Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Talking Points Memo today reports that the contemptible Darrell '"Grand Theft Auto" Issa admitted to a witch hunt in committee hearings today. Fast And Furious: Issa No Longer Suspicious Holder Knew Of Gunwalking:
A day ahead of a vote to find Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) said his committee is no longer even strongly suspicious that highest ranking law enforcement officer in the country knew that guns “walked” during the botched ATF operation known as Fast and Furious.
“During the inception and the participation through the death of Brian Terry, we have no evidence nor do we currently have strong suspicion” that Holder knew of the tactics, Issa said during testimony before the House Rules Committee on Wednesday.
“We have just the opposite, have a number of people, including Lanny Breuer, who should have known who’s responsibility was to know, that as part of our ongoing responsibility to figure out who was responsible,” Issa continued.
Issa also said he had no specific knowledge that the White House knew of the gunwalking tactics and said the committee wasn’t looking to the president.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member of the Oversight Committee, butted in as Issa was being questioned by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO).
“We are now about to find in contempt the attorney general of the United States of America after you just heard that,” Cummings said.
Issa’s position on Holder’s knowledge of the tactics used is a reversal of what he claimed when he began his investigation last year. Issa claimed the tactics went “all the way to the very top. Issa has admitted to exploring “blind alleys” during the course of his investigation.
The House is set to vote on a resolution finding Holder in contempt tomorrow. The resolution focuses on DOJ’s opposition to disclosing internal Justice Department communications created after Feb. 4, 2011 unless Issa agrees to let that disclosure settle his subpoena.
It's time to shut this witch hunt down. Darrell "Grand Theft Auto" Issa is abusing the power of his committee chairmanship in pursuit of a right-wing blogger's conspiracy theory, picked up by the NRA and the mighty Wurlitzer of the right-wing media, that a "gun walking" program was "a plot by the guvmint to take yer guns away!" Just how f#&king insane are these people? And worse, the "lamestream" media for playing along with this farce?
Who will be the next Joseph Welch to tell this modern-day Joe McCarthy: "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency? And what media villager will grow a pair to be the next Edward R. Murrow to expose this fraud?