Stunning admission by a president who was unaware of Fast & Furious

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

Obama invokes executive privilege on Fast & Furious documents.…

President Barack Obama has asserted executive privilege over documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious. The move followed Attorney General Eric Holder’s last-second request for him to do so, ahead of a scheduled House Oversight Committee vote to begin contempt of Congress proceedings against Holder.

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley said this assertion raises more questions than answers.

“The assertion of executive privilege raises monumental questions,” Grassley said. “How can the President assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement?  How can the President exert executive privilege over documents he’s supposedly never seen?  Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme?  The contempt citation is an important procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances.  The questions from Congress go to determining what happened in a disastrous government program for accountability and so that it’s never repeated again.”

So just exactly what is this administration hiding? The President just admitted that the documents in question involve communication with the White House. This is the same president who said he had no knowledge of the gun-running operation lead by the ATF.

I’m guessing the documents lead right to the Oval Office and document its plan of letting guns walk to bolster the 90% lie, all in an effort to pave the way for stricter gun control laws (as he promised the Brady folks). This was the “under the radar” approach. And a border patrol agent was murdered because of this policy.

There is nothing this administration won’t stoop to to “fundamentally change America”.

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  • Vote3rdpartynow

    “The White House has no involvement with Fast and Furious” or “I did not have sexual relations with that woman Miss Lewinsky” or ‘I have no idea how Harvard Law School found out I was Cerokee”…etc…etc…etc.  

    Toe-Mae-Toe, Toe-Mah-Toe

  • that the micromanaging Obamessiah knew about the entire program the entire time.


    In a second major retraction over its version of the the gun-walking scandal, the Justice Department has retracted Attorney General Eric Holder’s charge in a hearing last week that his Bush administration predecessor had been briefed on the affair.

    To: Reporters and Editors

    Re: Second retraction of Fast and Furious Assertions

    Da: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    The Justice Department has retracted a second statement made to the Senate Judiciary Committee. During a hearing last week, Attorney General Eric Holder claimed that his predecessor, then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey, had been briefed about gunwalking in Operation Wide Receiver. Now, the Department is retracting that statement and claiming Holder “inadvertently” made that claim to the Committee. The Department’s letter failed to apologize to former Attorney General Mukasey for the false accusation. This is the second major retraction the Justice Department has made in the last seven months. In December 2011, the Department retracted its claim that the ATF had not allowed illegally purchased guns to be trafficked to Mexico. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s letter and the Department’s response can be viewed here-1.

  • The committee’s vote was 23-17. The next step is a vote of the entire House.

  • Italics mine

    The second species of executive governance, however, is saliently different[and is the one invoked by Obama]. It involves executive departments and agencies that are not required by the Constitution but are, instead, creatures of congressional statute. A textbook example of this is the Department of Justice. As I have argued before (here) when a related issue arose about Congress’s power to bar the Obama administration from prosecuting terrorists in civilian court, the Constitution calls for neither a Justice Department nor an Attorney General of the United States. They owe their existence to Congress alone.

    There was no Department of Justice for nearly a century after the Constitution was adopted. And while the post of attorney general was established by the first Congress, it was conceived as a part-time position, with no staff, limited to providing legal advice to the president and representing the federal government in civil litigation. There was no thought that there would be a criminal law-enforcement mission for the central government, much less that the feds would regulate firearms (and do so by sending them to murderous foreign drug cartels). The Framers were quite clear that law enforcement would remain the exclusive province of the states.

    I rehearse all this history because I’ve always thought it very presumptuous of the Justice Department to claim a power to conceal information from Congress when it is completely dependent on Congress for its existence and its mission. Congress could repeal the Justice Department tomorrow. Congress writes the statutes that the Justice Department enforces, is the master of the Department’s jurisdiction, and pays for everything the Department does – without which budget the Justice Department could do nothing.

    I don’t think there is (or, at least, that there should be) an executive prerogative of “effective government decision-making” that allows a department or agency created by Congress to deny Congress information on the ground that disclosure would compromise its congressionally-prescribed mission. That is a judgment for Congress to make, weighing the need for the information against the risk of compromising a mission the executive would not have in the first place absent congressional authorization.

  • for the votes of John Tierney and John Lynch. Apparently they have no problem with the Attorney General withholding thousands of documents related to the administration running guns to Mexican drug cartels.

