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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.

 

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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 - 11:22 | Link to Comment tony bonn
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is anyone surprised that the indonesian citizen would now lie about crime lords obtaining weapons to murder americans? if so, you are awarded a fucktard cap.

www.obamacrimes.com

 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:25 | Link to Comment pods
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I am Jack's complete lack of surprise.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:33 | Link to Comment sbenard
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This is far worse than Watergate! Obama is setting himself up as a dictator. I can't imagine how bad a lame duck Obama in a 2nd term would be. If he wins, there will be no Constitution 5 years from now. One can only wonder what tyranny will take its place! His history and his associations suggest it could be full-scale communism! His entire past is filled with communists and radicals of every stripe!

I've lived in other parts of the world under military dictatorships and socialists. I have witnesssed the unrest, volence, and terror that is possible, with my own eyes. I've even been held hostage by some of them. I dread what's coming!

Most Americans have taken their freedom, their peace, and their prosperity for granted for so long, as if they are a birthright, that they have no idea how bad things could really get. I'm afraid we may be just a few months away from finding out!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:48 | Link to Comment Bob
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Majority opinion among journalists is that if Watergate happened today, it wouldn't be more than a blip on the screen, if it were reported at all. 

Thanks to the magic of free enterprise in the mass media:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_Act_of_1996

Economies of scale were realized, downsizing was necessary . . . would you guess it was the rabble-rousers they kept as editors?

They're all company men now . . . and if you don't know which company, you ain't in it. 

Worse times certainly ahead. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:13 | Link to Comment hedgeless_horseman
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flag as awesome (1)

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:13 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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IF he wins, the Constitution will be gone the day after the election.

Then he can use his drones to kill YT and other Christians for his Muslim hordes.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:33 | Link to Comment downrodeo
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its like a game with pretend rules. i used to do this all the time as a child. kept me busy for hours on end. usually fighting off zombie hordes. by the way, if you want a real trip, try salvia divinorum. when you come back you'll pretty well realize that all this shit is made up anyway.

sorry to rant it just tires me out. these bastards do whatever the fuck they want. I say we just start doing the same haha

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:39 | Link to Comment shovelhead
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I, for one, am totally and utterly...

Unsurprised.

Who wants a blue dress covered with DNA being waved around before elections?

The guy is toast. The King is dead...Long live the King.

Now we return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:39 | Link to Comment irie1029
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Where is WikiLeaks when you need them?  Oh yeah thats right we don't need to know.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:45 | Link to Comment kralizec
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This is excellent news.

First, by claiming executive privilege The Regime has just admited Obama knows all about this scandal from inception.

Second, The Regime has placed itself above and beyond the law of the land, as such, we are now compelled to revert to our God-given rights under the Declaration of Independence and throw off this tyranny and institute new government.

Lets party like its 1776!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:50 | Link to Comment Tuco Benedicto ...
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Holder is up to his ears in the 1995 OKC bombing of babies.  This man should be hung by the neck until dead!

Tuco

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:09 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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      The Regime has placed itself above and beyond the law of the land, as such, we are now compelled to revert to our God-given rights under the Declaration of Independence and throw off this tyranny and institute new government.

Funny.

Didn't this happen almost a decade ago with those other guys and torture and ignoring habeas corpus and all that stuff?

Wake me when someone starts shooting.  Meantime, have no fear.  Government's got all this under control. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:34 | Link to Comment kralizec
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Huh, what?  Like non-citizen combatants aka terrorists at Gitmo & overseas rendition centers?   Umm, not citizens = don't care.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 13:38 | Link to Comment blunderdog
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If you don't care about the law, why pretend?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:36 | Link to Comment FeralSerf
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Eye candy.  Nothing to see here -- you can all go back to grazing now.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:48 | Link to Comment XitSam
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He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:07 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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And we have the Right to get this shitass OUT!

You hate America with every molecule of your being, you Motherfucker.

You have crushed the American people too  long already for your Fascist Masters.

I hope your faggot Mulatto ass burns in hell.

