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Fast and Furious scandal evokes yelling and screaming from DoJ and White House

The ATF operation, “Fast and Furious” is causing frayed nerves at both the DoJ and White House.

In a document dump last week, it became clear that the White House was aware of the operation at some level for quite some time.  Additionally, it appears that Eric Holder at DoJ was also very aware of the operation prior to his Congressional testimony where he testified he’d only recently found out about it.  The Hill:

Attorney General Eric Holder was issued multiple memos from senior Justice Department officials about a controversial gun-tracking operation months before he said he first became aware it, according to documents.

So either he doesn’t read his memos or he was just flat telling a fib when he told the Congressional committee that he wasn’t aware of the operation until recently.

Those revelations have caused the most transparent administration in history to begin yelling and screaming at reporters chasing the story.  CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson told the story on the Laura Ingraham show yesterday:

In between the yelling that I received from Justice Department yesterday, the spokeswoman–who would not put anything in writing, I was asking for her explanation so there would be clarity and no confusion later over what had been said, she wouldn’t put anything in writing–so we talked on the phone and she said things such as the question Holder answered was different than the one he asked. But he phrased it, he said very explicitly, ‘I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.’

That’s right folks, the defense coming out of DoJ is that Holder was answering a different question than the one asked?   Or, in simpler terms, he flat out lied.  Attkisson goes on:

Ingraham: 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."

And Atkisson is lectured about what is “reasonable” concerning coverage of this scandal, and apparently she’s way over that arbitrary boundary:

[The White House and Justice Department] 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.

You can hear the entire interview at the link above, but this is one of those “where there’s smoke, there is fire” moments and given the reaction, Atkisson must know she’s on to something big.  The use of “unfair and biased” show they’re willing to use the big gun accusations that are supposed to shame Atkisson into dropping the story. 

But the tone tells you a lot.  They are running a bit scared on this one.  And if they can just shut down the major news outlets pursuing the story, they’re fine.  They obviously believe their faithful lapdogs – Washington Post, LA Times, and NY Times – are pretty much off the story or covering it in such a way that it doesn’t reflect poorly on the administration while CBS and Atkisson are pursuing it much too deeply for their comfort.  Thus the yelling, screaming and accusations.

This is a very serious scandal and the administration knows it.  Their fire brigades are out there trying their best to dampen the flames.  My guess is the head of CBS news will be getting some phone calls if he or she hasn’t already. 

This is how the team that was going to “change politics in Washington” play ball.

Seems like business as usual to me.  And you?

~McQ

Twitter: @McQandO

26 Responses to Fast and Furious scandal evokes yelling and screaming from DoJ and White House

  • Holder has pood the scruch.
    They know it.
    Brow-beating is what they have left.

    • These guys are making the Nixon family really happy.
      Great stuff for rehabilitating Tricky Dick….!!!

      • Another source said, “The White House press flack coming all apart on her (Sharyl) was the Gunwalker scandal’s ‘Graham’s tit’ moment.” He added, “It was priceless and likely guaranteed Eric Holder’s doom. He’ll be thrown overboard any day now to try to save the S.S. Obama.”

        I think most of us here remember those now infamous words of Nixon USAG John Mitchell

  • More Democrat “civility”.
    Where I come from, such tantrums result in an asswhoopin’!

  • So either he doesn’t read his memos or he was just flat telling a fib when he told the Congressional committee that he wasn’t aware of the operation until recently.

    It’s not a fib, it’s a bold faced lie.

    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.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20115038-10391695.html
    How many people have died because of this operation?  How many died because of Watergate?

  • With Issa’s call for a special prosecutor the White House has no choice now but to do something.
     
    Now, the search for a prosecutor who will take more vacations than prosecutions will commence.   Of course the other alternative will be for Mr. Holder to visit the underside of the mass transit vehicle.   It will be interesting to see at that point if Holder is the little weasel I’m hoping he is.
     
    This certainly gives the Democratic party the start of a valid excuse to force Mr. Obama into early retirement where Bill Ayers can write his memoirs.

    • The folks over at Sipsey Street Irregulars are all PO-ed that the Republicans are handing this off to be sequestered by a Special Prosecutor, but really, Congress can’t convict anybody of anything.  It has to go to DOJ in some form.  With Eric Holder, the incompetent USAG of an incompetent POTUS, the only route forward is a Special Prosecutor (or Seppuku).

      • I believe they could impeach his ass, but the jury pool is…shall we say…tainted.

      • Congress CAN impeach, but they better be able to prove grounds for doing so.
         
        Of course we ALL know this is totally racist, I mean, Obama AND Holder, come on.  It’s clearly racism, I mean, what else COULD it be?

      • Seppuku – will that occur at Fort Marcy Park as it traditionally does?

    • Sorry, Special Consul, not prosecutor – God and justice willing, that will come later.

  • My guess is the head of CBS news will be getting some phone calls if he or she hasn’t already.

    Now we find out if they speak truth to power or spike truth and cower.

  • The more this crew defecates masonry, the better. I wonder if they’ll be able to stonewall until the election?

  • Issa suggested Wednesday that the process of appointing a special council would take too long.
    “One of the challenges … is if they say they want a special council and then the Justice Department stonewalls the special council the way they have us for almost a year, what ends up happening is they push it until after the election and then perhaps we really never get our justice,” he said, “tor this wrongdoing that led to Brian Terry and others dying on both sides of the border.”

    Politico

    • A popular clamor for Holder’s (figurative) head on a pike requires NO due process.  I think I like that.

      • Alberto Gonzalez.   I guess Alberto was a whatever ethnic slur means he was Hispanic on the outside and a white guy on the inside.  I’ll check to see what George Lopez was probably calling him so I know I have my terms correct.
         

      • Coconut, it seems, is the approved term.  It was okay to blast Alberto on a daily basis in the media absent actual wrong doing because he was probably judged to be a coconut.
         
        Gosh I’m glad we’ve achieved civility, courtesy of right thinking people like Lopez and Janeane Garofalo

      • I also wonder if a nice indictment could be had by a go-getter with a grand jury…

  • nuthing to see though, hardly worthy of minute on the prime time shows -
    ATF officials demoted…..
    Move along folks, move along.

  • Business as usual in DC is when the press gets a really juicy story, they run with it, and when the Administration <em>orders</em> an editor or network chief not to cover a story, he digs in and covers the hell out of it.
     
    No, this is not business as usual. This is the change the left was hoping for.

  • ” Their fire brigades are out there trying their best to dampen the flames. ”
    Seems more like throwing gasoline on it, with all the yelling and screaming. Drawing attention to it seems like a bad tactic. They were hoping to do this on the QT, and then trumpet the results in Mexico as a reason to shred the Second Amendment here at home. All eyes are on them now.
    Most corrupt administration EVER. And that takes some doing.

  • And by the way, case you missed it, Bush did it too, so, it’s like, okay, you know? (unless Bush was President, and then the NYT would carry it for 90 days on the front page above the fold).