It’s a good thing Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is a liberal. I’d hate to see what a conservative would do when arguing that the GOP witch hunt prosecution of Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress was moving too slowly, as Van Susteren did – vehemently – last night. That’s right, “liberal” Van Susteren was ticked off that Republicans are going too easy on the Obama administration.
It just so happens that a similar line was taken by “objective” Martha MacCallum about a month ago. But “liberal” Van Susteren was way more exercised.
To give a bit of background, House Oversight Committee Chairman (and former crook) Darrell Issa is now claiming to have proof that Senior White House officials (read Attorney General Holder) knew about and approved the misbegotten Fast and Furious program which allowed illegally obtained guns in the U.S. to “walk” over the Mexican border – and were later found to have been involved in the murder of U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry. The Oversight Committee has been attacking the DOJ and obviously hoping to nail Holder with the case. Along with Fox News.
Media Matters has an excellent piece deconstructing that “proof” but Van Susteren avoided wading too far into the details of the other side. As usual, her only guest for the discussion was a Republican, in this case Congressman Jason Chaffetz. Her “balance” was to offer up a brief paraphrase of the Justice Department’s position - more than a minute into the interview – that it vigorously disputes this latest allegation.
And, of course, she “balanced” the Republican guest by arguing his Committee was not aggressive enough in its pursuit of Holder.
Van Susteren went on the obviously pre-planned attack as Chaffetz told her that the Oversight Committee is still trying to get documents from the Justice Department.
With all due respect to the Committee, it is now a year and a half and this border agent’s family still doesn’t have answers and we got answers really lickity-split fast out of Peru in the Secret Service scandal. You guys have sent a subpoena over (to the Justice Department). It hasn’t been enforced, no contempt citation. You look awfully weak…
This is getting nowhere fast. If you really believe this is a cover up, when are you going to put some teeth into the investigation and get the answers?
…You guys have a lot of authority to ask questions and you’ve gotten nowhere fast… If you want those answers, you could get them but you guys are letting it be slow walked. You’re not getting the answers because you’re not putting any teeth into this investigation. And the (Terry) family’s sitting out there, wanting answers for their loved one… Tell me what you’re going to do.
Chaffetz said, “I think we’re left with no choice but to go to contempt. And until the country gets outraged…”
“That’s your leadership,” Van Susteren interrupted. “… If you think that’s the way to go – this is dragging on! If your subpoena doesn’t get answered, if your letters don’t get answered by the Justice Department. If you get the Attorney General down there and he doesn’t answer your questions – I mean, really, the ball is in your court if you want to do something.”
Chaffetz said, “I’m not here to argue with you on that point, Greta.”
Van Susteren continued, “Whatever the truth is, the truth is. If the Justice Department says you guys are all nuts about this, they should bring the information and end it… If they are hiding something, you guys need to get it, you need to do it quickly and you have the tools but this has been dragging on. And the family really deserves much more than what …we’re now giving them.”
That’s right. It’s about the family, not Republicans or Democrats. The fact that all that effort on behalf of the Terry family just happens to hurt the Obama administration is merely the kind of coincidence that happens on a fair and balanced network.
“But of course, criminal issa, in true neocon/teabagger hypocrisy, said it wasnât important that dumbyaâs mis-administration was involved. The only thing that mattered was that members of President Obamaâs administration knew.”
Hm; I wonder what the difference – other than competence – is between President Obama and GW Bush . . .
Could someone please tell me exactly WHAT “Secret Service scandal” took place in Peru? I’m familiar with the scandal that happened in COLOMBIA, but I hadn’t heard of one in Peru. Then again, this IS FoxNoise we’re talking about and DOYC knows that the FoxNoise bobbleheads aren’t really the sharpest axes in the tool shed. Okay, Peru is close to Colombia, so I guess we can give Greta some points for getting a country that (1) speaks the same language, (2) is on the same continent, and (3) has a dangerously similar problem with narco-terrorism. (Nah. That might screw up the FoxNoise grading curve.)
Well, for once, Darrell “Maindrian Pace” Issa is correct — Senior WH officials DID know about and approve the program.
What ’ol Maindrian conveniently forgets to mention is those senior officials were members of the GW BUSH white house, where Operation Fast and Furious began life as Project Gunrunner, which in turn began as a local program in the Laredo, TX ATF office and was expanded nationally in 2006:
*Chaffetz said, âI think weâre left with no choice but to go to contempt. And until the country gets outragedâ¦â
âThatâs your leadership,â Van Susteren interrupted. ââ¦ If you think thatâs the way to go â this is dragging on! If your subpoena doesnât get answered, if your letters donât get answered by the Justice Department. If you get the Attorney General down there and he doesnât answer your questions â I mean, really, the ball is in your court if you want to do something.â*
Yeah, Jason and Grets, you do that . . . and, while you’re at it, maybe you can get around to having Uncle KKKarl Rove cited for contempt for not answering that subpoena issued by John Conyers back in 2009 . . .
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