Our view: The feverish congressional investigation into a botched gun running investigation makes a scathing report of Justice Department failures seem like vindication for the Obama administration
September 20, 2012- The gun-running operation called Fast and Furious went bad when federal agents decided to let low-level traffickers go in hopes of catching bigger fish in the Mexican drug cartels. A similar mistake seems to have plagued the congressional investigation into this debacle.
A clear-eyed view of the evidence in the case has always pointed to a series of terrible decisions by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials in Phoenix that were not authorized by responsible officials in Washington — decisions that allowed thousands of guns to flow across the Mexican border, two of which were found at the scene of a border patrol agent's murder. That's largely what a lengthy report by the Justice Department's inspector general found.
-By Ben Gold
September 14, 2012- Inland GOP congressman Darrell Issa landed this week on a an annual list of the most corrupt members in Congress, a distinction that his spokesman cast aside as a partisan attack from the left.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington singled out the House Oversight Committee chairman for conduct during debate over his push to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress earlier this year.
Issa, who represents portions of southwestern Riverside County, launched the proceedings after Holder declined to release documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal operation that involved the sale of guns, many of which wound up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
According to CREW, Rep. Issa illegally disclosed information from a sealed wiretap during the debate when he entered certain information about Fast and Furious into the Congressional Record.
-By Carol D. Leonnig
September 11, 2012- Ten Energy Department workers were subpoenaed for their private e-mails late last week as part of a congressional probe of a controversial Obama administration clean energy loan program, and five were served at their offices by a federal marshal.
The move came a month after a House oversight committee released e-mails showing that staffers and contractors frequently discussed federal loans to private energy companies in private e-mails. In one exchange, the head of the loan program warned a staffer how to avoid having private e-mail discussions subpoenaed.
The panel’s ranking Democrat, however, has accused Republicans of trying to intimidate federal workers.
DOJ Press Release: Statement of Attorney General Eric Holder on the U.S. House of Representatives Vote
Department of Justice
Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Statement of Attorney General Eric Holder on the U.S. House of Representatives Vote
Attorney General Eric Holder issued the following statement today:
“Today’s vote is the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided – and politically motivated – investigation during an election year. By advancing it over the past year and a half, Congressman Issa and others have focused on politics over public safety. Instead of trying to correct the problems that led to a series of flawed law enforcement operations, and instead of helping us find ways to better protect the brave law enforcement officers, like Agent Brian Terry, who keep us safe – they have led us to this unnecessary and unwarranted outcome.
—By Adam Weinstein
June 28, 2012- The "Fast and Furious" imbroglio may have just gone sideways on House Republicans. Just prior to them leading a House vote for contempt against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, a far-reaching investigation published by Fortune magazine poked major holes in the conservative storyline about the alleged gun operation. Claims that law enforcement engaged in a deadly plot to let Mexican outlaws smuggle US guns, the magazine reports, are based on allegations by a lone whistleblower who may in fact be the only person who did any illegal gun-smuggling. The real cause of violence and crime south of the border, it reports, is lax gun laws in Arizona and elsewhere pushed by Republicans and their friends at the National Rifle Association.
-by Jim Newell
June 20, 2012- Oil-soaked arsonist car thief Rep. Darrell Issa, the unlikely subpoena-wielding chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, appears at long last to be fulfilling his duty of stickin’ it to the Obama administration over one grossly exaggerated scandal during an election year. Since Issa and AG Eric Holder weren’t able to reach a deal about releasing documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF “gun walking” sting gone wrong, both sides are digging in for the coming annoyances. Evil authoritarian Barack Obama today became a Man by invoking executive privelege for the first time; Issa’s committee, meanwhile, is prepared to hold a contempt vote on Holder this afternoon. So exciting! How much longer can it be before Rep. Dan Burton starts shooting pumpkins?