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What Happened to Congress’ ‘Fast and Furious’ Fury?

Scandal resurfaces as a Mexican police chief and his bodyguard fall victim to a gun from the ATF operation.

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Bill Straub

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July 12, 2013 - 12:15 am
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WASHINGTON – The controversy surrounding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ infamous Fast and Furious program has faded over the past few months but it’s unlikely to be relegated to the background for very long.

Last week it was revealed that a high-powered rifle employed in the unsuccessful gun-tracking program was used to kill a police chief and his bodyguard in the Mexican state of Jalisco, signaling that some of the weapons used in the enterprise are now in the possession of members of drug cartels – the same people Fast and Furious was supposed to entrap as a result of the operation.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, the panel that led the investigation into the brewing scandal, continues its efforts to gain access to documents in the possession of the Department of Justice. The House in June 2012 held Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to comply with the panel’s request.

President Obama, for the first time in his administration, invoked executive privilege to thwart the committee’s demand. Justice Department officials insist they had no knowledge of the operation.

Any future congressional action on Fast and Furious, which first came to light in January 2011, likely depends on the committee and its chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), gaining access to the withheld information. Ultimately the issue will be resolved in federal court.

Issa said the House remains “steadfast in its commitment to getting the full truth about this reckless gunwalking effort that has been linked to murders on both sides of our border with Mexico.”

The House actually issued two resolutions in June 2012, holding Holder in criminal contempt of Congress while also holding him in civil contempt, a move that provided the lower chamber with the authority to sue to gain access to the documents in dispute.

Ronald Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia who technically works for Holder, rejected the House request to pursue criminal sanctions. But the lawsuit seeking access to the documents is alive and well before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee who nonetheless has expressed skepticism over the administration’s motion to dismiss the action based on the claim of executive privilege and the assertion that the courts should stay out of a dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

Attorney Kerry Kircher, representing the House of Representatives, told the court during an April 24 hearing that presidents would essentially have carte blanche to withhold documents from Congress and frustrate legislative oversight of federal agencies if the judiciary failed to intervene. Attorney Ian Gershengorn, representing the Justice Department, argued that the courts would appear to be “a tool of the political process” if it got involved.

Jackson noted the two sides have proved unable to reach a settlement after months of negotiations, leading her to surmise that a third party, like the courts, might prove beneficial to resolving the issue.

Jackson has yet to issue a ruling and the case remains open. If the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee’s effort proves successful, the panel can get its hands on documents it considers vital to the investigation of the operation and return the issue to public consciousness. Basically, the panel wants to know what the Justice Department knew about the operation and when did it know it.

On Feb. 2, 2012, the Justice Department sent a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, denying the existence of any gunwalking program. The letter was rescinded 10 months later when it proved to be inaccurate. House investigators hope the contested documents, should they be made public, will shed light on the department’s degree of knowledge.

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Most corrupt Administration ever. These turds make Nixon look like a choirboy. A cross between Karl Marx and Al Capone, the Community Organizer from Chi-town has his grimy paw prints on scandal after after scandal, but the silence from the LSM is deafening.
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Unsuccessful gun-tracking program?

