It’s an interesting day to stay near the television or radio. Much is breaking on Eric Holder and his refusal to hand over key documents in the Fast and Furious scandal.
As others have asked, why would Obama use executive privilege to relieve Holder of transferring these papers if the president wasn’t involved? Isn’t executive privilege about what the president knows? Sounds like he knows something; probably a LOT of something. Otherwise, why would he risk this tactic so close to the election?
Then we find out, according to Matthew Boyle at the Daily Caller,
In the wake of President Barack Obama asserting executive privilege to withhold Operation Fast and Furious documents from Congress, the Department of Justice has withdrawn a second statement made to Congress because it was inaccurate.
During last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Holder had alleged that former Attorney General Michael Mukasey knew of gunwalking during the George W. Bush administration.
“An attorney general who I suppose you would hold in higher regard was briefed on these kinds of tactics in an operation called Wide Receiver and did nothing to stop them — nothing,” Holder told Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn during that hearing. “Three hundred guns, at least, walked in that instance.”
After the hearing, Grassley wrote to Holder asking him to provide evidence to back up his blaming Mukasey.
Instead of being able to facilitate evidence, though, according to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office, Holder and the DOJ have now retracted that statement.
“This is the second time in nearly seven months that the Department has gotten its facts wrong about gunwalking,” Grassley said. “Attorney General Holder accused Attorney General Mukasey, without producing any evidence, of having been briefed on gunwalking in Wide Receiver. The case Attorney General Mukasey was briefed on, Hernandez, is fundamentally different from both Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious since it involved cooperation with the Mexican government. Attorney General Holder’s retraction should have included an apology to the former Attorney General.”
Interesting. Maybe the blame Bush meme is wearing thin.
The inevitable parallels to Watergate come to mind, but this issue is much more serious. No one died at Watergate; one American border agent, Brian Terry, died for sure and probably another, Jaime Zapata, did too. Then in Mexico at least 200 persons have been killed by American guns tied to Fast and Furious.
What did Obama know and when did he know it? There is one remark that has stuck in my mind throughout this whole episode. Remember when President Obama was asked about gun control and he said he was working under the radar on that issue? Is that what under the radar means? Setting up a program that would turn gun loving Americans against their own Constitutional rights because of the horror done by Mexican drug cartels?
Here’s an article from FoxNews.com from May 28, 2011:
The Obama administration, after keeping gun control on the back burner for over two years, is prompting concern among gun rights groups that it’s slowly starting to squeeze the trigger on tighter regulation.
In the wake of the January shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others, President Obama remained mostly quiet on the firearms front as lawmakers clamored for new restrictions. But the president has since made a public call for tougher background checks. The Justice Department launched a series of meetings with officials and advocates to examine gun control policy. And while gun-control bills in Congress have languished, the administration has started to chip around the edges with its own proposals.
“They’re doing a pretty good job … as Obama has said, ‘under the radar.’ There’s a lot going on under that radar,” Gun Owners of America Director Larry Pratt said, referring to a remark Obama reportedly made in a private meeting with gun control advocates. “They’ve shown us how much they are prepared to do through regulation.”
Pratt pointed to two proposals in particular. Under one proposed rule from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, dealers in four Southwestern states would be required to report multiple sales to the same person of certain kinds of rifles. The proposed requirement — which would apply to dealers in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas — is open for comment until the end of May. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence claims the change would help the ATF “crack down” on Mexico’s gunrunners.
Doing something “under the radar” may not make Obama culpable legally, but it sure smells suspicious.