Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Issa drops the big one on Holder Ridge, secondary legal explosions seen in the direction of the White House.

Just in case Barack Obama still held out hope for Eric Holder's portion of the cover-up, the Issa committee released their subpoena today.

Oversight Committee Subpoenas Attorney General for ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ Communications and Documents

WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced the issuance of a subpoena to Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr. for Justice Department documents related to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gun walking scandal.

"Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Holder, know more about Operation Fast and Furious than they have publicly acknowledged," said Chairman Issa. "The documents this subpoena demands will provide answers to questions that Justice officials have tried to avoid since this investigation began eight months ago. It's time we know the whole truth."

The subpoena seeks the following:

In accordance with the attached schedule instructions, you, Eric H. Holder Jr., are required to produce all records in unredacted form described below:

1. All communications referring or relating to Operation Fast and Furious, the Jacob Chambers case, or any Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) firearms trafficking case based in Phoenix, Arizona, to or from the following individuals:

a. Eric Holder Jr., Attorney General;

b. David Ogden, Former Deputy Attorney General;

c. Gary Grindler, Office of the Attorney General and former Acting Deputy Attorney General;

d. James Cole, Deputy Attorney General;

e. Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General;

f. Ronald Weich, Assistant Attorney General;

g. Kenneth Blanco, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;

h. Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;

i. John Keeney, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;

j. Bruce Swartz, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;

k. Matt Axelrod, Associate Deputy Attorney General;

l. Ed Siskel, former Associate Deputy Attorney General;

m. Brad Smith, Office of the Deputy Attorney General;

n. Kevin Carwile, Section Chief, Capital Case Unit, Criminal Division;

o. Joseph Cooley, Criminal Fraud Section, Criminal Division; and,

p. James Trusty, Acting Chief, Organized Crime and Gang Section.

2. All communications between and among Department of Justice (DOJ) employees and Executive Office of the President employees, including but not limited to Associate Communications Director Eric Schultz, referring or relating to Operation Fast and Furious or any other firearms trafficking cases.

3. All communications between DOJ employees and Executive Office of the President employees referring or relating to the President's March 22, 2011 interview with Jorge Ramos of Univision. (Emphasis supplied, MBV.)

4. All documents and communications referring or relating to any instances prior to February 4, 2011 where the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) failed to interdict weapons that had been illegally purchased or transferred.

5. All documents and communications referring or relating to any instances prior to February 4, 2011 where ATF broke off surveillance of weapons and subsequently became aware that those weapons entered Mexico.

6. All documents and communications referring or relating to the murder of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, including but not limited to documents and communications regarding Zapata's mission when he was murdered, Form for Reporting Information That May Become Testimony (FD-302), photographs of the crime scene, and investigative reports prepared by the FBI.

7. All communications to or from William Newell, former Special Agent-in-Charge for ATF's Phoenix Field Division, between:

a. December 14, 2010 to January 25, 2011; and,

b. March 16, 2009 to March 19, 2009.

8. All Reports of Investigation (ROIs) related to Operation Fast and Furious or ATF Case Number 785115-10-0004.

9. All communications between and among Matt Axelrod, Kenneth Melson, and William Hoover referring or relating to ROIs identified pursuant to Paragraph 7.

10. All documents and communications between and among former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., former Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein referring or relating to Operation Fast and Furious or any OCDETF case originating in Arizona.

11. All communications sent or received between:

a. December 16, 2009 and December 18, 2009, and;

b. March 9, 2011 and March 14, 2011, to or from the following individuals:

+ Emory Hurley, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona;
+ Michael Morrissey, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona;
+ Patrick Cunningham, Chief, Criminal Division, Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona;
+ David Voth, Group Supervisor, ATF; and,
+ Hope MacAllister, Special Agent, ATF.

12. All communications sent or received between December 15, 2010 and December 17, 2010 to or from the following individuals in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona:

a. Dennis Burke, former United States Attorney;

b. Emory Hurley, Assistant United States Attorney;

c. Michael Morrissey, Assistant United States Attorney; and,

d. Patrick Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division.

13. All communications sent or received between August 7, 2009 and March 19, 2011 between and among former Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual; Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer; and, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Swartz.

14. All communications sent or received between August 7, 2009 and March 19, 2011 between and among former Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual and any Department of Justice employee based in Mexico City referring or relating to firearms trafficking initiatives, Operation Fast and Furious or any firearms trafficking case based in Arizona, or any visits by Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to Mexico.

15. Any FD-302 relating to targets, suspects, defendants, or their associates, bosses, or financiers in the Fast and Furious investigation, including but not limited to any FD-302s ATF Special Agent Hope MacAllister provided to ATF leadership during the calendar year 2011.

16. Any investigative reports prepared by the FBI or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) referring or relating to targets, suspects, or defendants in the Fast and Furious case.

17. Any investigative reports prepared by the FBI or DEA relating to the individuals described to Committee staff at the October 5, 2011 briefing at Justice Department headquarters as Target Number 1 and Target Number 2.

18. All documents and communications in the possession, custody or control of the DEA referring or relating to Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta.

19. All documents and communications between and among FBI employees in Arizona and the FBI Laboratory, including but not limited to employees in the Firearms/Toolmark Unit, referring or relating to the firearms recovered during the course of the investigation of Brian Terry's death.

20. All agendas, meeting notes, meeting minutes, and follow-up reports for the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys between March 1, 2009 and July 31, 2011, referring or relating to Operation Fast and Furious.

