When the evidence will put you and your cronies in a federal prison for the rest of your natural life, you do all that you can to bury that evidence:
The Justice Department filed court papers late Monday seeking to dismiss a lawsuit from the House Oversight Committee that would force Attorney General Eric Holder to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
In their legal brief, DOJ lawyers assert that federal courts cannot intervene when the White House moves not to comply with a congressional branch subpoena by asserting executive privilege, as President Obama did in this case.
The Justice Department motion says that the dispute should be settled by the two branches in question and not in the courts.
White House National Security Council Staffer Kevin O’Reilly was being briefed on Fast and Furious directly from one of the ATF supervisors running the operation, Bill Newell. The U.S. Attorney responsible for the operation was Janet Napolitano’s Chief of Staff and architect of the failed Clinton-era “assault weapons” ban. The White House not only knew of what was going on, they were almost certainly intimately involved in approving it.
Holder and Obama don’t want to go to jail for more than 2,000 felony violations of the Arms Export Control Act, violations of the Kingpin Act, and RICO statutes, not to mention the accessory to murder charges they could face in the United States legal system and in Mexico’s, or in the International Criminal Court where war crimes are generally prosecuted (and yes, providing weapons to narco-terrorists battling a legitimate government is a war crime).
This only ends well with the appointment of a independent prosecutor, something Obama steadfastly refuses to do.
It’s going to get messy.