Fast and Furious: Elijah Cummings throws the dead under the bus to protect Obama and Holder

Posted by: Phineas on April 30, 2012 at 1:43 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Last week I reported that the Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R – CA) House Oversight Committee was preparing contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder for non-cooperation and defying subpoenas in the committee’s investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. Also known as “Gunwalker,” the administration’s supposed plan was to funnel guns and grenades to the cartels and then, somehow (1), trace them to their leaders. This plan went horribly awry, resulting in the deaths of more than 300 Mexican civilians, police, federal agents, and military, as well and one, perhaps two United States federal officers. It is this failed, fatal, operation that Chairman Issa’s committee has been digging into in order to find out how something this boneheaded could take place, all with little help from the Justice Department of the “most transparent administration, ever.”

Ranking committee Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, however, will have none of that nonsense:

Rep. Elijah Cummings warned Rep. Darrell Issa against turning a potential contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal into “an election-year witch hunt,” he wrote in a letter late last week.

“Holding someone in contempt of Congress is one of the most serious and formal actions our Committee can take, and it should not be used as a political tool to generate press as part of an election-year witch hunt against the Obama Administration,” the Maryland Democrat wrote Friday to Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Congressman Cummings was incensed that the draft citation was leaked to the press:

“Leaking a draft contempt citation that Members of our Committee have never seen suggests that you are more interested in perpetuating your partisan political feud in the press than in obtaining any specific substantive information relating to the Committee’s investigation,” he wrote. “These actions undermine the credibility of the Committee, as well as the integrity and validity of any contempt actions the Committee ultimately may choose to adopt in the future.”

Cry me a river. A congressman complaining about leaks to the press is about as credible as Captain Renault being shocked to find gambling in Rick’s cafe.

No, what’s really going on here is a hack congressman trying to spin a message about unfair Republicans (2), in order to protect a cabinet officer and his president. The truth of what may have happened in Operation fast and Furious, including possible massive violations of federal and state laws, matters less than Obama’s electoral chances.

We’ve seen this show before: it was called “Watergate.” Only no one died that time.

Meanwhile, 300 (and counting) Mexicans and federal agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata still have no justice.

RELATED: Earlier posts on Operation Fast and Furious.

(1) I say “somehow,” since, without any tracking devices or, indeed, any effort at all to trace the guns once they were in Mexico, it remains a mystery as to just how the DoJ, ATF, and other involved agencies ever expected to link these weapons to their buyers. The only way to ever see them again was to recover them at crime scenes, which usually meant people had been killed, too.
(2) I’m sure we won’t have to wait long before accusations of “racism” are made, too.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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14 Responses to “Fast and Furious: Elijah Cummings throws the dead under the bus to protect Obama and Holder”


  1. redgypsy says:

    I’m old enough to remember Watergate. It absolutely disgusted and shocked people.

    Holder’s actions don’t seem to be digusting and shocking near enough people now. So slaughtering people has become more mundane to most of the population than wiretapping?

    THAT is disgusting and shocking.

  2. path says:

    Redgypsy, I think that the problem is that the MSM has not covered this issue – that’s why at the recent corresponent’s dinner when a joke was made about Fast & Furious, not many laughed – they didn’t understand it. I pray Issa follows through and quickly. We are supposed to be a country of laws with nobody above them – let’s see.

  3. redgypsy says:

    path–I agree 100%. The MSM used to get shocked and disgusted along with the rest of us; now they don’t. :(

  4. David Christensen says:

    Cummings is one of Holder’s people. What do you expect? Attempts to hold Obama or the AG accountable will be fought “tooth and nail” by the left-wing kooks. They stood by sexual predator Bill Clinton and “Leave ’em for Dead” Ted Kennedy. All are liars and accessories to murder.

  5. Zilla says:

    The “somehow” part of the Obama administration’s idiotic plan reminds me of the underpants gnome theory for getting rich.

  6. Disgusted says:

    My first thought was, “What race is Elijah Cummings?” I was right. One of Eric Holder’s people.

  7. bobby b says:

    Has anyone ever asked Holder et al, pointblank in these hearings, “how exactly were these guns to have been tracked if everything had gone perfectly?”?

    I think they’d have to ask this now, if only to foreclose any imaginative answers made up to fit the evidence later.

  8. Bob Trent says:

    The mainstream press/media and even some conservative cable programs continue to use the word “botched” in connection with Operation Fast & Furious. Actually, the operation went according to plan, although the planners never could envision the outcome, it did do what they had wanted done. They wanted to bolster the mantra of 90% of the guns found at crime scenes in Mexico were from America. An avenue to directly attack our Second Amendment rights.

    These poor, criminal, fools never envisioned the murder of Jaime Zapata or Brian Terry, now they must suffer the consequences. They probably didn’t care enough to think of the innocent American and Mexicans that will and have fallen victim to this abysmal plan of Fast & Furious.

    I’m a former agent of the USBP and I will not rest until I see justice for these killings.

    Don’t think for even a second that this plan would take place without the highest levels of approval. No civil servant would have the authority to allow the weapons to walk, an to walk across an international border! No civil servant would have the authority to decide to NOT tell the Mexican government!!!

  9. rockerdon says:

    It’s really sad that these CBC types like Elijah Cummings are such blatant racists. Color always comes first with these folks……

  10. james says:

    Americans want answer, and we deserve answers, Elijah. And if you dont like the fact that we deserve answers, then you are part of the problem with whats wrong in DC and you will never be the solution.

    stop playing partisan politics, because that is what is dividing the country. you work for everyone. you work for people who agree with you and disagree with you.

    GET USE TO THAT, stupid

  11. Carlos says:

    Dear Elijah,

    If you would like a “witch hunt,” please note that neither Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton nor any of the myriad leftist Democrats (like Debbie Wasserman Schultz) congresspeople are targeted, hence the use of “witch hunt” is very much inappropriate.

    If you insist upon using the term, though, look no further back than to when Henry Waxman was running three-ring circus political events he called “hearings.” Waxman, who also happens to be a blithering idiot like you, set a fine example for all House chairmen to follow, if the purpose of such “hearings” is to embarrass the opposing party.

    And oh, BTW, does your dismissal of the gravity of this situation indicate to the world that you don’t give a rat’s patootie about several hundred Mexican murders. or the murders of two United States agents while on duty in service to their country?

    I’m not holding my breath waiting for a response. I’m not suicidal, like the Democrat Party is in relation to whether this country continues to exist as a free land.

    Sincerely and with deep anger at those political stooges who think freedom is free but only for those in power,


  12. MoxieLouise says:

    And furthermore, Elijah, you might want to get off your high horse because if Mr. Holder and his Band Of Merry Men had handed over what was required in the first place instead of a bunch of blank pages there would be no order of contempt. That sorta puts the responsibility right back on him, doesn’t it?

  13. Drew the Infidel says:

    @bobbyb and Bob Trent–My sentiments exactly. Fast & Furious was nothing other than a back-door attempt by the Obhammud administration to destroy the Second Amendment. Even more alarming is the “90% lie” is included in an installment of “Border Wars” on National Geographic Channel. There was absolutely no law enforcement objective involved in the whole operation. Period.

  14. Slow POKEY says:

    From Chuck Norris
    “Some observers of this scandal believe that these documents will confirm the darkest suspicions over “Fast and Furious” — that the illicit gun smuggling was allowed and encouraged in order to drive up the number of guns recovered in Mexico that could be traced back to U.S. gun stores. Anyone interested in driving up those numbers could have only one reason: to justify new restrictions on our Second Amendment rights.”