QUIETLY INSERTS LETTER DESCRIBING SECRET ATF WIRETAPS INTO CONGRESSIONAL RECORD
The Issa-Holder dance reminds me of a memorable event I witnessed in college. While walking down the hall in one of the science buildings, I came upon a terrarium in the wall. In the terrarium was a boa constrictor, who was lying completely motionless. As I was about to walk past, a white rat was placed in the terrarium from the other side of the wall. The motionless boa acted as if it were oblivious to the rat, who ran around the terrarium like he owned it. All of a sudden, the rat stopped in his tracks – with an “Oh, shit!” look on his face. Almost simultaneously, the snake struck at the rat with lighting speed. Game over. Snake, 1; rat, 0.
So is the case with Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee and Mr. Fast and Furious, Eric “My People” Holder. There’s an old tenet which says that a good trial lawyer should never ask a witness a question to which he doesn’t already have the answer. It’s becoming more and more evident that Issa is not only fully aware of that tenet, but that he finally has Obama’s hapless Attorney General right where he wants him. Yep, it’s about to be Issa, 1; Holder, 0.
Quietly – and brilliantly – Issa inserted the details of a secret ATF wiretap from the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation into the public domain last week by entering summaries into the Congressional Record, using Congress’s protection under the speech and debate clause to get around legal boundaries. (Good to see that the Republicans are finally learning the ways of the Regime; gotta level the playing field, folks.)
The summary of a March 2010 wiretap clearly shows that federal agents repeatedly lost track of guns they knew were being trafficked to Mexican drug cartels – a violation of Justice Department policy that should have raised red flags with top DOJ officials who signed off on the wiretaps.
“The enclosed wiretap affidavit contains clear information that agents were willfully allowing known straw buyers to acquire firearms for drug cartels and failing to interdict them – in some cases even allowing them to walk to Mexico,” Issa said in the letter he placed in the Congressional Record.
Mismanagement of Fast and Furious, an operation set up to track sales of U.S. guns – and monitor those guns being shipped across the border to a Mexican drug cartel – resulted in the ATF losing track of roughly 2,000 weapons after they were sold; and the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry with at least two of those weapons.
While it’s true that Holder shut down the operation, it’s his efforts to clean up (cover up?) the mess that have come under Issa’s scrutiny. As was the case with Watergate, it’s the “What did you know and when did you know it?” question (and that little thing about lying to Congress) that has the potential to land Holder – and possibly the O-man himself – in really hot water.
The bottom line is this: Holder’s lying. Issa knows Holder’s lying. Holder knows Issa knows he’s lying. The question is, who will blink first? I wouldn’t bet against the chairman, folks.
Things should get very interesting in the terrarium before it’s over.
Somewhere, Richard Nixon is smiling these days. A lot.