Issa's Bravado on Fast and Furious Falls Flat
Did Representative Darrell Issa really ask Attorney General Eric Holder to "specify a date" when the DOJ would turn over subpoenaed documents relating to Fast and Furious?
From a February 14, 2012 letter sent by Issa to Holder:
We cannot wait any longer for the Department's cooperation.
As such, please specify a date by which you expect the Department to produce all documents responsive to the subpoena. In addition please specify a Department representative who will interface with the Committee for production purposes.
The Committee has been more than patient in dealing with Department representatives to obtain the information it needs. Nearly four months have passed since I authorized your subpoena.
It is impossible to end our investigation with the current level of cooperation we are receiving from the Department.
For over a year now, the Committee Chairman's weapon of choice against the lying, smirking "my people" Holder has been letters -- lots of tough-sounding, whiny letters.
Issa's beginning to remind me of the Rolex-wearing, cocky dupe Harry Ellis in the 1988 blockbuster movie Die Hard.
The reality of the situation seems completely lost on Issa, as it was on the business-as-usual Ellis. The true nature of the masterminds behind the murders of federal agents and Mexican civilians appears to elude the congressman from California.
Remember the doomed would-be hero Ellis as he tries to thwart Hans' plan to kill the hostages held up at Nakatomi Plaza? Before he sits across from the so-called terrorist with the vapid optimism often seen in the rich and the stupid, he tells Holly:
"Hey babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast, I think I can handle this Eurotrash."
But justice didn't prevail when Ellis foolishly attempted to mediate between the law and the terrorists; as anyone who has watched the movie knows.
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