I don't recall any evidence at all that there was any attempt to actually track the guns.
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Until the ridiculous invocation of executive privilege in this matter is thwarted, and until the coming revelations shame the media into reporting the facts, the American sheeple will continue to bask in their navel gazing ignorance of the intentional behavior of Mr. Holder and his boss. It's not just this malfeasance, it's Bhengazi, IRS, and all of the other sordid abuses that this Administration has commited that are going to reflect poorly on this crew for eternity. The Obama White House will go down in history as the most corrupt Presidency to date.
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Hey MV being totally stupid doesn’t help either - and you went to high school?
How about ‘coup’ - that come up in your civics class - sure is coming up here in the ‘heart land’!
Our Communist influenced - Jihad juggling - Islamist coddling - Socialist leaning - Alinskyite president and his many cohorts seem good fits for ‘water boarding’ and other truth seeking applications.
39 weeks ago
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Eric Holder sporting an Afro-Hair do and looking like Angela Davis with a mustache, Was one of the leaders of the Student Afro-American Society (SAAS) involved in the armed take over of the NROTC office at Columbia Univ back in 1970. They demanded that the former ROTC office be renamed the "Malcolm X Lounge". The University caved and renamed the Office in Malcolm X's name.
SAAS also pledged Solidarity with the Black Panther Party.
Be it little wonder why the attorney general bestows favors upon the Black Panthers today.
Amazing how quick Holder in his vibrent youth realized the words of another of his admired, world leaders, "Power comes out of the barrel of a gun." Remembrence of such he applied over 40 years later with Fast N Furious.
39 weeks ago
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my best friend's sister-in-law makes $72 every hour on the laptop. She has been laid off for eight months but last month her payment was $15645 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more here http://www.wep6.com
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Yep, just do nothing & let the feds run ragged over us. Oh, we can't do anything! Sick you head in the sand. People need to get mad & act run these people out of town. Another American Revolution would be good...
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We have an administration that will lie to your face and brand you a terrorist because you disagree with them. Furthermore, they will audit your taxes in an attempt to shut you up. We have an administration that is close to being criminally out of control. Right now their main focus is to convict a young man for what they wanted to be a crime of 2nd degree murder. They realized that would be impossible, they lowered the charge. If it becomes too tenuous, they will probably drop the charge to jay walking, depending on who crossed the street just to get a conviction.

What happened to Fast and Furious? They have simply ignored it and will use executive orders/privilege to make it go away forever. Master criminals.
39 weeks ago
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The Valerie Plame case was a hoax!

ALERT: Obama’s nominee for FBI Director in jeopardy!

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2013/07/11/alert-obamas-nominee-for-fbi-director-in-jeopardy/
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Once again, NOTHING will ever be done about fast & furious. Now that all of the posturing is done it is over. Besides, there isn't ONE pubbie w/ the cajones to do anything about it but whine & complain. What a bunch of wimps & wusses!
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Ok, Mr. Macho Cajones, what would you do? You can't order the US Attorney to indict his boss. It takes forever to work through the courts to get an injunction and then you don't have any way to enforce it. It is a serious, systemic problem with the federal government; there is no federal remedy for a lawless federal government, and it has become so big and powerful that states are very reticent to challenge the US for fear of being invaded by federal auditors, regulators, and various law enforcement agencies. Welcome to post-republican America.
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Easy! First, I'd fire holder & deputize people to actually enforce the law. Tell the states just to ignore the feds & call out the state cops if the feds try to interfere & jail 'em. That is a start!
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Everything's easy if you don't know enough.
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Well go ahead and fire him!


Oh, wait, you don't have the authority to do that? Oh, yeah, that's right.

Neither do I, or it would be done already. Bummer, I can't deputize anybody, either.

Uh-oh, I just realized something... (probably because I passed high-school civics class)

Neither does Congress!


Hey, I've got an idea.

If you really want to help, start by getting a clue how our government is set up, and get some inkling of who has what authority and who doesn't.

Being angry and profoundly ignorant really isn't helping our country right now.
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I had commented a while back that until the congress can get to scandals done, they should stop all other business because it is obvious that they can't chew and breathe at the same time.


So no immigration until Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS and media is resolved.

No health care, put on hold, until Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRS and medi snooping is done.

And where is the lame stream media who seem to think that guns in law abiding citizens hands is a wrong, but shipping guns into drug cartel hands is fine and dandy
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Gun walking + The Justice Dept. Illegal Activities to influence public opinion regarding the second amendment still equates to the Obama Administration complete disregard for the rule of law, Complete disregard for our constitution,complete disregard for human life be it across and or on our side of the border, This whole Administration from the Top Down Needs to punished for it's crimes against both the citizens of the United State and The Citizens of Mexico, The slaughter of human beings is on the scale of war crimes, and the Human rights abuses by this administration is punishable by impeachment and imprisonment.
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That's right I almost forgot Barack Hussein Obama and Erick the Red Holder Snuck three thousand rifles into Mexico till one of our border agent got murdered. Their plan was to start a great deal of chaos in the border area. then use that to Turn Americans against Guns they waited to long had two many other dirty tricks to push on the American People. They got caught but true the Chicago Gangster Politics the wormed their way out for now!!
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