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Congressman Darrell Issa On “Fast and Furious”

Wednesday, August 31, 2011  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Congressman Darrell Issa is Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee which has successfully pushed the investigation into the Obama Administration’s disastrous “Fast and Furious” operation which ought to finally explode in the MSM as resignations began to pile up this week. Issa was my guest on Tuesday’s program and the transcript of that interview is here.

One of many interesting exchanges:

HH: How is the level of cooperation from the Obama administration with your committee, Mr. Chairman, and has it been increasingly obstructionist or increasingly cooperative?

DI: Well Hugh, it’s been pretty close to zero all along. Usually, what happens is once we go to the almost unprecedented requirement of issuing a subpoena, or it’s been written and we’re asking where to have the marshals deliver it, then we get this “oh, we’ll give you something.” And normally, you say okay, fine, we’ve gotten through this. The problem is, and this is what I think your listeners need to know, Hugh, is when we get discovery, repeatedly it looks like a black cow eating a licorice at midnight. They redact everything. We get whole pages that say nothing, and you look and say wait a second here, this is not a Freedom of Information request, this is not somebody who says can we post it on a website. This is the only Congressional committee that is primarily formed for the purpose of oversight and investigations. And they act as though we’re only allowed to see what’s already on a website.

Read the whole transcript, including the exchanges on where the investigation will head next and who is expected to testify before the House Committee. This investigation is just getting started and more resignations ought to follow as the MSM finally begins to focus attention on this incredible failure of judgment and leadership on the part of the president, the Attorney General, and Janet Napolitano who advanced the career of Dennis Burke, the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, who resigned today.

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