© Miri WTPOTUS June 29, 2012
You didn’t think that we’d let the news about Obamacare crowd out the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress, did you?
The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress Thursday for failing to provide documents relating to the Fast and Furious gunwalking program.
The House took two votes, one on criminal contempt charges, which passed 255-67. The criminal contempt of Congress is likely not to go anywhere as the Justice Department, which Holder heads, is the department responsible for opening a criminal investigation.
The second charge, which passed 258 – 95, was a civil contempt charge, could move to federal court where it could take years to litigate. Though the action puts more pressure on the administration to abide by the subpoenas and provide requested documents.
The Democratic Party was split on the action. Seventeen members voted with the Republicans to hold Holder in criminal contempt while just under two dozen voted to hold him in civil contempt.
So he will have his day in the sunlight. His day that shall live in infamy.
For the first time in US history, a sitting member of a president’s cabinet has been held in contempt (of Congress. He and other cabinet members have earned more than their fair share of contempt from others, throughout the years.) As predicted, the Obama Administration is historic!
And as would be expected, the Congressional Black Caucus was quick to make allegations that hinted at racism. They and scores of other Democrats staged a walkout before the vote. Holder himself and others of the usual suspects also played the race card, in typical Alinsky fashion:
Holder had brought race into the debate over the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal. The House Oversight Committee‘s investigation was a way for Republicans to get at the president in part because “we’re both African-American,” he told The New York Times last year. …
Now, the moves in Congress Thursday raise the specter of charges of a racial conspiracy by white Republicans against a black administration.
Some leaders, like the Rev. Al Sharpton, suggested that Republicans had “stopped and frisked” Holder to make an “example” out of a black man. House minority leader Nancy Pelosi opined the contempt vote is retribution for Holder’s opposition to new voter ID laws that are seen as targeting minority voters in former Confederate states. MSNBC host Chris Matthews questioned whether the rancor of the contempt vote has an “ethnic” root.
One representative explained why they walked out:
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., told the Los Angeles Times: “We are non-participants in what we believe to be a calamity. This is a terrible day for the House of Representatives. We did not want to participate in something that had some kind of a smell to it.”
Might that be, unfortunately, the smell of several hundred corpses? Operation Fast and Furious was a terrible calamity all right–for the dead and their families.
The typical lies are being repeated by Obama supporters, about how former President George W. Bush also used “gun walking” (as if that excuses Holder and Obama) but there were huge and distinct differences between the programs:
Under Bush, the guns were intended to be tracked. Under Bush, the US cooperated with and informed the Mexican government of the program. Under Bush, nobody was killed. Under Bush, the program was transparent and it was stopped as soon as it was recognized as a mistake.
The Obama/Holder Operation Fast and Furious had no such features, as explained by the Sipsey Street Irregulars.
There are five key accusations against ATF and DOJ made by ATF whistleblowers and other sources within FedGov:1. That they instructed U.S. gun dealers to proceed with questionable and illegal sales of firearms to suspected gunrunners.2. That they allowed or even assisted in those guns crossing the U.S. border into Mexico to “boost the numbers” of American civilian market firearms seized in Mexico and thereby provide the justification for more firearm restrictions on American citizens and more power and money for ATF.3. That they intentionally kept Mexican authorities in the dark about the operation, even over objections of their own agents.
4. That weapons that the ATF let “walk” to Mexico were involved in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata, as well as at least hundreds of Mexican citizens.5. That at least since the death of Brian Terry on 14 December, the Obama administration is engaged in a full-press cover-up of the facts behind what has come to be known as the “Gunwalker Scandal.”
Could some intrepid reporter ask the hapless Jay Carney if the POTUS believes that the U.S. Government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people”? If he believes that, then surely he should understand that every document generated by that government is the property of the American People. There should be a high bar to clear before declaring any document confidential. To simply assert blanket executive privilege without a strong explanation is outrageous. A power-corrupted Department of Justice is a grave danger to every citizen who is not a favored political ally.