Top Dem Claims GOP Is Playing Politics By Pursuing Fast & Furious Scandal

On May 3, 2011 Attorney General Eric Holder testified under oath before a Congressonal committee that he first heard of the gun-walking program Fast and Furious in the last few weeks.

“I’m not sure about the exact date but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”

But in October of last year FOX News reported that AG Holder was identified in documents to be aware of Fast and Furious not once but twice in 2010. One document was post October 18, 2010 and the other was from July 2010. Then in January 2012 another document revealed that Eric Holder was notified of Fast and Furious the day Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered in Arizona.

But Holder refuses to release the documents.

Now top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings, warned that Republicans were playing politics in pursuing contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal. Democrats just want America to forget about the gun running operation that left two US agents dead.
The Politico reported:

Rep. Elijah Cummings warned Rep. Darrell Issa against turning a potential contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious scandal into “an election-year witch hunt,” he wrote in a letter late last week.

“Holding someone in contempt of Congress is one of the most serious and formal actions our Committee can take, and it should not be used as a political tool to generate press as part of an election-year witch hunt against the Obama Administration,” the Maryland Democrat wrote Friday to Issa, the California Republican who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported that House Speaker John Boehner had “given the green light” to Issa to pursue a contempt citation against Holder and the Justice Department for failing to comply with the panel’s investigation into the controversial program. The paper reportedly obtained a 48-page draft of the document, prompting Cummings, in his letter, to accuse Issa of leaking it to the press before distributing it to the committee.

“Leaking a draft contempt citation that Members of our Committee have never seen suggests that you are more interested in perpetuating your partisan political feud in the press than in obtaining any specific substantive information relating to the Committee’s investigation,” he wrote. “These actions undermine the credibility of the Committee, as well as the integrity and validity of any contempt actions the Committee ultimately may choose to adopt in the future.”

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  • Swifty

    Since this administration is far from adhering to the “rule of law” that they expect the rest of us to follow, of course they would consider anyone holding their feet to the fire as politics.

    They are all a damn disgrace.

  • jay

    The House can impeach him and probably should. However, the requirement for removing him would be 2/3rds of the Senate and there is no crime a Democrat can commit that any Democrat Senator can be shamed into convicting one of their own.

  • Remco Kimber

    Cummings is representative of the contempt that Democrats have for the truth and for their Article VI taken oaths to the Constitution.

  • J. Knight

    Hahahahahahaaaaaa…Elijah Cummings talking about credibility and integrity just about made me bust a gut laughing. That dude has never heard the word irony.

  • 1RedBeard

    There is fear in Cummings’ voice. Good.

  • donh

    Holder is ” playing politics “….a very dangerous game of race riot politics ….. It requires Republicans play a political move to remove.

  • Redwine

    The whole cursed, criminal regime, top to bottom, needs to be held accountable – prosecuted and thrown into the darkest, dankest prison.

  • Sam Stone

    Cummings is my congressman and he sent me a letter stating he wanted to get to the bottom of this issue by whatever it took. I knew then his racist arse was lying! He is an incompetent ignorant man with little morals.

  • bg


    just tell them it was Bush’s plan, they’ll play like pros.. /s/



    It will probably never happen because of the corruption with in Washington and the MSM but I would love to see this:

    What did Barry know and when did Barry know it?

  • The double standard is astounding. They do it all the time, but it’s still astounding.

  • RealMc

    Crow, with a side dish of your own medicine there Elijah Cummings


  • Brandon In Baton Rouge

    Note to Rep. Cummings-

    It’s only an “election-year witchhunt” because Holder decided to stone-wall Issa and Grassley.

    This could have been over last year if he hadn’t decided to ignore them.

  • Liz

    Holder should be in jail. This is not funny to us Americans.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    “Leaking a draft contempt citation that Members of our Committee have never seen suggests that you are…”

    Got any proof it’s an intentional leak?

  • Lee

    And of course the Obama Administration has *never* leaked any information that might be injurious to its enemies.

    I’m so tired of this bunch of forked-tongue creeps.

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  • Well, then, impeaching Nixon was just the Democrats (Communists by any other name) playing politics.

