What many anticipate will be a blockbuster subpoena in terms of information sought and the names it covers may be issued as early as today by Congressman Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and it will be served on Attorney General Eric Holder.
The embattled Holder is under intense scrutiny for what now appear to be deceptive statements given to the House Judiciary Committee in May about when he first knew about Operation Fast and Furious. The gun trafficking sting-gone-bad is beginning to look less like a “botched” gun sting mounted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and more like an operation that was guided by the highest authorities in the Justice Department.
Both CBS News and Fox News reported Tuesday morning that the subpoena is coming, perhaps today, and that it will be a sizzler. That’s essentially what this column predicted to NRA News Monday night during a quick update on Fast and Furious coverage with host Cam Edwards. Issa said as much when he appeared on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, as this column discussed..
More questions were raised by the documents reported on last week, which indicate senior officials at the Justice Department knew at least something of Fast and Furious, and memos were sent directly to the Attorney General as long as ten months before he told Congress he first heard of the case.—CBS News
The subpoena could ask for communications between as many as a dozen Justice Department officials, including Holder’s Chief of Staff Gary Grindler and Lanny Breuer, who heads the department’s criminal division, and who was mentioned early in the investigation.
The week began with a bang, courtesy Sunday’s letter from Issa to Holder – discussed by this column – and promises to be just as interesting as the days pass. This has not been a good month for Holder so far, and it is not likely to improve much.
CBS News is reporting today that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is recommending that Holder be fired.
Will the attorney general cooperate with a subpoena?
The subpoena is expected to ask for correspondence that Justice Department officials had with the White House about the gun trafficking operation, as well as what information was shared by Justice officials in Mexico.—Fox News
That will be the proverbial “$64 question,” because over the course of two Capitol Hill investigations – the one mounted by Issa and the other launched by Sen. Charles Grassley – cooperation from this administration has been in rather short supply. If the Justice Department thinks that providing pages upon pages of redacted information, to the point that many pages are simply black, is “cooperation,” than this Justice Department under Holder is massively and collectively delusional.
Holder’s letter to Issa, Grassley and others last Friday – discussed by this column – was a signal that he has circled the wagons and wants to blame Congress and the nation’s existing gun laws for all the problems relating to Fast and Furious. That argument – call it a trademark of the Obama administration – is wearing very thin. As Issa concluded in his letter to Holder, the attorney general “owns” this one.
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