when we decide to!" Which is what this translates to.
“Following the receipt of your letter, the department has had a number of constructive conversations with staff aimed at satisfying the legitimate goals of congressional oversight while, at the same time, ensuring the integrity and independence of the department’s law enforcement efforts,” Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote to those congressional leaders on Tuesday afternoon.
This whole pile of crap boils down to "Boehner, you've given us another chance to delay all this, thanks!"
Then there's this:
A spokesman for Speaker of the House John Boehner told The Daily Caller on Tuesday night that the New York Times published a false story alleging the speaker is trying to cut a deal with Attorney General Eric Holder over congressional subpoenas related to the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
After The Daily Caller reached out to Savage for comment, pointing out how Boehner’s office said his article was false, The New York Times edited his story removing the statement Boehner’s office said was false and changing the focus of the article, while adding a quote from Boehner’s spokesman. The online version of the article contains no correction or explanation as to why Savage’s story was changed after the fact. A note tells readers the article was “updated” at 11:39 p.m.
Savage has still not returned TheDC’s request for comment on why he printed false information to begin with and why he made no effort to contact Boehner’s office to check the veracity of his unattributed claims before printing the inaccurate information.
So the NYEffingTimes guy publishes a lie to help Holder; not exactly a shock. The problem for Boehner is that it's believable because Boehner has played along with Holder & Co. for so long.
What seems to have triggered this is the Issa announcement of the documents he got hold of; from the first link:
Cole also responded frostily to Issa’s claim to have obtained documents showing that senior Justice Department officials approved of Operation Fast and Furious.
Cole accused the committee of obtaining the documents illegally.
“This is of great concern to us,” Cole wrote. “While we are legally prohibited from commenting on the content of sealed court documents, we disagree with the chairman’s assertions.”
Issa said that the documents show that Holder and several other Department of Justice officials in the Obama administration provided “false” statements to Congress.
So they 'illegally' obtained documents the DoJ has illegally refused to hand over? I note the wording ...we disagree with the chairman’s assertions. too; he doesn't say "This is not true" or anything blunt, "we disagree"; which sounds like lawyer for "We have to say something, but we don't want to say something that you can prove is false so we'll put it this way." Makes the think Issa does indeed have the proof, and Cole doesn't want to be proven a liar over his statement.
Then we have this from Rep. Elijah Cummings, NSD-Md.:
In a letter sent Tuesday, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, accused Republican committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa of misrepresenting new evidence in the Operation Fast and Furious saga.
But a copy of the letter posted on the committee Democrats’ website includes long redacted sections, hiding the substance of Cummings’ argument from the American people.
This sack of crap has been trying to give Holder & Co. protection from the beginning, so this isn't a surprise.
You could end all the roundabout real easy: Boehner, stop obstructing things and make the charges against Holder. Issa could lay out all he's got, and if Holder & Co. are shown to have lied, nail them for it.