Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) reminded President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder that Obama isn’t King of the United States of America and can’t ignore the powers of Congress. After 14 months of refusing to give the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee documents relating to the Fast and Furious fiasco, the committee, chaired by Issa, voted to hold Holder in contempt this week.
Chairman Issa didn’t schedule the vote until after President Obama, arrogant as ever and determined to pick a fight with Congress, exerted his executive privilege to block Holder from releasing any additional documents to the committee. If Holder doesn’t have anything to hide, why is Obama shielding the Attorney General from turning over the same 80,000 documents he already gave the Justice Department’s inspector general, who has also been investigating the “gun-walking” mess? Let’s remember this is the same Attorney General who thought it was a good idea to give 9/11 terrorists civilian trials a stone’s throw away from Ground Zero in New York City.
Fast and Furious is proving to be a mess the Obama administration wants to forget fast. (PS-It will be only a matter of minutes before Obama will blame the Republicans in Congress for forcing him to exert his executive privilege in the first place.) From 2009-2010, the Phoenix, Arizona division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) came up with a hair brain scheme to allow Arizona gun shops to illegally sell 2,000 guns to suspected gun smugglers, purchasing the guns for the Mexican drug cartel. Agents believed they would then track the guns back to the drug lords. Instead guns walked away and got lost into the hands of the drug lords and ended up killing Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and popping up at numerous crime scenes in Mexico and the United States.