21. All weekly reports and memoranda for the Attorney General, either directly or through the Deputy Attorney General, from any employee in the Criminal Division, ATF, DEA, FBI, or the National Drug Intelligence Center created between November 1, 2009 and September 30, 2011.

22. All surveillance tapes recorded by pole cameras inside the Lone Wolf Trading Co. store between 12:00 a.m. on October 3, 2010 and 12:00 a.m. on October 7, 2010.


TPaine said...

It will be interesting to see how Holder tries to wriggle out of this one! But try he will, and he'll be calling on his old friend Obama to run interference. Hope so...maybe both of them will end up in the scrap heap of history.

Anonymous said...

And of course they will comply fully....

Anonymous said...

"Never read or saw any of these noted herein."

"Next Question." Chairman Issa.

Col Bat Guano said...

Ha! I'm waiting for scenes at die Weiss Haus right out of "Bridge at Remagen" where the German officers start getting shot as they wonder who the enemy is.

Travis McGee said...

"Hey everybody, look over there at the Dastardly Iranian Plot!"
No worry about the timing of the big DOJ presser. Just coincidence. Even though nothing was breaking on that Iranian case, which was a nothing, where the guy was scooped up by our intel guys and controlled from the start. Any plots to assassinate anybody never had a chance of going past the subject's desires.
And now the MSM dutifully follows the magician's pointed finger. Pure red herring, which works beautifully when the pravda press is a willing participant.

Anonymous said...

Think we have enough assclown "deputy" and "assistant" Attorney Generals?

In both the Jetsons and the Flintstones, there was a running gag about the number of "useless vice-presidents" that were employed.

In reality, they are all in government. No wonder the country is bankrupt.

Ashrak said...

Elijah Cummings is squirming, big time. He knows that all the coordination between departments, agencies, and bureaus cannot be hidden and scrubbed and spun away.

He is afraid of a fishing expedition because he knows that lunkers are lurking all over the place, any number of which blows the lid off of the whole thing.

The "ongoing investigation" excuse ins;t gonna work this time, Elijah. Neither is the "national security" claim.

I will give Issa credit here, this demand list is extensive and hard hitting.

Pretty soon, Barry is gonna have to send so many people to Iraq "on assignment" that Old Media will have to report it as a troop surge.

Jhn1 said... bigger.
Special. Procecutor pressing treason charges. would be bigger yet. Holder ignoring another supoena hardly qualifies.

rockasanted said...

I see an Executive Privilege coming over the hill from Obama.

Mt Top Patriot said...

Benjamin Franklin in his brilliance incorporated Impeachment as an alternative to assassination, yet Impeachment is a form of political assassination designed to effectively remove obnoxious ruling class tyrants and traitors from their perches of power.

The scope of the crimes here, the ramifications of what these Subpoenas on the obama administration foretell, are fully capable of bringing this entire nest of treason and traitors down.

It is time!
It is time for this madness of what is no less than a coupe on my country from the inside out to end.
One way or another it is.

Anonymous said...

This makes Fast and Furious look more harmful to America. How many of those weapons are now in the hands of terrorists? Will they be invading the country, with those weapons, killing more border agents along the way? OBAMA NEEDS TO BE CHARGED WITH TREASON. THE BASTARD IS THE ENEMY!

Mark Matis said...

I wait with bated breath, for I am absolutely certain that Malthus is right.

Or not...

W W Woodward said...

Holder's car will be stolen with the only copies of the requested documents locked in the trunk and will be recovered several days later with the car on blocks, wheels and tires missing along with ... OH MY GAWD! all those records you requested, Mr. Issa.

It worked for a Dallas crook whose books were scheduled to be audited by IRS back in the 70s.


Anonymous said...

They cant put Holder in a deep enough hole fast enough. I hope this brings down this whole corrupt administration in flames.

Aiken Patriot said...

The Obama administration needs a Sandy Berger with a BIG pair of pants!

Uncle Al said...

The list of documents is missing one big item: Any and all documents pertaining to information on or requests for exemptions from the Arms Export Control Act, including communications with the State Department.

Michael in KY said...

So, when they get around to making a movie about this, who do you want to play you?

Jon Voight? Gerald McRaney? Michael Hogan?

Anonymous said...

In the vein of the occasional Monty Python references on this site:

Clop clop. Clop clop. Clop clop.

Swish. Thunk!

Squire plucks arrow from chest.

(Squire) "Message for you, Sir!"

Anonymous said...

I don't want to see Obama impeached. That would mean Joe Biden, who is dumber than a sack of hammers.

I'd rather see F&F continue to be a scandal throughout the 2012 election cycle, much as it has during 2011.

And when Holder is thrown to the wolves, Obama will have far less cover at DOJ, as a microscope will be applied to any nitwit that he nominates, and the Republicans (and many Dems) will be in no mood to approve another sock puppet.

I plan to relax, eat some popcorn, and refresh this site (and others!), and just giggle like a damn schoolgirl.

Anonymous said...

God I really hate it for Obama who promised the most open Administration in the history of the Presidency. May the lying SOB and Holder burn with Hiltler in the lower reaches of hell for what they tried to do to America.

Pam said...

There is mega-scrambling going on inside the White House. Paper shredders are running 24/7; pc recycle/shredders are running.

They will be making excuses after excuses after excuses.

Anonymous said...

"I ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn't have change for cab fare! I lost my tux at the cleaners! I locked my keys in the car! An old friend came in from out of town! Someone stole my car! There was an earthquake! A terrible flood! Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!" -- AG Eric Holder channeling another refugee from Chicago