Gunwalker: mean reporter makes poor little White House cry

**Posted by Phineas

 

Well, boo-hoo. It seems CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who’s one of the few MSM reporters paying close attention to Operation Fast and Furious, has been getting yelled at by White House and Department of Justice aides over her coverage of the scandal. As she told radio host Laura Ingraham:

6:05 – Laura: So they were literally screaming at you?
Attkisson: Yes. Well the DOJ woman was just yelling at me. The guy from the White House on Friday night literally screamed at me and cussed at me. [Laura: Who was the person? Who was the person at Justice screaming?] Eric Schultz. Oh, the person screaming was [DOJ spokeswoman] Tracy Schmaler, she was yelling not screaming. And the person who screamed at me was Eric Schultz at the White House.”

(…)

8:28 – …Is it sort of a drip, drip. And I’m certainly not the one to make the case for DOJ and White House about what I’m doing wrong. They will tell you that I’m the only reporter–as they told me–that is not reasonable. They say the Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing it.

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Meanwhile, the Obama White House and the Holder DoJ can cry me a freaking river.

via Snowflakes in Hell.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

BREAKING: House Republicans ask for special prosecutor to investigate Eric Holder for perjury

**Posted by Phineas

It’s about danged time:

House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

The question is whether Holder committed perjury during a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious until about April 2011.

“I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Holder testified.

However, a newly discovered memo dated July 2010 shows Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation “are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels.”

Other documents also indicate that Holder began receiving weekly briefings on the program from the National Drug Intelligence Center “beginning, at the latest, on July 5, 2010,” Smith wrote.

“These updates mentioned, not only the name of the operation, but also specific details about guns being trafficked to Mexico,” Smith wrote in the letter to Obama.

“Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel. I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible,” Smith wrote.

Of course Obama will resist, so let the subpoenas fly….

Note also that Judiciary is where any moves to impeach AG Holder would begin.

Popcorn!

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

The Chris Christie press conference open thread (UPDATED)

I’m buried under right now and won’t be around to discuss it, but wanted to start an open thread for comments from people on the press conference coming up at 1 pm from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, where he is expected to announce whether or not he’ll run for President. He’s said no numerous times, as documented by Politico here, but speculation has increased over the last couple of weeks and it appears he’s holding this conference to confirm/deny the rumors once and for all.

For what it’s worth, a “close source” has told Fox News that Christie will announce that he will not run but, needless to say, the man himself is the one who needs to make it official one way or the other.

As they say, stay tuned …

Update – 4:53pm: Christie made it officially official earlier today: He ain’t runnin:

He’s not running, and he says he means it this time.

Proclaiming “Now is not the time,” Gov. Chris Christie announced at a jammed Statehouse news conference today that he would not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

“New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you’re stuck with me,” Christie, 49, teased at the hour-long press conference.

He spoke seriously at first, reading from prepared remarks about how he realized that he wasn’t ready to walk away from the state after only 20 months in office.

“I will not abandon my commitment to New Jersey,” he said. “I will fix a broken New Jersey. I’m proud of the work we’ve done, but I know I’m not nearly done.”

Bad news for NJ unions – good news for fed up NJ taxpayers. ;)

Gunwalker: Holder lied, over 200 died

**Posted by Phineas

Is it too soon to begin the Eric holder career death-watch? After the revelation that the worst Attorney General since A. Mitchell Palmer lied to Congress, I expect we’ll be hearing Obama make the traditional “He has my complete confidence” statement — just before he throws Holder under the bus:

New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress.

On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”

Yet internal Justice Department documents show that at least ten months before that hearing, Holder began receiving frequent memos discussing Fast and Furious.

The documents came from the head of the National Drug Intelligence Center and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

Links to the memos are available at the original CBS article.

According to Philip Klein at the Washington Examiner, the Department of Justice is now trying to… nuance Holder’s testimony before Congress, saying he knew of the operation, just not its details.

Yeah. Right.

Go read the first of the linked memos and emails, from the NDIC on July 5th, 2010 (PDF): it specifically mentions 1,500 firearms bought by straw buyers and supplied to the Mexican drug cartels. The memo from Lanny Breuer is from the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division, one of the highest-ranking, most important officials in the DoJ.

There are only two possibilities here: either Eric Holder lied in his testimony before Congress, or he is so derelict that he doesn’t bother to read memos from key staff on important law-enforcement operations (1), rendering him incompetent. Either way, he is unfit to be Attorney General of the United States and must be removed from office, whether by impeachment or being thrown under the presidential bus fired.

And, while were at it, how about a special prosecutor?

RELATED: Prior posts on Operation Fast and Furious.

Footnote:
(1) At least, I’d call helping to arm criminal organizations in another country “important.” Call me crazy.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)