Yes, it’s nice there’s action but this does look more like political gamesmanship than a serious attempt to confront corruption in the Obama regime. A big problem? Issa doesn’t have enforcement power, in other words, if Holder doesn’t comply or complies only in part there not much Issa can do about it. This is nothing new, the White House and other departments are stonewalling him on a number of issues and Issa’s not been creative at all in trying to force them to comply.
The other issue is if Holder gets real aggressive and decides to go to court and have it officially quashed. What he’d claim in that instance is wobbly, as he can’t exactly claim Executive Privilege because then he’d be admitting that Obama knew. But maybe that’s what Issa’s actually looking for.
So when the DOJ says this is a stunt, in someways they’re right. The only cad we have is exposure of Issa and what happens in the public media is he doesn’t comply. We’ll see.
Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a subpoena Wednesday to Attorney General Eric Holder as part of his investigation into the gun trafficking operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
“Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Holder, know more about Operation Fast and Furious than they have publicly acknowledged,” the California Republican said in a statement. “The documents this subpoena demands will provide answers to questions that Justice officials have tried to avoid since this investigation began eight months ago. It’s time we know the whole truth.”
The subpoena seeks, among other things, all communications regarding the operation from 16 top Justice officials, including Holder, his chief of staff, Gary Grindler, and the head of the department’s criminal division, Lanny Breuer, as well as correspondence on specific dates to and from the former head of the ATF’s Phoenix field division, William Newell…Congressional investigators are also demanding information regarding the investigation into the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Two guns found at Terry’s crime scene were linked to the failed operation that allowed more than 2,000 weapons to “walk.”
The subpoena asks 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.