(CBS News) Rep. Darrell Issa, the chair of the House oversight committee, is accusing the Department of Justice (DOJ) of failing to fully cooperate in the ongoing investigation of the for the so-called “Fast and Furious” gunwalking operation by likening the situation to the Samuel Beckett play “Waiting for Godot” — in which, famously, nothing happens.
“For those of us on the Committee, waiting for the Department to move off its misguided position and produce the documents we seek has been like waiting for Godot,” Issa wrote in a Thursday letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who is at the center of the investigation. “Like Vladimir and Estragon, we held out hope despite mounting evidence that nothing is going to show up. We cannot wait any longer.”
“Waiting for Godot” is about two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who spend the entire play waiting in vain for the character Godot to show up.
The DOJ has provided more than 7,600 pages worth of documentation to the House committee, but Issa argued that a number of documents were withheld and that many of those that were provided have been “heavily redacted, to the point that the redactions were laughable.”
Note that’s from last year.
A spokesperson for the DOJ referred to a May 3 letter disputing the accusations.
“The Department strongly disputes the contention that we have failed to cooperate with the Committee’s review of Operation Fast and Furious,” the letter, addressed to Issa from Deputy Attorney General James Cole, reads.
“Stonewall stonewall stonewall, suck it, Issa, stonewall stonewall, stonewall, FOAD, stonewall,” said Deputy Attorney General Lying-Sack-Of-Crap.
“Fortunately for us, the Department of Justice is not the arbiter of what the Committee’s legitimate oversight interests are,” Issa wrote in his letter. “There is a mechanism for resolving cases that challenge the limits of the congressional prerogative. The contempt process is part of that mechanism. The Department’s unwillingness to recognize that an investigation into Fast and Furious is in fact a legitimate oversight interest signals we have reached an impasse and that contempt proceedings are necessary.”
House Speaker John Boehner yesterday said he would not take a contempt resolution off the table, and said he would support the committee’s pursuit of “a lot of unanswered question.”
Except apparently those contempt proceedings are going nowhere, since Johnny “Crybaby” Boehner doesn’t want to upset the delicate political balance of the criminals in charge… because he’s one of those institutionalized Washingtonian politicians.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., addressed apparent stonewalling by the Republican leadership in pursuing a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder on last night’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren. Although Holder has not produced subpoenaed documents and information demanded by the committee, Van Susteren asked Issa about rumors that House Speaker John Boehner “isn’t wild about this,” prompting the chairman to detail his strategy for building Congressional consensus, including reaching across the aisle to concerned Democrats for support.
Good to know Boehner “isn’t wild about this”. All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing, extremism in defence of liberty is no vice, moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue, etc., etc. Boehner’s useless. Understood. Good to see Issa’s going to bypass him, then.