  • “Over the course of the next 10 months that I was involved in this operation, we monitored as they purchased hand guns, AK-47 variants, and .50 caliber rifles almost daily. Rather than conduct any enforcement actions, we took notes, we recorded observations, we tracked movements of these individuals for a short time after their purchases, but nothing more. Knowing all the while, just days after these purchases, the guns that we saw these individuals buy would begin turning up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico, we still did nothing. I can recall, for example, watching one suspect receive a bag filled with cash from a third party then proceed to a gun dealer and purchase weapons with that cash and deliver them to this same unknown third party. Although my instincts made me want to intervene and interdict these weapons, my supervisors directed me and my colleagues not to make any stop or arrest, but rather, to keep the straw purchaser under surveillance while allowing the guns to walk. Surveillance operations like this were the rule, not the exception. This was not a matter of some weapons getting away from us, or allowing a few to walk so as to follow them to a much larger or more significant target. Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals-this was the plan. It was so mandated.” Testimony of John Dodson, ATF Special Agent, Whistleblower


    Even though the White House is legally required to produce a privilege [log], it’s unclear if Obama’s administration will. White House spokesman Eric Schultz would not answer when asked if the administration would.

  • therefore he knows of what he speaks.

    Understanding this calls for some “inside baseball” about how the Justice Department works. In particular, you’ll want to introduce yourself to “OCDETF,” a term near and dear to the DOJ heart, though one unknown to the public – and boy, does the administration ever want to keep it that way.

    OCDETF stands for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. It was created during the Reagan administration to throw the coordinated muscle of Justice’s component investigative agencies – especially the FBI and the DEA – at domestic and international organized crime, a scourge that had been dramatically exacerbated by unprecedented drug-trafficking millions.

    OCDETF cases are Justice’s crown jewels: the investigations that go on for months (sometimes more than a year) and result in vast arrest sweeps, bells-and-whistles press conferences, high-profile trials, and epic convictions and sentences. To carry such cases off demands mega manpower. Besides developing and exploiting informants, the agencies infiltrate criminal conspiracies with undercover agents, use the information gathered as the basis for wiretaps, and coordinate this eavesdropping with physical surveillance. It takes scores of agents to monitor bugs, conduct sometimes 24/7 spying on multiple subjects, and manage informants, who tend to be very high-maintenance. This costs money, lots of money.

    OCDETF money pours out, but not without one very big string attached: the involvement of Justice Department headquarters in Washington – known as “Main Justice” in DOJ circles.

    Why go through all of this detail? Because the Obama administration has offered a palpably false narrative about Fast and Furious. It is this: Acting on their own, recklessly irresponsible ATF agents in Arizona – under the ostensible direction of the local U.S. attorney, who was actually asleep at the switch – dreamed up the Fast and Furious investigation, with its rogue “gunwalking” tactic. Against all government protocols, thousands of firearms were allowed to be transferred from “straw purchasers” to violent Mexican drug gangs, in the vain hope that they’d turn up in crime scenes and searches of high-ranking cartel operatives, enabling the U.S. government to make spectacular cases against the kingpins rather than the low-ranking nobodies.

    This went on for a time with inadequate supervision, and, predictably, when the arsenal fell into the hands of the savage criminals, it resulted in violent crimes, including murders – murders that tragically included Agent Terry’s. Finally, word of the operation slowly made it across the country to Washington, where Obama DOJ appointees raised concerns with top ATF officials. Though they may be faulted for moving too slowly, eventually these DOJ appointees alerted their boss, Attorney General Holder, who was horrified and acted decisively to shut the operation down.

    Bunk. In fact, Fast and Furious was an OCDETF case. That made it a Main Justice case, not the orphan Arizona debacle of media portrayal.

    The OCDETF designation enabled Fast and Furious investigators to use wiretaps. This is highly unusual in ATF-run cases – almost all federal wiretapping is done in investigations led by the FBI or the DEA. As noted above, wiretapping requires Main Justice approval. But that’s not all: As I’ve previously outlined, federal wiretap law mandates that the application to the court describe the investigative tactics that have been used in the investigation and explain why those tactics cannot achieve the investigation’s objectives without wiretapping. If the Fast and Furious wiretap applications complied with federal law, they must have described the gunwalking tactic. These applications cannot be submitted to a federal judge until they have been approved by Main Justice; they are submitted to the Department’s Office of Enforcement Operations, which screens them very carefully.

    There is little doubt that the wiretap applications would show that senior DOJ officials were aware of the gunwalking tactic long before Agent Terry was gunned down on December 14, 2010. But that’s not the half of it. Bet your bottom dollar that gunwalking was discussed in the consideration of whether to make Fast and Furious an OCDETF case in the first place. OCDETF investigations, moreover, are carefully monitored by the Justice Department throughout, to ensure that the extraordinary flow of funding continues to be worthwhile. I’m wagering that senior DOJ officials – which is to say, Obama-administration political appointees – knew about the gunwalking for close to a year before Agent Terry’s death.