After almost a year of meetings, record requests, and testimony; the investigation into “Fast and Furious” has skidded to a halt after reaching a road block that was put in play by the President.
Recently: Thus far Rep. Issa has threatened the attorney general with contempt of congress charges for not answering a subpoena for the delivery of all docs pertaining to fast and furious. Holder maintains he has given 7600 of 80,000 documents that pertain to the subpoena. [80,000 docs] Holder had also stated he reviewed over 180,000 documents that pertained to the subpeoana. [Holder testimony]. Rep. Issa and others in the oversight committee claim they need the documents in order to make a thorough conclusion to their investigation, while Holder claimed they had all the documents they needed. Many representitives Democrat and Republicans both want the documents in order to know more about Fast/Furious like who knew about it? What did they know? When did they know it? And Who gave the go ahead? Etc.
Some have called the investigation a witch hunt and that if Issa really wanted a thorough investigation he would be investigating bush since they claim this all began in the Bush administration (Déjà vu much?). However this is only partially true, Fast and Furious didn’t begin under Bush, but rather the “gun walking tactic” was also used during the Bush administration in an operation titled “wide receiver”. There are a few differences between “wide receiver” and “fast/furious” besides the fact that wide receiver didn’t produce any dead bodies, “Under the “controlled delivery” of Wide Receiver, agents didn’t just write down the serial numbers and let the guns disappear as in Fast and Furious. They closely and physically followed the guns from American dealers to straw purchasers to Mexican buyers.” [wide receiver]. Rep. Issa recognized to AG Holder that gun walking is wrong and when/if they were to begin an investigation into “wide receiver” hes sure he wouldn’t have a problem getting those documents from the DOJ since some of the 7600 received from AG Holder pertained to only “wide receiver” and didn’t even pertain to “Fast/Furious” at all. [only wide receiver documents]
Executive Privilege, What?: The Morning in which the committee was scheduled to vote for contempt charges, the Attorney General holder sent a letter that the President is imposing executive privilege. A privilege as most know is a legal term which covers the protection of confidential conversations in certain relationships (i.e. Teacher-Student, Priest-member of congregation, Banker-client, Doctor-Patient, Lawyer-Client, or like in this case Presdient-Staff). [Executive Privilege] This assertion of executive privilege raised a lot of eye brows making many wonder, what does the president know? And when did he know it? Regardless of privilege the committee continued their vote, in which overall they voted that the entire House of Representatives begin the official process of contempt charges.
By: Milton L. Jefferson