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 - 11:24 | 2543532 hedgehog9999
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Awesome picture , you guys are masters of Electronic DNA!!!!

Not too hard as all these fuckers have similar DNA strands.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:38 | 2543299 Dr. Richard Head
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Lesser of two evils?  Good fun.  Have fun with liberal light. 

"Hey, at least he is not AS liberal as Obama."

Party fucker!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:04 | 2543395 John Law Lives
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"Party fucker!"  -  Dr. Dick Head

Okay, brainiac.  Kindly explain to this forum why Ron Paul and Rand Paul only EVER ran for Congress as Republicans (as opposed to running as 3rd party candidates).  Please enlighten us.  The floor is yours...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:11 | 2543450 Dr. Richard Head
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Good question.  The system is biased against third-party candidates, as a whole, but moreso on the Presidential side - i.e. Perot.  Rand is a party fucker, as he has shown recently, and Ron Paul is an anomoly overall.  I have no supporting argument about Ron running as a Republican, other than the fact he tried the L ticket a while back and was blacked out and ignored then. 

The Federal Government IS the problem, I guess that is my point.  Consenting to this Federal Government system IS the issue.  Localism and lack of government is what I look for, but understand the possibility of that coming to fruition is about as possible as monkeys from me arse.  Hence, my striking out verbally in a tantrum of a toddler. 

Picking a guy that is NOT as bad, is not as solid as picking the guy that is really good. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:40 | 2543618 kralizec
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Translation - Whaaa!  Whaaaa!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:52 | 2543671 GMadScientist
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Thanks for proving the left doesn't have an exclusive on useful idiots.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:24 | 2543790 kralizec
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Neither is the Libertarian wing exempt.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:10 | 2543742 BlueCollaredOne
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The system is designed so third party candidates can't win.  Self preservation is the name of the game in politics, and both parties know that no real change will come with the duality that we now face.  It is virtually impossible to run on a third party candidancy, so Ron Paul chose R

The hurdles third parties face

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:30 | 2543810 kralizec
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Can't or won't?

Can't implies the childish meltdowns I tire of, it's always "somebody else's fault" that _________ didn't happen or _________ wasn't chosen.

Life is filled with disappointments.  Get used to it.

Won't is more appropriate.  There are as many reasons to vote for someone as to vote against someone, elevating one above the other, fine, choosing one over the other, not so fine, but pretending there simply is no difference and opting for not voting or throwing a vote away on a certain loser is even worse IMO.

Until a third party/third party candidate comes along that doesn't scare most people off, well, SSDD.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 12:39 | 2543888 BlueCollaredOne
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I take it that you didn't visit my link.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 13:10 | 2544065 John Law Lives
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"The system is biased against third-party candidates, as a whole, but moreso on the Presidential side - i.e. Perot. Rand is a party fucker, as he has shown recently, and Ron Paul is an anomaly overall. I have no supporting argument about Ron running as a Republican, other than the fact he tried the L ticket a while back and was blacked out and ignored then."  - Dr. R.H.

That is a reasonable response.  Ron Paul did run for POTUS as a Libertarian Party candidate in 1988, but his entire career in Congress has been as a Republican.  I am sure he realized he may not likely win a general election for Congress as a Libertarian.  There just aren't enough enlightened people to generate enough votes there.


"Hence, my striking out verbally in a tantrum of a toddler."  - Dr. R.H

Hey, this is fight club.  We must come prepared to take it on the chin or we don't belong here.


"Picking a guy that is NOT as bad, is not as solid as picking the guy that is really good."  - Dr. R.H

Agreed.  Neither Obumble nor Romney are worth a damn (imo), but one of them will be elected POTUS.  I really hope it is not Obumble.  He is the worst POTUS thus far (imo)...


Peace, out!

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:14 | 2543130 LoneStarHog
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Good luck if you think there will be elections in November.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:24 | 2543218 kridkrid
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Ugh... why would we not have elections.... it's the thing that provides legitimacy to the corruption.  Unless you mean to say that the elections in November are meaningless...that the whole silly thing is a staged production between two teams who serve the same masters...then yes... good luck if you expect the November elections to have any meaning.

The candidate who can best advance the goals of the real leadership will win the election.  What happens between now and then will lead to that result.  Period.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:51 | 2545036 mkkby
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"The candidate who can best advance the goals of the real leadership will win the election. "

Wrong.  They've already been vetted as acceptable by the real leadership.  That's why they got the money, party/media support that it took to be nominated.  The real leadership already got their man -- either one!

What happens between now and the election is just a beauty pageant for the sheeple.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:14 | 2543115 fuu
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That pic is freaky.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:15 | 2543140 DOT
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you should know !   

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:12 | 2543116 Captain Benny
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Obama doesn't understand how fast and furious this will impact his re-election bid...

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:26 | 2543221 Azannoth
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He knows that Not releasing the Documents will be a disaster, hmmm so what would releasing them mean ?

