Former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden. Has he rolled on the Gunwalker conspirators? Only he and the Issa Committee know for sure and they're not telling.
Rough day yesterday. I hit the bed at 8 o'clock because I was slap exhausted. Some of the reasons why are reflected in the posts for today.
The administration is continuing to hammer the whistleblowers without much help from the Issa and Grassley folks. The only real solution for them is for Issa and Grassley to battle forward to a conclusion that reveals the truth. As long as agenda hacks continue to control the agencies, the cover-up and retaliation will go forward because they perceive no immediate threat to their careers. But the fact is that more publicity to their plight by the Senator and the Congressman would go a long way to threatening these bureaucratic cockroaches with the antiseptic quality of sunlight, something that might restrain the smarter among them. It is worth a try, anyway. Meanwhile, they suffer in silence.
Discrediting disinformation continues to be floated and the administration continues to pressure the "mainstream media" at the highest levels into non-coverage. This was the cause of much of my own personal distress yesterday. Sorting gems of truth out of a running sewer of disinformation is difficult.
Example: There is a rumor out there that former Deputy Attorney General David Ogden has rolled and provided the Issa Committee with documents. Long-time readers will recall that I first drew attention to Ogden back in April He also figured prominently in my "Meetings" series (Part One; Part Two; Part Three; Part Four; Part Five and Part Six.)
In Meetings we learned that Ogden was a key figure in the policy shaping of what would become the Gunwalking Scandal. He was, to use the phrase that I use to describe Hillary Clinton's State Department, "In at the beginning." Yet, within a few months of the kick-off of Fast and Furious, Ogden was out, resigned at his own volition.
From my April piece:
On December 3, 2009 it was announced that he would be resigning his post and returning to private practice in February 2010. According to news accounts, Ogden stepped down in part because of disagreements with Attorney General Eric Holder over management issues. The first speech he gave after his resignation was on the subject of "Restoring the Department of Justice."
So, Ogden's an early major player in what would become the Gunwalker Scandal, yet the first to opt out "because of disagreements with Attorney General Eric Holder over management issues."
Arte Johnson was right. Very interesting. Yet I cannot confirm this rumor. The committee staff members, and the sources around them, are being extremely tight lipped about this allegation, neither confirming nor denying. Perhaps someone with more resources or better sources (and a better reputation) than me can get in touch with Ogden himself, or, more likely, his attorney. Until then, it remains a tantalizing rumor. For if Ogden has rolled, the entire cover-up has just gone belly-up, and it is all over but the perjury indictments and the headlines. Speaking of which . . .
Sources say that the Oversight Committee has more than enough evidence to charge "Gunwalker Bill" Newell (and others) with more than one count of perjury. The Republican leadership, specifically John Boehner, is reported to oppose that because "he doesn't want to get ahead of the facts," according to one source. The same source, who works for the federal government, added in disgust, "The real reason is that Boehner is a pussy."
The source believes that were Newell to be charged, demonstrating the seriousness of the Committee's intent, that "there would be an instant change in the attitude of the rest of the guilty" and that "the cover-up would collapse overnight." The cover-up "COULD be collapsed overnight," said the source, "if the Republican leadership had the balls to do it. But they don't."
Another source says that "Grassley is all for going after (NSC staffer and Newell friend Kevin) O'Reilly in Iraq" and "investigators could fly to the Sandbox or he could be summoned back here." So far, for reasons unknown, says the source, that has not happened.
Yet, the fight goes on.
Yesterday's performance by Napolitano was "unbelievable" according to one of my sources with inside knowledge of the investigation, adding, "She should have taken the Fifth rather than commit perjury."
The Grassley-Issa letter of 25 October (links posted later today) going after information on the Texas gunwalking that led to the deaths of ICE agent Jaime Zapata is seen as an important step by sources behind the scenes.
Said one source, "The letters are making the case -- as they always have -- in advance of hearings and they are very useful in advancing the story," but "the fact that (Assistant Attorney General Ronald) Weich didn't answer Grassley's March letters until October 11th tells you something." Observing that the response was also really non-responsive, he concluded, "These boys ain't afraid of letters."