  • Mitch Rapp

    In the meantime, the administration is forgetting about Jon Corzine due to his payment of 500k to the Obama fund,

  • aprilnovember811

    I’m sure all of the families of the over 300 dead feel that way.

  • tommy mc donnell

    mr. cummings is a member of the same congress that is prosecuting barry bonds and roger clemmens for lying before congress about steroids. but members of the administration(holder and ken salazer(sp) to name two)can lie before congress about issues of national policy and it should be excused. the liberal double standard springs eternal.

  • Tee Dub

    Bring it on! I will feel that we have accomplished at least one thing to counter the fascist Obama administration if we can get this POS Holder removed from office.

  • it would be good to get Dem Senators up for re-election to have to vote for Holder

  • Patty

    Opening the Flood Gates of Fast and Furious

    Operation Fast and Furious is the deadliest and most sinister scandal in American history. A scandal so big, it’s worse than Iran-Contra and makes Watergate look like a high school prank gone wrong.

    In the early days of the Obama Administration, President Obama claimed his goal was to stop the trafficking of guns from the United States into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels. He claimed gun dealers in the United States were responsible for sending guns to Mexico. Both of his claims were lies.

    In order to push his lies and policies built around them, with a goal of implementing harsher gun control laws and reinstating the assault weapons ban, President Obama packed his administration full of anti-Second Amendment zealots. After all, personnel is policy.

    In my new book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Coverup, I document the conspiracy of senior Obama officials to subvert the Second Amendment, which led directly to the murders of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, I.C.E. Agent Jaime Zapata and countless, faceless lives in Mexico. It debunks the Obama administration’s lies, denials and excuses. This administration was willing to use humans as collateral damage to push a political agenda, and had no shame in doing so. Now, the administration has no shame in covering up their reckless actions.

    Since just moments after Brian Terry was killed in the Arizona desert on December 15, 2010 by Mexican cartel thugs, carrying AK-47s provided to them by the Obama Justice Department through Operation Fast and Furious, the FBI, Homeland Security, ATF, Justice Department and the White House have been engaged in a full scale cover-up. These are simply names of government agencies, but who are the people behind the cover-up?

    I unravel a tangled web connecting President Obama, Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano and a number of advisors and political appointees behind Fast and Furious. These officials have deep loyalties to each other and their anti-Second Amendment ideology dating as far back as the Clinton Administration. In fact, many key Fast and Furious players have deep ties to Chicago and helped craft the 1994 Clinton assault weapons ban legislation.

    Read more a Townhall

    This administration is dishonoring the memory of the innocent, the dead and that seems to be small potatoes to Holder and this entire administration.

  • Obamas regulation destroy jobs

    They are ALL in on it! The staff all of DOJ!! Brotherhood is in the white house..just wait until get in the White house and find out what they have done! The chickens will come home to roost!!! 80,000 documents still not released! they are all in on it!!! they just want the constitution destroyed! All of Hollywood is in on this! so many dirty rats!!!! All partying making jokes about class..everything is a big joke..

  • LaInfidel

    Someone needs to warn Elijah Cummings that he is obstructing justice (a crime) and that his continuing on this path could lead to very harsh punishment. When the trials of the progressives start in early 2013 punishment should be administered by someone such as Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia in order to send a message.

  • valerie

    Rep. Elijah Cummings has accused Rep. Darrell Issa of being responsible for leaking a draft of a contempt resolution. His assumption, that the document was leaked by a republican aide, may be in error. Indeed, the leak creates an issue that didn’t exist before (the leak) so Cummings can have something else to say rather than talk about Holder’s wrongdoing.

    I’d say the person who benefited the most from the leak was Rep. Cummings.

  • #24’s post covers it. The whole F&F scandal, designed and implemented by lawyers I might add, was meant to create a truth where none existed in order to further the seizure of guns from Americans’ hands.

    Why? Because an armed populace are citizens, an unarmed populace are subjects.

    It is really that simple.

    Think what they would take, what they would tax, what they would seize if they weren’t just a little afraid of you coming after them with weapons.

    In Britain they seize your children because they are fat and put them up for adoption. Without cause, without trial, without reason beyond “the greater good” bull-s argument all dictators and tyrants have used since the beginning.

    What would they take from you here, if they knew they were safe from reprisal?

    Read the book.