so far in the tank I'm surprised they could pipe in enough air. Not just disgusting, but kind of amazing.
1. Send a letter to the Hill explaining what happened. Put in context the amount of information you get every week, say that you don’t recall reading those bullets or being aware of Fast and Furious at any time before early this year,
but in any event, you certainly weren’t aware of the gun walking aspect
of it until the news broke earlier this year (at which point you took
immediate steps to have the IG investigate, etc.). This needs to happen
tomorrow. In fact, it should’ve happened today. The last time your
credibility was directly questioned was whether you had disclosed all of
your amicus briefs — the story started to break on a Thursday night,
and we made people stay up all night compiling information so we could
get a response out by 1 pm or so on Friday.
Because telling the truth was never an option.
If I were you, I would want answers from the entire team (Cole, Reich,
on down), on why the Department let Issa decide what to do with these
memos. The whole point of the review is to find things like this and
come up with plans for dealing with them. It should have been obvious
that these memos were going to be a huge target, and instead of just
handing them over, the Department should have put them out to reporters
on its own terms, instead of letting Issa do it. Give them to lssa at
the same time you give them to the press with an explanation that takes
the air out of the balloon. And if the answer is we owe it to Issa to
give him this stuff first — well, that’s obviously ridiculous.
Because following orders from Congress to turn the stuff over, well, are you kidding?
On the incompetence front,
[Attorney Gen. Holder email below said he doesn't usually bother to
read briefings sent to him directly by his top advisers, including
mentions of Fast and Furious long before he said he'd heard of the
“Sigh. Can I see the 2 reports mentioned below- sure I didn’t read
them. I rarely do. The February e-mail shows that was my first real F/F
[Holder email addressing, specifically, the briefings sent to him by
National Drug Intelligence Center adviser and Criminal Division chief]
“I generally don’t read those.”
So we're supposed to believe that something this major was happening, with multiple agencies involved, with violations of federal law, violation of an international border, and 'I never read that stuff'? Really? If false, they were working on their cover story; if true, he's an incompetent bastard.
Remember the various Democrats almost bragging that they hadn't read the Obamacare bill, "We don't have time for that, are you serious?" crap? Looks like they got their inspiration from the top.