We interrupt your OWSpectacle for some news coverage. Hillary is 44 makes a great point that we should not let the OWS distract us from the real scandals. So here’s an update on one of our favorite action-packed thrillers:
Bob Schieffer interviewed Darrell Issa and (Sharyl Attkisson* also got to ask a question) yesterday on Face The Nation. Then he interviewed Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to give the Dems a chance to blow smoke.
I can’t embed the video (I tried) but here is a link. Transcript here.
Issa recaps the issue of the missing gun number 1 (3rd gun), and shows some completely blacked out papers he got from the FBI to show how he’s being stonewalled and why he’s now has subpoenas for the original documents. The whole interview is worth watching, but also notice the last question:
BOB SCHIEFFER: All right. Are you saying then that the attorney general knew a whole lot more about this than he testified to when he came before the Congress?
REPRESENTATIVE DARRELL ISSA: He clearly knew more than he– than he said when he said he only first heard of this program a few weeks before. I take him at the word, but only if we can have the kind of dialogue that allows us to ask, if you will, the twenty questions. And it should be done at judiciary. It should be done by Chairman Smith because, in fact, it’s the counterpart to Senator Grassley in the Senate. And Senator Grassley has never been able to get a hearing which is inexplicable that Senator Leahy would not be just as interested as– as we are.
Schieffer cuts it off there, inexplicably avoiding any follow-up question about Senator Leahey inexplicable lack of interest in FF. He then devotes the next part to letting Congressman Cummings have his say. Cumming basically says that Issa is making accusations without having the information (I thought Issa’s complaint was that he wasn’t being given the information he was asking for in the first place?). Cummings also defends Holder and throws the Phoenix ATF office under the bus.
BOB SCHIEFFER: And we still don’t know who exactly was responsible for this program to move these guns into Mexico. Isn’t it about time we found that out?
REPRESENTATIVE ELIJAH CUMMINGS: Yeah, we– we– and I– and I think we’re moving more and more towards that. Keep in mind we do know that it was the Phoenix office. We– we know it was hatched there and that’s all the– all the testimony we have heard so far that’s what we’ve heard. And I don’t– and I know that we will get to the– the very bottom of it. But it is a– a bottom-up and not a top-down situation. We know that for a fact.
Uh huh. Just a few bad apples.
Update: thanks to PMM & HelenK, a video of a presscon back in 2009 where Deputy Attorney General David Ogden says that “the President is directing us to fight these cartels” and “Atty General Holder & I” are taking “aggressive steps” and then includes “Project Gunrunner.”