After 16 Months of Letters, Reports and Subpoenas, Will We Ever Get Truth on Fast and Furious?
House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy joined Rep. Darrell Issa last week to once again demand Attorney General Eric Holder come clean about his involvement in Operation Fast and Furious.
The Republican leadership signed a May 18 letter asking more questions of the US Attorney General who has refused to provide subpoenaed documents to congressional investigators. The back-and-forth correspondence over the past 16 months may in the end provide a useful record of an Obama administration program which led to hundreds of murders. But for now the letters are little more than posturing by befuddled Republicans.
While we recognize that the Department has provided some documents in response to some aspects of the October 11, 2011, subpoena from the Chairman of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee ("the Committee"), two key questions remain unanswered: first, who on your leadership team was informed of the reckless tactics used in Fast & Furious prior to Agent Terry's murder; and, second, did your leadership team mislead or misinform Congress in response to a Congressional subpoena?
We firmly believe and hope that you agree that a mutually acceptable resolution to this matter may yet be achieved. The Terry family deserves to know the truth about the circumstances that led to Agent Terry's murder. The whistle-blowers who brought these issues to light deserve to be protected, not intimidated, by their government.
I'm tempted to agree with a blog commenter who suggested we wad up all of the letters sent to date and "ping them off Holder's forehead." It might not get results but it sure would be cathartic.
Meanwhile here are some questions to ponder from the American people.
Why did Obama administration officials and perhaps the President himself allow thousands of guns to walk into the hands of Mexican drug lords?
Why is the mainstream media avoiding like the plague a scandal involving murder and mayhem?
Why won't Obama's close-lipped, obstructionist, boot-licking propagandists in the media hold the Obama administration accountable like they did when George W. Bush was president?
Why doesn't AG Holder turn over subpoenaed documents?
Are contempt charges against a White House crony like Holder futile at this point--too little, too late as some have remarked?
How can Holder publicly represent the interests of Trayvon Martin and not Mr. and Mrs.Terry?
Why did Obama sign the Brian A. Terry Memorial Act into law on Tuesday with no family members present? Why was it buried on his to-do list for that day and ignored by the press?
And why, two days later, did Mr. and Mrs. Obama issue a heartfelt statement on the passing of disco queen Donna Summer but failed to announce Terry's heroic service to his country?
Finally, what happens when the Obama administration's flagrant disregard of our system of checks and balances gets to the tipping point where laws become meaningless?
In a lawless society, scandals like Fast and Furious are ignored; innocent people's reputations are destroyed; and criminals avoid prosecution. Sounds like we're almost there.
Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report