The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would like Eric Holder to swing by and take another stab at answering the simple questions he claims to have found so confusing during his previous appearances. The invitation will take the form of a subpoena, as Fox News reports:
The subpoena targeting Holder aims to get at the heart of the authorization for the program, and when the people in charge decided the program was a problem.
“When did they know it wasn’t the right way to do it and why (did) they keep doing it?” asked committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Issa, who is also a member of the House Judiciary Committee where Holder testified in May that he’d only learned of the program a few weeks earlier, told “Fox News Sunday” that “people in the top” of the Justice Department knew about the operation, were “well-briefed about it, and seemed to be the command and control and funding for this program.”
Issa said those officials, who may or may not include Holder, would have known that the program was facing objections from law enforcement personnel in the field, but appeared to continue to let guns “walk” across the border.
“We didn’t just have a few (guns) not be tracked. The whole program was about not tracking them until they were found in the scene of crimes. And they didn’t just allow. They facilitated just one guy buy, one straw buy, over 700 weapons,” Issa said.
A congressman who already called for Holder’s resignation makes an extremely sensible point about the Attorney General’s “dog ate my homework” defense against perjury allegations:
Freshman Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said he can understand someone at Holder’s level not reviewing every document that reaches his desk, but that when Holder knew he was going to testify about “Fast and Furious” to a House panel, he should have gotten brushed up on the program and its impact, including the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Guns linked to Fast and Furious were found at Terry’s crime scene.
Labrador told Fox News that the response from Holder leaves him with no option but to conclude dishonesty or incompetence.
“By the time Officer Terry had been killed, there were other crimes linked to these guns. Why did he not do the research and find out how much his office knew? He was either lying or willfully neglecting to do his due diligence before he came before Congress,” Labrador said.
At a bare minimum, anyone who accepts Holder’s bizarre perjury defense needs to ask why he didn’t go through his in-box and review the five briefings he claims to have previously ignored, once he knew he’d be called to testify about Fast and Furious. Such lazy ineptitude would be tough to accept from a convenience store manager, let alone the Attorney General of the United States.
House Oversight produced a short and snappy video that should prove very useful for bringing mainstream media consumers up to speed on the enormous scandal they just started hearing about last week:
House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa appeared on Fox News Sunday to discuss the “felony stupid” Fast and Furious case and the new Holder subpoenas:
Issa makes an interesting comment about Holder is “quoting a story that he planted, that the Justice Department shopped around” when insinuating that his claimed ignorance of Fast and Furious details is comparable to Issa’s long struggle to pry those details out of the ATF. Issa responds that one of the reasons it took him so long to get to the bottom of the story is that Holder’s Justice Department was stonewalling him.
It’s worth remembering that like most Obama Administration political tactics, Holder’s defense relies on a memory wipe – you’ve got to forget how hard DOJ fought against Congressional oversight, until the case really began exploding over the past couple of months. If Holder was really as surprised and horrified as he now claims to be, he would have been much more eager to work with Congress on the investigation. Holder has been acting like a politician with something to hide, not a responsible administrator working to root out shocking malfeasance by his underlings.