Obama Fast and Furious Scandal: “Impeachment”
If you don’t get to the bottom of this, there is only one alternative, and it’s called impeachment.
-Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner to Attorney General Eric Holder on December 8th, 2011.
In what was at times an increasingly heated question and answer session between Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder and Republican members of Congress, it appears the war of words being waged between Congresssional investigators and the Department of Justice is about to be enter a new high-stakes phase of all-out war between those seeking full disclosure regarding Fast and Furious and the continued cover-up efforts of the Obama administration. Certainly it is not an issue President Obama wishes to see growing increasingly public as he attempts to convince Americans to re-elect him for a second term.
As for Attorney General Holder, he appeared both frustrated and nervous during a number of exchanges he had with Congressional members at yesterday’s hearing. California Congressman Darrell Issa, who has spearheaded the investigation into the deadly gunrunning operation dubbed Fast and Furious that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens as well as American law enforcement officials, was clearly in no mood to entertain Eric Holder’s insistence that he knew little or nothing regarding an operation that involved multiple federal agencies and the sale of high powered weapons across international borders. Issa made a particularly interesting point when he asked Attorney General Holder how it was possible that of the 5000 government emails so far reviewed during the Fast and Furious investigation – not one of those emails involved Eric Holder – a clear signal from Congressman Issa that an ongoing and illegal cover-up was underway by the Obama administration.
When pressed to disclose who approved the multi-million dollar Fast and Furious operation, Attorney General Holder shrugged and stated:
“We do not know who the particular person was.”
To date, Holder has not fired one single individual related to the failed and deadly gunrunning operation. Not one. He indicated to Congress such firings may or may not happen sometime in the future.
Perhaps the most interesting and potentially damaging interaction came between Attorney General Holder and Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Congressman Chaffetz pushed aside Holder’s attempts to convince hearing members that he had never communicated the issues surrounding Fast and Furious to any other Obama administration officials – an admission that yet again reinforces the appearance of a significant and ongoing cover-up. When asked if he had spoken to President Obama regarding the gunrunning operation, Eric Holder paused a moment before stuttering, “I don’t think so.”
Openly showing disgust at the Attorney General’s attempt to indicate he could not recall discussing an operation that killed hundreds of Mexican citizens and American law enforcement, Congressman Chaffetz challenged the Attorney General on such a claim – to which a frustrated and defensive Eric Holder then responded to Chaffetz with the following:
You need to understand something about the way Washington works.
Democrats at the hearing smiled and chuckled at Holder’s words.
Congressman Chaffetz coolly stared back at Barack Obama’s Attorney General and reminded Eric Holder that months ago the president himself had publicly declared Eric Holder knew nothing about the Fast and Furious operation. If the Attorney General could not recall ever having spoken to the president regarding the operation – how then did President Obama know whether or not his Attorney General had anything to do with it?
The question hung in the air – with the earlier warning from Congressman Sensenbrenner hanging over the silence:
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