Mark Levin posted an excellent article on his facebook page regarding Obama’s exertion of executive privilege. Levin points out one critical fact that it appears that Obama and Holder have apparently overlooked:
As the Supreme Court has also recognized repeatedly, the Congress, in the exercise of its constitutional powers, has the essential power to investigate the actions of the Executive Branch.
This is something I have repeatedly tried to stress, which is crucial during this period of time as we are witnessing our sitting president trying to dismantle our Constitution and form of governing.
Chairman Issa should file suit in federal court in DC and seek expedited action. There is no need for Senate action. The use of this procedure has been acknowledged by the Congressional Research Service in a 2007 study. Further, a privilege log should be sought by Issa and ordered produced immediately by the court, in camera inspection done promptly by the judge, and a final order entered compelling production of all documents for which no legitimate reason justifies Executive Privilege.
I wholeheartedly agree. Hopefully Issa will take this under consideration and proceed accordingly.
Holder’s Department of Justice submitted a letter to Congress on February 4, 2011 and then withdrew it in December 2011 claiming that the letter was ‘inaccurate’. As NPR stated back in December 2011, (I know!) that was an “extraordinary step” of formally withdrawing an inaccurate letter about the episode that it sent to Congress earlier this year.
NPR went on to say: Misleading Congress can be a prosecutable offense if a person who makes the statements knows they are false. But Attorney General Eric Holder has told lawmakers that so far he has no evidence anyone intended to deceive them. The matter remains under investigation not only by Republicans in Congress but also the Justice Department's inspector general.
The February 2011 letter said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives makes "every effort" to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally before they cross into Mexico. It added that the allegation that the ATF had "sanctioned or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons" to suspicious people was false.
Both those statements turned out not to be true in the Fast and Furious operation, which targeted people who moved weapons to the violent Sinaloa, Mexico drug cartel during the Obama administration's tenure. Republican lawmakers want to know who wrote that letter and have demanded "accountability" for government lawyers who allegedly misled them.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, Chairman of the committee, said today "We and the American people need answers sooner, not later."
Indeed we do, Rep. Issa, indeed we DO!
Brian Terry, former Marine, was a US Border Agent when he was murdered with one of the firearms that “walked” across our border in the Department of Justice’s Fast and Furious, into the hands of Mexican drug cartel members.
On December 14, 2010, Brian was conducting operations as a member of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit in Nogales, Arizona. Brian and his team were targeting a “rip crew” who seek out to rob and assault drug runners. When Brian and his team encountered the 5 individuals in the “Peck Well” area near Rio Rico, Arizona shots were fired and Brian was shot in the lower back and mortally wounded during the exchange of gunfire and succumbed to his death on December 15, 2010.
It has been almost two years since Agent Terry’s murder and still Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States of America is stonewalling Congress…Holder is delaying the inevitable – his prosecution for his involvement in Fast and Furious and perjury about that involvement, which led to the death of an American citizen at the hands of his own government.
Yes, Rep Issa, it’s about damn time that the American people get the TRUTH!