A) Impeachment

B) Prison

C) compromisation of the NWO Agenda

D) All of the Above ?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:56 | 2543396 blunderdog
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Rules have changed.  Congress can't impeach US Presidents anymore.

It might look partisan.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:43 | 2543626 knightowl77
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BTW....Obummer claimed to have NO knowledge of Fast & Furious when asked about it...So how in the hell can he claim Executive Privilege over documents he never saw???????????????????????????????

So either he was lying then or he is lying now...Oh wait, every friggen thing the guys says is a lie

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:49 | 2543366 bdc63
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This will not impact his re-election bid one iota.  People that want to vote for Obummer will NEVER hear a word about this on the liberal media they watch.  Period.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 11:33 | 2543577 Marginal Call
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It will have zero impact.  In the world of government malfeasance it's a rounding error.  People don't care.  Shit goes wrong, people die, it happens every day.

Most people care about  shit that matters, like Corzine walking around free.  And Geitner and the rest of the people ripping them off.  This story is as important to everyday people as a blue dress. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:19 | 2543117 hedgeless_horseman
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Anyone know where to find an update on this non-story?

White House staffers owe more than $800,000 in back taxes

It says the IRS does an annual review.  The IRS is under the U.S. Treasury, and who runs the U.S. Treasury?

Mr. Geithner, may we please get an update on this administration's tax cheating?


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:12 | 2543118 sschu
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Whatever your political persuasion, F&F has been a criminal enterprise, US Agents have died and someone needs to be held accountable.

But I no more expect this to happen than Corzine spending time behind bars.


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:58 | 2543407 semperfi
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corollary:   911 has been a criminal enterprise, US Citizens have died, and someone needs to be held accountable

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:13 | 2543120 lizzy36
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If Obama merely becomes GWB 2.0, can he continue to blame him for everything?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:19 | 2543164 lostintheflood
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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:21 | 2543190 GetZeeGold
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Been working for 3 1/2 years.....why stop now?


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:43 | 2544540 FeralSerf
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You can always blame the other side of the dialetic.  That's what they're there for.  And they can and will always blame their counterparties.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:15 | 2543123 Stuart
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The US is very quickly becoming a fascist state... AND just to prove how frickin' stupid the public is, they're going to in likelihood e-elect Obama. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:15 | 2543139 semperfi
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becoming?  so 20 years ago

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:24 | 2543213 Long-John-Silver
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Closer to 100 yrs

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:38 | 2543297 fuu
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Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:15 | 2543141 WALLST8MY8BALL
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Swiftly and Surely

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:17 | 2543152 hack3434
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The US IS a fascits state. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:24 | 2543167 GeezerGeek
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Remember the recent dust-up when a leftist commentator suggested replacing the Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem? Since we are no longer the "land of the free and the home of the brave", I reluctantly concur. (Plus, I've heard it mangled by too many vocalists - can't really even call them singers - during opening ceremonies at NASCAR races.)

Look for Obama to issue an executive order making the new national anthem of this: "My Country Tis of ME".

My country tis of me
Sweet land of tyranny
To me you'll sing

Land where your freedom died
Land where no hopes abide
With every Fascist lie
I've made me King

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:21 | 2543191 LawsofPhysics
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Has been since 1913, wake the fuck up.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:13 | 2543127 nobusiness
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Market reverses on the news.  More corruption the better. 

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:14 | 2543132 GeezerGeek
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"I am not a crook." and "Nor are my subordinates". - Barack Milhous Obama.

I hope the next president has the courage and decency to throw all these guys in Gitmo. Heck, under current administration guidelines there won't even have to be any trials.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 14:49 | 2544558 FeralSerf
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  So often is criminality.  It must be for "The Greater Good".  Or was that the Greater Goodies?

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 17:31 | 2545166 lakecity55
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Yeah, too bad Dick didn't close it. He will make a great guest there, along with "Waco" Holder.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:14 | 2543134 DOT
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At least the claim was "transparent".

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:14 | 2543135 the not so migh...
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I am starting to think Obama does not want to be there anouther 4 years.  Just like Mcain when he saw how bad it really was he suspended his campaign; he did not want the job in the end.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:16 | 2543148 semperfi
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I don't think Mussolini would think that

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:29 | 2543256 pepperspray
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Michelle wants out

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:58 | 2543404 TrainWreck1
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But first, another turkey leg and a bucket o' caviar


Wed, 06/20/2012 - 16:59 | 2545064 mkkby
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McCain suspended the campaign so he would APPEAR to be sensitive to the market/economic issues underway.  In other words, it was a campaign strategy to look concerned, rather than selfish.

You really need to try some no doze.  Pretty basic stuff.

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:16 | 2543145 ebrizzo
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Fast and Furious was started under Bush.  

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:18 | 2543157 nobusiness
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Then why is Holder blocking the investigation

Wed, 06/20/2012 - 10:22 | 2543204 LawsofPhysics
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treason, pure and simple.  Of course in a lawless country, it really does not matter.

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