yearbooks with dumb things written in them, me included.  What you did and who you were at age 18 has nothing to do with the adult you became later.  Only boring people are completely clean.  And come on, we're talking pot smoking here, it's not like Obama was the school heroin dealer! 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:35 | 2543587 Lucky Guesst
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Even IF I had a drug dealer in high school, I was at least smart enough to know better than associating myself with him publicly. Even as a dumb 18 year old I knew I would have to answer to my children and my childrens children. Better safe than sorry!!!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:07 | 2544358 BooMushroom
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...and maybe a little blow.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:39 | 2543305 Jake88
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and all this was known or should have been by the idiots who voted him in.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:03 | 2543428 Lucky Guesst
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Yeah but I voted for McCain and I'm pretty sure I would feel just as stupid for giving him my vote as O's supporters should be now.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:14 | 2543484 Floordawg
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+1 for fessin' up. I'd give you another for learning from your mistakes (a seemingly rare trait) if i could.

Welcome to the real world!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:22 | 2543524 DaveyJones
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yes Keating Five vs. Kenyan won pretty much sums up our corrupt political reality

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:29 | 2543554 pods
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Shit, I got y'all beat. I voted for a Cracker with a porno stash!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:31 | 2543564 Chump
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If you vote at all anymore you're an idiot.

If you were given the option to ingest cyanide or aresenic, what would you choose?  Neither, of course.  Yet we allow assholes to tell us it's a our "patriotic duty" to vote for which bag of shit smells the least offensive.

Withdraw all consent, stop paying taxes, stop spending money except on life necessities.  Pay down all debt.  Accumulate savings in whatever form you deem appropriate for your situation.  Then you're actually casting a meaningful ballot that says, "Fuck all of you clowns.  EABODADIAF!"

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:47 | 2543348 Yes We Can. But...
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Has BHO been lying all along about who his biological father is: http://obamasrealfather.com/

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!