I'M so pissed I'll vote Romney. At least he is an actual American.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:00 | Link to Comment stiler
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"Today, in one of the most difficult decisions of my presidency, I accepted the resignations of two of my closest associates in the White House, ________________ and ________________, two of the finest public servants it has been my privilege to know . . ." (1973)

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:08 | Link to Comment Judge Arrow
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Nixon ain't got nothing on this criminal and his henchmen  -  the worst president in american history - and he will go down in flames...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:24 | Link to Comment therearetoomany...
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Please GOD!  Please be true that this guy is gone...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:36 | Link to Comment kralizec
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Nixon has more honor than Obama, or any latter day democrat for that matter.  I can lay a lot on Nixon (creating the EPA pisses me off more than anything!), but sparing the nation more pain & suffering shows he was more of a man than the jackass throwing crap at us now.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:12 | Link to Comment ThisIsBob
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Back to prosecuting bike riders, baseball players and stoners for you, Holder.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:23 | Link to Comment silverserfer
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Its pathetic how these republicans pushing this manuver. CIA methods of infiltrating organized crime with technology is nothing new. It was not a political descion. It was an intelligence descion that has been ongoing.

 If this was done over Bush's presidency and this was Ashcroft's doing, this drama would not be happening. They would back it and not be swqealing around like weasaly little 13 year old bitches.  Another reason why the worthless bags in congress have the lowest aproval rating. They dont give a fuck about getting anything done just gotcha grandstanding and political manevering to get re-elected in their districts.

THe people who make tatical decesions involving national security are not partisan. Fuck this kind of behavior pisses me off!  

 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:26 | Link to Comment tlnzz
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 Not that this is unknown, but we have a rogue criminal Executive branch of Government that thinks it is accountable to no one.

 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:35 | Link to Comment WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot
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Yet another in a long train of abuses. Enough is enough already.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:35 | Link to Comment One World Mafia
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Unconstitutional executive privilege & executive orders. The same should happen to him as me for ignoring a subpoena.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:45 | Link to Comment Yardfarmer
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have you noticed how the power elite is hand picking and placing a bunch of mulatto puppets under the smokescreen of "equality" to promote their criminal agendas. http://kushmonster.blogspot.com/2012/01/looks-like-real-bad-year.html

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:59 | Link to Comment Joebloinvestor
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It would be great to have mass resignations at the JD.

A real show of support for Eric!

What a fucking LIAR and his buddy Barry is a creep.

What do they have to hide about a failed operation?

 

I guess we will only get leaks on the sucessful ones........

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:09 | Link to Comment jmc8888
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What about an illegal gun operation is state secret worthy? As if anything really is.  But this? There is not an argument that can be written to justify this.  Absolutely lawless. 

Glass-Steagall

 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:18 | Link to Comment Zymurguy
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Issa needs to work from the ground up... not from the top down.  The county sherriff in any county in any state has a tremendous amount of legal power at his command.  Issa needs to get the county sherriffs to start issuing warrants for the arrest under the charge of murder of the agents responsible, then work his way up the chain of command until he gets to Holder and Obama.  2nd degree murder charges and some agents in handcuffs will get a lot of folks singing - the executive and judicial branches here have blood on their hands... Officer Terry's blood.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 15:12 | Link to Comment Westcoastliberal
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Is this part of the "Hope and Change" 'cause we need some!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:01 | Link to Comment lakecity55
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MF SOB.

"Dick."

Richard M. O'Bama

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 21:29 | Link to Comment honestann
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FACT:  The entire executive branch of the federal government is guilty of treason.  And probably 99.99% of the rest of the federal government is guilty of treason.

Who expects any of them to prosecute themselves?

For all those people who said "wait until government corruption gets worse"... do you now understand why government corruption must never be allowed to "get worse"?  Because the predators then gain complete control, and you get what has always happened throughout all of recorded human history (say 5000 to 10000 years).

predators DBA government
predators DBA corporations
predators DBA central banks

Humans are finished.  Absolutely, completely and utterly finished.

Thu, 06/21/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment VivaLaAnarchy
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Damn, I wish I had a president in my back pocket.

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