Again, unlike the Secret Service/Columbian hooker fiasco, it's a shame no one got laid as a result of Fast and Furious as more people might be paying some attention to it. As it is, even we think Congressman Issa has allowed himself to be distracted a bit by the twin godsend scandals of the aforementioned hooker-gate and the GSA/Las Vegas follies. Time to get back to work:
From Fox News:
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has circulated a lengthy pair of documents making the case for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his "refusal" to cooperate in an investigation of the ill-fated Fast and Furious operation.
Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday sent to every member of his committee a 64-page draft contempt order against Holder, as well as a 17-page memo outlining the history of the scandal.
"Operation Fast and Furious' outrageous tactics, the Justice Department's refusal to fully cooperate with the investigation and efforts to smear and retaliate against whistleblowers have tainted the institutional integrity of the Justice Department," Issa wrote.
The committee is not citing Holder or holding the attorney general in contempt at this point. However, the documents lay out the case for contempt should members be called to vote.
Word around the campfire is that Issa is not getting a whole lot of support from GOP leadership (read: John Boehner and Eric Cantor) as a leveling an actual contempt charge would be "off message". It remains unexplained just what message that is absent getting to the bottom of what that miserable hack that runs the Justice Department knew and when did he know it. Holder lied and people have died?: Would that not be the message?
The Justice Department, itself, has admitted to releasing documents that were deliberately misleading with respect to Fast and Furious and there is credible evidence from within the Justice Department that there was never any intention of tracking those weapons sold in the U.S. back across the border supporting the contention that this scheme was carried out in order to support a narrative of an unchecked flow of guns across the border to Mexican drug cartels.
Oh, and you will love this:
"Holding someone in contempt is one of the most serious actions Congress can take, but it is being used in this case as part of a partisan election year witch-hunt," Cummings said in a statement.
He's getting old so you can forgive him some forgetfulness as this investigation has been going on for a year, stretching back well into 2011.
Mr. Romney would be well-served to make this the center-piece of what is a crowded field of examples of this administration's corruptness and ineptitude.