Obama Attorney General Eric Holder indicated he was willing to “make a deal” to avoid further legal investigation into the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal that saw thousands of weapons placed into the hands of known criminals by the Obama administration. Those weapons were then used in crimes that slaughtered hundreds of innocents on both sides of the American-Mexican border.
(Obama Attorney General Eric Holder says “Let’s Make A Deal”…)
EXCERPT (via ABC News)
Justice Dept, House Seek to Resolve ‘Fast and Furious’ Suit
The Justice Department said Tuesday that they will try to settle a lawsuit seeking to enforce a subpoena sought by the House Oversight and Government Reform committee to obtain documents related to the ATF’s botched gun trafficking case Operation Fast and Furious.
…The House then sued Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this year after President Obama invoked executive privilege shielding Holder from turning over the documents. The Committee’s subpoena was seeking internal DOJ documents following the drafting of a February 4, 2011 letter sent to Congress that contained inaccurate information about ATF’s operations. The letter was withdrawn by the Justice Department in December 2011.
A DOJ Inspector General report earlier this year cleared Holder of knowing about the ATF’s reckless tactics. The Inspector General’s review recommended 14 Justice Department and ATF officials for disciplinary and administrative review. LINK
I sent the above link to our Republican Insider and received this prompt response back:
This ABC story is kind of misleading. While DOJ wants to cut a deal badly, House Republicans are (not) so willing to do that. The part about the letter that was retracted is the real sticking point in this thing. Been told when that took place, the cover up was exposed. Then when Executive Privilege was enacted, we knew that the White House was shielding Holder from the ongoing Inspector General investigation and likely protecting the White House as well. There’s the catch right? Why would there need to be Executive Privilege for the president if the Inspector General report says that Eric Holder didn’t even know about Fast and Furious? If the president knew and Executive Privilege applies, then Eric Holder had to have known as well, right? And if you recall, the Inspector General report said its own assessment was based upon information it received from the Department of Justice. The IG asked for other docs but they were not given over due to the Executive Privilege order.
You had some readers crying about no new news about Fast and Furious a while back. I remember reading some of that. They don’t understand that once the Congressional investigation became an actual legal case, two things happen. The process slows way down and information cannot be made public so easily. So things have been moving but very deliberately. The White House knew that would happen. It pushed everything past the election. Now that we are getting close to the January hearing date, it is no surprise that Holder is letting Republicans know he is more than willing to cut some kind of deal. That means he has some secondary DOJ people lined up to take the fall. It also means he’s guilty.
Now I have to leave you with some disappointment. The Executive Privilege is what is likely keeping the docs that would implicate Holder from the Congressional investigation. There would have to be one heck of a court battle to bypass that order. I don’t think this group of Republican leaders are willing to take that on. Personally I wish they were, but I haven’t heard anything to indicate they would do that. Hope I’m wrong, but like I’ve said before, I just don’t have faith in these Republicans wanting to come out that hard against all of this.
Benghazi is another matter though. We have some of our own chomping at the bit on that one still.
And since I got you here, did you notice Boehner come out today and say he’s willing to talk new revenues/taxes as long as entitlement reform is on the table as well? Just like I told you on Monday. He’s putting the compromise out there slowly to prepare Republicans. What’s interesting is that the back and forth between him and Reid on this has hardly included any White House input. I don’t understand the nature of that relationship between Reid and Obama. The senator has defended the president publicly and been a very strong advocate for him, but so much of what I hear on what the Senator thinks of Obama in private is indifference. Weird.
One last thing. Did -deleted- get a hold of you? They sent me a message saying they want us all to do a sit down at the same time. Said I ”had it all wrong.” ???? Sounded agitated. Whatever. I’m open to the sit down if you think it’s something worthwhile. Would have to wait for a week maybe two though. Let me know.