Monday, September 26, 2011

CBS: "White House answers Congress in Gunwalker." Yeah, by stashing a major W.H. witness in Iraq. Let's ask O'Reilly how he likes camel spiders.

Big honking camel spiders in Iraq.

White House answers Congress in Gunwalker

An administration official Congress wanted to interview before the end of the month may be unavailable. That's according to a new letter from a White House counsel to members of Congress investigating the ATF Fast and Furious "Gunwalker" scandal.

On September 9th, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) asked the White House to make former National Security Advisor Kevin O'Reilly available for an interview before the end of September to help "determine the extent of the involvement of White House staff in Operation Fast and Furious."

Emails already obtained by Congress show O'Reilly communicated about gun trafficking efforts with then-Special Agent in Charge of ATF's Phoenix office William Newell as early as summer of 2010. In the email exchanges O'Reilly asked Newell if it was okay to share the information with other White House staffers. Congressional investigators are seeking all related communications.

The new letter from the President's counsel doesn't say O'Reilly can't be interviewed by Congressional investigators, but neither does it provide an availability date. Instead the letter states that

O'Reilly, who has moved from the White House to the State Department from where he was tasked, is "currently on a previously scheduled assignment to Iraq."

The members of Congress also asked for other documents and communications within the White House staff regarding Fast and Furious by September 23rd. No materials were provided, but the President's Attorney indicated some could be handed over by the end of this week.

In Operation Fast and Furious, ATF allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to "walk" onto the streets and into the hands of Mexico's drug cartels.

President Obama has said neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder approved of or knew about any gunwalking. Further, a spokesman for the administration has said nobody in the White House knew of any gunwalking tactics.

I know. We've got some Threepers still in Iraq. Someone could always interrogate O'Reilly by locking him up in a small box with two male and one female camel spiders. Oh yeah. ;-)


Anonymous said...

O'Reilly, who has moved from the White House to the State Department from where he was tasked, is "currently on a previously scheduled assignment to Iraq."

...from which he is not expected to return.


Anonymous said...

We're cooperating! See!

I put them just a little bit beyond your reach. Every time you ask.

Ashrak said...

Gee, what a co-inky-dink.

Me thinks that there is some warm substances of the yellow variety flowing down some pant legs right about now.

I find myself almost expecting Issa to announce a "fact finding mission to Iraq" in the next day or two.....

Anonymous said...

What's the problem? Priority seat on a C-130 to Qatar, civilian flight to DC - testify - return to Iraq the same way - QED.

Travis McGee said...

Prediction: O'reilly will be the victim of a very unlucky stray mortar round or IED. This will be much easier than getting rid of Vince Foster. Kudos to the 'Rats for a deed as dastardly as any by Vlad "the executioner" Putin. Wet work by any definition. Well done. O'reilly: put on all the hard plates you can find, and stay in your CHU. Eat MREs if you must, but DON'T LEAVE THE WIRE.

Anonymous said...

There are some very fine interrogators in Iraq. I'm sure they'd be available and capable of conducting an investigative interrogation of Mr. O'Reilly. I'm also certain his answers would be extremely truthful and non-evasive.

Certainly SOS Clinton would want Mr. O'Reilly to be as forthcoming and truthful as possible.

Give the circumstance of either an interview with some professional's in Iraq or a trip to D.C. for an interview with the investigating committee, Mr. O'Reilly could possibly find his way back stateside for a few days...

BrianF said...

Anyone on a chopper with O'Reilly over there should seriously think about taking a later flight

Anonymous said...

I smell a Vince Foster re-run here.

Anonymous said...

Look we have spent millions building a state of the art embasy in Iraq. Dont tell me that they dont have video conference equipment. Get his ass on a Cisco telepresence call and light him up.


rdf67 said...

If O'Reilly is not available, subpoena his boss, Dan Restrepo. Or - Have a JAG atty ask the questions over there. Give them a job besides questioning our troops every time they fire a weapon.