Issa Subpoenas Top Justice Department Official Regarding Fast and Furious

January 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm (Brian Terry, Darrell Issa, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Patrick Cunningham)

A press release from Congressman Darrell Issa’s Office indicates that a top Justice Department Official has been subpoenaed due to his unwillingness to cooperate with the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Good to see Issa continuing to pursue the Fast and Furious scandal, though the bigger criminal is Holder himself.

WASHINGTON, DC – House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced the issuance of a subpoena to Patrick J. Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Mr. Cunningham’s repeated refusals to testify voluntarily have forced the Committee to use compulsory process.

“During the course of our investigation, the Committee has learned of the outsized role played by the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office – and you specifically – in approving the unacceptable tactics used in Fast and Furious,” Chairman Issa wrote to Cunningham in a letter informing him of the subpoena.  “Senior Justice Department officials have recently told the Committee that you relayed inaccurate and misleading information to the Department in preparation for its initial response to Congress.

“These officials told us that even after Congress began investigating Fast and Furious, you continued to insist that no unacceptable tactics were used.  In fact, documents obtained confidentially just last week appear to confirm that you remained steadfast in your belief that no unacceptable tactics were used, even after the Department’s initial response to the congressional inquiry.  Given that the Attorney General has labeled these tactics as unacceptable and Fast and Furious as ‘fundamentally flawed,’ this position is startling.

The subpoena requires Cunningham to appear on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 for a deposition.

A copy of the letter can be found here…
A little background on Fast and Furious via Politico:

The Fast and Furious operation drew fierce scrutiny when firearms linked to the program were found to be involved in the December 2010 shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The program attempted to investigate drug cartels and weapons traffickers but instead ended up supplying them with weapons. Investigators lost thousands of firearms, many of which wound up in Mexico.

AWR Hawkins at Big Government writes:

“…while it’s heartening to see Issa and his committee continuing to pursue those who might be covering up the truth on Fast and Furious, Eric Holder still has his job and has yet to face prosecution for his role in this lawless operation.”

“The bottom line: the wheels of justice are turning, they’re just moving so slowly that progress is imperceptible.”

At least Issa is putting a spotlight on this scandal.  If Holder had any decency he would resign.  Yesterday.

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New York Among the Worst States For ‘Life Issues’

January 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm (Abortion, Americans United for Life, AUL, Life, New York, Pro Life)

New York ranked 44th on a new list that ranks states based on the way each deals with a comprehensive list of life issues – from abortion to euthanasia.

The list, known as the ‘life list’, was released by Americans United for Life (AUL).  The AUL is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization, that vows to “defend human life through vigorous legislative, judicial, and educational efforts, on both the state and national level.”

Leading the way was Louisiana, followed closely by Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Arkansas.  California and Washington came in 49th and 50th respectively, while New York ranked as one of the worst.

No word on whether or not recent news of a doctor who had aborted babies well past 24 weeks, kept their bodies frozen in his clinic, and then was kept from thorough investigation by Democrats in the capital city of Albany, had any bearing on the results.

Please read:  Doctor Charged With Murder Previously Had Frozen Fetuses in His Albany Office – Democrats Prevented Investigation

I would imagine this would drop us down a few slots alone.

Here is a chart courtesy of the AUL

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Biden Tells SF Crowd That the ‘San Francisco Giants’ Are Going to the Super Bowl

January 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm (Gaffe, Joe Biden, New York, New York Giants, Rick Perry, San Francisco, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants, Super Bowl, Tim Lincecum)

Does this mean we’ll see Tim Lincecum at quarterback?

This guy misspeaks like Rosie O’Donnell eats – messy and often.


Vice President Joe Biden had his “oops” moment Wednesday speaking in a 49er-crazed San Francisco when he told a crowd at a city political fundraiser that “the Giants are on their way to the Super Bowl.”

Biden spoke at a closed event in the city’s financial District at the Bently Reserve when he made the gaffe, according to a White House pool report released today.

The comment by Biden drew immediate “good-natured” boos from the crowd, according to the report by Josh Richman of the Oakland Tribune, who was the only local print reporter allowed to cover the event.

After suggesting that the Giants were heading to the Super Bowl, Biden quickly recognized the gaffe and and explained he was accustomed to thinking in terms of the San Francisco Giants and their baseball wins. His next reference was to the “49ers on their way” to the Big Game.

Rick Perry says this, it’s national news. 

But hey, that’s just Joe being Joe…

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Breaking: Rick Perry to Drop Out, Endorse Gingrich

January 19, 2012 at 10:25 am (Endrosement, GOP, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, South Carolina)

More bad news for Mittens.  Rick Perry, facing a last place finish in South Carolina, is throwing in the towel.  Sources are indicating that he will endorse Newt.

Will it be all for naught when the ex-wife interview comes out on Gingrich?

Politico reports:

Rick Perry is expected to drop out later this morning at an 11 a.m. press conference and endorse Newt Gingrich, two sources confirmed to POLITICO.

The news was first reported by CNN.

It gives the surging Gingrich a huge boost heading into the final debate tonight, and the South Carolina primary on Saturday, in which he’s already closing in on Mitt Romney.

Santorum won Iowa, and Gingrich is surging.

South Carolina is shaping up to be pretty interesting.

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Breaking: Rick Santorum Actually Won Iowa

January 19, 2012 at 9:46 am (Caucus, GOP, Iowa, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republican, Rick Santorum)

We asked the question a couple of weeks ago – Did Rick Santorum actually win Iowa?

The answer is now confirmed…


Turns out it was more than just the twenty votes originally reported.  Worse, the Iowa GOP is saying they may never have an exact count because of missing votes. 

Via Redstate’s Erick Erickson:

By 34 votes, Rick Santorum won Iowa. For the past two weeks we have heard Mitt Romney was the first non-incumbent to win both Iowa and New Hampshire. Wrong!

The Des Moines Register reports Rick Santorum won. More troubling for the Iowa GOP, the GOP reports it will never have a completely accurate vote count because the votes in some precincts have gone missing.

The only thing that can be said for sure is Rick Santorum is the real winner.

Does this change anything?


Fox News is reporting on an embarassing situation…

The party officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Des Moines Register that the final caucus count would remain unresolved because the results from eight precincts were mislaid and will never be certified. Any of those missing results could hold an advantage for Romney.

“It’s a split decision,” the executive director of the Iowa GOP Chad Olsen said.

The GOP in Iowa should be thoroughly shamed.  Can you imagine if the Presidential race itself had to be called a split decision?

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