Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

No empty threat: Impeachment on the table over Fast and Furious

Written By: Bob - Dec• 11•11

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s dissembling performance in front of the House Judiciary Committee this past Thursday continues to reverberate, and while the mainstream media continues to minimize the scandal as much as possible, they may be approaching a point where that is no longer tenable.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner tired of Holder’s lies and indicated that he was ready to employ the most drastic remedy  available to Congress in order to get answers, impeachment.

Clearly frustrated with Holder’s obfiscation, Sensenbrenner bluntly warned Holder that Congress wanted answers.  “The thing is, if we don’t get to the bottom of this — and that requires your assistance on that — there is only alternative that Congress has and it is called impeachment, where our subpoena powers are plenary and there can‘t be any type of legal immunity or privilege that can be asserted on that.”

Considering the source, that is far from a casual threat, as Sensenbrenner has served as House Manager of more impeachment trials than any Member in history.  On four occasions in his 33 years in Congress, he has served as the House Manager of Impeachment trials including three federal judges and President Clinton.

Former DOJ lawyer and fellow PJ Media contributor J. Christian Adams indicates that Holder is far from the only DOJ conspirator that should face impeachment, noting:

This includes Holder, Breuer, and Weich.

Shakespeare could have been describing the Justice Department when he wrote in Macbeth that “there are liars and swearers enough to beat the honest men and hang up them.” Honest Americans haven’t seen this degree of dishonest defense of corruption in almost four decades. Except now, the corruption involves hundreds of murders and thousands of guns, not a burglary.

The rot at Holder’s DOJ is not confined to a few political officials. It extends to entire units. During the Bush years, the DOJ Inspector General castigated Office of Public Affairs employee John Nowacki for misleading the media that politics played no role in hiring in the DOJ. But now, Tracy Schmaler of the Holder Office of Public Affairs misleads the media daily in ways that would shame Ron Ziegler. What reprimand from the Inspector General awaits Schmaler?

The lying occurs from root to branch in this Justice Department. Shortly we’ll learn more about repeated lies under oath in the Inspector General’s investigation of the Civil Rights Division. Will there be grand jury referrals? Or more whitewash?

We also learned that former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandes didn’t tell the whole truth when it came to what she said about enforcing all portions of the Motor Voter law.  She told the internal ethics investigators that she would approve a lawsuit to clean up the voter rolls of dead voters if it had merit, after she told dozens of employees at Justice in my presence she wouldn’t even support investigations of the same.

And this week Attorney General Eric Holder laughably told the House Judiciary Committee the tallest of tales that politics or ideology plays no part in attorney hiring at DOJ. Lying, we heard from the attorney general, is simply “a state of mind.”

An informant inside the Department of Justice informed me months ago of the deeply compartmentalized, paranoid “snitch” culture that has enveloped the Justice Department during the Obama Administration. Uniformly left-wing hiring within the past three years has transformed Justice into a political wing of the Democratic Party, and the lopsided ideological conformity is at least partially to blame for the lack of moral conscious in an entity that feels justified in each and every criminal act they perform.

Eric Holder indicated far more than he knew when he stated in his testimony that “lying is a state of mind” in his Congressional testimony. He and other officials of the Obama Administration believe they are serving the “larger truth” of their Marxist political goals, and gun-walking, the criminal abuse of whistleblowers and even the murder of innocent civilians and law enforcement officers are acceptable casualties of this ideological battle.

I suspect that Holder, Napolitano, Clinton and Obama – true believers all – actually believe they can get away with one murder, or hundreds of them. I think they underestimate the sincerity of Rep.  Sensenbrenner and the tenacity of Rep. Issa, Senator Grassley, and the other Legislative branch elected officials that take their oaths of office seriously.

Eric Holder cannot simply stonewall his way through the most serious scandal in American history. I do not think he realizes this, but his days as Attorney General -and perhaps his days are a free man outside of the criminal justice system – are growing short.

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One Comment

  1. rumcrook says:

    It’s a bet I would love to lose, but I would bet this will never come to anything.